The Best WordPress Backup Plugins

There are multiple ways to back up your WordPress website. Below we cover multiple the best WordPress backup plugins (along with and installation links) and server backup methods.

Note: Plugins are ordered from most to least active installations as of September 2018.

Backup Policy Plugins Server Backups Snapshots Softaculous

Terms of Service

Note: Per Terms of Service, while InMotion Hosting maintains the backups for clients choosing to subscribe to Backup Manager, InMotion Hosting assumes no liability as to the availability or completeness of client data backups. Each client is expected and encouraged to maintain backup copies of their own data.

WordPress Plugins


Updraft Settings and backup options


UpdraftPlus backs up to external locations, restores backups, email reports and more from with your WordPress dashboard. Get started with our installation guide.


ManageWP dashboard overview


ManageWP connects unlimited websites to a dashboard allowing team and client collaboration. It includes bulk updates, client reports, Sucuri security scans, Google Analytics, and more. Get started with our installation guide.



BackWPup external backup options


BackWPup allows you to specify multiple backup locations, types of data to backup, and backup file options – eg. .zip, .gz – and a restoration option from your WordPress dashboard. Get started with our installation guide.

WP Remote


WPRemote dashboard


WP Remote schedules backups for unlimited sites to external locations and updates plugins and themes remotely from Get started with our installation guide.


Total Upkeep

Total Upkeep plugin settings


Total Upkeep adds filters to auto-update plugins after scheduled backups and allows backup restorations. Get started with our installation guide.

Server Backups

cPanel Backups

cPanel Backup Wizard


We always recommend creating full cPanel backup regularly for archival. A cPanel backup is a helpful recovery option after being hacked, especially when combined with recommended security plugins.

You can also create partial backups of backup websites, databases, and email accounts separately using the Backup Wizard. Ensure you download the completed backups from the server via File Manager or FTP.

Within File Manager you can compress files and folders if you only need specific files. You can use software such as WinZip and 7zip to decompress files.

WHM Backups

>WHM external backup options


VPS users can configure scheduled backups in WHM as root. You can view existing backups via SSH as user root.

External Backup configuration options include Amazon S3, Google Drive, FTP, Additional Local Directory, Rsync, SFTP, WebDAV, and Custom.

VPS Snapshots

created VPS snapshot


VPS users can create snapshots from AMP. Snapshots don’t affect VPS disk space but live for only seven days unless you purchase Long-term Storage Slots.


Softaculous backups are available on shared accounts and VPS accounts with the paid subscription. You can manage Softaculous backups via FTP or File Manager in the /softaculous_backups directory or using Softaculous.

Security and website optimization implementations are also major parts of disaster recovery. You can contact our live support for an account scan at any time. For enhanced security, consider our recommended security plugins, ClamAV Scanner, and a Sucuri account.


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