This article you are reading is on a WordPress blog. We all pour hours of time and effort into our creative sides to share articles, promote deals, share our feelings and experiences with others among a plethora of other things.
What if you lost it all? What if your site got hacked and your content compromised? It happens every day, it has happened to me and it cost me hours and lost time and revenue as well as some embarrassment that my site got hacked and my public face was compromised.
I very quickly learned that a compromised site can take hours to clean up, code is hidden in your pages, themes and plugins; it is a complex troubleshooting and clean up process that requires technical know-how.
I realized that I needed a backup solution, a fail safe that should my site ever get attacked, hijacked, deleted or maybe just screwed up by me I could simply restore WordPress and them my data back from a previous time.
I researched many plugins but the reviews all came back to one. UpdraftPlus. I started with the free plugin but quickly realized that the more powerful functionality was worth paying for with the Premium version.
- Is the highest ranking backup and restore plugin
- Top 30 rating of ALL WordPress plugins
- Proven to backup sites of 50GB – only limited by webhost file size restrictions
- Scheduled backups with email reporting
- One click and automatic backups before upgrading WordPress and/or plugins
- Backup to email, to cloud services – Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft Azure , Google Drive, Amazon Web Services, Rackspace, SFTP, FTP and more
- Encrypted backups including encrypted transport to your cloud storage
- Everything is backed up and to separate files so you may restore the database, plugins, themes all independently
- Allows migration from one provider or site to another
- Imports other common backup files
- Supports WordPress Multisite and Network installations with ability to restore single sites within the network
- Central monitoring of distributed sites running UpdraftPlus
I have had to use the restore functions of UpdraftPlus and have found it to be the most easy to use plugin which has saved downtime and issues with failed plugin installations.
There are several versions:
- Free – one site
- Personal $70 – 2 sites
- Business $95 – 10 sites
- Developer $145 – unlimited sites