5 Best WordPress Backup Plugins (Pros and Cons)

In recently I had to move one of my websites to another Website

host and I had to research some of the best WordPress backup plugins to do the job.

It all went smooth and the process was quite simple, as I had a copy of my website including my database

All I had to do is copy the files, the database and change the DNS.

Wordpress Backup Plugins

But what if I didn’t have a backup?

Can you imagine? Not having a backup of your website?

What if something goes wrong? Or maybe you want to move to another host?

There are many reasons why people backup their websites but I won’t go into that.

The point is that it’s a good idea to make backups of our blog on a regular basis, who knows, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Here are 5 of the best WordPress backup plugins that I found to be worthy of this list.

After my research, I found these plugins to be very effective, powerful and easy to use.


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1.) Simple Backup

This plugin was one of the very first backup WordPress plugins I tried and liked.

It’s called “simple backup” for a reason, because it’s very easy to set up and to create a copy of your website and that’s why its on this list of the best WordPress backup plugins.

What I like the most about this plugin is the option to optimize the database before you make a back-up.


Easy to use
Great For beginners
Files back-up
Database back-up
Option to optimize the database
Option to optimize WP


no option for DropBox, Google Drive, Amazon S3
no schedule

2.) BackWPup Free – WordPress Backup Plugin

BackWPup is one of the best WordPress backup plugins I have used and a personal favorite at the moment.

I absolutely love this plugin because it’s very easy to use and does the job perfectly.

One feature I like the most is the 1 click database back-up as I use it more frequently so it’s very convenient for me.

I also like the schedule feature, very useful.


Easy to use
1 click database back-up
WordPress XML export
Full back-up
Option to schedule
Option to choose which plugins/themes to back-up
Option for DropBox, Google Drive, Amazon S3,Microsoft Azure (Blob),Rackspace Cloud Files,SugarSync and even email
For me BackWPup is definitively the best WordPress backup plugin.

3.) UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration for WordPress

The third on my list of best WordPress backup plugins is UpdraftPlus which comes packed full with awesome features including options such as: Dropbox, Google Drive or Amazon S3.

You can schedule file and database back-ups every 4 hours/8 hours/12 hours/daily/weekly and so on.

You also have an option to to include(or don’t include) the themes/plugins and upload folders.


Simple but powerful
Database back-up
Files back-up
Option to restore
Option to back-up to DropBox, Google Drive, Amazon S3,Rackspace Cloud Files and more
Option to clone/migrate(premium)
Option to schedule back-ups


no 1 click database back-up option

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4.) BackUpWordPress

BackUpWordPress is by far the simplest plugin to back-up your WordPress installation.

You don’t have many options but the ones that you have do the job perfectly.


easy to use
option to schedule back-ups for the database/files or both
email notification
Premium features:

option to back-up to Google Drive, Dropbox,Amazon S3, DreamHost DreamObjects, Rackspace Cloud, Microsoft Azure.

5.) Duplicator

Last but not least on my list of the best WordPress backup plugins is the Duplicator plugin. At first I found this one to be a little complicated but after a few minutes of poking around everything was looking way too easy.

The plugin scans your website and then presents you with the files it finds and the database which is quite neat.

It will also show you any warnings it finds during the scan such as large files or total size of the back-up.

To make a full back-up you must follow three simple steps,Setup->Scan->Build. Here is a great tutorial which explains in detail how to use the Duplicator plugin to make a backup.


The diagnostics feature is quite nice
Database back-up
Files back-up
The scan feature is quite interesting


no 1 click database back-up
no option to back-up to Google Drive, Amazon S3, Dropbox or other services
no option to schedule back-ups

Final Note:

I recommend BackWPup as it’s quite powerful, but any of these 5 best WordPress backup plugins can do the job perfectly.

What’s the best WordPress backup plugin you have used and why?

Just let me know in the comments bellow.

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