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A WordPress backup plugin is something anyone that owns and runs a WordPress based website should have installed. We have all heard stories of those unfortunate people that have spent a significant amount of time and money on their site, only to lose everything due to an unexpected crash. Once your site has gone, it is almost impossible to retrieve and restore it back to its former working version. There is a simple way however to prevent this; by installing a WordPress backup plugin.
In this blog, we will compare and review two of the most popular WordPress backup and restore plugins: UpdraftPlus and BackWPup.
When looking for any kind of plugin, be it a backup service, caching, image optimization etc, WP.org should always be your first stop. Here you can check out all the most popular and highly rated plugins. When comparing the best backup plugins WP.org has to offer.
UpdraftPlus currently ranks at number 1, with over 3 million active installs and a top rated 5 star ranking from 5,570 reviews.
BackWPup is currently ranked 3rd in WP.org, with 700,000 active installs, a 4.5 star rating from 984 reviews.
From the WP.org ranking and reviews, we can see that UpdraftPlus isn’t only above BackWPup in the backup rankings, but it comes in at number 1 in the overall rankings for the hugely competitive ‘backup’ plugin market – even above Automattic’s own Jetpack backup plugin.
Both plugins have been on the market for around 10 years, showing that they are established and that the developers have kept up with updates during that time. As both plugins offer free and premium versions, we will be evaluating and comparing the free options for UpdraftPlus and BackWPup as they offer similar services and options.
Remote storage options
Even with the free version of UpdraftPlus, users are able to backup large sites and can use its proprietary cloud backup storage service. BackWPup does not have a proprietary storage option and have to be made via external backup locations, unless you have the space needed on your server.
UpdraftPlus has a wide range of external remote storage backup options, including the following:
BackWPup does not offer such a wide range and leaves users limited to the following remote storage options:
UpdraftPlus has a clear advantage over BackWPup when it comes to remote storage options, with several big name backup locations that are missing from BackWPup.
Encryption When backing up your files and databases, UpdraftPlus utilizes advanced encryption techniques to help keep your backup secure and encrypts every database backup. If you transfer any of your files or databases to a remote cloud storage option, such as Google Drive, it will automatically encrypt the data, keeping it secure and safe.
BackWPup also gives you the option to encrypt your files as you are backing up with symmetric and asymmetric procedures. However these procedures can be complex and difficult to follow, even with the instructions provided, making UpdraftPlus the better and easier option.
Conclusion If you review the rankings, features and services of UpdraftPlus and BackWPup, UpdraftPlus comes out as the clear winner in a straight comparison.
While the free version of UpdraftPlus offers various benefits and advantages over BackWPup, it has lots of additional features and add-ons that BackWPup lacks, such as UpdraftClone, Migrator and further remote storage options. This increased functionality gives users the option to take full control of their WordPress site with the UpdraftPlus plugin. As BackWPup has no property storage location or migration or cloning options in it’s premium version either, UpdraftPlus emerges as clearly the better and more user friendly plugin, with an extensive collection of additional functionality options, should you ever need them.
We may be slightly biased, but we believe that installing a reliable and user-friendly backup plugin is something everyone who has set-up and runs a WordPress site should do. There are so many backup plugins to choose from, that it can be difficult to figure out which is the right one for you. In this blog, we will compare two of the most popular and biggest WordPress backup plugins: UpdraftPlus and WP Vivid.
As you would do for any piece of software you are going to install, users should always check out the reviews and user feedback as it can give a ‘real-world’ analysis and level of usability better than any review could. Currently UpdraftPlus has over 3 million active installs, with a top mark 5 star ranking from 5,539 reviews. The UpdraftPlus plugin is being constantly updated, so you can be confident that no vulnerabilities or compatibility issues will arise. WP Vivid currently only has 100,000 active installs, also has a 5 star rating, but only has 474 reviews. WP Vivid, like UpdraftPlus has also received constant updates, removing any potential compatibility issues for newer versions of WordPress.
In this comparison, we will be looking at the free version of UpdraftPlus and WP Vivid. There are several premium packages of UpdraftPlus and Vivid also available, offering similar services and features for similar prices.
Both UpdraftPlus and WP Vivid offer many of the same features, including the following:
Easy to backup your site at the press of a button
WordPress site Migration – Copy your WordPress site and migrate it to a new domain.
Staging sites – Both UpdraftPlus and WP Vivid allow you to create a clone of your site in order to create a staging site in which to test updates, new plugins etc.
Backup schedule – Select how often you wish to backup your WordPress site and how many copies you wish to keep with this feature that is available in both plugins.
Remote storage option – Both UpdraftPlus and WP Vivid allow you to choose from a selection of personal remote storage options.
Simple restore with a single click – Just go to your backup and press restore. Both plugins will then restore your site.
Remote storage options
With the free version of UpdraftPlus and WP Vivid, you can either save it to the localhost – which saves your backup files to the same server your website is hosted on, or you can save it to a remote storage location. This gives the user an extra level of security, peace of mind and space needed for larger websites.
UpdraftPlus remote storage options
SFTP, FTP and Email.
WP Vivid remote storage options
As can be seen from the list above, UpdraftPlus gives users a more comprehensive list of backup options for the free version of the plugin. UpdraftPlus will also allow users to backup to their own email address. This is a feature that many users have found particularly useful, as it allows them to keep track of their backup records.
UpdraftPlus and WP Vivid are very similar backup plugin options and offer broadly the same kind of services and features. However, for extra peace of mind, confidence in a long standing market leader and a wider range of remote storage backup options, UpdraftPlus should be your first choice as your backup plugin.
UpdraftPlus allows you to easily, quickly and safely backup your website to the remote storage location of your choice and restore in just a press of a button. Download UpdraftPlus today and backup your WordPress site.
Be sure to check out all of our WordPress backup comparison pages:
As backups are so important for anyone running a WordPress site, it is important that you make the right choice when it comes to choosing the right plugin. There are several available that can carry out a standard backup of your site, but which has the most features and offers the easiest, quickest and most user friendly option? In this blog, we are going to compare two of the most popular WordPress backup plugins: UpdraftPlus and VaultPress.
Before you pick any plugin, be it a backup plugin or an optimization plugin, It is important to check how highly rated they are within WordPress.org. By checking the reviews, rankings and active installs, it can give you a general representation of how well each plugin is perceived by the WordPress community.
Currently, UpdraftPlus has over 3 million active installs, has a 5 star rating from 5,520 reviews and is constantly being updated. The Jetpack plugin (which includes the Jetpack backup feature being reviewed here) has over 5 million active installs and a 4 star rating from 1,665 reviews. While the Jetpack plugin has more installs, these are from a combined list of features and services it includes, such as malware scanning and site search. UpdraftPlus is a dedicated backup plugin (with many additional backup related features in it’s premium version – such as migration) and has a higher rating from over 3 times as many reviews.
In this comparison, we will be looking at the premium versions of UpdraftPlus and Jetpack, as there is no free version of Jetpack backup available. There is a free version of UpdraftPlus however, which will backup your WordPress site and do pretty much everything you need your backup plugin to do.
While Jetpack appears to be the more cost effective option for a basic package, users should remember that they are paying for the basic backup option – and nothing else. Buying a premium version of Jetpack can turn out to be a lot more expensive in the long term, due to higher recurring costs. With UpdraftPlus, you can backup 2, 10, 35 or unlimited sites, depending on which premium package you buy. However with Jetpack, you have to buy a new version of the premium plugin for each individual site, making UpdraftPlus the far more cost effective option for users that have more than one site.
Backup file analysis
Keeping your backup file safe and secure is arguably the most important factor of any backup plugin. Without your backup file to restore from, there is little point in having a backup plugin on your site. One of the biggest issues found in this review is that Jetpack will only store your website backup file for 30 days on the basic plan, on their personal servers – giving users no option to automatically save the file to a personal remote storage location.
As such, if you forget to carry out a backup of your site after 31 days and then attempt to restore your site from your Jetpack backup – you will find that your backup file has been deleted from the Jetpack servers. As you are unable to restore, you would be left with no other option other than having to rebuild your entire site again from scratch.
UpdraftPlus gives users the option of saving their backups to their personal remote storage location such as Google Drive or DropBox, as well as to the dedicated UpdraftPlus remote storage UpdraftVault. Many users prefer to keep their backups in their personal remote storage location, as it removes any potential issues that could be faced down the line, such as Jetpack’s servers being hacked or your data accidentally removed or deleted. Jetpack does not offer any kind of remote storage location option, even with the most expensive premium option; forcing users to backup their site on unknown servers. This makes it harder for users to really feel like their backups are their property or that they have full control and ownership over them. You can download your backup file from Jetpack and manually upload it to your remote storage location yourself, but remembering to do that every time there is an automatic backup is something not many people will do.
While Jetpack Premium backup offers just the basic backup option, UpdraftPlus Premium not only offers a backup option, but also the incredible useful following features:
Multiple storage destinations
Automatic backup before updates
Fix backup time
More database options
Microsoft OneDrive, SFTP/FTPS/SCP, enhanced support for Dropbox (sub-folders), Rackspace, Cloud Files, Amazon S3 (Standard and Standard – Infrequent Access Storage classes) and Google Drive (sub-folders)
Free storage a year’s 1GB subscription to UpdraftVault, our own remote storage product
Free tokens for UpdraftClone. Allows you to create a cloned test site instantly and directly
When running a test backup using Jetpack, the process removed you from the home page and took you to Jetpack’s dedicated external dashboard. This requires you to navigate back to your own site, causing delays in the time needed to complete a simple task. The dashboard for UpdraftPlus however is located within your WordPress site, so you don’t have to risk getting logged out and having to re-access the WordPress backend.
Restoring your site with Jetpack is a drawn out, complicated and confusing process. Users are required to provide their website’s SSH, SFTP or FTP server credentials in order to restore. For the vast majority of WordPress users, these requests will be difficult to follow. If a user is upset and stressed about their site getting hacked or crash due to a bad plugin or theme, the last thing they need is to fill out a complicated form requesting credentials that the majority of users will have no knowledge of.
Should the worst happen, you will of course want to restore your site as quickly as possible and in a press of a button. With UpdraftPlus, you can do just that. Just select which backup file you want to restore, press the restore button and you’re done. There is no need for you to enter any complicated questions regarding your site’s credentials. Just log in to your UpdraftPlus account and your backups will be ready to restore.
While Jetpack backup does offer a safe and secure backup plugin option, it can only really be recommended if you need the full Jetpack package and are making use of other features such as social media promotion, Elastic search and CRM Entrepreneur. Most users however will want a quick, easy to use and reliable backup plugin that allows you to store your backup file in the location of your choice for extra security. Additional features such as scheduled backup can make all the difference, as users can just set it to back up every 12 hours or every week and forget about it.
One of the most important factors to remember is how easy it is to restore your site, should you need to. With UpdraftPlus, you can do this with just a press of a button. With Jetpack, you will be forced to go through a complicated setup process and will require specialist knowledge that most users will not have.