Plugin Reviews

BackWPup - WordPress Backup Plugin

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


325 reviews
Average Rating
4 out of 5 stars
Why look for another?
By , for WP 4.4.2

I'm using this plugin now for years...
I only had once a problem - and the developer helped me immediately.
No need to look for another backup solution.

Easy to Use
By , for WP 4.4.2

I've used this backup solution on dozens of websites. It's easy to setup and use and has a lot of powerful options. I enjoyed it so much that I ended up purchasing the pro version so that I could do file-by-file backups.

Everything I want in a backup plugin, plus a few things I didn't even think of
By , for WP 4.4.2

I've tried many backup plugins, but this one is head and shoulders above the rest. There are too many great features to mention them all, but here are a few that have been especially useful to me:

  • Scheduled automated backup jobs in the free version (daily, weekly or monthly, at the time you select)
  • Backs up everything to a single file
  • Compression options include zip
  • Easy to understand exclude settings
  • Folder size is displayed so you can decide what to back up (a huge benefit when images are in monthly folders)
  • Topbar icon to directly access your backups (optional)
  • Information tab in Settings that gives a quick rundown of server software without having to log into a hosting panel
  • One click database backup in the main pane of the plugin, very handy when you're in the middle of an update
  • BackWPup-specific user roles, so you don't have to give your host access to your whole Dashboard if troubleshooting is needed (though I'm not sure 3 different user roles are needed for this)

My only real complaint about this plugin is that the default number of backups to leave on the server (in the To: Folder tab of each job) is quite high. If you neglect to change it, you could get into space-usage trouble with your webhost.

The features are everything I could want, but I have to subtract a star for a recent update which broke the plugin for many customers, as it was weeks before a fix was released. It broke in such a way that users wouldn't necessarily have been aware that their backup jobs weren't running.

I understand that maintaining and supporting a plugin is a lot of work, but when a plugin author takes on a vital function like backing up, there's an implicit commitment to the swiftest possible fixes, or at the very minimum, better notifications so that people know their backups aren't happening.

However, since this is an otherwise great plugin, I'll come back in a year and remove this part of my review and add the 5th star, if there have been no further issues (or if any that do occur are addressed promptly).

Best plugin to backup Whole wordpress directory
By , for WP 4.4.2

Best plugin to go coz it's doing copy of whole wordpress directory not just chosed folders.
I will buy pro for sure.

Thank you guys for great work !

Perfect tool for backup
By , for WP 4.4.2

I use free version of this plugin to backup my site to FTP and Dropbox and it works really nice.

By , for WP 4.2.4

Very helpful, works as expected.

Does Not Uninstall
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Do not install this unless you want it forever! There is no way to completely uninstall it. It will remain in your user roles forever.

Restore = F***k up!
By , for WP 4.4.1

With this backup is ok, but for restore it send you to manual or phpadmin... manual manual... !

Restore the restore!- And add steps to PHP directions
By , for WP 4.4.1

This is just some feedback after a tough afternoon. I know your product was free- but I'd seen a demo (I suppose it was an older version) with your restore feature. I just assumed that your latest product would come with a restore. Perhaps - for the current version you should put a note to that effect on the wordpress download/plug in notes area

Anyhow- the directions here and elsewhere (and some of your comments on the WP support site) make it seem rather easy to restore simply using the PHP tools on the host control panel.

Not exactly.

Ok, I had a full backup- so may I suggest you differentiate your terms - database only means the .SQL file (I now know that) 

Also Your software creates in in a TAR Wrapped in a GZ- yet the PHP restore looks for a zip by default.

For Windows users, that means finding "7 zip", uncompressing everything in GZ, everything in Tar, extracting decompressing the sql file, and re compressing in a ZIP file.

THEN the PHP software will accept the .sql.zip 

At first, I was trying to send the entire backup- (I'm new- and I thought "database" was the entire backup .gz file you'd made) Perhaps you could call this "SQL data only"

So- please work on adding back in that tools/ restore feature. I like the reliability of your product, and the ease in which it sent the data to my drop box. 

In the end, I did get my database and additional files back up and running (better than before). I thank you for that!

But, in the meantime I thought perhaps, for clarity, you could add a few steps (see what I'd written above) in your "how to" web pages.

Wouldn't connect to dropbox for the file upload process
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Keep getting the following error

ERROR: Dropbox API: (7) Failed to connect to api-content.dropbox.com port 443: Connection timed out

I've checked with my VPS host, port 443 is open and we can telnet to the dropbox api URL successfully, and dropbox authentication is confirmed (and working) but uploading just fails every time for dropbox

Chose to go with UpDraftPlus plugin instead since it's more reliable at the moment.

Real shame as I've been a big fan of BackWPUp until now.

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