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Simple automated backups of your WordPress powered website.

18 reviews
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1 star
Keep getting worring error messages with Backups
By , for WP 3.9.1

From my experience I have had a lot of issues with BackUpWp with it first failing several times trying to backup to Zip format. After several cryptic errors that meant nothing to end users I accidentally tried backing up to an alternative Tar format which worked. I never found out why choosing the zip could disable the entire solution?

The log files spit a lot of upsetting warning and errors you will never understand. You are expecting Backup succeed and have some confidence that if you ever relied on the backup to get you out of trouble you are covered. This is not the confidence I ever received.

What does this sort of messaging in the log file mean?

WARNING: Folder "/var/www/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/wp-document-revisions/img" is not readable!

Why is it unreadable and what do I need to do to make it readable as I have full access to my LAMP environment? What permissions does BackUpWp expect on each wordpress folder? Nothing in the interface of BackUpWp suggests I need to give it rights to any folders what is going on here and why will it not work out of the box?

What does this mean: - PHP Fatal error: Maximum execution time of 300 seconds exceeded in /var/www/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/backwpup/inc/class-create-archive.php on line 209

I'M struggling to understand why it appears so problematic for BackUpWp to run on a standard installation of WordPress without errors and what I need to do to resolve?

1 star
Backup it created didn't work as advertised when I tried to restore my site!!
By , for WP 3.9.1

Well, I was told this plugin was great but it really SUCKS.

After installing the plugin I created a backup of my site and db. Lo and behold a couple weeks later I needed to restore my site. Guess what? The backup for the database would NOT WORK! I Kept getting database errors when I tried to restore the db from the backup. I was able to restore my site files, but not the database. All page content and post content would not show up on my site. Looks like you CAN'T count on this plug-in to work when you need it. I went to the plugin site for help and their "help search engine" has no useful info. The plugin's site is worthless when it comes to help.

Out of all the people giving this plugin a good rating, I wonder how many have actually tried restoring their site with one of the plugin's backups? This plugin SUCKS!! Beware, if you need to restore your site database you can't count on the backup to work.

1 star
Disk full
By , for WP 3.9.1

The plugin ignores its own instructions to backup manually, monthly and to keep only the last backup. Repeatedly backs up hundreds of MB until the server generates a "Disk Usage Critical Warning" from the hosting provider when it reaches 1GB allocated space. This has happened more than once, even after deleting all old backups. Also, the zip file it generates is always corrupted. Disabled this plugin (v2.6.2) for a time but have now deleted it - too much trouble!

1 star
By , for WP 3.7.1

I tried on many sites including http://www.fintuberadiators.co.uk and could never get to change the standard settings????

Same on my website

1 star
poor documentation
By , for WP 3.8.2

I perched wordpressbackup on google drive:
-the key on my invoice is not valid
-there is no documentation
-Haven't got confirm email yet
-there is no setting for google drive

1 star
By , for WP 3.8.1

I don't like it at all. I don't know where my backups are going. I can't find any control over where I back up. I like to backup to my local system but i do not see a way to do that. It is not flexible at all. It keeps giving me this error "wp-cron.php is returning a Recv failure". I have followed the "FAQ" it refers to and still can not fix it. I'm getting rid of it and going back to using ftp.

1 star
Nasty plugin that is a liability and may destroy your hosting
By ,

I thought this seemed too good to be true. But I never suspected foul play.

This is a nasty plugin that fails to remind you that if your site is bigger than a picture of a cat, copies of your site in this way could end up crashing your server, going over your allocated space and even getting your site suspended...14 copies is virtually fantasy land.

Firstly, it gave me a 2mb 'backup' when my site is around 400mb.

Then I managed to do a full backup. It failed....and failed.

My site is about 400mb which is nothing compared to many. I realized that 14 copes of 400 would be way over my space anyway. Even saving one copy would be a struggle.


1 star
Buggy and inconsistent
By ,

It's certainly a convenient way to back up your site....when you can get it to work. The best thing going for this plugin is that there is no competition, otherwise I would drop it like a hot potato.

1 star
By , for WP 3.7.1

1 star
One of the worst plug-ins I've tried
By , for WP 3.5.2

WARNING! DO NOT CLICK THE "EXCLUDE" LINK if you have anything other than a basic WP site on your server - this will hang your browser indefinitely.

It's hard to believe anyone with a decent sized site would find this useful. While I applaud the developer(s) for 'trying' to provide a reasonable back-up solution for the masses, this thing fails miserably. Barebones functionality with the Exclude nailing the coffin shut as it tries to load a listing of EVERY file on your server, instead crashing the browser.

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