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Best Backup Plugins For WordPress After 10 Years Of Making & Supporting Websites

August 15, 2019

In this video want to take a look at the best
solutions to the most important thing that I want you to make sure you have implemented
on your website and that is to have a reliable backup solution but I might talk about some
of the things to rip that you want to consider when choosing a backup solution to talk about
some of these backup solutions as well best thing is none of these were actually the cost
anything they do have some premium features if you wanted but you don’t need them really
talk about that in this video hi my name is Adam from were I make WordPress
tutorial videos for non-techies if you know your consider clicking on the subscribe button
if you don’t want to miss a thing click on the little bell off to the right I’m happy
to have you in this video because this is something I’m very passionate about is making
sure you have a reliable backup because there are so many problems that you may face with
your WordPress website that if you just had a backup and not just had a backup if you
had a backup that you knew how to restore then so many these problems you just wouldn’t
even have to deal with perfect example last month there was someone in my Facebook group
that was having a problem with the website work that hacked into because there were some
out of date plug-ins and it would’ve been so much easier to get them back in business
if he had a reliable update and so that’s what I want to talk about in this video now
if you go to WordPress the WordPress directory and do a search for the word backup there
are quite a few solutions and I’ve used most of them so in this video I want to talk about
the things to look for in a backup plug-in so first of all number one you want to backup
plug-in that you can automatically schedule backups to happen every so often so this would
be maybe make a backup every every once a week or every day or something along those
line sets criteria number one of a good backup solution number two thing that you want to
look at is does it back up off site so what this means is most of your web hosting companies
they don’t want you storing backups on the hosting account and if you don’t have a backup
solution that allows you to say once that backup happens push it off the dropbox or
something like that they could get a little bit upset and plus if something was to happen
to your web hosting account you wouldn’t want your backups there anyway because then you
wouldn’t have access to it so you really want a backup solution that’s gonna push those
backups to something like dropbox or something along those lines number three the things
that you want to consider is you also want to backup solution that will automatically
delete old backups so if you don’t have this feature and the backup plug-in just keeps
making backups a year later you forgotten about it and next thing you know it’s taking
up gigabytes and gigabytes of storage space and it becomes a real big problem some web
hosting companies will actually take you off their service if you do that now the last
thing that I think you really want to consider with choosing a backup solution is how easy
is it really to restore a backup and this is one of those features that I noticed there
there some discrepancy some of the solutions are very hard to actually do the restore it’s
not so simple so those are the criteria that I have for choosing a backup solution after
having used WordPress for many years tried many of the solutions I’ve learned what you
want to be looking for and I want to talk about some of the solutions that do meet these
Christ this criteria and let’s just jump in so if you work on the WordPress directory
and you search for backup or if you’re in WordPress you go to plug-ins add new and do
search for backup first the first result is updrafts no updrafts I’m just get a cut to
the chase is I think the very best well-rounded backup solution for WordPress there’s a free
version and there’s a paid version the free version get you everything that you need it
meets all of the criteria that I’ve spelled out in fact I’ll put a link in the video description
box to a video that I created last year on how to install and configure updrafts based
upon everything I just said pushing the backups up to dropbox and to make sure that backups
get automatically deleted after certain period of time it meets all of that criteria now
here is updrafts right here it’s fantastic definitely if you don’t have a backup solution
consider jumping into updrafts is what I’m using actually on all of my websites now there’s
another solution that I want to make you aware of and it’s it’s different it’s called WP
time capsule and what they’re doing is they’re really backing everything up on your website
but what’s neat is it allows you to do a rollback so if you wanted to roll back a day or rollback
before you did this update or some kind of a period of time in the last 30 days this
has this automatic rollback feature another nice thing about WP time capsule is that when
he goes to make a backup it doesn’t back everything up all over again zip it and then now you’re
taking up double the space and it just becomes this a very large repository of backups what
this does is it just backs up what’s changed what’s changed in your database you created
a new post whatever is changed as far as a plug-in or theme getting updated all it does
is back up what is changed I really think that qualifies it as the smartest backup solution
that will have the least amount of impact on your web hosting account so typically when
a backup process is going it’s going to eat up a lot of resources but that’s not really
the case here with WP time capsule because it’s just looking for changes and it’s just
backing up those changes that have occurred I’ve been using this as well since it came
out last year I think it was in March so I’ve been using it almost 12 months now I have
the paid version of this which gives me some additional features which is it has a feature
I can automatically with one click of a mouse create an entire staging environment to test
updates and then I can delete it or push it back to the live site in full disclosure I
did run into some problems with that last year and I worked with the developer and he
apologized and it helped to make his plug-in better but the developer this is a really
great guy he’s got a ton of experience and is got several companies that serve WordPress
and one of them is infinite WP which is an all-in-one management solution for WordPress
oh these deeper technical things he really knows not the reason I’m actually talking
about this is because the paid version of this are to be releasing a feature hopefully
in a few months and I’m excited about it and what it’s going to do is it’s going to take
snapshots of before and after updates on your website so this is a problem that I have been
running into a lot lately where there’s an update available for a plug-in and then I
Emma good WordPress user I update the plug-in and I’m not looking at every page on my website
and then later on I’ll find out that that plug and I update dated now something looks
different on the front end of my website because maybe it’s poorly coded or there is a problem
that the developer didn’t realize when they pushed out the update and I’m the one stuck
with a website that looks like a little funky so there you be rolling out a feature that
I’m sold as soon as it comes out it’s gonna take a snapshot before a snapshot after if
it notices that something significant visually has changed it won’t it all rollback that
update notify me which I think is going to be huge I’ll deftly be talking about demonstrating
that features soon as it is released but this is one of the things that I’m pretty excited
about now that won’t be in the free version because this can be very server resource intensive
however if you have a website that receives a decent enough traffic and you want to make
sure all your bases are covered at all times that sampling to be something you want to
look into another plug-in that is got a very large user base but I don’t like it is duplicator
and the reason I don’t okay so this is going to be more powerful in some regards than updrafts
right because you also have a migration feature in this and this is something you don’t get
out of the free version of updrafts but the problem is if you want to restore a backup
or you want to do a migration you have to manually log into your server into upload
files in FTP and all that it just becomes a little on the tedious side and that’s why
I don’t like duplicator I’m sure it works fabulous but because that one issue I think
it’s more trouble to restore and that’s what I talked about early in the criteria is how
easy is it to restore your backup and as far as that goes duplicator is not so easy and
this is also one of the problems I have with one of the most well-known paid backup solutions
called back a buddy is when you actually want to restore a backup buddy backup you have
to upload files to the server via FTP most people don’t even know what FTP is have an
FTP program or another FTP login it’s just foreign language and that’s why I think that
solutions like duplicator or ones that you should definitely avoid lastly actually just
noticed this I want to try this out its backup and restore dropbox this looks easy it looks
interesting if you can do free migrations although for migrations I use all-in-one migration
anyway so anyways I’m to put a link in the video description box on number one on how
to the video for updrafts on a put a link to the video for the VP time capsule and some
these other ones I’m going to have dedicated videos reviewing and walking through the features
on the but I think those are definitely the top two that you should be using the other
ones that I’ve used and they have never let me down as far as the backup function of them
goes so I want to hear what you are using for backup or even if you have a backup but
I want to strongly encourage you to make sure you have a backup but in the video Scripture
box to me would backup solution you are using and why so hey thanks for watching this video
and I’ll see you in the next one

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  1. Good day, looing for a website template similar to MMM, website is for cooperative finance GIVE HELP, PROVIDE HELP

  2. All-In-One WP Migration from ServMask. Unlimited installs, no annual license renewal. Offsite backups, scheduling, very simple one button restore or migration. Gotta love those buy it once and use it everywhere premium plugins.

  3. Appsumo is having an appsumo deal for Simvoly. Can you do a review on Simvoly ? Is it worth getting it ? The support told me that they’re working on adding an export feature.

  4. Am using All-In-One WP Migration from ServMask. and i think its cool, so you can check it out ..thanks for your amazing tutorials

  5. I used to use Duplicator and was happy with it except if the site is too large, it chokes on it. So started using Updraft instead, handles larger sites much better. Though I disagree about not being able to migrate with it. It warns that the paid version should be used though I do it all the time. One issue I've had is there are a ton of images, I've run into issues restoring with ALL the images being restored properly. For the most part however, it's excellent.

  6. I finally know why you don't like BackupBuddy so much (same reason as Duplicator): because you need to upload the files (via ftp or cpanel)…
    Well, personnally, I think that this is far less complicated than having to reinstall WP, the backup plugin, upload the files and restore (don't remember about Updraft, but I know that All-in-one WP Migration is like that)… Yes, a little learning curve if you don't know how to upload via ftp, but once you know it, it's way faster…!
    I can't count the times that BackupBuddy saved me…! And my favourite feature it is that you can restore just a file or folder (for example, after a plugin update that didn't go well)… All others I know, you need to restore the entire site…
    I've also tried BackWPUp (which used to be my favorite one before BB), All-in-One Migration, Backup Breeze (good for duplicating/transferring a site), Updraft Plus (the one I use if there is a problem with BB) and others… Also, if I can't use BB for migration, I use Duplicator: simple and fast, beside the FTP thing… Anyway, I do that for my clients myself, so the FTP is not an issue… and if it would be, I would simply create a video to teach them how to do it themselves…

  7. Would it be over kill if you both? That way you have the benefit of incremental backup but the security of a gill off site backup.

  8. Personally, I use the Premium version of Updraft (that includes migrate/clone among other things). In my opinion, it's currently the best option. And it's been working great on all hosting companies I've tried it on so far. No timeouts that can be a problem with some of the other options.

    But I keeping an eye on WPTC as well. For me, it's still a bit new to rely on, even though the developers are experienced.

    The snapshot comparison, will it only take a snapshot on the start page or will it take snapshots on several pages?

    Anyway, I think competition is always great. And with WPTC gaining some popularity, maybe Updraft will add Incremental backups as well.

    Edit: I just took a look at the paid version of WPTC. And WOW, it's not cheap. Personally I'll stick with Updraft that never failed me and is way cheaper.

  9. Hi Adam. I've been using Updraft for years and love it. But I have a question. It gives us the option to upload "Wordpress Core." Is that necessary? Thanks.

  10. Been using both WordPress Backup to Dropbox (free) and VaultPress (paid) for years and they both seem to have great features. I typically have two plugins running to accomplish a few different goals. Thanks for a great review. Definitely going to try some of your recommendations.

  11. Hi Adam. Thanks for the video. I use Updraft and I'm very happy. I'll try WP Time Capsule since all your recommendations always works wonderfully!!! Thanks for help!! 🙂

  12. Updraft does not seem to complete a backup for me, using GoDaddy.  It is okay for very tiny sites, but even a moderate number for plugins brings it crashing down. Resource utilization (file io and memory) skyrockets, and even upgrading my GoDaddy resources to 4x does not help. if I cant do a manual backup, I sure cant turn it on to run at 4am unattended.

  13. ok I have this issue, if im creating a button that sends to another page like "about" on the link's place, should I put the name of the page "about" as I created it on the page menu? ps: Im on my local server

  14. I've been using Updraft Premium Version on all my sites. Earlier this year, my web hosting server went down. Fortunately, I had a back up of my site and was able to restore it without issues. I followed the step by step directions from updraft. I will watch this other plugin as well. Does using both plugins cause any compatibility issues? Thanks for this great info!

  15. sory for off-topic but please make tutorials on w3 total cache or similar caching plugins and CDN stuff. Waiting for this! 😉 Big Thanks again!

  16. I began using Updraft a year ago on 3 small sites. Was loving how I didn't have to worry about it as it just did its thing. However, don't know if anyone else had this problem or not, but there was an update just recently (it is now 4.24.18) and it is now incompatible with my wp sites. I can't even log into the back end (admin) with this plug in in use. I am upset and don't know what to do now. YIKES

  17. It makes me feeling good experiencing you to recommend a solution which I am using myself: UpDraft. Till now I never "had to" use it. But shit happens sometimes, and it is good to be prepared. 😉 Thanks for your very useful insights!

  18. I had a lot of issues with this Backup plugin, i never got it to work and testing got me in a lot of trouble. Now i use duplicator and all in one migration, these works fine for me. Some providers (inmotionhosting) you can clone the WP site to a subdomain, so you can test your site nondisruptive and from there you always can create a backup.

  19. Hi Adam, I've just seen your video on recommended backup plugins for WordPress, I just want to ask, 10 months on, do you still recommend Updraft & WP Time Capsule? I'm currently having issues with my backup plugin and am looking for an alternative. Looking forward to hearing from you and getting your advice.

  20. Thanks for this great video, Adam! I have been using Backup Guard which, until recently, served my backup needs quite well. However, it has stopped making backups as often as I would like, so I disabled it and gave Updraft a try. I've detailed my problems with Updraft in responses to various posts. I've made notes on the various recommendations you and Nelson Therrien have made and will research these. Again, thanks–and thanks to Nelson, as well!

  21. Which of this tool you recommend for when doing migration and would I use it on the live site or the local development ?

  22. You said you have the paid version of WP Time Capsule indicating there was a free version? I like it, but the cheapest seems to be $50 a month and that's just not affordable.

  23. Hi Adam, Love your videos and your recommendations. We now use Elementor and love it. However we are trying to use UpdraftPlus but no matter what remote location we try to send the backup to, we get this same error message: Error 526 Ray ID: 4c049171eef87fb6 • 2019-03-31 19:00:47 UTC Invalid SSL certificate
    We have tried several different websites but no difference. Some have SSL on them and some don't.
    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you for all your advice and suggestions.

  24. Thanks for your help I’ve increased speed using your ? in recommendations, now looking forward to using these ??

  25. Hi brother , i would like to ask if what is the best best plugin to backup and restore if the size is more than 5GB?

  26. Ive just installed WP Time Capsule it and can no longer edit my site 🙁 "The site is experiencing technical difficulties. Please check your site admin email inbox for instructions." help!!!

  27. I had serious problems with Updraft, it kept giving me errors during restore….Scary! Lucky I had another backup method which I used to restore my site. Otherwise, I'd be fckd!

  28. Hello Adam, to start with your training videos are awesome, you've already saved me a lot of headaches. I do have a question; is there a plugin for WordPress that will backup and restore a plugin itself? I have a localhost site I use to do all my preliminary work before I update my primary website, but when I paid for my Slider Revolution plugin, it want me to pay for it twice, once for my localhost and again for my primary website. I have no problem updating my entire website, but I'd like to just be able to update my plugin and not the entire site. Can you help?

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