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Review of Backup Buddy - a WordPress Backup Plugin

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Backup Buddy - WordPress Backup Plugin

Backup Buddy - WordPress Backup Plugin

Courtesy of iThemes

Learn how to protect your WordPress site with backups. Options for WordPress Backups.

As a blogger, running backups are probably not your priority. Social media, content creation and monetization probably all trump site backups. But you need to backup your work - your whole Web site - not just the database and Backup Buddy will do this for you. Once it’s setup, you won’t need to worry about it again. Except of course, unless your site crashes. But then Backup Buddy will get you back online in a matter of minutes.

Backup Buddy Overview

Who makes it? Backup Buddy is produced by PluginBuddy (division of iThemes).

What it does: Backup Buddy is an automated WordPress plug-in that manages your whole site on a scheduled and/or on-demand basis.

What it costs:

  • $45/year for 2 sites
  • $75/year for 10 sites
  • $150/year for unlimited developer plan

What You Get: One year of unlimited scheduled backups.

How it works: BackupBuddy is a plug-in, that is uploaded into the WordPress > Dashboard > Plug-ins. Once installed, BackupBuddy will have its own menu in the left navigation area. Options include: Getting Started, Backups, Scheduling and Settings.

The setting that I’m most comfortable with is a daily database backup (emailed to me) and a weekly backup of the whole site (stored on my Web server). If I have a big update or change planned for my site, I backup and download the full site. That way, if something goes wrong, I can simply upload the full site again. In a matter of minutes, the site is back online.

Tip: Setup a free Gmail or Yahoo email account to send daily backups to. It becomes a free off-site library of your backups. You’ll never need to access them, unless you have a problem - and then you’ll be glad to have them.

WordPress Backup Will Save Your Site

From Backup Buddy: BackupBuddy is an all-in-one solution for backups, restoration, and migration. Whether you're an end user or a developer, this plug-in is sure to bring you peace of mind and added safety in the event of data loss. Our goal is to keep the backup, restoration, and migration processes easy, fast, and reliable.

Special Feature of BackupBuddy: A great feature of this plug-in is the ability to restore the site to a new domain. What would be a huge project by any other means, the plug-in makes an automated, accurate and stress-free task. In running tests, I found it hard to believe how easy it was. It updates all links: pages, photos and posts.

Guide Review: The install process is easy and fast and the plug-in works flawlessly. In testing, I backed up and restored a Web site both to the original domain and to a new domain. Both restores were perfect. I’m impressed by the detailed scheduling allowed within the plug-in. Chose what you want backed up, what time and day and to where. And then forget about it.

The Bottom Line: If you’re blogging for business then you need to backup your work. And I’ve not seen a better option than Backup Buddy. Simply install it, and let it protect all of your content. I’m sure that the time you spend blogging every week (and your annual income) is worth dramatically more than $45/year.

Learn how to protect your WordPress site with backups. Options for WordPress Backups.

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 5 out of 5
Highly Recommended, Member Damian2014

I recently had a full site crash and was lucky enough to have purchased and installed BackupBuddy. I went through the importbuddy function of this software to restore my site and it worked like a charm completely restoring my site to its original condition. I highly recommend this product - it was a life saver. Damian

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