One of our biggest flaws, as humans, is that we are constantly thinking “what are the odds of this happening to me”. Until it really happens to us or a close one, and only then do we reconsider our position and take the necessary actions.

We started with this introduction because way too many people think “what are the odds of someone hacking my website?” You wouldn’t believe it! There are certain measures you should take to protect your blog against attackers, but in this article, we are going to talk about the importance of WordPress backup.

So yeah, what do you do if you wake up one morning and you see your blog is gone? Perhaps you invested a few months of work, perhaps we are talking about years… And it doesn’t have to be hacking. What if you accidentally delete a very important file or folder?

Please note that this applies for self-hosted WordPress websites not for blogs hosted with wordpress.com (yourblog.wordpress.com)

Cloud-Storage

The first thing you should know is that hosting companies usually have a backed-up version of your website. Well, depending on the services you chose, this could be a day old or a month old. Anyway, still better than nothing. Now that you know this, check out the backup schedule your hosting company is providing!

But do you want to rely only on the hosting company’s backup? No, you don’t! Here are three great plugins you can choose from to save your own backups.

WordPress Backup to Dropbox

This is a free plugin that helps you save backups of your website straight into your Dropbox account. If you are worried about the plugin getting access to your Dropbox authentication details, you should know this issue has been prevented with OAuth.

The plugin saves your files as well as the database.

BackupBuddy

Now, this is a great plugin for backups, but, unlike the one above, it costs. So, to use this for 2 websites you will have to pay $80/year, for 10 websites – $100/year and for an unlimited number of websites – $150/year.

This plugin saves your database, theme files and plugins and you can set a backup schedule (daily, weekly, monthly).

BackWPup

This is a free plugin rated with 4.3 out of 5 stars. By using it, you can save your complete installation, including /wp-content/, on a number of external locations – Dropbox, S3, FTP etc.

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