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Free Backup Plugins to Secure WordPress Site and Avoid Data Loss

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Free Backup WordPress plugins have been discussed in this article for your reference

If you’re a WordPress website owner, then the hardening security of your site should be your top priority.

That’s because thousands of WordPress sites are hacked every day.

And rapid increase in the popularity of the WordPress CMS, also increases the risk of your site getting attacked by hackers.

While there are ways that can help keep your site protected against brute force attacks and vulnerabilities, creating a backup of the website is the best way to guard against data loss. Backups will relieve you from the constant worry of saving your business critical information and the user data in worst case scenarios – when your WordPress website is hacked.

Also, the backup can help restore your site in case you incidentally lock yourself out of your site’s admin page.

Luckily, there are several free plugins (available in the WordPress Plugin Directory) that will back up your entire WP site in no time. Let’s check out some of the best backup plugins worth considering:

1. WP-DB-Backup
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If you just feel the need to create a backup of your site’s database, then WP-DB-Backup will best fit your needs. With over 500,000 downloads, it is one of the most extensively used database backup plugins out there. This plugin is an excellent option for site owners who, don’t update their sites frequently and, are seeking the fastest way to create a backup of their database.

With this plugin, you can schedule when you would like to backup your database and reload your backups. Also, it allows creating a manual database backup if you’re unable to access your phpMyAdmin interface.

The only problem with WP-DB-Backup plugin is that it doesn’t contribute to creating a backup of your files.

2. BackWPup Free
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One backup plugin you shouldn’t miss ignoring is BackWPup. The plugin serves as a complete package that helps create a backup of your WordPress site without having to invest a single penny. It helps in scheduling automatic backup of your site and save it to FTP server, or cloud storage service like Dropbox, S3, RackSpaceCloud, etc.

What’s more? BackWPup helps restore your installation from backups in a quick and easy way. You can choose to upgrade the plugin to its pro version in case you need further support or features for backing up a site.

3. BackUpWordPress
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This is another excellent option for users searching for a free backup plugin. BackUpWordPress plugin, as the name implies, helps in backing up your entire website. In essence, its help schedules automatic backup of both files and database. What’s best about this plugin is that it helps manage multiple backup schedules and can work in small memory as well.

The plugin is super easy to use and make use of “zip” and “mysqldump” compression options to make the process of creating backups blazing fast. It even provides the ability to exclude backups of files and folders and so on.

One issue with this plugin is that it only helps store the backup in your email and on the hard drive. However, you’ll have to purchase an extension to save the backup in cloud storage services.

4. BulletProof Security
Although, BulletProof Security is not purely a backup plugin, but it is a good option for users who need to use a free solution that can help them safeguard their WP site security and create the database backup. It is basically a great security plugin that provides protection against all kind of different attacks made on a WordPress site.

A noteworthy aspect of this plugin is that it helps backup your WordPress site’s database logging window and table prefix changer. In fact, it lets you create a full or partial backup of the database – that can schedule automatically or performed manually.

5. UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration
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I’ve kept the best for the last. Well, if you’ve been looking for a free solution that helps create a backup and store it in your choice of location, then UpdraftPlus plugin is exactly what you need. The plugin is straightforward to use and only offers necessary features – for backup and restoration purpose. With UpdraftPlus, you can save your data into the cloud (i.e. on Dropbox, Amazon S3, Rackspace, etc.) and in your email.

The plugin helps in restoring the backup with a single click. Another distinct feature of this plugin is that it helps schedule creating backups of both files and database separately. Plus, it includes a site duplicator/migrator that enables you to copy an entire website and create a duplicate copy of it at new locations and much more.

Choosing the premium version of this plugin will allow you to save a backup on many other places like Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Storage, WebDAV, etc.

Summing Up
You may be following the best practices to keep your WordPress secure against hackers and brute force attacks, but you can still become a victim of hacking. And so, it’s best to stay prepared for the worst case situation – when your WordPress installation is hacked. Most importantly, you should keep your data secure from getting lost. Creating a backup is the most effective ways to prevent from losing data.

Author Bio :
Ella Cooper works for Xicom Technologies, one among the best web development companies as a programmer. Apart from programming she has a penchant for writing and thus she shares her development experience through blogging.

WordPress Back Up Plugins

WordPress back up pluginsThere are several plugins which provide backup for your WordPress website. Some provide backup only of your database since you can download the files using ftp or file manager of your cpanel.

Some plugins offer complete backup of your WordPress website.

However before exploring plugins we would suggest you to first check with your hosting account. Normally hosting account nowadays has the option to take a backup of your website.

So in case your host provides scheduled backup or weekly, monthly or quarterly depending on the changes you make into your website you should first go for them.

In case you are looking for additional backups or in case your host doesn’t have such feature these plugins will come handy.

  1. WP-DB-Backup: As the name suggests it takes backup of your WordPress database.  The plugin recommends the user to download the WordPress database after taking the backup since keeping backup of your database open on your site can be risky. This is a free plugin.

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  1. 2.       BackWPup Free: This plugin takes backup of your complete wp-content folder as well as the database. The pro version comes with support. So one can try using the free version to see if it works well for them. This is a free plugin. The pro version is as low as $15.

The backedup wp-content folder can be downloaded into a dropbox, s3 or ftp. It also has 3-4 languages: Russian, German, French and Chinese apart from English.

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  1. 3.       BackupWordpress: This plugin is similar to BackWPup plugin but the only difference is that it has schedule option. Also this plugin is completely free. This plugin also has more languages like Spanish, Romanian, Dutch, Basque etc more than supported by BackWPup plugin. It also has similar features of uploading wp-content and mysql files to dropbox, s3 and or ftp.

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  1. 4.       Vaultpress: Vaultpress is a service provided by Automattic. The same company behind WordPress. They offer backup from as low as $5 per month. As this is a paid plugin all you need to do is just install the plugin and relax. Not much of a setting. The $15 per month plan takes realtime backups as you keep on updating your website.

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  1. 5.       BlogVault: BlogVault has been around for quite some time now. It is another paid plugin which starts from as low as $9 per month for single site to $99 for unlimited sites.  It is comparable to vaultpress. It has one extra good function and that is saving the backups to dropbox.

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  1. 6.       Backup Buddy: Backup buddy is another paid plugin and one of the first ones to be launched for backup of WordPress sites. So it is one of the oldest available plugins. Prices start as low as $80/year for 2 websites.

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  1. 7.       Backup Breeze: Backup breeze is yet another paid premium plugin. It costs $47 for the plugin. Backup Breeze however is a onetime paid plugin unlike vaultpress, blogvault or backupbuddy.  Yes features are a little less but it is value for money.

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  1. 8.       WP Time Machine: Cost of this plugin is free and as this name suggests it is indeed a time machine of your WordPress site. It takes complete back up of your wp-content folder as well as the mysql databases. You can provide dropbox, amazon s3 or ftp account details for backups. It also backs up your .htaccess file so that you can recover your site as well as restore or install your site onto another server.

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  1. 9.       WP DB Manager: WP DB Manager doesn’t take backup of any files but only the mysql files or database files. You can repair, backup, restore, empty, write sql queries, optimize, delete as well as modify tables of your database using this plugin. This is a plugin for complete database management of your WordPress site. It is a free plugin.

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Conclusion:

We would suggest you first to check with your hosting account if they provide backups. Most WHM cpanel server allow backup in them nowadays. If not try using some of the free plugins first and check if they are useful and work for you. If they work for you then you need not worry or spend on the paid plugins. FREE plugins come with no obligation to pay and hence can be used.

However if you are unsatisfied with the free ones they you can compare all the paid ones and decide which one suits you the most.