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5 Best WordPress Backup Plugins and Services 2015

5 Best WordPress Backup Plugins and Services 2015

Being an owner of WordPress self hosted blog, you may know well about the importance of taking regular backups to maximizes the security of your WordPress blog and to have an extra copy of your blog in case if something goes wrong. Have a backup copy gives you sense of security and peace of mind as you know that you can easily recover you blog to its previous glory after an incident.

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Read: Best Security plugins 2015

In this article, we are not going to discuss about what the backup are and what they do as they are and their functions are self explanatory but we here we are going to explore and review some of the best WordPress Backup plugins to make backup of your site and save your work.

5 Best WordPress Backup Plugins and Services 2015

Hundreds of free and paid backup plugins are there in WordPress plugin directory out of which we choose 0 5 best and reliable WordPress backup plugins each with its unique feature and pros & cons. Pick one of these Backup plugins and take backup of your WordPress site now.

01. VaultPress

If you are really serious about your blog security and ready to pay for the best Back-up plugin, VaultPress is the option. This plugin is come with all the features that are required for the backup of WordPress blog. All these option are of premium nature and easy to control through an elegant simple Dashboard.

The installation of VaultPress is just a matter of few clicks and once install, the plugin not only backup your WordPress blog’s files but also scan the files for any malicious code to give your site extra protection. VaultPress allows you to store the copy of your blog on cloud storage. You can set it to perform the backup of your blog and store it on the cloud storage each day

Now, for the credibility of this plugin, it is better to know that the plugin is developed by the founder of WordPress platform, Matt Mullenweg along with his team at Automattic.

Regarding the price, it is not just merely the plugin but it’s rather WordPress Backup service which is subscription based and you can start with VaultPress at the cost of $5 / month.

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02. BackWPup

If you can’t afford the above mention Backup plugin, here is the best alternative, the BackWPup want to pay. BackWPup is the free plugin with the premium like features allows you to Backup your WordPress blog and store a copy at cloud storage, Dropbox, Google Drive, FTP or on your computer.

Well for most of the bloggers and small online business, the basic features of this plugin are enough to take the backups. You can schedule the plugin to take regular backups automatically depending upon the update frequency of your blog.

From installation to use, the plugin has a pretty simple user interface make it perfect choice for novice bloggers. Restoring the Backup copy of your blog is also simple and just a matter of clicks.

The above stated features are free but there is a paid upgraded version of the plugin available with lots of more tools to take extra care of your blog.

03. BackupBuddy

Developed by iTheme, a big name in WordPress security solution, BackupBuddy is the premium plugin of the choice for those who don’t want to pay regularly i.e. monthly base subscription.

Similar to the above stated WordPress backup plugins, BackupBuddy has the same features to take regular backups of your blog on daily, weekly or monthly basis and to store the backup files at cloud storage. It has too, very simple user interface allows both the novice and pro blogger to operate and maintain the backups.

So what’s different in this plugin? Why should you go for it? The feature which is unique to BackupBuddy plugin and love by most of the bloggers is it allows you to move your WordPress blog from your current hosting to the new one with no downtime meanwhile. The pages will be served by the backup copy of your blog. Moreover the plugin offers 1 GB free cloud storage to store copy of your backup file there.

BackupBuddy is a popular plugin come with real-time support and has discussion forum where the users of this plugin share their opinion, reviews and to help out each other

04. WordPress Backup To Dropbox

WordPress Backup to Dropbox, as the name suggests, is a free plugin that allows the bloggers to create backup of their WordPress blog and store it on the online cloud storage system Dropbox. You may know well about the Dropbox and probably have an account on this free leading and secure cloud storage service. The plugin being discussing here able the bloggers to take backup of the whole WordPress files including the database and store them online on the Dropbox. There is no any limit for how much time your files will be store there.

The plugins let you to take backups manually or schedule the backup process to take automatic backups of WordPress files on timely basis. The plugin gives you choice to create backup of specific files or directories and leave the other which you don’t want to be the part of the backup.

Regarding the price, WordPress Backup to Dropbox has comes in both free version and the paid one. Download the plugin from here and start using this plugin for free and decide later to have the premium version of this plugin.

05. Duplicator

Officially this plugin is not for the backup of your WordPress blog but creating backup is one if its feature. Duplicator is actually site migrating plugin used to shift the WordPress blog from current domain or hosting to another one, creating backup of WordPress blog is a bonus.

This 2 in 1 plugin is although not an ideal plugin to takes backup as it has many flaws like it would not let you take automatic backup schedule at specific time and is not easy to understand but still a good option to have this plugin for backup.

Conclusion

As you know the importance of taking backups of your WordPress blog, you may not ignore this part of your site security. The above discussed plugins, whether free or paid are best tools to save your time and work. Now what you have to do is to install one of them which best suits your requirement from the provided link and take initial backup of your site now or schedule them for later.

Well all of these plugins are on our experience and preferences, if you are using one with more features, please share it with us in comments, or let your fiends known about these backup plugins by sharing it with them.

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List of 10 Essential Handy Plugins To Manage WordPress Blog

Essential WordPress Plugins

Essential WordPress Plugins

Blogging with WordPress is really easy and one, even without having knowledge of programming or markup, styling or scripting languages like php, mySQL, HTML, jQuery and CSS, can run and manage all aspect of their blogging by their own. There is no need to buy the services of developers or other professionals to manage you blog, to take care of your blog security, optimize you site SEO or to take backups of your site and Database. Although some firms can do these tasks best but thanks to hundreds of thousands of plugins developed by professional or developers, there is little or no more need to pay for each and every modification you want to add to your blog. For instance, you don’t need to pay for the security of your blog now, you can manage your WordPress site SEO by your own, can speed up your site with little effort, can interact with your visitors, publicize your content on social media with ease, can take backups and add other functionality to your blog with these handy plugins listed and discussed below. Plugins really made blogging easy and empower the bloggers to do with their blog what they want.

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Among these hundreds of thousands of plugins available for WordPress blog or site, here we have compiled a list of 10 Essential Handy Plugins for your new or existing WordPress blog to take care of some important aspect of blogging like, Site SEO, Security, Site Speed & Caching, enhancing interaction with your visitors, add contact form and an elegant Author Bio Box, deal with spamming and publicize your posts or content on Social Media sites. These all must do aspect of professional blogging can done with these useful plugins. Now you cannot remain novice but consider yourself a pro blogger.

Read: 10 Important Things To Do After Installing WordPress

01. W3 Total Cache

Site Speed is one of the important aspects of your blog or site reputation and SEO. The sites with slow loading time don’t get high ranking in Search Engine Result Pages (SERPs). So don’t ignore the site speed and don’t be indolent toward optimizing it as this will affect your site SEO too.

There are hundreds plugins for site speed and caching avail be among which I personally use and recommend the W3 Total Cache. W3 Total Cache improve your site speed and overall performance by caching every aspect of site including objects, pages and database, minifying CSS and JavaScript and add content delivery network support to your site. W3 Total Cache take care of complete performance of your blog and being use and recommended by many other professional bloggers and web hosts as well.

02. All in One SEO Pack

When it comes to site search engine optimization, All in One SEO Pack is the best among other available SEO plugins not just because of the number of features it provide but the ease of use of this plugin too really matter to make it the best SEO plugin. All in One SEO plugin adds SEO friendly Title, Keywords, Description to Posts and pages, automatically generates Meta Tags, submit XML sitemap to Google, Bing and notify search engines. All these features come with great ease make the plugin suitable for both novice and professional bloggers.

03. Akismet

Spamming and spam commenting is a big issue for every blogger to deal with. Novice blogger initially deal with spam comment manually as I was. I was tired while deleting thousands of spam comments daily manually taking lots of time or have to take backup of the entire database first and then run SQL command to delete all comments whether spam or genuine at once.

Then I found the Akismet plugin and dealing with spamming got easy. Using Akismet plugin is the best way to deal with spam comments and it provides Real Time protection 24 hourly. Akismet filters the comments look like spam and sends it directly to spam directory from where it can delete at once to save space and improve site speed.

04. CommentLuv

I was really happy when I got first comment on my. For every new blogger, commenting on his or her site is the indicator of site traffic, performance and reputation. These factors are crucial for site SEO too. In order to get more traffic and comments on your site, CommentLuv plugin is the option.

CommentLuv attracts the visitors to comments on your site in order to get a backlink from you to their site. This plugin make a win-win strategy for both the Webmaster and the visitor. The webmaster of the blog gets more traffic and comments and the commentator get a backlink.

Note: CommentLuv Premium also deal with spammers

05. AddThis

Experienced bloggers do not just relay on the traffic from Search engine. They want to attract more visitors to their site using any legal source, one of which is Social Media. The bloggers tend to share their contents or post on social media and encourages others to do same.

A simple way to publicize your contents on Social media like Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or Pinterest is AddThis WordPress Plugin. AddThis plugin allow your visitors to share the posts or contents of their interest on almost all popular social networking and bookmarking site with a single click. AddThis allows sharing the post on more than 330 sites.

Read: Best Free WordPress Social Sharing Plugins for 2015

06. Starbox Box

Have you notice the Author Bio Box at the end of your favorite post? Most bloggers tend to add their Bio on the post which they have published on their own blog or as guest on other blogs. If you want to add a professional and elegant yet free Author Box to your won site, StarBox is best choice.

The plugin is not just to add description of yourself but it would let the visitors to read your recent posts and will able to found you on Facebook, Twitter, Google plus and many other social media sites.

07. Contact Form 7

Have a blog an don’t have Contact Us Page with a Contact Form is look like have shop and do not have window or door for customers. Contact form let your customer or advertiser to contact you to buy your services or to publish their ads on you site. Even Google do not approve the sites for AdSense if they don’t have Contact Us page or form.

An easy way to add Contac form is “Contact Form 7”. This simple and flexible plugin allow you to add manage and customize contact form for your blog or number of blogs from just one dashboard. Contact Form 7 plugin can also be integrated with CAPTCHA to prevent spam mails.

So install Contact Form 7 to add contact form to your bog, stay connected with your visitors and to make your site ready for Google AdSense Plugins.

08. SEO Friendly Images

This is one another great SEO plugin which is deal with the images not text. Of course images should be SEO ready too to get high rank in Image Searches and drive lots of traffic from Google Image, Bing or Yahoo Images. Since the key elements of Image SEO is to add “title” and “alt” tag to images but this can be time consuming if lots of images are being uploaded to your blog.

Install the SEO Friendly Images and relax. This time saving plugin will do the job for you. SEO Friendly Images add “Title” and “alt” tag to images uploaded currently or in the past make them Search Engine friendly. The plugin validate your post against W3c / xHTML too.

09. Wordfence Security

Security is a big issue to deal with for every blogger either novice or experts. On an average, 30,000 WordPress blogs hacked daily. One of the major reasons behind this is the use of pirated theme or plugin which contain malicious code. The piece of code is used by hacker as a security hole to attack your blog and crush it.

To get rid of this, Wordfence is the choice. This WordPress security plugins scan your blog source code for any piece of malicious code in theme and plugins and clean it to secure your site. Wordfence also improve the site speed and make it 50 times faster

Read: Best Plugins To make your WordPress Blog Secure

10. OIO Publisher Plugin

Last but not least, who don’t want to monetize their blogs? Since everyone want to make revenue from their efforts they made for blogging, OIO Publisher plugins is a choice in this regards.

OIO Publisher Plugin is not just a plugin but it is an ad manager which enables the publisher or website owners to maximize their revenue from their blogs with ease and 100% control on the ads display. It will add a professional look to the advertisement so you can run your advertisement campaign without any mess look. You can place you ads on the blog wherever you want.

Read: 5 Best WordPress AdSense Integration Plugins 2015

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