There are 2 main reasons that you spend time backing up your wordpress website:
- To restore your site in case of problems later
- To Transfer your site somewhere else on the net
I spent a long time working this out and found out the hard way what was good and what was not so good.
You can pay and you can do it for free.
For the whole site backup I used to use WP-Clone from WP Academy and it’s worked well for a few years now. You can hear the ‘But’ coming I can tell.
The issue that I have had is simple, sometimes it’s a right royal pain and it takes ages to do something straight forward. It could be a problem with me and I’m willing to accept that as an explanation because plugin suppliers have a hard enough time as it is.
So I take backups of my website for disaster recovery and I like to spend as little time as possible backing up wordpress websites. I also develop sites locally so that I can install them and get them going quickly. WP-Clone when it works for me has been ideal.
So I went in search and found All-In-One WP Migration. It does the same thing and it works better for me. It will take the backup and you can download it or you can transfer it to a selection of online repositories like Dropbox and Google drive.
So far it’s worked easier. The restore process will move a website from local storage to online and it will do it by uploading from my local machine by browser transfer. That’s the bit I like. With WP-Clone the backup had to be stored in an online location, it’s easy enough to keep it in dropbox and get a link and all that but I sidestep all that with All-In-One WP Migration.
So I will have to update my book and several sources of information to use the new information.
Backing up WordPress websites doesn’t have to be a pain. You just have to find the plugin that fits with your view of the world.