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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


231 reviews
Average Rating
3.8 out of 5 stars
Worry free Data Backup
By , for WP 4.0

Never had any trouble with the plugin. Easy to install and easy to use.

By , for WP 4.0

Very nice plugin.

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.

Easy to use
By , for WP 3.9.2

- easy to use
- database backup and /or complete backup
- create several jobs
- works with dropbox
- fast

Database and file backup, Multi-Site compatible
By , for WP 3.9.2

I have been using BackWPUp on my and client Multi-Site installations.

1) It backs up both the database and (optionally) the files in folders you specify. Occasionally backup the entire WordPress installation, monthly your media folders, weekly your database, adjust the times for your frequency of changes and how upset you'd be if you lost something.

2) BackWPup is one of the few backup plugins I looked at that Does alert you if there was a problem. All I get now are warnings if I forgot to exclude a symbolic link (BackWPup tells you it doesn't back up those folders, you should specify the actual folder not the link). In the past, BackWPup warnings were a big clue that led me to find the version of PHP on a server had a ZIP bug (crash without notice attempting to Zip/Unzip, also affected WordPress Updates). Has option to email you only if problem with a scheduled backup.

3) BackWPup does seem to correctly back up multiple terabytes. But Don't store backups within the folders that will be backed up; it will backup your backup files, doubling the file size (hey, you told it to). Guess how I found this... Plus, never store backups in web-accessible folders, for security.

4) BackWPup has options for storing result file in several services including DropBox and Amazon S3 (I haven't tested, will soon).

Do not ever leave SQL exports or backups where others could get them. Since most people create terrible passwords, hackers can get about 90% of passwords in MD5, what MySQL and WordPress use, in a day or less. MD5 is strong for unknown data, but people keep using the same simple ways of making passwords. See [ link redacted, please do not post links in reviews ] for how to protect yourself.

Amazing plugin and easy to use!
By , for WP 3.9.2

I've used the plugin for several of my websites and I recently had to restore a backup and it worked flawlessly! Thanks for a great plugin!

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.

It's been working for quite some time w/o Issues
By , for WP 3.9.2

I use it to backup to DropBox and it works without a hitch. I have made a complete restore on my test server and it had everything I needed to do so. I see the backups on DropBox when they are meant to be created and I was alerted when there was an error (out of space) on DropBox.

I have not tried many backup solutions as I stopped as soon as I found this. I have been using it for about 5 months now and the backups keep coming, highly recommended!

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!

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