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Did you ever have a nightmare that your blog gets hacked and all your information and past years of work and effort get vanished? Admit that at the thought of this scenario icy sweat creeps you out.

Don’t  allow yourself to ever come to that.

Many hosting providers offer backup services. But, in any case, it´s the safest option to install a backup plugin on your WordPress site.  That will definitely keep your nerves if for any reason there is a disaster.

With a good WordPress backup plugin, you can relax. It saves you time and money and protects your blog.

Although there are many of them, in this article we will list only regularly updated, most popular and free backup plugins. But before that, this is important to remember….


3 WordPress Backup Rules You Must Know

Before you start to use any backup plugin, you must remember carefully these three essential rules:

  • Before you install a new WordPress upgrade, it´s important to backup your database.
  • Set backup by the frequency of publishing and changes on your blog. If you publish new content every day, then set up a backup of your blog to be on a daily basis.
  • Keep three backups in three different forms or places. It should be in your email account, on an external hard drive, and for example on a DVD.


6 Backup plugins to bookmark


1.  Backup & Restore WPBackItUp

If you install this plugin, in several minutes you will have a complete zipped backup.

WPBackItUp is the best solution for the WordPress novice because no advanced knowledge is required. You don’t need to know any confusing terms as FTP, cPanel, MySQL or PHPMyAdmin.

Every backup is stored in a folder on your server. Backup includes a database, plugins, themes, media files, uploads, content and you can easily download it.

To save your space, WPBackItUp cleans up all work files. In paid version, you can schedule your backup whenever you want.

This plugin is definitely our warm recommendation.

2. BackUpWordPress

If you want to back up your site database and all your files on a set schedule, try BackUpWordpress plugin. It won´t disappoint you!

It doesn’t require any setup and works in low memory. You may check the option to receive the backup file by email.

Backups are stored on your server and you can change the directory. It currently has over 200,000 active installs and it is popular among WordPress users.

3. UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin

This plugin allows you to store backups into the following cloud services:

  • Amazon S3,
  • Dropbox,
  • Google Drive,
  • Rackspace Cloud,
  • DreamObjects,
  • FTP,
  • Openstack Swift,
  • UpdraftPlus Vault


You  can easily restore a backup in a single click and also, select which files you want to backup.The UpdraftPlus allows you to have separate schedules of backup files and database.

As the most popular and backup plugin with the highest ratings, it is reliable. It brings you the ability to split large site archives into many ones.

With the UpdraftPlus you can control remotely your backups on every site from a single dashboard with UpdraftCentral.

What more to wish from one backup plugin?

4. Duplicator

Try out the Duplicator if you want to migrate, copy or clone a blog. Also, if you need to move or backup WordPress site this plugin is amazingly simple to use.

It´s free, but in pro version you have multi site support, you can schedule and storage backups to DropBox, Drive, Amazon S3 and FTP.

Considering the popularity of this plugin, why not to try it?

5. WordPress Backup to Dropbox

Back up your site on a regular basis with this simple to use WordPress plugin. You may choose how often you wish your backup to be stored in your Dropbox.

In its free version, this plugin offers you to exclude files or directories from the backup. But if you are willing to pay for a premium extension, you may choose from lots of extra functionalities.

6. Backup Scheduler

Plan the backup of your site with the awesome Backup Scheduler. It allows you to choose which folders you want to backup, its frequency and where should store.

It is compatible with multi site installation. The difference between the other plugins is in that each blog administrator may save their own data.

Which plugin or service do you use to backup your WordPress site? Do you use free or paid plugins? Which is safer for you? Please, share your experiences in the comments bellow.