7 Top Premium and Freemium WordPress Backup Plugins Reviewed

Backing up your WordPress site is essential. Without it, you run the risk of losing all of your hard work if something goes wrong. If your hosting provider loses your data, your site is hacked or you simply want to roll back to an earlier version of your site, keeping regular backups will save you a lot of work – and a lot of stress.

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But backing up isn’t something you’re going to want to keep on doing manually. Keeping backups only works if it’s automated, with regular snapshots being taken of your site so that you have constant access to a recent backup you can restore if things go wrong. Which is where backup plugins come in.

In this post I’ll review seven of the top backup plugins for WordPress. All of these are premium or freemium (meaning there’s a free version and a paid for version), because when I was researching this post I found that if you want a backup plugin that’ll make the process of backing up and restoring your site quick and easy, you generally have to pay for it. And this is something that’s worth paying for – imagine what it would cost you if you had to take time out to recreate your site from scratch or even worse, your clients’ sites?

Disclaimer: I’m sure there are many readers who use plugins not on this list, including free ones, and are perfectly happy with them. As with all reviews, there is going to be an element of subjectivity in this post and my reviews will reflect my experience of researching or testing these plugins.

What Makes a Great Backup Plugin?

In this post I’ve focused on plugins which make the process of backing up, migrating and restoring your site easy, reliable and hassle-free. The plugins I’ll rate most highly will have the following features:

  • Automated backup scheduling, with the flexibility for you to choose what you back up and how often.
  • A choice of locations to store your backups, including third party services such as Dropbox and Amazon S3.
  • Backups stored for as long as you need with no time limit.
  • Straightforward migration or restoring via the WordPress admin screens or the provider’s website.
  • Quality one to one support.
  • Detailed documentation on the provider’s website.
  • Flexible billing plans (where appropriate), with monthly or annual options and different prices for different needs.
  • Support for WordPress Multisite without having to pay extra for each site in your network.

Not all of the plugins I’ve reviewed here meet all of those criteria, but what I’ve listed above is what the ideal plugin will boast. So let’s take a look at some plugins.



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