10 Best WordPress Backup Plugins Compared (2017 Update)

If your business is dependent on your website and you don’t have backups, you are making a serious mistake.

You website down time can affect profits, customer satisfaction, potential investors and your search engine ranking (Source: Kissmetrics.com) :

  • Profitability
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Potential Investors
  • Search Ranking

I think you can agree with me when I say:

Finding RELIABLE WordPress backup plugins that works best for your business or blog is not an easy task.

Or is it?

Well, it turns out, there are a chosen few that makes the backup process seamless.

…in just a few simple clicks you can do a full back and restore of your WordPress website.

And today’s post (and videos) I’m going to give you access to 10 of these WordPress backup plugins.

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How Often Should You Backup your Website?

WordPress staffers suggest backing up your site every time you have a major change, such as when you change your blog, when you introduce a new product category, delete old files or add new content.

WordPress gurus believe you should keep three copies of your backup.

One goes on your:

Back Up Source

That way, you can access at least one backup from somewhere.

If your small business depends on WordPress for your web presence, a backup is vital in case files become corrupted, an update goes awry or a new plugin has some faulty code.

To that end, here are the 10 best WordPress backup and restore plugins.

There are free versions of many backup software packages, but you really need to have a premium service take care of your website’s backups.

1. Duplicator Pro WordPress backup and restore plugin

Duplicator Pro builds on the original, free version of Duplicator. Duplicator lets you migrate your WordPress website among hosts or domains.

Duplicator Pro

It can also pull a duplicate onto another host so you can develop and alter your website without the alterations to your main version going live.

The basic plugin also bundles and compresses an entire site to distribute somewhere else and manually backs up a site.

Duplicator Pro adds to these services. The premium version has four levels of pricing from $39 to $349, depending on what level of service you require.

Migrate your website backups among DropBox, Google Drive, Amazon S3 and FTP services.

Create the backup database within the installer rather than download the entire website into a new file.

Connect to the cPanel backup instantly, receive email support and eliminate plugins that perform duplicate and unnecessary tasks.

Duplicator Pro lets you schedule backups for certain times to take advantage of overnight hours when your website has less traffic.

Duplictor Pro Screen Shot

Duplicator Pro is a good choice for small businesses, freelancers, coders and growing businesses.


2. Backup Buddy WordPress backup service

Backup Buddy is the most popular backup system for WordPress. The company claims to have more than half a million customers. The premium service lets you schedule daily, weekly or monthly backups.

Backup Buddy

If your website happens to be on a bad server, you can migrate it quickly. Set up different types of backups, such as database, files-only or complete.

Downloading & Installing BackupBuddy

If you want to, download the entire zip file of your entire website to store on your computer to backup any cloud-based storage options. Backup Buddy emails you if it requires extra attention and when the backup begins.


3. VaultPress

VaultPress seems to be an industry leader when it comes to backing up WordPress websites. That makes sense because the owner of VaultPress is one of the co-founders of WordPress.


The subscription-based service starts as low as $9, which is why this is an attractive option for WordPress beginners. The service also comes with a security scan.

The basic plan comes with a daily backup, daily malware scan, automated restores, 30 days’ worth of backup archives, easy site migration and customer support.

The premium version, starting at $29 per month, has real-time backups, unlimited backup archives, priority customer support and automated threat resolution.


4. UpDraft Plus

UpDraft Plus is one of the most popular free backup and restore plugins on WordPress. Customers rate this service at 4.8 out of 5 stars over more than 2,200 reviews.

UpDraft Plus

The plugin has more than 800,000 active installs on WordPress sites.

Choose from nine different storage options, including the UpDraft Vault, and restore to a previous version in just one click.

UpDraft Plus Screenshots

The premium version expands its backup offerings to Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Storage, SCP and more.

If you have a large website, the service breaks your backups into smaller files so the process completes in less time.

Files and database backups run on different times, which also helps with the efficiency of the process.


5. WP-DB-Backup

WP-DB-Backup is a popular choice for WordPress as more than 2 million downloads. The only difficulty is that it only downloads your database instead of any multimedia files.

WP DB Backup Plugin

If you have a very simple WordPress website, then this backup software is for you.

This plugin, like many other great plugins on WordPress, works very simply to schedule automatic backups and restore your database.

The open source code for this resource is on GitHub, and that lets you tinker with the database backup yourself.


6. BackUpWordPress

BackUpWordPress requires PHP version 5.3.2 or later, so it works with most versions of WordPress out there.


The software takes very little memory to download, which is why it is a good choice for beginners on a shared host server.

This software gives you the choice of zip and mysqldump to speed up the backup process.

You can help develop the code by going to GitHub to find the source code.

The premium version downloads backups to cloud-based storage specialists, such as Google Drive and Dropbox.

A bundle service can save your backup to multiple locations. Otherwise, the backup of your website occurs on your hard drive or in your email.

One advantage this service has over others is the customer service in multiple languages.

BackUpWordPress has customer service in English, Spanish, German, Chinese, Russian, Italian and Dutch, among others.


7. myRepono

Instead of a subscription service, myRepono is a pay-as-you-go website backup program.

This saves you money on services that you may not need.

Once you sign up, download myRepono’s secure API, select the files you want to backup, choose the frequency and the service does the rest.


Choose hourly, daily, weekly or monthly backups. The backup plugin automates the backup process so you don’t have to worry about anything.

The company charges on a per-GB level per day. For under 1 GB, storage costs 2 cents per GB per day.

If you have a website that’s more that 50 GB, it comes out to 1.2 cents per GB per day of storage.

Data transfers are 15 to 20 cents per GB, depending on your overall data storage needs.


8. BackWPup

BackWPup has a free and premium version.

The free version is very well received, although the features on the paid version are much better compared to the free one.

Store a backup to several free services, the most popular of which is Dropbox.

If your storage goes over 2 GB, you’ll need the paid version of Dropbox.


The pro version lists all of your plugins backed up on the servers, and it also has options for more well-known cloud storage places such as Google Drive, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace and Amazon S3.

Get access to customer service support staff with the premium version, as opposed to no customer service support with the free version.


9. XCloner

XCloner works for WordPress and Joomla. Plug into the company’s 24/7 support network for all of your backup and restore needs.


Restore backups to any web host you choose.

Although it is a lesser-known system, XCloner has been around for a while and is a steady plugin.


10. Snapshot Pro

Snapshot Pro does more than just back up your open source website.

It has more than 100 plugins of its own.

The dashboard is simple to use and view.

It shows you when the last backup occurred, how much storage you use to back up your website with previous versions and the size of your last backup.

Snapshot Pro Backup Plugin

You start with 10 GB of storage, backups to one of several popular web storage companies and a one-click restore function.

You also get a free membership into WPMU DEV.

Perhaps the best part is that your paid portion starts as a free trial.



As you can see, there are plenty of options when it comes to backing up your WordPress website.

These are the best ones available, and they have some of the top rates, best premium packages and heftiest customer support in the WordPress business.

A backup and restore is like car insurance.

It’s a tool you need just in case something goes wrong.

You hope you never have to use it, but you have to have it just in case.

Don’t wait for something bad to happen to your WordPress site.

Secure a backup and restore service as soon as you can before your business or personal website suffers from some bad code, malware or a cyber security breach.


I want to hear from you.  If you have additional WordPress Backup Plugins you love using, please comment below.


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