Let’s face it, there are always people out there who are looking to do harm to others, and that includes us Wordpress users, whether we run a simple blog or a large business site, the fact is once online, your site is a target, and unfortunately it will be targeted.
There are many things we can do to lessen our sites being hacked, but today we are going to concentrate on one of the most important things we can do, and that is the ability of restoring our site if it was ever defaced or taken down.
Most web hosting companies will do a back up of your site, either paid or for free, but sometimes they get hacked too, and if you ever read the small print, the responsibility is on you to take care of back ups.
So today we are going to look at 3 plugins that can help you restore your site should anything happen to it.
Probably one of the most popular downloads on WordPress, Updraftplus comes in a ready to use free version and can be upgraded with additional paid addons. You can manually do back ups or schedule your back ups automatically. It will back up your whole site and send it to a wide array of cloud storage options that you choose, although the free version lets you select only one storage option, you can purchase an addon that sends your back up to multiple destinations.
A subscription based service that offers automated real time cloud based back ups. Setting up Vaultpress is relatively easy with plans starting at $5 a month, and the option of adding security scans to your site, although at further cost. A great thing about Vaultpress is that it updates your backups incrementally meaning it will create a back up of any updates you do on the site, within minutes, saving on server load.
A free plugin that lets you schedule your back ups to your own server. If you want to back up your site to a cloud storage provider then you will need to purchase the developer licence. Backupwordpress although free is more suited to those who are able to do a manual restore of their site from their server as there is no automatic restore.
3 great plugins for all different levels and all with their pros and cons, so if you haven’t backed up your site, what are you waiting for?