6 Best WordPress Backup Plugins Compared (100% Objective)

6 Best WordPress Backup Plugins Compared (100% Objective)

Imagine if one day your blog just disappeared.

It’s a terrifying thought, right?

You put all that work into writing amazing content and developing an audience. The last thing you want is for it all to go up in a puff of smoke because of some technical issue or hacker.

But if you don’t back up your website regularly, that’s exactly what would happen if something ever went wrong.

Thankfully, I have some good news for you:

Backing up your website isn’t something you need a developer for. Heck, it’s not even that complicated.

And with the right WordPress backup plugin, you’ll be able to sleep easy knowing that no matter what happens to your site, you can always have it up and running again in no time.

To help you get started on the right foot with WordPress backups, I’m going to spend this post going through six WordPress backup plugins and helping you choose the one that’s right for you.

But first…

Here’s What to Look For in a WordPress Backup Plugin

While the backup plugin that you eventually choose will depend on your personal preferences, there are a few key features you should at least consider when making your choice:

  • Does the plugin offer automation? Automated backups let you “set it and forget it.” In other words, it keeps you from having to remember to do it manually every week/month/whatever time frame.
  • Does the plugin take full or partial backups? All the plugins on this list offer full site backups. But if you search elsewhere, you will find some plugins that will only back up specific parts of your websites, like just your database or theme.
  • How does the plugin handle restoring from backups? Some plugins give you built-in tools, while others require you to manually upload the files and import your database.
  • Does the plugin work with remote storage? If the plugin doesn’t let you back up to remote storage, you’ll be entirely responsible for keeping your backup files safe. Some plugins will store your backups on your server, which can still be useful, but won’t help you if your server gets wiped clean.
  • Does the plugin offer site migrations? This is the least important question. But if you think you’ll move your site often — like from a local staging site (that you use for tests) to your live site — this feature comes in handy.

The 6 Best Backup Plugins Compared in Detail

In order to help you make your decision, I want to give you an actual idea how these plugins function in the real world. So, in addition to giving you each plugin’s feature list, I’ll also show you the actual process for how you can use the plugin to back up and restore your website.

Let’s dive in…

#1: UpdraftPlus

By the numbers, UpdraftPlus is the most popular backup plugin at WordPress.org. It also has a staggering five-star rating on over 2,672 reviews to help explain its popularity.

So, why do so many people like UpdraftPlus? Probably because it gives you nearly all of the points I discussed above without charging a penny (though there is a premium version with more features).

Here’s what you get with UpdraftPlus:

  • Manual or automatic backups (based on a schedule that you define)
  • Full-site backups or backups of specific parts of your site (like your database)
  • Easy restore from backup via a dedicated tool
  • Off-site backup to Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3, and more
  • UpdraftVault dedicated backup storage, which is basically a dedicated cloud storage service for UpdraftPlus (storage costs extra, though)

In fact, the only feature that you might miss in the free version is a dedicated site migration tool. If you do want that migration feature, though, you can always purchase UpdraftPlus premium starting at $70.

UpdraftPlus table

Who Is UpdraftPlus Good For?

UpdraftPlus is the plugin I recommend for most casual bloggers because it strikes a good balance between flexibility/features and ease of use.

But while it’s easy to use, it’s not the easiest to use. We have other plugins on this list that simplify the process even more. (Of course, those may have other downsides for you.)

How to Take a Backup with UpdraftPlus

Once you install and activate UpdraftPlus, you can access its settings by heading to Settings → UpdraftPlus.

To run a manual backup, you just need to click the big blue Backup Now button:

UpdraftPlus backup restore

Then, you can choose whether to back up your entire site, or just a specific part:

UpdraftPlus - choose backup

And that’s all there is to it! Depending on the size of your site, the backup may take a few minutes to create.

Once it’s finished, you can download the files to your computer by visiting the Existing Backups tab:

UpdraftPlus - download files

Something to note about UpdraftPlus is that it divides its backups into different files. You need to download all five files to have the full backup of your site.

Of course, one of the benefits of UpdraftPlus is that you don’t actually have to manually run your backups.

If you want to set up automated backups and/or off-site backups, you can do that by going to the plugin’s Settings tab, and choosing how often you’d like to run a backup:

UpdraftPlus - set up backups

As you can see on the image above, you can also choose a remote storage option, so you don’t have to rely on the backups on your server.

How to Restore Your Site from Backup with UpdraftPlus

UpdraftPlus lets you restore from backup in two ways.

First, you can run a one-click restore by going to the Existing Backups tab and clicking the Restore button:

UpdraftPlus - one click restore

Note: This only works if the backup you want to restore from is still on your server.

Second, you can upload a set of backup files from your own computer or from remote storage. You’ll need to upload all five backup data files to get a full backup.

UpdraftPlus - upload backup files

#2: BackWPup

BackWPup is another popular WordPress backup plugin with over 600,000 active installs.

Here’s what you get with this plugin:

  • Full or partial site backups
  • Automated backups via a few different methods
  • Off-site backup to Dropbox, email, S3 services, and others (Google Drive is not available in the free version, though)

And here’s one unique, though niche, BackWPup feature:

The free version works with WordPress MultiSite. Most WordPress backup plugins lock MultiSite support behind their Pro versions.

You may notice one feature missing from this list, though — BackWPup does not offer a tool to restore from backup. You’ll have to do that manually.

BackWPup - table

Who Is BackWPup Good For?

BackWPup is more flexible than UpdraftPlus in certain aspects as it offers more customization options when it comes to how and what to backup. But those same customization options make the plugin less user-friendly than UpdraftPlus and might feel overwhelming to casual bloggers.

For example, you can run backups via WP-CLI, export backups as WordPress XML files, trigger backups by visiting an external URL, and more.

If you’re a WordPress beginner, that might all  sound like gibberish to you, which is okay, because you won’t need those options. But advanced WordPress users should appreciate them, especially the WP-CLI integration.

So unless you want those advanced options, I recommend you choose one of the simpler backup plugins on this list.

How to Take a Backup with BackWPup

To start running backups with BackWPup, you need to create a Job. A Job is basically any task that you want the plugin to complete:

BackWPup - create a job

You can also choose where to send the results of your Job:

BackWPup - job destination

As well as whether to run that job manually or via some type of automation:

BackWPup - job schedule

From the screenshots above, I think you’ll be able to see why I don’t recommend this plugin for beginners. Unless you’re a power WordPress user, terms like WordPress cron and WP-CLI mean nothing to you.

How to Restore Your Site from Backup with BackWPup

Again, BackWPup does not currently offer a dedicated restore-from-backup tool. Instead, you’ll need to manually restore your site by uploading the actual files via FTP and importing your database.

While that’s not too hard to do, this is another reason why BackWPup is not a great option for beginners.

The developers are working on adding a restore tool to their plugin, though, so this may change in the near future.

#3: VaultPress/Jetpack

VaultPress is part of the Jetpack plugin from Automattic, the same company behind WordPress.com. It’s designed to make things as easy as possible for you to both back up and restore your site (if needed). Essentially, it puts your backups on autopilot.

That means:

  • Automatic daily and real-time backups. Yes real-time means that any time you make a change on your site, that change gets synched right away.
  • 30 days of backup storage in the VaultPress cloud
  • One-click restores from the VaultPress interface
  • Easy migrations — restore to different sites with the click of a button

And beyond backups, on the higher tier plans, VaultPress also scans your site for vulnerabilities and helps you fix any problems that it discovers.

Sounds pretty slick, right? So what’s the catch? Well, unlike all of the other plugins on this list, there’s no free version.

If you want to use VaultPress, you have to pay their yearly fee.

VaultPress - table

Who Is VaultPress Good For?

In terms of pure ease of use, VaultPress is the best option for beginners and casual WordPress users. It’s simple and pretty much hands-free. There is a small one-time setup to enable one-click restores, but once you complete that, VaultPress requires essentially zero manual input.

So if you’re looking for the absolute easiest WordPress backup solution, this is it. Just remember that you’re going to pay $39 per year for that ease of use, whereas something like UpdraftPlus is almost as simple without the price tag.

How to Take a Backup with VaultPress

Even though VaultPress is part of the Jetpack subscription plan, it’s technically a separate plugin. So before you can get started taking backups, you’ll need to install and activate both Jetpack and VaultPress. The process is straightforward, but if you need help you can find instructions for both Jetpack and VaultPress.

Once you have both those plugins up and running, VaultPress automatically starts working. While you don’t technically need to configure anything for it to take your first backup, if you have a large site, you might want to give VaultPress remote access through SSH or FTP to speed up the process:

VaultPress - settings

If you’re not sure why/how to do this, VaultPress has a support article on the subject and you can always reach out to Jetpack/VaultPress support or your host’s support.

Once VaultPress completes your first backup, you can manage all your backups from the VaultPress interface. If you want, you can also download physical copies to your local computer for safekeeping:

VaultPress - manage backups

How to Restore Your Site from Backup with VaultPress

To enable one-click restores, you’ll first need to give VaultPress remote access to your site (if you haven’t already configured it to speed up your backups).

Again, if you’re not sure just how to do that, give this support article a read. Or you can always reach out to Jetpack/VaultPress support and/or your host’s support team.

Once you complete that one-time setup process, all you need to do to restore your site is click a button in the VaultPress interface:

VaultPress - restore

#4: Duplicator

Duplicator is a popular and well-rated WordPress migration plugin. Because there’s a good deal of overlap between what happens when you migrate a site and what happens when you backup/restore a site, Duplicator functions great as a backup tool as well.

That said, many of the backup features that come for free in the other plugins are only available in the paid Duplicator Pro plugin.

Here’s what you can do in the free version of the plugin:

  • Download a full site backup
  • Fairly easy restore from backup (though it’s not a one-click restore)
  • Easy site migrations

And if you upgrade to Duplicator Pro, here’s what you’ll get:

  • Scheduled backups
  • Off-site storage at Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3
  • Special support for extra-large websites
Duplicator - table

Who Is Duplicator Good For?

Duplicator is a good option for intermediate users and above.

As someone who works with WordPress for a living, I find it convenient and often use it to move sites around and back them up. But I don’t believe it’s as good an option for beginners as tools like UpdraftPlus or VaultPress.

Here’s how it shakes out:

If you’re comfortable using FTP, you might enjoy this plugin for its convenience and flexibility. But if you just want a simple backup utility, some of the other plugins are better suited for you.

How to Take a Backup with Duplicator

To back up your site with Duplicator, you’ll need to create something called a Package.

Duplicator - create a package

A Package consists of two files:

  • Installer — contains a setup wizard that helps you migrate or restore your site
  • Archive — contains a complete backup of your WordPress site
Duplicator - package completed

Put together, those two files are all you need to completely back up your WordPress site.

How to Restore Your Site from Backup with Duplicator

Whether you’re migrating your site or restoring your site from backup, Duplicator uses the same process.

It’s not as simple as something like UpdraftPlus, but it is more streamlined than the completely manual process offered by BackWPup.

Basically, you’ll need to use FTP or cPanel to upload both files to the server where you want to restore or migrate your site.

Then you can go to yourdomain.com/installer.php and follow the plugin’s four-step wizard to restore your site. The only slightly technical thing that you’ll need to do is create an empty database for Duplicator to connect to (here’s how to do that in cPanel, the most common hosting management tool):

Duplicator - restore site

#5: BackUpWordPress

BackUpWordPress is a backup plugin from Human Made, one of the largest WordPress development agencies. In addition to working with enterprise clients like USA Today, they’ve also created some of their own products like BackUpWordPress.

With BackUpWordPress, you can:

  • Take complete site backups or database backups
  • Create separate schedules for complete backups and database backups

If you upgrade to the Pro version starting at $29, you’ll also get the ability to back up to off-site storage like Google Drive, DropBox, Amazon S3 and more.

BackUpWordPress - table

Who Is BackUpWordPress Good For?

BackUpWordPress is a great option for casual users who want something that works out of the box. There’s literally nothing you need to configure — just activate and go.

On the other hand, it doesn’t currently offer a dedicated restore function. That means the simplicity only extends to actually backing up your site, not restoring it.

Also, in the free version, you don’t get remote storage, so you have to manually download your backups on a regular basis.

How to Take a Backup with BackUpWordPress

As I mentioned, you don’t actually need to do anything after activating the plugin. By default, BackUpWordPress starts off with backups already scheduled.

It will:

  • Back up your database every day
  • Back up your entire site every week

If you want, you can always manually create a backup by clicking Run now:

BackUpWordPress - manually create database

And you can also change the default schedule by clicking on Settings:

BackUpWordPress - change default schedule

In the free version, you’ll then need to manually download your backups to your local computer in order to ensure that you always have a working copy available. While the plugin will store backups on your server (according to your settings), this is not a safe way to store your backups long-term because if something happens to your server, you’ll be unable to access your backups.

How to Restore Your Site from Backup with BackUpWordPress

Again, BackUpWordPress does not have a dedicated restore function. To restore your site from backup, you’ll need to upload all of the files via FTP and import your database via phpMyAdmin.

#6: All-in-One WP Migration

Like Duplicator, All-in-One WP Migration is a migration plugin that serves double duty as a backup plugin. One thing that’s nice about All-in-One WP Migration, though, is that it offers a simpler restore process than Duplicator.

The plugin gives you:

  • Full or partial backups
  • Easy restore from backup
  • Functionalities that make migrating your site a breeze

You can also purchase individual premium extensions for off-site backups at cloud storage providers like Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, and more.

There’s no way to put your backups on an automatic schedule, though.

All-in-One WP Migration - table

Who Is All-in-One WP Migration Good For?

Because it lacks scheduled backups, All-in-One WP Migration is good for users who are willing (or even prefer) to handle things manually.

One advantage that All-in-One WP Migration has over some of the other backup plugins is that it gives you a good deal of control over which files you export, which is helpful if you only want to take partial backups.

Most of the time, you’ll probably want to take full backups anyway, so this isn’t a huge advantage for casual users. But partial backups can be helpful if you’re running an especially large site where taking a full backup every day takes up too much space and/or processing power.

For example, if you use tons of high-resolution images that don’t change very often, it’s a waste of resources to back up those files every single time you take a backup.

For most casual users, one of the plugins that focuses specifically on backups will offer a more streamlined solution.

How to Take a Backup with All-in-One WP Migration

To create a backup of your site, you need to Export it. You can export your entire site or exclude certain elements by using the Advanced options:

All-in-One WP Migration - create backup

Once you export your site, the plugin will prompt you to save the file to your computer (or your offsite location if you purchase a premium extension). And the files will also show up in the Backups tab of the plugin.

How to Restore Your Site from Backup with All-in-One WP Migration

To restore your site from a backup, you have two options.

First, you can go to the Backups tab and click the restore button:

All-in-One WP Migration - restore

Second, you can go to the Import tab and upload a previously exported file from your computer or a remote storage location:

All-in-One WP Migration - import
Note: One well-known plugin that’s missing from this list is BackupBuddy. We intended to include it, but unfortunately iThemes does not offer a trial version, maintains a strict no-refund policy and did not respond to any of our requests for a demo licence. 🙁

Start Taking Backups and Sleep Easy Knowing That Your Site is Protected

Peace of mind is a beautiful thing.

And after you start using one of these WordPress backup plugins, that’s exactly what you’ll have.

Don’t wait — choose the plugin you like the best, install it, and create your first backup.

Then, no matter what happens to your site, you’ll always have a working copy tucked safely away.

And that means you can sleep easy knowing the work you’ve put into your site is safe and secure.

About the author: Colin Newcomer is a freelance writer for hire with a background in SEO and affiliate marketing. He helps clients grow their web visibility by writing primarily about digital marketing and WordPress. In his spare time, he travels and curates graphic t-shirts.


  1. Dom
    Nov 16, 2017 @ 12:19:34

    What about Akeeba Backup. That has been my goto backup for Joomla for years, now I use it exclusively in WordPress too.

    • Colin Newcomer
      Nov 16, 2017 @ 20:01:56

      Hey Dom, I’ve never heard of this one. Will check it out – thanks!

    • Jon
      Nov 18, 2017 @ 10:01:14

      Hey Dom, he talked about WordPress backup alone. that of Joomla will be the next post – I think!

      • Dom
        Nov 20, 2017 @ 09:22:48

        Jon, Akeeba has a WordPress version….that is what I was talking about.
        They started with only a Joomla version, but have written a WordPress version that should be considered IMO

  2. K. Wayne
    Nov 16, 2017 @ 12:30:41

    I think people often underestimate the need for backups until disaster actually strikes. I would also add that both backup and restore should be tested before you actually need it. Great comprehensive article. BackupBuddy’s lack of response, no free trial and no-refund policy makes you wonder if they have something to hide.

    • Colin Newcomer
      Nov 16, 2017 @ 20:02:42

      Yes and yes to underestimating and testing 🙂 Backups are easy to discount until you actually need them – then they’re vital.

  3. Suresh Dubey
    Nov 16, 2017 @ 12:53:01

    I am using UpdraftPlus for my tech blog (automationelearn dot com). It’s really a great solution for backing up the blog. I will try another one also mentioned in this article. Great article. Thanks

    • Colin Newcomer
      Nov 16, 2017 @ 20:03:16

      Hey Suresh,

      If you’re happy with UpdraftPlus I don’t think you need to switch – UpdraftPlus is a great solution.

  4. Saad from The Usual Stuff
    Nov 16, 2017 @ 13:13:09

    Hi Colin and Jon,

    First thanks for writing this valuable article.

    Yes, you are right. Being a blogger it gives me nightmares whenever I think about loosing my entire work just because of a hacker looking for some adventure.

    Never thought that there’d be WordPress plugins to take care of it.

    BTW my webhosting by default, provides me backup services. Do I still need to install these plugins?

    And if I install these plugins and restore backups from them, will they restore all the data as is? I mean along with all the modifications that I applied to my WordPress theme and/or template or just the articles and media libraries will be available?

    Thank you,

    • Colin Newcomer
      Nov 16, 2017 @ 20:06:23

      Hey Saad,

      If your web host provides easy backups then you don’t necessarily need a plugin. But what you do need to do is:
      -Download copies of your backups from your host so that you have them on your own computer for safekeeping (don’t leave storing your backups up to your host)
      -Make sure you actually know how to restore your site from the backup.

      I’d also double check to see how often your host backs things up.

      As for your last question – all these plugins are built so that you’re able to restore a 100% identical version of your site.

  5. Michelle Gale
    Nov 17, 2017 @ 03:04:40

    You didn’t mention Manage WP. May I ask why?

    • Colin Newcomer
      Nov 17, 2017 @ 04:15:58

      Hey Michelle,

      I like Manage WP! (I write for their blog, too 🙂 ). I wouldn’t really consider Manage WP “just” a backup solution, though.

      If you like the other features that you get, it’s definitely worth checking out. But it’s probably overkill for a blogger who just wants a dedicated backup solution

      • Michelle Gale
        Nov 17, 2017 @ 11:26:55

        Like the other features! I don’t even understand the other features. I’m a newbie who isn’t technically inclined and just really can’t handle Manage WP’s complexity. I’ve been thinking, what do I need all this for, but didn’t know of a better alternative. Your post has resolved that issue for me. I intend to move to Updraft Plus. And that’s going to be a real relief. Thank you.

  6. Neil Walker
    Nov 17, 2017 @ 10:30:51

    Hey Colin – great to finally see a blog post covering WP backup solutions that’s this objective – 99% of the information online on the topic is really salesy. I’m a recent convert to Updraft Plus after years of fiddling with different solutions that just never quite hit the mark. I love the offsite storage option because I know no matter what (accidental tweaks that bring the virtual house down) I have a full backup I can fall back to. Evaluated Backup Buddy for a while, but can’t see myself moving away from Updraft now.

    • Colin Newcomer
      Nov 18, 2017 @ 19:34:15

      Hey Neil, yeah that’s why I love UpdraftPlus too! Storing offsite is super important so being able to do it automatically is helpful

  7. Rana Paul
    Nov 17, 2017 @ 11:01:33

    Good list indeed. Creating regular WordPress backup gives us peace of mind and it saves our site when our site gets hacked or accidentally locked. Your mentioned plugins are really effective to do the best jobs for my WordPress backup.
    I just want to include here my favorite one. The “Backupbuddy”. It is a popular premium plugin. It has a feature of adding your site backup automatically in Dropbox, Amazon S3, Rackspace Cloud, FTP, Stash (their cloud service), and even email it to yourself. Even the free version wor ks good for sites.

    • Colin Newcomer
      Nov 18, 2017 @ 19:35:09

      Hey Rana, glad you like it! I don’t think BackupBuddy has a free version, though. I wasn’t able to test it for this post because we were unable to get our hands on a copy.

  8. Mick Meaney
    Nov 17, 2017 @ 14:57:09

    Colin! You’re a life-saver.

    You’re literally saving people’s business here.

    A few years back I lost TONS of articles because I figured, “hey, that’ll never happen to me”… but ouch man, I landed with a bump.

    The host weren’t taking backups, and that was a costly mistake. Not all hosts look out for their customers.

    So, thank you for looking out for us.

    • Colin Newcomer
      Nov 18, 2017 @ 19:37:07

      Glad you’ve got better backup practices now 🙂 But yeah, it’s really hard to convince people how important backups are until they experience it (which is usually a tough lesson to learn).

  9. Vijay Bhabhor
    Nov 17, 2017 @ 20:27:43

    Hey Colin,

    Wow!, Awesome, you saved my website,
    Whenever I update my Website I never take backup, but now I can.
    I will surely test one of your suggested wordpress backup plugin

  10. arjun
    Nov 18, 2017 @ 07:26:25

    Great info, But Hostings are providing – Automatic backups for your website. Which one is better through plugin or automatic ?

    • Colin Newcomer
      Nov 18, 2017 @ 19:38:46

      I think you host’s backup is fine:
      -If you know how to restore from it.
      -If you’re downloading it to your local computer to make sure you have your own copy.

      But don’t trust your host to both back up your site AND store the back up for you, because that’s a single point of failure, then.

  11. Laviza
    Nov 18, 2017 @ 11:44:00

    Hey Colin,
    Superb Sharing.I Find Best Plugin To Save my website Backup it is very helpful Article for me.Thank You.Keep it up.Have a nice week ahead.

  12. SMN Zaman
    Nov 18, 2017 @ 11:50:13

    Hey Colin,

    Yes. Backing up your content keeps you stay secured if something wrong happens with your blog.

    And, the plugins are powerful enough to provide the backup service.

    In fact, I don’t use any plugin to back up my content because my hosting company takes care of that. Still, I’ll check the plugins if they provide better services that my current one.

    Thanks for sharing such an in-depth post.

    SMN Zaman

    • Colin Newcomer
      Nov 18, 2017 @ 19:40:11

      I think you’re fine with your host doing it – but I would just make sure to download those backups to a separate location, otherwise your site still has a single point of failure if something bad were to happen to your host.

      • SMN Zaman
        Nov 19, 2017 @ 02:43:29

        Hi, thanks for the suggestion. Sure, I’ll do that ASAP.

        Thanks again

      • SMN Zaman
        Nov 26, 2017 @ 12:34:25

        Hi Colin,

        I had installed and activated UpdraftPlus on one of my blogs and since the day, I’ve been enjoying it.

        I personally thank you for raising such a concern and for that, I could utilize the power of backup through WP plugins.

        Wish you all the best,
        SMN Zaman

  13. Emmanuel
    Nov 19, 2017 @ 19:12:21

    Hi Colin and Jon,

    Thanks for sharing. I use UpdraftPlus and I love it. Their features are just the best. Once they backup, they send it directly to my dropbox.

    • Colin Newcomer
      Nov 21, 2017 @ 03:05:39

      Sure thing! I do the same and send mine to Google Drive and then periodically download to my own computer for extra backup.

  14. uthman saheed
    Nov 21, 2017 @ 02:01:43

    Thank for this, UpdraftPlus is the one I use and its cool enough and relaiable.

  15. Swapnil Kharche
    Nov 21, 2017 @ 08:19:08

    Thanks for the detailed article. I am using Updraftplus wordpress backup plugin. I want to go for paid backup plugin. Can you please suggest some good plugin among this list?

    • Colin Newcomer
      Nov 24, 2017 @ 23:12:49

      Hey Swapnil,

      If you’re happy with UpdraftPlus I don’t think you need to change anything. But if you really want to pay VaultPress is pretty simple – just not free.

  16. JAMB
    Nov 21, 2017 @ 14:02:37

    wow.. thanks for this.. it will go a long way in helping us keep our work safer

  17. Michelle Gale
    Nov 21, 2017 @ 17:22:24

    I’m in the process of switching from Manage WP to Updraft Plus, and I’m working on storing my backups on Google Drive. I’m getting a message saying that Updraft Plus wants to view and manage the files in my Google Drive. Everything on my laptop is in Google Drive. Seems to me I don’t want Updraft Plus viewing or managing anything. I just want it to create and store my backups. It doesn’t seem like that’s an option, though. It seems like, you either let us into all your files, or you can’t use this plugin. Can Colin or anyone who actually knows what you’re doing please give me a hand with this?

    • Colin Newcomer
      Nov 21, 2017 @ 19:55:01

      Hey Michelle,

      That’s perfectly normal – UpdraftPlus needs those permissions to actually upload the backup files. Otherwise it wouldn’t be able to store them for you automatically.

      I don’t think there’s any problem with giving it access (I’ve never experienced an issue and UpdraftPlus is a pretty established entity), but if you’re worried you could use a free Dropbox account specifically for backups. That way you could still have automatic offsite storage and bypass the issue.

  18. Michelle Gale
    Nov 21, 2017 @ 20:44:58

    Dropbox doesn’t act right on my laptop, so I now stay away from it. Given your assurances, I went ahead and completed the process of connecting Updraft Plus with Google Drive. I really appreciate your assistance, Colin. So glad you wrote this post. Thank you.

  19. Samantha Taylor
    Nov 21, 2017 @ 21:04:47

    Huge fan of UpDraft plus!!!! Ha said me so much time!

  20. Yasar Ali
    Nov 22, 2017 @ 10:50:34

    Great Post Dude!
    The thing I liked about your post is you have listed Updraft Plus at number 1. However, Updraft Plus is something that is really easy to backup & restore a WordPress site.

    • Yasar Ali
      Nov 22, 2017 @ 10:51:37

      Updraft Plus do deserve the #1 ranking. The best part is It’s completely Free & beginner friendly.

  21. Elvis Michael
    Nov 22, 2017 @ 12:59:10

    I have tried Duplicator and Updraft. While the former did a splendid job, Updraft is by far the most advanced and feature-rich.

    Thanks for the objective comparisons, Colin 😉


    • Colin Newcomer
      Nov 24, 2017 @ 23:13:52

      Agreed! I like Duplicator for niche uses, but on my static sites I use UpdraftPlus

  22. Subh
    Nov 23, 2017 @ 02:51:04

    I use UpdraftPlus their premium version! It’s easy to use and configure!
    And another one I used is WPtime Capsule it is also very good!

    • Colin Newcomer
      Nov 24, 2017 @ 23:14:31

      I’ve never heard of WPTime Capsule – will check it out. Thanks!

  23. Renaud
    Nov 23, 2017 @ 18:44:21

    Thank alot for this big list and exemples. its not easy to find a good backup plugin easy to use and powerfull.

  24. Salim Ahamad
    Nov 24, 2017 @ 00:10:33

    Great idea to back up my website data and the plugin features are very useful and user friendly!


  25. Dakshit Mathur
    Nov 24, 2017 @ 08:50:27

    Wow! Really excellent piece of content. Will definitely follow for my website.

  26. David
    Nov 25, 2017 @ 12:01:05

    BackupBuddy is the most popular premium WordPress backup plugin. It allows you to easily schedule daily, weekly, or monthly backups. It can also automatically store your backups in Dropbox, Amazon S3, Rackspace Cloud, FTP, Stash (their cloud service), and even email it to yourself.
    If you use their Stash service, then you also have the ability to do real-time backups.
    The biggest advantage of using BackupBuddy is that it is not a subscription based service, so there is no monthly fee. You can use the plugin on the number of sites mentioned in your plan. You also get access to premium support forums, regular updates, and 1GB of cloud storage to store your backups.
    You can even use BackupBuddy to duplicate, migrate and restore websites.

  27. Ross Taylor
    Nov 25, 2017 @ 13:48:23

    Quite a few hosting companies are building this in to their offerings now, but I do like to run backups independently. There’s no harm having more than one backup! I’ve been using the backup element of managewp myself

  28. ST
    Nov 26, 2017 @ 01:25:49

    I think all the important backup plugins are covered here. Thanks for curating this awesome post.

  29. Shaikh Masood Alam
    Nov 26, 2017 @ 05:36:39

    Great article with detailed information, but unable to understand why you do not include WP Time Capsule on your list. It used the cloud apps’ native file versioning system to detect changes and maintain file versions that mean less server resource usage while backup to cloud apps and restore.

  30. James
    Nov 26, 2017 @ 13:52:51

    Woo, I was looking for WP Backup plugin recommendation, thanks for your such informative article.

  31. Greg Seymour
    Nov 27, 2017 @ 09:41:24

    I am new to blogging and, after reading the account of another blogger losing EVERYTHING, was searching for an easy and affordable (i.e. free) solution. Looks like UpDraft fits the bill.

    Thanks for your insight and providing value in your posts.

  32. Rakesh
    Nov 29, 2017 @ 01:43:35

    I am planning to migrate blogger to WordPress. It definitely helps me a lot. I will follow this.

  33. Tracy Williams
    Nov 29, 2017 @ 12:45:27

    For me UpDraft has always been my favorite. Tons of features and functionality. Also the free version is perfectly fine!

  34. Mahedi Hasan
    Nov 29, 2017 @ 13:49:22

    Nice articles and very informative facts. No one produces these types of pieces of information. It’s like a professional learning Blog Must be recommended for Beginners.

    Thank You

  35. Dominic
    Dec 01, 2017 @ 12:07:06

    We always use UpdraftPlus for backups and migration. It is very simple to use it for cloud backups like Amazon S3, Dropbox or Google Drive and makes it easy to build development environments for our customer projects.

  36. Ammar Ali
    Dec 06, 2017 @ 11:44:03

    I use VaultPress to backup my blog. I have been using it from almost 1 year. I will be renewing it this week. I find VaultPress quite friendly, easy to use and affordable as well. Looking forward to try something new for my new ventures!

  37. Raj
    Dec 07, 2017 @ 10:50:48

    These plugins are awesome. If you asked me which six plugins are your favorite? my answer is:

    1. iThemes Security
    2. Yoast SEO
    3. WP Fastest Cache
    4. WP Smush
    5. Jetpack
    6. Shortcoder


  38. Get That Right
    Dec 09, 2017 @ 02:05:33

    Hi Colin,

    Great post, I’d have to agree with the above recommendations. This post is a great source for people searching for information on WP backup plugins.

    Thanks for sharing

  39. Rahul Kumar
    Dec 10, 2017 @ 07:36:10

    Any best plugin to know from using which keyword visitors are coming from search engines to my website??

  40. Abu Dhabi
    Dec 12, 2017 @ 00:22:24

    I dont know that much about this topic, but I understood more from the article.

    Thanks for sharing this useful information

  41. Paul
    Dec 15, 2017 @ 22:39:12

    Securing your website file is really important because we cannot depend on web hosting to make backup for us because sometimes file corruption cannot avoid and yea i agree that we should have a backup of own wordpress files so in any case we can just access those backup when we need it. I suggest you guys use Updraftplus because of its automation in backing up your wordpress files. I feel safe with them.

  42. Lata Mangeshkar
    Dec 16, 2017 @ 05:50:04

    Thank you this extremely helpful! It’s seriously like wordpress for duplicator. Thanks!

  43. Rahul Yadav
    Dec 18, 2017 @ 05:13:59

    Have you heard about Backup Guard? For me it’s the best choice for backing up my blogs. Check it out 😉

  44. Alex Mathew
    Dec 20, 2017 @ 02:16:03

    I have been using UpDraftPlus PRO version availed using the biggest discount coupon code & it works like a charm FOR ME~
    Thanks a lot for sharing.

  45. Katylian Bailey
    Dec 21, 2017 @ 07:37:32

    I personally think that the information that you are sharing with us is pretty amazing and I just want to thanx for it a lot. Your blog is amazing.

  46. diseño paginas web
    Dec 27, 2017 @ 05:06:24

    thank you very much! just what I needed to know, now I just have to get down to work! I’m happy with you, keep it up.

  47. vikash kumar
    Dec 31, 2017 @ 13:01:33

    personally, i believe this WordPress plugin is too much use these plugins really help me to sort out several problems of my website

  48. Nadia Khan
    Jan 02, 2018 @ 17:00:19

    We have started applying updraft plus for backups.

  49. Reaon
    Jan 03, 2018 @ 07:00:18

    Hello there,
    This is the first time I’m reading your blog and believe me your post have seriously helped me 6 Best WordPress Backup Plugins . Thanks for sharing…….

  50. Moss Clement
    Jan 04, 2018 @ 10:26:15

    Hi Collins,

    What an amazing article – a round up of the best backup plugins for WordPress. Just read and schedule this post.

    It’s a timely article since many of us seems to get overwhelmed with the various plugins in the market-place, and not being able identify the best for your site.

    The insight for each of these plugins makes it a lot easier for one to make a choice.

    Thanks for this insightful post!

  51. Alvin
    Jan 12, 2018 @ 13:03:36

    Hey Colin, Actually,I was looking for a wordpress backup plugin that actually works.I have used UpdraftPlus plugin on my blog.It’s a easy to use plugin and I can do full automatic website backup.Really Awesome plugin for blogger.I have used paid backup too but I think updraftplus great for newbie blogger and advance user.thanks for the other plugin list.good job