Several of my clients have been concerned about WordPress site backups lately. We’ve tried a number of different approaches over the years. Lately I’ve come to like the BackWPup WordPress plugin.
The key features, in my book, are:
- It’s free and open source.
- …but there’s a Pro upgrade available if your site really grows or your needs change.
- It runs automatically.
- It can back up to Dropbox.
The Dropbox backup is really the key feature as far as I’m concerned. It means that your site is backed up to a secure server (not your laptop), separate from the host machine. If the unthinkable happens, and the hosting machine goes down, or the whole hosting facility for that matter, then your site data is safe at another location.
Also, since it’s Dropbox, you are not using file storage space on your hosting account, and can likely keep several more archived versions of your site, in case you really need to go back in time.
Have you backed up lately? Check it out!