I get a lot of questions all the time about what is the best method to back up your WordPress site. Here is the thing, I am a developer and I use two different methods for beta sites for my own website. I use a Local host and also a live beta aside from my site. However, I am certain most WordPress users that have asked are meaning that they are usually asking about my live site.
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Personally, I don’t use any plugins in WordPress or use the WordPress export feature. Because my hosting platform uses cPanel, I can do a full backup. For me, THAT is the best method to backup my WordPress site. This is a method that may not work for everyone, but if you use cPanel, it can be used as a quick restore point.
The problem is, not everyone is savvy with their web hosting or even with using WordPress, so truthfully, after some digging and experimenting, I found for people who need a solution for their site, BackupBuddy is a good fit. (Please note: The link to BackupBuddy is a direct link to the plugin and not an affiliate link.) It’s a plugin built by iThemes and allows you to choose several methods to be able to backup and download that backup to a few sources.
One other plugin that I have tried is BackupWordPress. However, I really don’t recommend keeping the plugin activated just to run an automatic update. You should really only run your backup plugins when you need them and not keep them on activated.
Please note that you SHOULD have a backup plan for your WordPress site as not all hosts do a daily backup because it does use bandwidth and data resource. For my server I do weekly, BUT my hostees on my dedicated server can produce and download a full backup any time they wish. Oh, and that’s another thing… not all web hosts allow you to do a full backup or if they do, they make you pay them to do it for you.
What backup plan do you use for your WordPress website?