Looking for the best free WordPress backup plugin?
Well, look no further.
Out of all the free backup plugins available for WordPress, there’s none as good as BackWPup.
In this article, I’ll show you why BackWPup is the best free WordPress backup plugin. After, I’ll guide you in setting up your automated backups.
Why BackWPup Is the Best Free WordPress Backup Plugin
After using BackWPup for the first time, most users are surprised to learn that it’s a free plugin.
Most free backup plugins don’t have many features. On top of this, many of these free backup plugins aren’t reliable.
But BackWPup offers features and reliability you’d only find in paid backup plugins.
Here are just a few of the features that make BackWPup the best free backup plugin:
- Options to back up to many different storage services, including Dropbox and Amazon s3.
- You can choose how often backups occur (ie, hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly) and the exact time.
- Backup your entire site, including all folders, plugins, themes, and database.
- Choose folders to include or exclude (you can even include folders outside of your WordPress install).
- One click restores and downloads of all backup files without leaving WordPress.
Now, let me show you how to create your backups with BackWPup.
How To Create Automated Backups with BackWPup
Below is a video tutorial walking you step by step through the process of creating your first backup.
If you prefer text instructions, here’s a quick overview of how to use BackWPup:
- After installing BackWPup, go to the left-hand menu in the dashboard, hover over BackWPup, and select “Add New Job”.
- You are now on the “General Tab” for your new backup job. Give your job a name. Also select the “Job Destination”. The other options are best left at their default settings.
- Click on the “Schedule” tab. Under “Start Job”, select “with WordPress cron”. Then under the scheduler options, select a type of backup (monthly, weekly, daily, or hourly) and a time for it to run.
- Click on the “DB Backup” tab. You don’t have to change anything here unless you want to exclude certain database tables from the backup.
- Click on the “Files” tab. Here, you can select certain folders to exclude. You can also add folders that are outside of the WordPress install (such as PDFs uploaded to your root directory).
- You can skip the plugins tab.
- Finally, the last tab will be the settings for where you want to save your backups to. On this tab, you’ll be able to connect services (such as Dropbox or Amazon s3) and edit any other settings (such as what folder to save to)
- Once you have saved all changes, go to “Jobs” under the “BackWPup” menu item in the left hand menu. Find your newly created job and click “Run Now” to create your first backup.
After you’ve successfully created your first backup, BackWPup will run automatically. If there are any errors, the admin of the site will receive an email notification.
In the beginning, I recommend checking on the backups every now and then to make sure everything is working correctly. Also check that backups are saved to your storage service.
Go Get BackWPup
To get started, click here to download BackWPup. You can also install it from within WordPress in the Plugin search page.
If you’d like to learn about a paid backup plugin that’s even easier to use than BackWPup, check out our review of VaultPress. VaultPress is what we use at myWPexpert.com and only costs $5 a month.