Almost every decent hosting provider gives you some sort of backup option for your website, but we think that the best disaster prevention strategy involves separating your backups from your hosting. There are numerous premium WordPress backup services that will let you have a peace of mind, but if you’re on a budget you should consider of free cloud storage services.
How to back up your WordPress to Dropbox with a FREE plugin
If you want to have a free (or very cheap) backup solution, you can take advantage of your existing Dropbox account, or create one if you don’t have it and get 2GB of cloud storage for free.
Luckily there are a lot of plugins for this purpose, and these are the two best freemium plugins that let you manage your backups to Dropbox for free. All of them have been selected by following our tested plugin selection process.
With more than 1 million installations and 2.500+ five-star ratings for an average of 4.8, UpdraftPlus is one of the most reputable backup plugins out there. The free version lets you schedule the backups of your files and database and send them to Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3 (or compatible), Rackspace Cloud, DreamObjects, FTP, Openstack Swift, Updraft Vault and email.
The paid version also backs up to Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Storage, Backblaze B2, SFTP, SCP, and WebDAV, and it lets your duplicate or migrate websites, it supports multisite/multi-network WordPress installations, and it backups non WP files and databases.
If you own more than one website, you can also manage all of them from one place using the UpdraftCentral, that comes in a self-hosted (free) and a fully-hosted (premium) version.
BackWPup comes second with 600k+ active installations, 517 five-star ratings, and an average of 4.4. The free version allows to manually backup your website to Dropbox, Amazon S3 (or compatible), Microsoft Azure, Rackspace Cloud, SugarSync, FTP, your web space and email.
Unfortunately, the option to schedule backups comes only with the Pro (paid) version of the plugin, together with support for Amazon Glacier, Google Drive and other advanced features.
What to do when you need more than 2GB
If you website starts to grow big and the 2GB that Dropbox offers for free are not enough, your only option is to purchase a Dropbox Plus, Professional or Business account, or use a different and more professional solution. All of our WOptimization plans include daily incremental backups stored on EU or US Amazon S3 servers for 90 days, and unlimited free restores.
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