I’m thrilled with my new hosting set-up for this site, however WebFaction doesn’t offer daily backups. I knew could spend the time to write a little script to export my database and pass it along to another storage location, but then I thought of BackupBuddy from iThemes.
5 minutes later I had BackupBuddy installed, with a nightly job configured to do a full export of my database and store the last 10 days of backups in my Dropbox account.
Sure, I could have written the code to do this myself. It’s always tempting to do-it-yourself when you know you can do something. The key is to ask yourself if you should do something. It would have taken much more than 5 minutes to get even a simple backup script written and configured; and I definitely wouldn’t have had the storage and and automation options that BackupBuddy provides out of the box.
If you need hassle-free backups for your self-hosted WordPress site1, give BackupBuddy a try.
- If you have a website, please make sure you have an automated backup system, and that you’ve tested your backups to make sure they actually work. ↩
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Full disclosure – I am the lead developer of UpdraftPlus…
You can do this even quicker, cutting out the “type in your payment details” stage, by searching for “backups” in the WordPress plugins directory from your dashboard. Click / click to install and activate UpdraftPlus… and you can schedule a backup to Dropbox. It’s got over 300,000 active installs, and a 4.8 star rating.
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Why BackupBuddy and not another plugin, such as BackWPup?
I had BackupBuddy working as I wanted so quickly I didn’t have a need to test out any other plugins.
I would second BackWPup for multisite.
In the Backupbuddy FAQ :”BackupBuddy Multisite support is experimental. It is not recommended for production sites and is not officially supported.”