We all know the importance of keeping your WordPress sites backed up. And I’m talking here about the whole site, not just the database.
There are a lot of plugins out there that will do this for you, both free and premium. Before I hosted with WPEngine and put some other backups in place, I used BackupBuddy, and still recommend it as the best backup plugin I’ve used.
But over the last few months, I have had the opportunity to use some other services that together have resulted in me getting three separate backups— from three different places. Now this may seem like overkill, and I’m not here to recommend that you do the same, but, realistically, having two options in place seems like a good idea. Kind of a backup of your backup.
Of course, this can be done as simply as having your host back up your site and either:
- Downloading that backup to your computer to store.
- Or using a backup plugin like BackupBuddy for that second automated backup.
The reason I see #2 as a better option is, because if you depend on yourself manually downloading backups, likely you are not going to be doing it daily. It might only work if you don’t blog a lot, change content or make technical changes to your site very often.
In any case, a second backup is a good idea, just in case something happens and you do lose your only backup. I’m sure it can happen as nothing is 100% safe. Right?
This is even more important if you are running an online store.
Again, there are a lot of services that will do this for you, including managed hosting. I could create a long list here but instead I’ll share with you my current, three-pronged backup strategy.
WPEngine Managed WordPress Hosting
We have hosted our site on WPEngine for sometime. And their daily backups and the ability to back up manually and restore is one of the features that, among many others, drew me to their service. And labeling the backups to help me remember what I did them for helps as well. Another feature that enticed me to host was my access to staging sites. And those can be backed up as well, which really helps when I’m doing testing and updating on my site while it’s in staging.
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Another service I have been using lately is ManageWP. This service is especially helpful if you manage several WordPress sites. That isn’t the case for us, but, still, I find so many of the features useful. And, depending on your needs, you can set up your backups as needed.
Here’s a birds-eye view of my site and backup.
Here you can restore, download or clone all files, the database, or specific files and databases.
There are several settings and options here. I am just highlighting the backup intervals that you can change. For example, I have it set daily, but you can schedule as much as every 6 hours, or even choose real-time, which will back up when changes are made to your site.
Backup Restore from Zip
And then you can restore from a zipped file.
VaultPress is a service offered by Automattic, the makers of WordPress. It is also now my third backup in place since I recently won a version of Jetpack Pro for a year and thought I would give it a whirl. It’s also a service you can purchase by itself.
The great thing about VaultPress is whenever you make a change to your site, it automatically backs it up. You can see by the number of backups listed here.
You can also get more specific information on the activity that was a result of the backup.
The settings give you a few additional features as well.
And some interesting stats on your site.
Lastly, it has a security scanner that runs daily. I am pretty confident with the security I get from my WPEngine Managed Hosting, but having this extra scan is pretty nice.
Depending on the features you want, and when your backups take place, there are a few options that you can choose from for this service. If you are interested in learning more about VaultPress, you can check it out here.
It’s All About Making Sure You Have Something in Place
There you have it: the three backup solutions I have in place. Now these are not the only solutions out there, and they may not fit your needs. There are maintenance services and several other plugins that can also help you.
Again, three does seem a bit more than anyone needs, but I can safely say that I sleep much better at night. Whatever you do, don’t wait until it’s too late.