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The 3 Best WordPress Backup Solutions Are…

by Martin Russell on February 7, 2011

Don’t make the same backup goof I did. Seriously.

WP blogs are designed to make a job like backing up oh-so-easy.

Sure you can do it manually, but with WP there is a plugin for everything, so you can even just set and forget it and have it all done automatically. Just one more reason to love WordPress.

I might not back up everything else, but with my plugin I thought at least my blog was safe … EXCEPT … recently I got a shock.

All my effort was going to waste!


I was backing up the WORDS on this blog, but NOTHING ELSE!


What I didn’t know is that WordPress has two different parts it needs to restore a blog. First, there is the database – that’s what my WP-DB-Backup plugin was doing for me – BUT there are a whole array of other non-database parts of a blog too. Who knew? Well, not me, that’s for sure.

If my site had gone down all a restore would have given me was my posts, just sitting on a plain vanilla blog that I would have had to rebuild and retweak from scratch.

Hours upon hours of work to do.

Scary, scary stuff.

So of course I figured I had just got the wrong plugin. There must be an perfect alternative WordPress backup solution? Surely?

I went hunting, and horribly enough, no! No plugin is perfect!

There is no complete wordpress backup

However from all my digging around, research and review, here is my checklist for the very best WordPress backup plugin. It would meet all these criteria…

  • Back up the entire blog, meaning the database AND the site itself (not just one or other)
  • Run on an automatic schedule, as well as immediate ones on request (VITAL),
  • Be stable and keep updated with the latest WP versions.
  • Have support from the author and/or a good forum (very important when you come to restoring your precious site and run into the inevitable techie-type problems.)
  • Require as little technical expertise and tweaking as possible. No setting up cron jobs, changing to 777, or FTPing, please.
  • Back up offsite ie somewhere other than on the site itself, so that if the site goes down your restore file isn’t taken with it.
  • Not cost anything.

So with no winner, here are the 3 best runner-up solutions, and you can pick which works for you.

1. Pay for a premium Plugin/software.

Okay there are good premium plugins that will do the job and do it well, so if you don’t want to stuff around make this the first option.

Some of your choices are…

  • blogVault backs up everything off your site, and has a Test Restore where it puts a working version of your site Restored on their website to prove it all works! (So cool I had to record a video of it here – BlogVault Restore AND Backup.) [seems to be a popular vote winner in the comments too.]
  • VaultPress from Automattic the owners of WordPress with a monthly subscription,
  • CodeGuard a 2011 start-up that offers paid plans as well as a free option for 2GB of storage but read the fine print eg “72 Hour Access to Restore: $25”,
  • myRepono WordPress Backup Plugin which on a prepaid cents/GB usage basis, and
  • Blog Zapper which is not actually a WP plugin nor does it run on a schedule, but this software will give you a complete, non-techie and quick backing up of your blog, as well as doing blog ‘cloning’.
  • BackupBuddy from one of the top WP premium providers for a one-time fee (and now includes integration with DropBox)

-the latest addition to this list, but it is cheap and has now had enough time in the marketplace is BackupCreator by Robert Plank you can find here.

2. XCloner.

This plugin is mainly designed for Joomla blogs, but they have brought it over to WP and thank goodness they did. If you can handle techie stuff like CHMODs, adding folders, and cron jobs XCloner will do everything you need.

One point to note is that it backed up this blog into a huge 714 MB file, whenas option 4 below took up just 174MB. No idea what the problem is but if you need space be careful with XCloner.

3. Use two WP backup plugins. Yup, 2.

Unfortunately the WP-DB-Backup plugin I was using ONLY works great for backing up the database properly and easily. What I needed to do was add in the WP Backup Plugin from Blog Traffic Exchange to back up the site itself.

If your blog is small enough the zipped files can be emailed to you.

This solution fulfills all the requirements on the list, but it takes 2 plugins.

UPDATE 12/04/28: EZPZ One Click Backup is dead. I’m sorry to say that the free EZPZ One Click Backup plugin now says this on it’s site from creator Unca Joe: “I apologize but due to various reasons there will be no new versions released or further support for EZPZ OCB in the foreseeable future.” R.I.P. EZPZ.

[For completeness, and because someone will want to know, these plugins didn’t make the list:

      • WP-DB-Manager the classic and extremely popular plugin, but shockingly it also only does the database (so many people must be having the same issue I did!)
      • the general back up tool Backupify only does the database too.
      • BackUpWordPress can only back up onto your own site (it can email you the results but usually only up to a size of 10MB), so if your site has issues your backup isn’t safe.
      • Bei Fen (Bei Fen is meant to be Chinese for ‘back up’) hasn’t been updated since 2009.
      • Simple WordPress Backup does database only and was last updated in 2010
      • Automatic WordPress Backup needs S3 and was also last updated in 2010.
      • EZWpBackup WordPress plugin was around in 2011, but now the site is gone
      • WP Time Machine seems otherwise good with DropBox and Amazon S3, but can only use FTP for PHP4, and needs cron jobs to run automatically.
      • Backup ie backs up onto Google Drive exclusively. No problem with that, but being a brand new plugin I wouldn’t recommend it until it has more time to sort out the inevitable ‘teething problems’.
      • BackWPUp seems very good indeed, but needs cron jobs to run on autopilot, and the page that is meant to have the Manual on it says “in work ;)” although it does have an active forum.
      • myEASYBackup does EVERYTHING including saving backups “outside the WordPress installation directory to avoid someone else discovering the links”, but incredibly it doesn’t seem to have an automatic scheduling option!]
      • WPBackupPlus – recent addition which always makes me nervous with something as important as guarding my vital site, and someone I met had a problem with getting it to work. May have some advantages over BackupBuddy however.
      • WP Dolly which was suggested in the comments below but then seems to have come under fire in later comments, and doesn’t handle the popular Hostgator hosting platform.

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Update 2012-Jan-30: Just had this site taken out by a malware virus today.

So blogVault finally got it’s FULL back up and restore test – and as you can see it passed! In fact the malware had hit my computer too, so rescuing the blog was the easy bit. The hardest parts were removing the malware, and jumping through Google’s hoops to let them know this site is virus-free again. Three cheers for having a WordPress backup in place!


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How to Backup your Website Using WordPress Back Up Solutions

by Martin Russell on December 12, 2013

There are unlimited problems that can happen to a website, and unfortunately, websites that were built with WordPress are not an exception. The majority of errors that can happen to a website can be the result of so called “human errors.” When your website goes down completely, pointing fingers to who’s fault the problem was will not help.

Human errors are inevitable, and such errors will likely to happen from one point or another. The best way to protect your website built with WordPress is to make use of Word Press Back Up Solutions. If you prefer not to use backup solutions because they are costly, you can always back up your site manually. However, making manual backups is time consuming, and sooner or later when your site has grown in size and value, you will find your own self thinking of the best way to back up your site. Luckily, Word Press Back Up Solutions are available.

There are two parts to backing up your WordPress site: Files and Database. Backing up your files is easy to do as you can use the online storage database or the so-called cloud computing services to store your files in a highly secured storage. You can also use external storage devices to store your files. However, backing up your database and the whole website is a different story. Below are simple instructions that can help you back up your website using WordPress backup solutions.

Basically, your WordPress website consists of the WordPress Core Installation, files and images, WordPress Plugins, PHP scripts, WordPress Themes, and JavaScript along with other code files as well as static web pages. The database contains the data generated by your website, but not all these elements are included in the database. These other elements need to be saved.

Most web hosting providers back up the entire server including your website. But, it takes a long period of time to request a copy of your website from their backups, and the speed of your site recovery is critical. With WordPress Back Up Solutions, you can back up your website on your own and restore it with your database intact.

Aside from WordPress backup solutions (, you can also backup of your WordPress website in other efficient ways. You can then create a sync with your site to keep a copy of your content on the server and another copy on your hard drive.

It will help you save time and ensures that all your files are in the same places when you restore your site. You can also copy your files to a folder on your desktop. Once all your data are in the folder, you can compress them in order to save space on your hard drive.

In backing up your WordPress website, you need to keep at least two backups and store them in various secured places on different media.

If ever one of your backups is corrupted, you can always use the other backups that you have in safekeeping. For more information about backing-up WordPress please visit


Learning the Profession of Marketing

by Martin Russell on June 22, 2013

My Life in Advertising

One of the problems with having a medical degree is that it took up 22 years of my life, and I have no idea what I would have become if I had used a big chunk of those 22 years some other way.

Now I do marketing as a ‘profession’ I see that no one is ever told in school, “You should be a marketer.”

I doubt they are often told, “You should be in sales”, or even “You should run your own business.”

I didn’t end up here because it was expected of me – certainly not!

And I can certainly say that I have had to ‘unlearn’ quite a bit since I left my formal education behind.

So I when I finally got around to reading a marketing classic, “My Life in Advertising”, but Claude Hopkins I was fascinated to read this quote from one of the all time great marketers writing back in 1927…

Once a man brought me from a great technical school their course in advertising, and asked me how to improve it. When I read it I said: “Burn it. You have no right to occupy a young man’s most impressive years, most precious years, with rot like that. If he spends four years to learn such theories, he will spend a dozen years to unlearn them. Then he will be so far behind in the race that he will never attempt to catch up.”

So maybe almost a century later, there isn’t much difference in education after all.

How do you want to learn?


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by Martin Russell on June 16, 2013

Check out this video to learn exactly how MLM prospecting has changed – AND how you can take full advantage of it…

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