UpdraftPlus – The Best Backup Plugin For Your WordPress Site
WordPress is a fantastic tool that allows us to create brilliant websites with literally just a few clicks. But even though it’s very simple to get started using WordPress, it does take a lot of work maintaining a website. That’s why it is very important to ensure that all that hard work doesn’t go to waste if something goes wrong.
A while back I wrote about how to effectively secure your WordPress site. In this article I used a backup tool calledÂ “Online Backup for WordPress”Â which is a great tool, but since then I’ve found an even better backup solution and me being the kind hearted and quite frankly amazing person that I am, I decided to share this with you folk.
What is UpdraftPlus?
Put simply,Â UpdraftPlusÂ is a very powerful backup utility for WordPress that not only allows you to generate regular backups of all the data contained in your WordPress site (including your database), but it also allows you to automatically forward these backups on to third parties like Google Drive, Dropbox, an FTP server or simply an email address.
For example, I have UpdraftPlus running a backup of RefuGeeks every night. Once this backup is generated UpdraftPlus will automatically upload the complete backup to my FTP server at home which is then in turn also backed up. So you see, I have backups of my backups! It will also email me a log of the backup daily so I know if my backups are working.
So even if my hosting providers data centre burns to the ground (god forbid as they are awesome) then I can quickly restore RefuGeeks back to it’s former glory even on a new or temporary server. I’ve tested it and a full restore takes around 90 minutes to complete.
The developer of UpdraftPlus, David Anderson actively updates the plugin on a regular basis and he has also helped me when I have had problems via the WordPress forums so you’re definitely not alone when it comes to support.
So if you take the protection of your website seriously, then I can’t recommend UpdraftPlus highly enough.Â There are links below for more information. If you have decided to start using UpdraftPlus then please consider leaving David a donation using the link below, its the least we can do for such an awesome plugin.