The Best Free WordPress Backup Plugin

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There are a bunch of WordPress backup plugins out there. And most of them are free.

But a lot of them suck.

They either have limited features, don’t work on all hosts, or are difficult to use.

I used to use Automatic WordPress Backup, but I’ve started using a plugin I prefer much more.

It’s called BackWPUp and offers a boat load more features.

For instance:

  1. You can choose to back up to Amazon s3, Dropbox, email, and more
  2. You can choose how often, and when, automatic backups will occur
  3. You can choose what folders and files to include or exclude from the backups
  4. You can choose what database tables to backup
  5. And the plugin will optimize your database before exporting it

I’ve put together a video showing you how to install and set up BackWPUp.

In it, I’ll be backing up to Amazon s3 (really cheap, yet powerful cloud storage), so if you don’t have an account yet, go to and set up your account.

If you have questions or comments, let me know in the comments below.



Also, check out VaultPress, the best WordPress backup plugin that costs only $5 a month.



  1. Joel says

    Thanks for this easy to follow tutorial and suggestion. As I understand it, if I were to have a complete loss of site (server crashes or infected with malware etc) the backup on amazon would be all I need to re-launch my site?

    Or would I also need to be exporting xml files from within wordpress?

    • Brandon Yanofsky says

      You would only need the backup from Amazon. You might need someone to help you with restoring the site, but you won’t need an XML file. Everything is in the backup.

  2. says

    Brandon: I started to use BackWPUp and all was fine and I created a job per your video. I started the job and said 1. try creating a tar. But I told it in the begining to use tar instead of zip. It locked up there and did not proceed. What did I do wrong or need to change?


  3. says

    If you use Better WP Security, back up is one of its features. Also it makes your blog secure to other brute force attacks which makes it my #1 plugin, you should check it out. Other are WP Backup and the premium ones like Backup buddy.

    • Brandon Yanofsky says

      Hey Mike. Do you know if Better WP Security does an entire site backup, or just a database backup? And does it backup to the server or to an offsite location?

      I like backup buddy as well.

    • Brandon Yanofsky says

      Hi Shashank,

      It does indeed backup your images. What this plugin does is backup BOTH your WordPress files and database. That means it takes an exact copy of everything on your site and stores it. If you need to, you’ll have everything you need to restore your site.

  4. says

    This plugin is really great. I also made some recommendations on my blog a few hours ago… I recommended 7 backup plugins but you can see The Reasons One Should Make a Backup Below:

    Top 4 Reasons You Should Always Backup Your Blog

    • Brandon Yanofsky says

      Thanks for the comment Antoni, and the link. People should definitely read your post to find out why they should backup their blog.

  5. says

    Thanks so much for this Brandon. I was struggling getting the images more-or-less where I wanted them, but now knowing that I can control this b positioning the cursor is really helpful.

  6. says

    I started the job and said 1. try creating a tar. But I told it in the begining to use tar instead of zip. It locked up there and did not proceed. What did I do wrong or need to change?

    • Brandon Yanofsky says

      Hi Sujeet

      I’m having a little difficulty following what you did. If it says trying to create tar, it means you’ve selected tar as the compression method.

      As for the lock, sometimes if the site is too large, your server has problems processing the backup.

  7. says


    This is a great vid and BackWpUp looks like a solid plugin.

    A lot more functionality to most of the free plugins around, but I’m still partial to my paid plugins especially for things like backups.

    • Brandon Yanofsky says

      Hi Adam

      It would seem the paid plugins are better, but I’ve found a lot of the paid ones don’t do any better than the free, especially backup buddy.

  8. says

    As of last update BackWPup does not word well at all and hangs at 65%. I would like to see al web reviews remove this plugin from their top lists until the author fixes it.

    • Brandon Yanofsky says

      Hi motti

      I’ve seen this happen and usually depends on the hosting company and the size of the back up. If you have a huge site on a sub par host, the backup will freeze.

  9. says

    I am glad I stumbled upon this useful article. I will definitely give a try to this plugin. What is the limit of one backup in megabytes allowed by BackWPUp? For example, this awesome plugin BackUpWordPress (Downloads: 731,730) I use currently allows up to 75 MB per one backup. This is the downside of this plugin if you have a website greater in megabytes than this limit.

    • Brandon Yanofsky says

      Hi. The only limit is your server’s limits. You’ll need to contact your hosting company.

  10. Daivd says

    Great video Brandon, thanks. I notice that you’re using v 2.1.17 of Backwpup. I have heard many recommend staying with that version, even though they have forked v.3 into free and pro.

    do you have any comments on upgrading to v 3.0, and does the Free version cripple any features that 2.1.17 allowed you to do? I’m still on 2.1.17 and wondering if i should upgrad to v.3 free, or just keep it as is.

    Thanks so much!

  11. says

    WP-Clones is my free excellent option, i tried this before , it seems awesome when “cloning” about. You can make an exact copy (no bugs) and restore it in another domain or host. The bad thing, not third party services.

  12. J.D. says

    Hey! I keep getting the error:

    The specified location-constraint is not valid

    I try to re-name my bucket but keep getting the error. What is the problem? Thanks for your help.

    • Brandon Yanofsky says

      Hi J.D.

      Ask your question here:

      The plugin author will be able to help you out.

  13. gmadhavi says

    You can store your wordpress backup at, you need to follow below steps
    Step1. Upload the contents of to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory or use WordPress’ built-in plugin install tool
    Step2. Once installed, you can access the plugins settings page under the new Backup menu
    Step3. The first time you access the settings you will be prompted to authorize it with Ziddu


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