Backup Buddy is a popular backup solution. Although a premium plugin, it has protected half a million sites since 2010. We assess the performance on backup plugins using the following criteria;
- Easy of use
- Backup Destinations
- Automated Backups
- Restore – Migrate – Move backup
- Multisite Support
So let’s review how BackupBuddy performs.
Ease of Use
Backupbuddy is installed like any other WordPress plugin after you purchased your copy and downloaded the zip, it is easy to install it on your site. The quick start wizard gives you an email address to notify of backup progress, the password for restoring backups and setup for Stash which is 1gb of offline storage supplied by Backupbuddy. You have two suggested backup schedules which we can change later. You can return to the backup screen for ad-hoc backups whenever you need to. A list of recent backups can be seen on this page too. The whole layout is clear and easy to read. Not standard WordPress Layout Styles.
A good choice of storage places are included for the plugin. Google Drive, Amazon S3, FTP, email, Dropbox (using the latest v2 method), a local drive on the server copy. You can also download a zip file that you made, but not automatically. Remember that you will have to setup a Google Drive, Amazon S3 or Dropbox account, there may be seperate fees charged. If you are using FTP then consider if it will be on the same server as your site and whether this is the only place you will have a backup.
You are pushed towards using the opton of Stash. This is their own remote storage solution which allows quick backup and incremental backups. For those wanting an easy solution then stash is the way to go with this plugin. Each licence is given 1GB of storatge, with the option to pay for more. For most sites, this will be ample.
You can schedule themes, plugins, media, database or everything. and choose a destination. Adding new methods is again easy. You limited to a list of options down to twice a day. If you want quicker backups then the incremental option with stash is better.
Restore – Migrate – Move backup
OK, this part I was not so sure about at first glance. They have a clever piece of code called importbuddy.php You upload this file and the Full backup zip file to your site, (for full restore). You are asked to delete everything else, including WordPress. You then run the importbudy script, like http://your.com/importbuddy.php and the process runs you through. I do like that the script has a password set by you when you create your copy of the script. You are prompted to give the details of the new database for the site with reminders of the previous settings. Then the process asks you to confirm the URL of the new site install. The last step gives you the chance to check the site is ok before the system does a cleanup and deletes all the setup files.
I do not see Backupbuddy supporting multisite installations. However, for most people, this will never be an issue.
We do not currently have any additional training for this plugin.
The Business Case for having backups of your site for migration and mitigation of problems is simple. This plugin is very easy to use and perfect for non-technical users who want a simple to use method. If you use Multisite installations of WordPress then this plugin will not be suitable.