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BackWPup Free - WordPress Backup Plugin

Schedule complete automatic backups of your WordPress installation. Decide which content will be stored (Dropbox, S3…). This is the free version


61 reviews
Average Rating
3.9 out of 5 stars
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Locked me out of my site
By , for WP 4.0

I installed this plugin and made a backup to my server, all relatively pain free. I could access my website this morning but after lunch I was locked out.

After hours of pulling my hair out and trying different ways to get into my site I disabled this plugin using FTP, and I could again log back on.

I don't know why this happened but this was not a pleasant experience.

Not clear how to connect to Dropbox
By , for WP 4.0

Not user-friendly because it doesn't show you how to connect to your existing dropbox account for backup storage.

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Too buggy to be reliable.

Error messages like this "WARNING: No files/folder for the backup." that give no indication of why it thinks there are no files/folder for the backup or what the problem with BackWPup is.

Seems like a lot of potential here if it worked well.

Unfortunately bug-ridden
By , for WP 3.9.2

I used to be a big fan of this plugin - its interface is clean and it has a lot of functions. But the bugs are numerous and not quickly addressed.

Namely, it will make truncated .tar files and not indicate any errors to the admin. This means your site (or your clients' site) is likely not getting backed up.

Maybe worse, the one-click backup feature creates an .sql file that is somehow different from what mysqldump creates. Not just 'different', but not right - site restored with the SQL file that BackWPup makes will not be right.

So, unfortunately, I urge people to steer clear of this backup plugin.

Not Good for free, Premium version
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I have tried this plugin on my client website, when see found that they demand to buy a Pro version to run backup completely. Free is not good, don't install this, better is that try other. If I will found recommend you!

Does not work properly
By , for WP 3.9.1

Dropbox authentication errors required a third-party plugin to fix, and then I ran into the same problems many other users have complained about for a year or more: 5 minute timeout warning. Read many threads for hours on end and was unable to resolve.

Doesn't work with Dropbox...
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There's an issue with dropbox. Plugin clearly has an issue because someone has produced a fix that works in some circumstances. Loads of unanswered support questions. Users left high and dry. Don't bother.

Looks could be deceiving.
By , for WP 3.9.1

I thought this was it. All I need is a simple backup of my DB once a month and this plugin will do it for me. Afraid NOT. The gui looks good and looks feature rich but thats where it ends. Spend a few hours trying to make it work and I am not in the habit of beta or acid test software. I couldnt even manage a test email :( . Am I being ungrateful? No I dont so. I just gave up a few valuable hours for nothing :(

Anyway thanks for the effort.

DropBox Backup not working
By , for WP 3.9

I have installed this plugin on wordpress and it doesn't works with dropbox backup. When clck on authenticate when adding a job I get this error,

Dropbox API: (59) Unknown cipher in list: some text here..

If they can't fix this, then the plugin is useless to me

Looked promising but doesn't work for simple download
By , for WP 3.9

I was really hoping to use this plugin for backups. It looked feature rich. My needs were simple, just create a compressed backup file and manually download it to my PC.

The archive would get generated but after downloading it to my PC, its size would be 0 bytes and I could not open it. Spent many hours trying to resolve this and the author also piped in with suggestions but all without success.

In the end, I had to move on and select another backup plugin which worked immediately.

Perhaps it'll work for others using another backup destination supported by the plugin but for a direct download... failed.

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