How to Backup a WordPress Website

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Thanks to WordPress developers developing many plugins, we now have ways to backup a website quickly, and easily.

Why Backup WordPress?

Backing up your website is important, in case you lose data, the website gets hacked, or something happens to the website.

How to Backup WordPress Website

There are many ways to backup a website.

1. Through Plugins (WPVIVID)

  1. Head over to plugins marketplace
  2. Search for wpvivid plugin
  3. Install and activate it
  4. In the dashboard, click on backup
  5. Wait for the plugin to do its thing.
  6. Download backup files.

2. Cpanel

  1. Log in to cPanel.
  2. In the Files section, click on the Backups icon.
  3. Under Full Backup, click Download a Full Account Backup.
  4. On the next page, select the Home Directory option from the Backup Destination drop-down menu.

10 Best Website Backup plugins

As you grow in your online business, you might decide to change hosts, perhaps due to security, price, or performance issues.

Plugins in this category, deal with the best plugins to safely migrate your website to a new host.

1. WPVivid


Wpvivid is perharps the best backup and migration plugin, in WordPress currently.

2. All-in-One WP Migration

The second best backup and WordPress migration plugin, is the all in one migration plugin. It has been around for a while, before the wp-vivid wordpress backup plugin, and currently has over 3+ million active installations.

3. VaultPress

Vaultpress is a wordpress backup subscription service. It is owned by automatic, and has over 60,000 installations.

4. UpdraftPlus

Updraft plus is probably, the third best WordPress migration plugins, after WPvivid, and all-in-one WP Migration. It is owned by David Anderson, and has over 3 million active installations.

5. Duplicator

The duplicator WordPress plugin used to be the crème de la crème, of WordPress backup plugins. But it didn’t offer, dashboard migration.

You had to manually unpack the file into the right folder, which many people found hard to do. Eventually, it has been overtaken, by plugins, like UpdraftPlus, and All-in-one WP Migration.

As at when this post, was written on, it has over 1+ million, active installations.

6. Migrate Guru

Migrate Guru, is a migration plugin, with over 50,000 downloads. It is one of the best migration plugins around.

7. BackupWordPress

The seventh on this list is the backup plugin. You should note that the list is not according to better.

The backup plugin, can be used to backup, migrate and restore, WordPress websites, at a very fast rate. Although it is not popular, it has about 10,000 active installations, and 50 reviews. That shows, that it is highly rated.

Also, from the look of it, it is kept updated, with security and bug fixes.

8. WP Staging

Another, good plugin, on this list is the WP Staging, WordPress plugin. A very popular plugin, it can also be used to achive the following.

  1. Backup, a WordPress website and databases.
  2. Stage (create a clone of your website, to run tests).
  3. Reproduce and roll back a website copy.

As of today, it has over 60,000+ active installations, with over 1773 reviews. Also, from the looks of things, it is constantly kept up to date, with security and bug fixes.

9. Total Upkeep

Total Upkeep is another versatile migration plugin, on WordPress. With this plugin, you can create automated backups of your WordPress site, to Google drive, and even stop website crashes.

Currently, it has over 80,000 active installations, with almost 193 reviews.

10. WP Migrate DB

WP Migrate DB is a backup plugin created by Delicious Brains. It is a backup plugin that can be used to backup and migrate a WordPress website, in a short amount of time.

The user interface is nice, and as when this post was written, it has 300,000+ active installations.

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