WordPress Backup Plugins, Compared for 2018

You know already know all the reasons why you should back up your blog. Setting up backups in WordPress is a pain, right? How much will it cost? A quick search for “backup” on WordPress.org will show you the most-used plugins for backing up your blog. Backups are often taken for granted. If something bad happens, you will immediately start looking for a backup. Protect your data using one of the solutions below. And the best part is… all of them are extremely easy to use!

UpdraftPlus

UpdraftPlus ranks among the highest in popularity at over 1 million active installations. Installation and setup are very easy. Most external storage options are free to use. But, you aren’t given much control over scheduling without paid add-ons.

Pros: Ease of use, simple interface.
Cons: Almost every extra “feature” requires a “premium license” or paid add-on. Some of these paid features are basic such as backup scheduling and backing up to more than one location. External storages SFTP, Microsoft OneDrive, WebDAV support are all extra as well. The licenses range in price from $70 to 145, but you can buy individual features at varying prices.  Doesn’t completely remove itself from your WordPress installation upon deletion.

XCloner – Backup and Restore

XCloner is a very powerful backup tool. If anything, the number of settings you can change might be daunting for the first-time user.

Pros: Free. Lots of options. Can trigger a backup right before automatic WordPress upgrades. Lots of help icons with mouseover pop-ups and links to videos that aid in setup and use. External storage options are free.
Cons: Lots of options. Doesn’t appear to support Microsoft OneDrive (yet). Setting up a new backup schedule isn’t as straightforward as other plugins. May require changing settings on your hosting account to follow recommended practices (they want you to do this). Some help videos are outdated.

BackWPup

BackWPup is also popular with over 600,000 active installations. It’s very quick to start making backups with not much configuration.

Pros: Fast setup, Dashboard page includes many videos to help you with setup, backing up and restoring. One-click database download on the Dashboard page as well which is handy. A lot of control over scheduling. You can choose to have the backup jobs started using many different methods. A few external storage options for free. Can make differential backups with a pro license.
Cons: Some external storages (Google Drive is one of them) require a “pro” license. $69/year for the standard license and prices range up to $349/year. Doesn’t completely remove itself from your WordPress installation upon deletion.

Duplicator

Duplicator is more about making “packages” that can be used to quickly move a blog from one location to another. It even provides a neat installer script to help you set up the duplicated site on another server or directory. This functionality is also useful for making site backups, so it makes the list and is quite popular with over 1 million installations.

Pros: Very easy and fast to make an “archive” which you can then download with one click.
Cons: Scheduling & external storage require a “pro” license. Licenses range from $39 to 349.

Jetpack

Extremely well-known for adding a host of useful features to WordPress blogs, Jetpack also includes backup capabilities.

Pros: Jetpack is probably already installed on your blog. Backups are completely automatic, there’s very little configuration to do.
Cons: $39/year for a personal subscription is required for any backups. Other subscriptions are $99/year and $299/year.

All-in-One WP Migration

I had to include this plugin since there are so many active installations (over 900,000). However, mainly this tool is useful for migrating your blog to another location. It does that very well. Installs with 2 clicks. Another 2 clicks and you’re downloading your export/backup file.

Pros: Very easy to use (there’s not even that many things to click on). Pretty fast. Works well on limited hosting environments (with upload sizes set as low as 2MB and older PHP software). Find/replace feature during database export is cool.
Cons: No scheduled backups. External storage options are pricey. FTP, Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3, OneDrive, and Box are all $99 each. Mega is $129. Uploading a backup file larger than 512 MB requires the “Unlimited” extension at $69. Careful, that one could surprise you if you didn’t look at the Import tab during your export. It almost looks like a gotcha since the export doesn’t appear to use much compression. Doesn’t completely remove itself from your WordPress installation upon deletion.

BackupGuard

This plugin is literally called “backup” in the plugin URL: https://wordpress.org/plugins/backup.

Pros: Fast, simple to use. Fancy interface.
Cons: External storage and scheduled backup require at least the “Silver” package at $19.95. Silver allows you to create one backup schedule profile; use FTP and Dropbox. Google Drive, Amazon S3, and OneDrive require “Gold” at $39.95. You have to move up to Platinum at $79.95 to create more than one backup schedule and customize the folder your backups are stored.

WP Database Backup

This very popular database backup tool only backs up your WordPress database for free. You will have to install the “premium” plugin to back up your entire site.

Pros: Easy to install and use. Basic scheduling functionality. Free external storage options.
Cons: To back up your website’s files, you need to buy the WP All Backup plugin for $22. You can use the plugin on five sites for $35, or unlimited sites for $49.

Backup & Restore Dropbox

Backup & Restore Dropbox is designed to backup locally or to Dropbox without a lot of frills. The local backup is single-click. Dropbox needs a little setup, but it works as well.
 
Pros: Backups made in as few clicks as possible. Not much setup needed.
Cons: More than half of the Dashboard screen is an ad for the “Pro” version of this plugin. Scheduled backups not available in the free version. “Pro” version is $29 plus VAT and a handling fee? Looks like the developer is passing their payment gateway costs on to you. My total came out to $35.88.

 

As we test more backup plugins, we will update this article with the latest results. Any comments? Post below!