10 Totally Free WordPress Backup Solutions

Backing up your precious data is a common best practice these days. But, what about your WordPress powered website? Yes, most web hosting companies do perform regular system backups. But beware – not every host is reliable when it comes to backups. And you certainly don’t want to wait until disaster strikes to find out how they did.

You’ll get much more peace of mind if you perform regular site backups yourself. Luckily, there are a number of outstanding free plugins that will do the job for you.

Note that there are some differences in what various plugins will backup. A WordPress website is comprised of both a database (usually MySQL) and a set of files that sit on the web server. You’ll really only need to worry about the /wp-content/ folder, which contains your theme, plugins and file uploads. Some plugins backup both the database and files. Others will just handle one of the two. Keep in mind that you’ll need both the database and the /wp-content/ folder in order to have access to all of your site’s data.

Now, let’s check out some plugins to keep your site backed up. We’ll take note of whether they back up a site’s database, file system or both.

Backup & Restore Dropbox

Backup and Restore Dropbox

This plugin connects to your Dropbox account to safely backup your WordPress site to the cloud storage service (you can also store backups on your web server). If something goes wrong with your site, you’ll be able to restore a backup directly from the WordPress dashboard.
Backs Up: Database and File System (with an option to customize what gets backed up)

BackupGuard

BackupGuard

Backup, restore or even migrate your site. Also available is the ability to download a copy of a backup to keep on your local machine. A pro version lets you schedule backups and connect to various cloud storage services.
Backs Up: Database and File System (with an option to customize what gets backed up)

WP-DBManager

WP-DBManager

Schedule regular backups of your WordPress database and have it both emailed to you and stored on your web server. Restore a backup with just a couple of clicks. Also, you can schedule automatic database optimization and repair.
Backs Up: Database Only

WP Time Capsule

WP Time Capsule

Rather than doing a time and resource consuming full backup each time, WP Time Capsule will perform an incremental backup of just the files that have changed. You have the ability to schedule backups and connect to Dropbox, Amazon S3 and Google Drive.
Backs Up: Database and File System

WPBackItUp

WPBackItUp

WPBackItUp touts its ease of use – just one click to backup your entire site. The plugin compresses the backup into a .zip file stored on your web server. Backup status notifications will arrive via email.
Backs Up: Database and File System

UpdraftPlus

UpdraftPlus

Automatically or manually backup your entire site to your web server, multiple cloud services, email or even an FTP server. Restore backups directly from inside WordPress. Site migration packages can also be downloaded.
Backs Up: Database and File System (with an option to customize what gets backed up)

WP Database Backup

WP Database Backup

Backup your site’s database to the cloud, email or FTP. Set up a schedule to run on a routine basis. The ability to exclude specific database tables is included.
Backs Up: Database Only

BackWPup

BackWPup

You can schedule complete automatic backups for your site and store them in the cloud. Backups can be compressed into .zip, .tar, tar.gz or tar.bz2 formats. BackWPup will also check, repair and optimize your database.
Backs Up: Database and File System

BackUpWordPress

BackUpWordPress

This plugin is all about simplicity – there is no setup required. Backup your entire site on a schedule and optionally have the archives emailed to you. Backups will run even on low-powered web hosting accounts.
Backs Up: Database and File System (with an option to customize what gets backed up)

Revisr

Revisr

If you’re using a Git repository like GitHub or BitBucket, Revisr will back your entire site up to whichever service you choose.  Restore from your repository in mere seconds. You may also set things up to test changes before pushing them up to your live server.
Backs Up: Database and File System

No More Excuses – Backup Your Site!

A WordPress site can break for any number of reasons, including a database crash, theme or plugin incompatibility or a failed web host. But you don’t have to leave things to chance. There are free WordPress backup plugins that cater to every need. It’s time to be proactive with your website and prepare for the worst. In the event that something does happen, you’ll be glad that you took steps to regularly backup your website.

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Eric Karkovack is a web designer with well over a decade of experience. You can visit his business site here. In July 2013, Eric released his first eBook: Your Guide to Becoming a Freelance Web Designer. He also has an opinion on just about every subject. You can follow his rants on Twitter @karks88.

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