Backups or backup copies are essential to recover data when we have had a problem with our website for different reasons, an error editing a file, a failed update, a failed plugin installation, even recovering our website after having had a security problem.
In any of the cases we cannot do without a backup, which happens more frequently than we might think.
In this article we are going to mention the 5 best backup plugins in our opinion, there are many others but we will focus on 5. On the other hand, if you are a Host-Fusion customer you can always save installing any type of backup plugin because we have several backup systems with on-demand backups from Softaculous and the two daily copies (every 12 hours) to an external server that we do with our system JetBackup.
With Jetbackup You can do restorations by dates and times and very selective restorations such as complete directories, folders, files, databases, email accounts, always with our incremental copies and also a complete restoration of the hosting, which I personally do not recommend, since in 99 % of the cases it is not necessary to restore a complete hosting due to things like a failed installation of a plugin (restoring a previous copy of the plugin folder is enough) or because we have made a change, for example with Elementor and everything has gone to fret (restoring the database copy is enough) or because we have modified some type of file functions and the web has been broken, we only have to restore that file from the Jetbackup file manager by date and time to fix it in a few seconds, in addition to being able to download the files, folders and complete copies of our hosting.
Additionally, we have the Softaculous auto-installer that allows you not only to install WordPress or recognize it if you already have it installed, it allows you to configure on-demand and incremental backups, which allow you to restore both files and databases.
So if you are not our client, maybe you value being able to be since we take the safety of our clients very seriously.
Top 5 WordPress Backup Plugins
But if you are not our client and since we have been disclosing WordPress and its tools for years, we are not going to leave you wanting to know which are the 5 best plugins for WordPress according to our criteria.
- UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin
- All-in-One WP Migration
- Duplicator – WordPress Migration Plugin
- Backup, Restore and Migrate WordPress Sites With the XCloner Plugin
- WP Staging – DB & File Duplicator & Migration
UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin
Perhaps one of the most popular for its effectiveness and the possibility of being able to export the backup to multiple sites such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon, ftp etc.
It allows you to make backup copies of files and databases on the fly and restore them in the same way.
Points in favor is that it allows you to configure the day and time you want the copies to be made, and this is also its weak point since when it does the backup it is a real resource hog, so my advice is to do it. program so that it makes copies at dawn and does not affect the performance of your website in other hours of higher traffic or interaction or you will stop thinking that it is a good plugin.
Obviously the bigger your website, the bigger the backup will be and the longer it will take to do it.
With our system Jetbackup This does not happen since it is not a plugin that runs on your website.
UpdraftPlus is available in the official WordPress repository.
All-in-One WP Migration
For me the best plugin to make copies and restore them and of course to migrate a WordPress from one site to another even when the domain is different.
The main mission of this plugin is to make copies of your WordPress to migrate it to another server, another installation, both files, plugins, themes and databases and of course for this it makes a backup copy for which as a backup plugin it is totally valid since it allows you to recover the copies or files if something has gone wrong.
If you want to bring a website with us and you don’t know how to migrate the website, this plugin does everything for you, it only has to be installed in the two WordPress involved and it does the rest.
Duplicator – WordPress Migration Plugin
Just like the previous plugin, Duplicator is already a classic among the classics when it comes to cloning installations (very different from how All in one WP migration does) to move them to other servers or installations and therefore in making backup copies to be able to Restore them whenever necessary, wherever you have Duplicator, apart from generating backup copies, you can generate a couple of files that will help you deploy the copy of your website on another installation or server in a very simple way.
Also available in the official WordPress repository.
Xcloner is one of the first plugins that I met to migrate from one server to another and, like the previous ones, it has evolved into a Backup plugin with the possibility of being able to export to different sites in the cloud such as Amazon S3, Google Drive, Azure, etc. Backblaze, to another server or ftp among other options.
Equally highly recommended as the rest to keep safe copies of your site.
Have I already told you how important it is to have backups? Well that.
WP Staging – DB & File Duplicator & Migration
This is another multifunction plugin, it does staging, it makes backup of the database and the files and it also makes the migration to another server or installation.
Although the first idea of this plugin was to do staging, in the end it has evolved like the rest to be a plugin that has greater utilities and therefore users opt for this type of multifunction plugins.
Like all the plugins we write about, you can find it in the WordPress repository.
It has already been said, backup, backup, backup, if your hosting company offers it to you like Host-Fusion does, great, and as always I recommend having other backup options and not just relying on a single option is always a great solution.
Professionally, I always recommend having several backup options on the same installation and the professionals I know do exactly the same, despite knowing that we have Jetbackup and Softaculous on the server, they like to use a third option when making backups, and They use some of the plugins that we mentioned above.
Now it’s up to you to try and decide which one you feel most comfortable with and which one best meets your needs.