There are a lot of bloggers out there who have written a post about their ten most essential WordPress plugins, or something along those lines, and I can assure you that almost every one of them would have included in that list a backup plugin. I’m also pretty sure that the plugin most of them would recommend is Austin Matzko’s WordPress Database Backup. Heck, that was always my plugin of choice until something went wrong with one of my blogs and I had to restore my last backup :hairout_tb:

Yep, the biggest flaw in that plugin is there is no restore function. I always thought that because I had that plugin everything was sweet until I needed to restore that blog. Sure the plugin saved my butt as it at least gave me a database to restore but it took me a lot of Googling and a bit of stressful manipulation of phpMyAdmin before I got it to work. The whole time I was afraid I would do something wrong that would end up destroying it instead of fixing it.

Enter The BackUp Buddy WordPress Plugin

While I have no doubt that I would be able to do it all again if necessary I would rather not put up with all that aggravation which is why I purchased BackupBuddy the complete WP backup, restore and migration plugin.

The beauty about this plugin is that you can do a backup of your entire blog which includes your widgets, themes, plugins, and SQL database. This is great if you intend moving your blog to another host as all you have to do is to FTP the importbuddy.php script along with the backup zip file to your new host, run the script and it does the rest. This would be an essential tool if you’re designing blogs for your clients as you can do it all on your computer and then restore it to your client’s site.

Apart from having a cool schedule feature where you can schedule your backup monthly, bimonthly, weekly, daily or hourly it also reminds you to do a backup every time you publish or modify a post. Not only that it also allows you to choose where you want to send the backup including Amazon S3, Rackspace Cloud, an FTP/FTPS account, or to your email. It’s so versatile you can actually set it up to send the backups to all of them :wink_ee:

As you can see from the above image I have several backups of just the database and one of the entire blog. If I was wanting to move this blog I would use the full backup which would restore the whole thing including themes, plugins and all modifications. I don’t even need to install WordPress as that’s part of the restoration process.

So the question you have to ask yourself is are you happy with a simple backup plugin or would you rather one that allows you to restore your blog as well? :thumbup_ee:

I would have given it 5 stars except for the fact that I thought you would be able to restore the blog from within the BackupBuddy dashboard. I understand not being able to do a full site restoration that way but I would have thought it would restore the database. Even so the restoration process is straightforward and so 4 stars it is.
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