With all the security breaches, hacking and DDoS happening this past year it’s 100% clear that no matter how small your WordPress site, it needs to be backed-up. A lot of people rely on their hosting company to guarantee the safety of their website, but unless they are at fault you are the sole responsible one for your website data.
The best practice is to always keep a recent back-up on your local disk and on an online storage that is not the same as your website. There are several WordPress plug-ins that make it easy to backup your files and database into a zip file which can be emailed to you or uploaded through FTP to a server.
Most plug-ins also support popular online storage such as Dropbox and Amazon S3. If you rather not do the heavy work yourself I listed two premium online backup services that are easy and reliable to use. Especially VaultPress has garnered a lot of attention and recommendation.
Get started with one of these options right away and sleep tight knowing your website is safe!
* Database Backup
* WordPress XML Export
* Optimize Database
* Check\Repair Database
* File Backup
* Backups in zip,tar,tar.gz,tar.bz2 format
* Store backup to Folder
* Store backup to FTP Server
* Store backup to Amazon S3
* Store backup to RackSpaceCloud
* Send Log/Backup by eMail
The wp Time Machine plug-in creates an archive (as a .zip file or .tar.gz file) of all your WordPress Data & Files which is ‘sent’ to a remote storage provider. You provide the remote account; this plug-in provides a connection to the offsite facility you choose. Current choices include Dropbox, Amazon’s S3, and FTP accounts.
WP-DB-Backup allows you easily to backup your core WordPress database tables. You may also backup other tables in the same database.
You can create backups of your complete WordPress installation, only the files, or only your WordPress database.
DBC Backup, is a simple way to schedule daily database backups using the wp cron system. You can select when and where your backup will be generated. If your server has support you can select between three different compression formats: none, Gzip and Bzip2. The plugin will try to auto create the export directory, the .htaccess and an empty index.html file to protect your backups.
WordPress EZ Backup is a administrators plug-in to allow the easiest most feature rich method for creating backup archives of your entire site (not just WP installations but any part of your site or webspace) & allows backup archives of any MySQL database you choose & more.
Allows you to optimize database, repair database, backup database, restore database, delete backup database , drop/empty tables and run selected queries. Supports automatic scheduling of backing up and optimizing of database.
Using this plug-in, you can easily and automatically backup important parts of your WordPress install to Amazon S3.
Backup the upload directory (images), current theme directory, and plug-ins directory to a zip file. Zip files optionally sent to email.
Online Back Up Services
VaultPress enables the retrieval of files right from the dashboard. Archived versions of your plug-ins, database, uploads, and themes are all available for download on the backup page with one click. And if you ever need help, the VaultPress Safekeepers are ready to provide hands on concierge service.
blogVault creates a backup of your blog. It backs up all aspects of your blog including full posts, comments, pages, images, plug-ins, themes and stylesheets.