The one and only true online backup solution for WordPress, I ever found, is UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore plugin which has given the peace of mind to several WordPress users including me. We don’t know when any accident will snatch our blog from us. It can be hacked, server can crash down or we can delete important files accidentally. Sometimes, installation of any malicious or malfunctioned plugin results in destruction of your WordPress database which contains posts, pages, comments, user settings and all other information about your blog. It has happened with several WordPress users and many lost their entire hard work of several years in minutes.
So you can’t afford this to happen at any cost. You can’t bear seeing your hard work of several years and months vanishing in front of your eyes. To keep your blog safe from any possible loss, you need to backup it regularly. While backing up your blog, you need to download two separate backups – one for your WordPress database and the second for wp-content directory which contains uploaded media files, themes and plugins. Although you can download manual backups, but it isn’t an easy task. Luckily UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore plugin is there which automates this process. Below features make it the perfect online backup solution for your WordPress blog.
Supports All Major Online Cloud Storage Services: The beauty of the plugin is, it supports all major online cloud storage services including Google Drive, Amazon S3, DropBox and several others. You need to just link your cloud storage account with UpdraftPlus after installing and activating it. Once you will configure the plugin, it will start sending the backups to your cloud storage and they will remain safe there. If something goes wrong later, you can get everything back including your posts, pages, comments, images and everything that was previously there on your blog at the time of last backup.
If you want to keep your backups at more than one destinations, then there is an add-on branded as Multiple storage destinations which needs to be purchased. The price for this add-on has been set as $20. Once you will purchase and activate it, you will be able to keep your backup files at more than one storage services. But according to me, one service (I recommend Google Drive) is enough. Learn here, how to configure UpdraftPlus with Google Drive cloud storage.
Automates the Backups: Just install the plugin and schedule the automatic backups. Tell the plugin when your content should be backed up. The plugin will automatically backup your data and will send the backup files to your preferred and configured external storage including FTP.
One-click Restoration: A single click will restore everything to the chosen previous state from a concerned backup. If something goes wrong, do a fresh installation of WordPress, install the plugin, configure it so the plugin will access the backup data and just click Restore button to get everything back 🙂
Flexible Options: The plugin lets you configure, where your backups should be stored and how many copies should be kept. If you set the value as 1, only one backup copy for each chosen content will be kept and the older backup files will be replaced by every new backup. It saves your disk space and keeps your cloud storage tidy all the time. In addition, email reports on every successful or failed backups are also sent to configured email.
Saves Money: Recently, HostGator introduced cloud backup for websites and blogs which costs $19.95/year for the most basic package. The plan provides you a storage space of just 1GB. But UpdraftPlus plugin lets you store your backups on free cloud storage of whole 15GB provided by Google which saves a lot of money for you 🙂
So these are the most important features of this simple yet unbeatable online backup WordPress plugin. It truly deserves to be declared as the best online backup plugin for WordPress. Install it now, configure and link it with your favorite cloud storage service and say goodbye to all worries regarding with security of your WordPress blog.