VaultPress vs BlogVault vs BackupBuddy vs CodeGuard vs UpdraftPlus

“What do I need a backup for!? It’s not like anything bad is going to happen to my WordPress blog anyway!” … I’m sorry to be the one to break this to you, but there’s a whole plethora of bad things that can happen to a WordPress site. And if you’re not prepared – i.e. don’t have a backup – you’re in big trouble.

VaultPress-vs-BlogVault-vs-BackupBuddy-vs-CodeGuard-vs-UpdraftPlus

And I understand, I really do. We always tend to think that bad things can happen to anyone, but just not to us. However, according to a survey by Wordfence from 2015, 38.9% of users reported a hack in the last 12 months.

That’s a pretty big number. So why take the risk? Especially since you can find lots of tools that can keep your site backed up, thus giving you a lot better sleep at night.

Today, we’re comparing the top 5 best WordPress backup plugins on the market. We’re talking their pros, cons, main features, pricing, and why and when you would want to use them.

Let’s start with the basics. Here’s the side-by-side:

VaultPressBlogVaultBackupBuddyCodeGuardUpdraftPlus
vaultpressblogvaultbackupbuddycodeguardupdraftplus
Price / m$3.50
$9.00
$29.00
$9.00
$19.00
$39.00
$7.00
$8.00
$12.00
$5.00
$39.00
$79.00
$119
$239
$0
$7.00
$9.75
$15.00
Databse backupsYYYYY
Filesystem backupsYYYYY
Automated/scheduled backupsYYYYY
Manual backupsYYYYY
Easy restoration featuresYYYYY
Security scans/monitoringYNYYN
Site migration featuresYYYNY
Backup historyYYYYY
Backup encryptionNYNYY
Off-site backup storageYYYYY
Storage for your backups?not limit for fair usage1GB5GB1GB
Customer supportYYYYN*
Price8910710
Ease of use9109108
Features99999
Support101010109
 OVERALL  9.0  9.5  9.5  9.0  9.0 
VISIT
* no support for the free version
** after the changes in business model, VaultPress features delivered via Jetpack

Overview
Fast backups and easy restoration – that’s what VaultPress gives you, in a sentence.

This plugin shows you the backup progress for each type of data in real time: uploads, themes, plugins, database, and what’s more important, everything happens on autopilot. It also gives you a calendar view, where you can see all your previous backups.

Depending on the plan you choose, you can also get additional security features and spam protection – all that on top of the default backup functionality.

Note. After the changes in business model, VaultPress features are now being delivered via Jetpack.

Main features
  • Database and filesystem backups.
  • Real-time backup monitoring.
  • Easy restoration.
  • Daily website scans.
  • Site migration features.
  • Off-site storage.
  • 30-day backup archive.
Price
  • $39 / year, for automated daily backups with unlimited storage space, spam protection for comments and pingbacks, brute force attack protection and uptime monitoring.
  • $99 / year, for automated daily backups with unlimited storage space, 30-day backup archive, spam protection for comments and pingbacks, brute force attack protection and uptime monitoring, daily in-depth scans of code for infiltrations and malware.
  • $299 / year, automated real-time backups with unlimited storage space, unlimited backup archive, daily and on-demand scans for infiltrations and malware, spam protection for comments and pingbacks, brute force attack protection and uptime monitoring.
Pros and cons
  • Provides advanced security scans, which means that it will take care of your site on a number of levels except just backups.
  • Comes with detailed info about every backup. There are stats for every backup file. It also marks significant numbers related to these files, like the number of posts or pages you have on your site, and etc.
  • Expert support.
  • Hard to distinguish between the available plans. At first glance, they all look very similar.

Overview
As they call themselves, “The Ultimate WordPress Backup Service,” BlogVault seems to give you everything you could need as a WordPress website owner. There are automatic backups, auto restoration, secured backups, and a backup history/archive in case you need to take a trip to the past and bring back some previous version of your site.
Main features
  • Database and filesystem backups.
  • Automatic restoration (plus there are test restore features – see if your backups are okay).
  • Easy site migration.
  • Your backups stored in off-site data centers and with Amazon S3.
  • 30-day backup history.
Price
  • $89 / year – for 1 site.
  • $189 / year – for 3 sites.
  • $389 / year – for 7 sites.
Pros and cons
  • It comes with a mini-menu for each finished backup, which gives you simple and intuitive directions, for things such as uploading your backup to Dropbox, auto-restoring it, downloading it, migrating the site, or adding a note with a specific status about that backup.
  • It tells you when the last backup happened and when will the next one take place. For instance, “Prev 6 minutes ago; Next in about an hour.” You can also add custom schedules if you don’t want to stick with BlogVault’s default times.
  • No security scans or malware monitoring.

Here’s what Akshat Choudhary (@akshatc), the founder of BlogVault had to say when asked, “What’s the no.1, most important metric when it comes to WordPress backups?”

Akshat-Choudhary
Independent and reliable WordPress backups are very important for every website owner. With our customers we have seen all these: server crashes, data center issues, natural disasters, bad plugins/themes, botched upgrades, human errors, and hacks. Each of these has happened lot more often than even we would have anticipated.Akshat Choudhary

Overview
BackupBuddy is a great backup plugin with an affordable price tag. Plus, it comes with a range of awesome features. Actually, it is probably the best valued plugin on the list (the price to features ratio).

There’s an intuitive and friendly interface, live backups with live reports on the backup process, a quick way of downloading and moving your files to off-site storages, security scanning, and a couple of other awesome things.

Main features
  • Complete backups of your databases and files.
  • Backup scheduling options.
  • Backups stored off-site.
  • ZIP-downloadable backups.
  • Site migration features.
  • The possibility to exclude certain files and database tables.
Price
  • $80 / year – for 2 sites.
  • $100 / year – for 10 sites.
  • $150 / year – for unlimited sites.
  • $297 – for unlimited sites with lifetime updates.
Pros and cons
  • It offers advanced features that can be easily handled in a friendly and modern interface – everything right in your WordPress dashboard, accessible via a few clicks.
  • It comes with multiple off-site storage options (although some of them available for additional payment).
  • You can exclude certain files or database tables if you don’t want to have them backed up.
  • Unlike the other plugins on this list, it doesn’t come with a free trial.

Overview
CodeGuard is a very clever backup service that actually works around your WordPress site, rather than interacting with it directly through WordPress’ mechanisms.

Under the hood, CodeGuard performs an initial backup of your site, and then just monitors it looking for any changes. If changes do occur, CodeGuard takes note of them and makes another backup. Most importantly, you can also restore your site at any moment in time.

Main features
  • Database and filesystem backups.
  • Automatic backups with real-time updates.
  • Constant monitoring – CodeGuard looks for any changes happening on your site.
  • Easy restoration.
  • Uses Amazon S3 for storage.
Price
  • $60 / year – for 1 site.
  • $468 / year – for up to 12 sites.
  • $948 / year – for up to 25 sites.
Pros and cons
  • Hands-off tool once you set it up. It just works.
  • Works with other website platfroms too, not just WordPress.
  • Can get expensive if you want to take care of more than a handful of sites.

Overview
UpdraftPlus is the most popular free backup plugin in the official WordPress directory. It is easy to use and gives you all the basic features you’d need.

Plus, there are also options to send your backups to off-site locations and storages. The plugin supports places like Dropbox, Amazon, Google Drive free of charge (although third-party fees may apply).

Main features
  • Database and filesystem backups.
  • Supports WordPress backups to UpdraftPlus Vault, Amazon S3, Dropbox, Rackspace Cloud Files, Google Drive, email, and more.
  • Automatic backups.
  • Site migration features.
  • Backup encryption.
Price
  • Free version.
  • $86 / year – for 2 sites.
  • $117 / year – for 10 sites.
  • $178 / year – for unlimited sites.
Pros and cons
  • UpdraftPlus keeps things very simple, but not necessarily simplistic. You can backup your site in a few seconds.
  • Free if you just need basic backup features.
  • The plugin doesn’t come with any security scans or malware monitoring.
 

Conclusion

If I have to pick a tool for my site, I’m somewhere between  BackupBuddy, UpdraftPlus, and BlogVault

BackupBuddy and UpdraftPlus are pretty much alike: low prices, great features that should satisfy all your needs, and they can be used right from the WordPress dashboard (no need to log in anywhere else). UpdraftPlus offers a couple of services for free as well, even though it’s not as user-friendly as BackupBuddy.

BlogVault does a very good job too, and can be a great solution for most WordPress users: complete set of backup features, decent prices, non-technical interface, intuitive menus, and user-friendly dashboard.

VaultPress and CodeGuard are also viable solutions and they do come with great features. They’re a bit more pricey, though, and especially if you want to hook up more than a handful of sites. Nevertheless, they’re still very efficient at what they do.

Lastly, keep in mind that the most important parameter when we’re talking backups is their reliability. In other words, what good is a backup if it then fails during site restoration?

Which one of these WordPress backup plugins do you use on your site? Please let us know in the comments if you stumbled upon any issues with either of them.

 
VaultPressBlogVaultBackupBuddyCodeGuardUpdraftPlus
vaultpressblogvaultbackupbuddycodeguardupdraftplus
Price / m$3.50
$9.00
$29.00
$9.00
$19.00
$39.00
$7.00
$8.00
$12.00
$5.00
$39.00
$79.00
$119
$239
$0
$7.00
$9.75
$15.00
Databse backupsYYYYY
Filesystem backupsYYYYY
Automated/scheduled backupsYYYYY
Manual backupsYYYYY
Easy restoration featuresYYYYY
Security scans/monitoringYNYYN
Site migration featuresYYYNY
Backup historyYYYYY
Backup encryptionNYNYY
Off-site backup storageYYYYY
Storage for your backups?not limit for fair usage1GB5GB1GB
Customer supportYYYYN*
Price8910710
Ease of use9109108
Features99999
Support101010109
 OVERALL  9.0  9.5  9.5  9.0  9.0 
VISIT
* no support for the free version
** after the changes in business model, VaultPress features delivered via Jetpack

 

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  • Thanks for the post. We use backup-buddy and it has been a lifesaver for us! Nothing more scary then running a website update and it breaks your site(especially if its live) – at least with backup-buddy you can restore in minutes. Highly recommend it to anyone who has a WordPress site.

    • Good to hear that I’m not the only one who thinks BackupBuddy is great.

  • Emily Juice

    Why do backup plugins have to include malware scan tool? I use both Backupbuddy and Updraftplus

    • Karol K.

      The short answer is that they don’t.

      However, a malware scanner prevents you from getting backups that are corrupted in one way or the other. For instance, if your site crashes due to a hack/malware, and you want to restore it to the last non-hacked state, you have no way of knowing which backup to choose if there’s no malware scanning.

      • Emily Juice

        It not auto scan anyway, or i miss the settings? I have to manually scan it.

        • Not all the plugins come with malware monitoring and, for the ones that do, you have to manually set it.

    • jameskatt

      Malware scanning is a huge and ever-changing task that is best left to a security-minded specialized plug-in. After all, there hundreds if not new malware being spawned every day.

      Adding a security scanner – such as by Securi – can then be useful BEFORE the backup is done. Certainly it would COST you much more per website that you own. But someone has to pay for it.

  • FrankWL

    Great overview, thank you! Would it make sense to include manageWP as well in the list? Not a pure backup tool, I know. But you get a good backup solution as part of the entire set of site-management tools for a very comparable price. They even offer storage of backup files within the borders of the EU (which is very (!) important for some clients).

  • jfarsen

    Would have been interesting to include how these solutions support (or not) Multisite, which is always an aferthought, or not thought of at all… For us CodeGuard made the most sense, as even though it’s more expensive, it doesn’t care about Multisite or not…

    • Hi! All the plugins support a multisite network, it only depends on the plan you’re choosing. Most of them allow you to use the multisite in the second plan. The first plans are usually accepting one single site.

  • Amazing comparison! Nice read to divulge info on Vault Press vs Blog Vault vs Black up Buddy vs CodeGuard vs Up draft Plus!

  • Rachael

    launched my second site I moved to use their Online Servise. That allows good schedule features and migration.

  • Thank you for this! I got confused which plugin to use, glad, I came to this site!

  • Stephen Coppinger

    Got to give Vaultpress the thumbs down for the moment, due to the support services. Having said this, I have to declare I haven’t used it yet, as I cannot get it up and running. It’s a simple problem, related to the api keys used to register the purchased version. However, my experiences with Steph, my ‘happiness engineer’, have been a shining example of deflection and delay, such as I have not seen for some time. I’m thinking of publishing my email correspondence as a comedy, or perhaps a Greek tragedy. I got great support when I wanted to upgrade my account, but on the technical side, not so good. Caveat Emptor.

  • jameskatt

    Which backup plugin makes it easiest to restore your site or migrate your site? Backing up is nice. But site restoration is even more important.

  • Michael

    Try Web Support Revolution backups – you will have 3GB for free and antivirus reports for each backup.

  • gpenglase

    I’m surprised that BackWpup isn’t on this list. Is simple to use, has enough features for the average user, and their free version backs up to Dropbox, FTP and others etc. Their Pro version offers more off-site backup options and is even better with good support. We’ve used it reliably for years. One thing is for sure. If you aren’t using a reliable backup solution, and you aren’t testing your backups then, as a WP user in the most hacked and security prone ecosystem, you are vulnerable – it is only a matter of time, not if, you suffer an outage or loss of data.

  • davidnorwood

    Do any of these back up plugins a have “off site easy restore” feature? Press a button offsite and it restores to the original location?

    I was hacked using updraft free, I tried to restore an early version of my site, but the plug-in did not work because of the hack. I could not update the plugins, I could not delete the plugin and install it again or any other plugin. So, in fact it was a useless plugin that was only good because I had a backup stored off site. However, I am not an expert and restoring to my cpanal, so I had to hire some to to restore if for me.

    So, if there was a off site back up feature that allowed me to restore form where the files were stored back to the original location, that would be a great feature that I would like to have.

    • Ruby Paulson

      BlogVault works independently of your site: it’s a backup service that needs you to log in to its dashboard. So you can restore your site even when your site is down and you can’t access the plugin.

  • Gunnar Hansen

    I think you are missing Backup Creator. It’s a great plugin. Easy to use.

  • UpdraftPlus is the best choice as it’s for free and you can back up your data in your Google Drive up to 100GB (for just $1.99/month) or just 15GB for free. What else do you need. 😀