8 Best Free WordPress Backup Plugins with Pros and Cons - 2018

8 Best Free WordPress Backup Plugins

If you are a website owner you should have a backup of your website always in your hand(WordPress Backup Plugins). If anything goes wrong with your hosting provider or your website gets hacked. You can restore your website with latest backup files. In WordPress you don’t have to worry about backing up your website manually, there are plenty of plugins that will automate the process.

Real Horrible Story of My Friend Without Latest Backup

Before going through the list I’ll give you a real-time example horrible story, It happened to one of my friends. He runs a local news portal website which is hosted on a dedicated server with Cpanel. His website is based on WordPress platform. He arranged to auto backup inside cpanel and within WHM also he set the auto backup to Amazon servers. He has arranged two backups processes set up and running. His website is running smoothly quite a while, one fine day his website is not opening it’s because of server hard drive failure.

He doesn’t have any copies in his local computer only on server and Amazon. There is no chance to get backups from the server. Another option is Amazon server, due to some problem backups are not uploaded to Amazon server from a couple of months. He is in a horrible situation. Because it’s local news portal, their website will be updated on daily basis. He doesn’t have the latest backup, he has to settle for few months old backup. That it doesn’t has latest articles from past few months. He and his team again added all the popular content within that few months.

Over to you

Don’t face these kinds of troubles for yourself, be in safe side by placing auto backup and check once in a while that if these backups are in another location or not.

You know if your major traffic source is from search engines, if your website goes down then they will move your positions down from where they are now. You also risk losing your search engine rankings, visitors & sales. Most importantly email subscribers.

What are the other reasons to have backup of your website

Your hosting provider will assure you of daily backups, but don’t rely on them. They may accidentally delete your account or files. If you forgot to make the payment or something goes you may lose all of the hard work, you put into your website.

Due to the internal problem from your hosting provider’s data center. You may risk losing your website.

Your website is infected with the virus, so your hosting provider closes your account.

Difference between Free & Paid WordPress Backup Plugins

There are always free plugins and paid plugins for WordPress Backup. Paid plugins come with some advanced features that free plugins can’t-do. Paid plugins will also have good support, they will resolve any issues you face.

On the other hand, free plugins may be good for your pocket. But, they won’t have advanced features what you may get in paid plugins.

If you see your website as a business, do spend some money on good WordPress Backup Plugin. But, don’t compromise on features.

1. UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration – Freemium

UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration is one of the most popular wordpress backup plugin available for free and a paid version with advanced features. With UpdraftPlus you can backup and restore your website and automate the process of backup. UpdraftPlus can also upload these backup files to various locations like dropbox, Microsoft one drive, ftp, amazon SES, google drive and a lot of other sources.

In UpdrafPlus you will have the option to select the directories you want to backup based on the requirement. UpdraftPlus can restore backups from various plugins including BackWPUp, BackupWordPress, Simple Backup, or WordPress Backup To Dropbox.

Pros of UpdraftPlus

  • Automated Backups
  • Easy to Use
  • Backup Options
  • Support to upload multiple locations like dropbox
  • Restoration from multiple sources

2. Duplicator – Freemium

Duplicator is also one of the popular WordPress backup plugin available for free and paid version. Duplicator is mainly used as backup tool & Website migration tool to move website from one source to other.

In the free version of Duplicator there no auto backup option, it is available in only on the paid version. The backup process is a bit different than other plugins, it requires some WordPress knowledge to use the duplicator.

Pros of Duplicator

  • Free backup plugin
  • Easy to use WordPres Migration Tool

Cons of Duplicator

  • Auto backups are available with paid version
  • WordPress knowledge required to use Duplicator
  • Only Manual backups with free plugin

3. BackUpWordPress – Freemium

BackUpWordPress is simple and easy to use plugin, it is available for free. BackUpWordPress allows you to take backups manually and automatically. Then only limitaition with BackUpWordPress is in free version it won’t upload auto backups to other services like dropbox or goole drive. For this you have to use paid plugin.

In the free version, auto backups are stored on the same server, from time to time you have to download them local computer. Backups with BackUpWordPress are faster than compared to other plugins, if you want quick backup then this is your plugin.

Pros of BackUpWordPress

  • Simple & Easy to use plugin
  • Free backup plugin
  • Fastest Backups

Cons of BackUpWordPress

  • Auto backups only available in Paid version

4. BackWPup – Freemium

BackWPup Free as name implies is a free wordpress backup plugin. BackWPup is an easy and simple to automate your wordpress backups with free plugin. In BackWPup Free you can sync backups to Dropbox, S3, FTP, RackSpaceCloud, Google Drive, SugarSync, website directory, and more. In paid version you have more sources to upload backups.

In BackWPup Pro version there are more features like protecting your site, including a tool that can scan, repair, and optimize your database.

Pros of BackWPup

  • Easy to Use
  • It free
  • Automatic Backups

5. WordPress Backup to Dropbox – Freemium

WordPress Backup to Dropbox as the name implies it is a free backup plugin to store backups into dropbox. This plugin only works with dropbox, not with any other service.

Just authorize the plugin with Dropbox, and the plugin is fully automated to take backups. It is simple and easy to use. If you are looking for only taking backups to Dropbox then this is your plugin.

Pros of WordPress Backup to Dropbox

  • Easy to Use
  • It free
  • Automatic Backups to Dropbox

6. WP Database Backup – Freemium

WP Database Backup is only used to backup database of wordpress website. It offers auto backup and support for Dropbox, FTP, and even email. If you are looking for only database backup, then this is your plugin

7. BackupBuddy – Paid

BackupBuddy is a premium plugin with one-time fee. You can use this plugin on the number of websites it’s allowed based on the plan. Using BackupBuddy you can automatically store your backups in Dropbox, Amazon S3, Rackspace Cloud, FTP, Stash (BackupBuddy cloud service), and send email to yourself.

8. VaultPress (with Jetpack) – Paid

VaultPress is backup and security plugin developed by the creators of WordPress. It’s a paid subscription based plugin. Charges are based on the plan you choose. There are different plans availalbe from VaultPress website.

VaultPress plugin is available for free to download, to use you should have a VaultPress subscription.

Conclusion of WordPress Backup Plugins

Now you have the list of popular backup plugins available, you can choose a plugin based on your requirement. If you are a beginner go with the free plugin. If you can invest some money, you can go with VaultPress or BackupBuddy plugins.

If you know any good WordPress Backup plugins, then let us know through below comment below.

Vivek Vengala

Vivek Vengala is a Online Entrepreneur, Web Developer from Hyderabad India.

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