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Posted by Chloe Spencer

There are a handful of quality WordPress backup plugins to choose from in the WordPress Plugin Directory, but there’s a few things you need to consider when choosing a backup plugin. Do you have room on your computer hard drive to store backups? Would storing your backups via an online service be preferable? Do you want to simplify backing up your site with the ability to schedule automatic backups? Is top-notch security or perhaps one-click restoration important to you? Read on to find out which WordPress backup plugins are best for you and your needs.

When starting a small business, the creation of your company website is an important task–from choosing the right CMS and the right theme to choosing the best plugins. One of the most crucial plugins you will choose is a WordPress backup plugin. That’s why I have reviewed and selected the top 3 WordPress backup plugins available and listed them below along with their details, so you can pick and choose the right plugin for you.

1. UpdraftPlus Backup

Rated: 4.7 out of 5 stars

Downloads: 118, 364

With UpdraftPlus Backup you can backup manually or schedule automated backups into the cloud (Dropbox, Amazon S3, Google Drive, Rackspace, WebDAV, FTP, SFTP and email). One-click restoration of both file and database backups is provided, as well as optional encryption, ability to select which files to backup and which components to restore. It even allows file and database backups to have separate schedules. This is the top-rated WordPress backup plugin, and provides the biggest selection of backup options.

2. Online Backup for WordPress

Rated: 4 out of 5 stars

Downloads: 236, 823

I personally use this WordPress backup plugin and it’s always worked great for me. Online Backup for WordPress provides the ability to backup your database and/or files either manually or automated, to your computer in a ZIP file, your email, or to their online vault where 100 MB of free storage is provided. Encryption is available, even as the download or process of emailing is taking place, as well as top-notch security in the online vault.

3. Simple Backup

Rated: 4.3 out of 5 stars

Downloads: 78, 249

Simple Backup is another good WordPress backup plugin, which stores backups in a created directory in the root of your WordPress directory (FTP). You have the option of backing up database and/or files, and configuring advanced optimization settings. This is an easy-to-use plugin, and can be as simple or advanced as you like–the only cons when compared to the other two plugins mentioned are that it only allows manual backups, and doesn’t allow any other form of backups besides FTP.

So now that you’ve had the chance to compare and contrast the top 3 WordPress backup plugins, you’ve hopefully been able to make a decision as to which plugin fits your needs best. If not, you might try out all 3 and see which you like better. Backing up your website is very important as you can not always rely on your hosting company to do this for you. Servers crash and websites can go down. In order to make sure you can restore yours, maintain a current backup with one of these plugins.

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