It is very important to back up your WordPress (or other platform) site and files. It solves these two issues:
1. Back-up your DB MYSQL of your site
2. It can back up the whole site and its files
For these 2 simple (haha) tasks I am using https://wordpress.org/plugins/backupwordpress/ - or also called BackUpWordPress. It works really well and I have no problem using it on multiple sites (not like some paid back up plugins) ;-) Cheers, mitko
I am always keeping my WP database! I optimize it and sometimes repair (once a month) with WP-DBManager -
Here you can learn more: http://tutorials7.com/wp-dbmanager-review.html
or watch the video below:
This one is nice: UpdraftPlus Backup - https://wordpress.org/plugins/updraftplus/
BUT - if you want to use the Dropbox feature - you must buy premium component which costs $10. See here: http://updraftplus.com/shop/
I like this one - https://ithemes.com/purchase/backupbuddy/
It is not a free one, but if you really, really want to protect your WP site - it will do the job! It even has a function to scan your site for viruses (I've never seen a back up plugin to had this!). Nice solution!
Here are its features: Back up your entire WordPress installation. Widgets, themes, plugins, files and SQL database - the entire package! Just like your laptop or desktop computer, you should be doing regular backups of your website. With BackupBuddy you can schedule backups and have them sent off-site to Dropbox, Amazon S3, Rackspace Cloud, an FTP server, or your email. Or download them right to your desktop. You can also use their own storage space (1GB) :-) See here:
the plugin has 4 version and presumably prices: $80, $100, $150 and $197
HOWEVER! THere are some coupons available! :-) just search online...
Hope you will find a solution for your WordPress backing up conundrum! Good luck!
Fred, I manage 100+ websites, and considering backing up a single website, I myself combine full/partial backups from cPanel, using backup plugins such as UpdraftPlus as long as using hosting services that include backups.
There are both free (more manual) and paid (automatic and more convenient) solutions.
I've written a detailed article with step-by-step tutorials about backing up a wordpress site in different ways - http://researchasahobby.com/backup-wordpress-google-drive-updraftplus/
I would recommend also to use standalone application that performs regular backup of Wordpress data. Actually you need to backup two main "parts" of your Wordpress website:
1. Your website data (everything is under Wordpress directory
2. You database data.
So here it is Backupery for Wordpress application: https://www.backupery.com/products/backupery-for-wordpress/ It silently runs in the background and backups the two "parts" of the website regularly.