While a lot of attention has been placed on how to handle a backup for a single WordPress website, what if you need to use a WordPress multisite backup plugin? Many businesses may have multiple websites that they maintain to perform different duties.
Similarly, some folks keep a separate website for blogging and another one for their family with news and pictures, for example. Regardless of which category you fall into, there are several plugins that can help you with a multi-site backup. Let’s take a look at some of the features you should look for when choosing such a plugin:
There are several different things that you need to look for when you’re choosing a WordPress multisite backup plugin. They include:
- Performance: Here you want a plugin that can accurately backup all of the necessary files and do so in a reasonable time. After all, what’s the point of having the plugin if it takes forever and only partially accomplishes its goal?
- Ease of Use: Most people don’t have time to do any serious coding when it comes to learning how to backup their websites. With that in mind, you need to consider a backup plugin that is easy to configure. And once you have the configuration completed, you should be able to backup your multiple websites with little more than a click of a button.
- Customization: You can decide if you want the plugin to backup everything, or just specific files.
- Restoration Ease: Backing up your websites is just the first part of the puzzle. You also have to be able to restore the websites if something goes wrong with them. That being said, you want a plugin that allows you to restore your website to its former glory with as little work as possible.
- Price: Of course, we all know the old adage “you get what you pay for”. Free plugins are not going to give you the reliability that you are looking for when it comes to something this important. So how much “bang for your buck” are you getting when you pay for these plugins?
There are hundreds of plugins on the WordPress platform all purporting to do the same thing. But here are the most popular multisite backup plugins that you will find on the market:
- Snapshot Pro: One of the things that we really like about Snapshot Pro is that not only can you restore your website with the click of a button, you can also transfer/migrate your sites easily from different hosting providers. However, this one does have a pretty steep price point.
- UpdraftPlus: UpdraftPlus has several things going for it. First, its popularity assures that it will be around for a long time; you will see multiple updates as your site grows and evolves. UpdraftPlus is currently looking at an almost perfect five-star rating with over half a million downloads. It is also one of the least expensive backup plugins on the market. The only complaint we have is that some of the options can be a little confusing for the novice user and the menus/navigation can be difficult to follow as well.
- VaultPress: This plugin is very popular because of its ease of use. The menus and screens are simple to navigate and you don’t feel like you have to earn a degree in computer programming to understand what you’re doing. However, this is not a great choice for multisite for two reasons. First, each site requires that you buy a separate license for the software. (If you are backing up five sites, you have to pay five times.) Also, the plugin only backs up common files when it is dealing with a network with multiple sites.
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If you’re looking for a WordPress multisite backup plugin, it is necessary to do your homework and make sure that you are familiar with all of your available options. It is essential that you compare all of the plugin features and find the one that meets the needs of all your websites.
A correction was made to this article indicating that InMotion Hosting no longer offers free backups. Instead, InMotion suggests that customers take advantage of the backup manager service available at a rate of $2/month. Keeping backups of your site is critical to site security.