How to take backup in WordPress
Written by: Morten Malde

All our web hosting packages have daily backups included totally free 30 days back in time. See our guide for this here on how to restore.

We always recommend that our customers set up backups on their installations as well. Below are some methods and plugins that can run a manual or scheduled automatic backup of your WordPress installation.

Why Backup WordPress?

Many people often think on backup, but rarely do anything about this and have to learn it on the hard way. Therefore, it can be smart to always have the habit of setting up backup from the start of each website.

There are many threats on the internet that will continue to attack and try to find holes in your WP installation.
Often it’s one of the reasons below that makes it important to make backup:

  • An update of the plugin or template fails and crashes the site
  • Fault from the user(s) due to negligence
  • Virus and malware inserted by hackers

How often should one backup?

It depends entirely on whether the website is updated regularly with content or not. If a website is updated daily, backup should also be performed daily. If content is updated a couple of times a year, monthly backup will suffice.

For major updates of plugins and templates, we always recommend taking a manual backup before the updates are performed.

Which backup solution should I choose?

There are many good solutions and which one fits you and your WordPress installation will vary. So it might be good to test some to see which ones work well and is not suited to your WordPress website.

UpdraftPlus

This is the most known and most commonly used backup plugin for WordPress.
It is used by more than 2 million installations.

UpdraftPlus Onedrive

We tested UpdraftsPlus and set up monthly backups for Google Drive. The WordPress installation is 85MB in size on the server. After backup to Google Drive, it uses about 13MB as backup files.
Recovery also worked fine without any error messages and went smoothly.

It is quite possible to upgrade to the Pro version of UpdraftPlus for more features and capabilities, but most of our customers will do well with the free version.
Overview of the free version and the Pro version can be found here.

BackupGuard

Slightly less known plugin for backup, but we have tested it and many of our customers are using it.

Backup Guard WordPress plugin

After a local backup, the installation of 85MB was compressed to 6.13MB in one backup file.
We tested recovery and it was fast and without error messages.
In addition, it is simple and intuitive so it is easy to understand for most people.

The free version only gives access to external storage to Dropbox. If you want Google Drive, OneDrive and the like, you need to upgrade to the Platinum version.

Softaculous in cPanel

In cPanel we have an auto installation of scripts such as WordPress etc. Softaculous has developed several tools that make it easier for our users. Some worth mentioning are automatic updates of plugins, templates and WP itself. In addition, there are functions such as cloning, staging and backup.

Softaculous backup
We have created a guide on how to backup WordPress inside Softaculous here.
It is possible to select the destination on the backup to:
local (webserver), Google Drive, Dropbox, FTP, FTPS and SFTP.

The advantage of this solution is that it is a free solution for all our customers. In addition, some of our consultants will have better experience and can help if problems arise.

Acronis backup – our new backup solution
Written by: Jon Eivind Malde

We’ve been using R1soft backup as backup solution for all our services since 2007. The solution worked well for us initially. Much was promised in terms of upcoming new features for our clients. What was promised was unfortunately never delivered no matter how many times we pointed this out.

In addition to the fact that the product has not developed significantly over the years, we’ve also experienced an increasing number of errors with the solution. Anyone can have errors, but for us the amount became larger than what we considered acceptable. Every second counts when we need to restore from backup and having to deal with errors in the middle of a disaster recovery can significantly delay when we are back to normal operations.

Choosing new backup solution

In the past year, we have tested many backup solutions to find the one that provides the best user experience and functionality for our customers. At the same time, it has also been important that the performance must be at least as good as before. Acronis’ backup solution differed significantly from the other solutions and became the natural choice, although the solution is 3 times as expensive for us as our previous solution. Don’t worry – you won’t have to pay more. There is a saying “You get what you pay for …” and it seems to be the case here 🙂

Acronis

Acronis delivers solutions to more than 5 million end users and 500 000 businesses in more than 150 countries worldwide. They have won numerous awards for their solutions since its inception in 2003.

Here are some of the advantages compared to R1soft backup:

  • Faster backup restore (testing was up to 10 times faster)
  • It is now possible to restore email addresses, forwarding etc. (which is then correctly set up on the server)
  • Imunify360 (security software on our servers) will automatically replace files that are infected by malware from backup if there are uninfected files there
  • When logging in via cPanel you do not have to enter your username and password as you sometimes had to before
  • Improved logging so you can see what’s restored and when it’s finished
  • Generally less errors during restore operations

Transition information

As of April 15, all web hosting accounts will be covered by Acronis backup. Unfortunately, in the transition there will be smaller backup entries available via cPanel. If you need older backups, please contact support so we can restore this for you during this period. This is not ideal for either you or us, but we hope for your understanding in our efforts to improve our service to you. We apologize in advance for the inconveniences it causes for customers who want to restore from older backups.

The transition to Acronis will also enable us to offer you more
related solutions. We will publish more information about this as it is launched.

Our new backup restore guide:
Guide for restoring backup from Acronis

Do you have questions or comments? Then we would love to hear from you 🙂