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BackWPup – WordPress Backup Plugin | Easy Backup & Restore

BackWPup – WordPress Backup Plugin | Easy Backup & Restore


The Best WordPress Backup & Restore Plugin

BackWPup is the most comprehensive backup & restore plugin for WordPress.

Easily create a complete WordPress backup, store it on external services (such as Dropbox, S3, FTP, and more) and restore your backup directly from your WordPress admin, in just a few clicks.

BackWPup is designed for ease of use. Even beginners can create a reliable backup of their WordPress sites with just a few clicks. With BackWPup, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing your data is safe and secure. Whether you are a small business owner or a large enterprise, BackWPup is the tool you need to protect your WordPress site.

Schedule and Manage Backups Easily

With BackWPup, you have full control over your backup process. You can back up your entire WordPress site, including files and database, save them to multiple locations, and easily restore your site from a backup if anything goes wrong.

You can choose what to back up, how often to perform backups, and where to store them:
* Backup your entire WordPress installation, including the /wp-content/ folder and your database.
* Schedule automatic backups to run daily, weekly, or monthly, ensuring that your data is always up-to-date and secure.
* Store your backup in different locations: Dropbox, S3, FTP, Google Drive, OneDrive, and more, ensuring your data is always secure and accessible.

This flexibility makes BackWPup the best choice for WordPress backup.

Easily Restore Your WordPress Site

The restore option is now included in the free version. Easily restore your site from a backup with just a few clicks.
To restore a backup, go to the BackWPup plugin dashboard in your WordPress admin area. Navigate to the ‘Backups’ tab to see a list of your saved backups. Select the backup you wish to restore and click the ‘Restore’ button. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the restoration process.
This feature ensures that even in the event of data loss or site issues, you can quickly and efficiently restore your site to its previous state.

Improve Your Site’s Reliability and Performance

Did you know that regular backups and database maintenance can improve the performance and reliability of your WordPress site? With BackWPup, you can ensure that your data is always protected and that your site is always running smoothly.
By scheduling regular backups and database maintenance, you can avoid data loss and downtime. BackWPup makes it easy to protect your data and keep your site running at its best.
Even Google recommends regular backups and database maintenance to ensure the reliability and performance of your site. With BackWPup, you can follow best practices and keep your site secure and reliable.

What Do Our Users Think Of BackWPup?

Here’s what our users have to say about us after using BackWPup:

«Thanks to the developers for a very handy plugin! I’ve been using it for many years and it has never let me down! Thank you!» — alexeytrusovru >

”Must have for backup. So easy to use and so much feature. You can choose what to backup : files, db, plugin, theme… Then you can choose where to backup like upload to your dropbox.”— zuriiwest>

«Using this for 2 years for 30 sites without any issue, worked perfectly for me!» — hoathuy>

«My favorite backup plugin – use it on many sites. I manage many sites, and this has been my favorite backup plugin for years. It has a number of features that are not available in the free versions of other backup plugins (or at least, not all in the same plugin)
» — syzygist>

Is BackWPup Free?

You can use BackWPup for free with all its basic features. The free version includes complete backup, scheduling, support for external storage services (like Dropbox, S3, FTP, and more) and restore.

The pro version offers many additional features including more settings, destinations and of course access to our premium support. Check out our premium plans: https://backwpup.com/#buy

Who Are We?

We are WP Media, the company behind WP Rocket, the best caching plugin for WordPress.

Our mission is to improve the web. We are making it faster with WP Rocket, lighter with Imagify and safer with BackWPup.

Get In Touch!

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License: GPLv2 or later

License URI: http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html



WordPress Admin Method

  1. Go to you administration area in WordPress Plugins > Add

  2. Look for BackWPup (use search form)

  3. Click on Install and activate the plugin

FTP Method

  1. Upload the complete backwpup folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory

  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress

Pro Version

[You can find a detailed tutorial in the BackWPup documentation]. (https://backwpup.com/docs/install-backwpup-pro-activate-licence/)


How do I restore a backup?

Restoring backups made with BackWPup can be done multiple ways. Please take a look at our documentation here to learn more.

My backup jobs don’t seem to run as scheduled.

BackWPup uses WordPress’ own cron job system (WP Cron) to execute scheduled backup jobs. In order for WordPress to “know” when to execute a job, its “inner clock” needs to be set regularly. That happens whenever someone (including yourself) visits your site.
If your site happens to not being visited for a period of time, WordPress’ inner clock gets sort of slow. In that case it takes an extra server-side cron job to regularly call http://your-site.tld/wp-cron.php and tell WordPress what time it is.

A simple way to find out whether WP Cron works as it should on your site is to create a new post and set its publishing date to some point in the future, i.e. 10 minutes from now. Then leave your site (that’s important), come back after 11 minutes and check whether your scheduled post has been published. If not, you’re very likely to have an issue with WP Cron.

Yuk! It says: “ERROR: No destination correctly defined for backup!”

That means a backup job has started, but BackWPup doesn’t know where to store the backup files. Please cancel the running job and re-edit its configuration. There should be a Tab “To: …” in your backup job’s configuration. Have you set a backup target correctly?

A backup job has started, but nothing seems to be happening—not even when I restart it manually.

Solution #1

  • Open BackWPup->Settings
  • Go to the Informations tab.
  • Find Server self connect: in the left column.
  • If it says something like (401) Authorisation required in the right column, go to the Network tab and set the username and password for server-side authentication.
  • Try again starting the backup job.

Solution #2

  • Open wp-config.php and find the line where it says if ( !defined('ABSPATH') ).
  • Somewhere before that line add this: define( 'ALTERNATE_WP_CRON', true );

Solution #3

Not really a solution, but a way to identify the real problem: see remarks on WP Cron at the top.

I get this error message: `The HTTP response test get a error «Connection time-out»`

BackWPup performs a simple HTTP request to the server itself every time you click run now or whenever a backup job starts automatically. The HTTP response test message could mean:
* Your host does not allow loop back connections. (If you know what WP_ALTERNATE_CRON is, try it.)
* Your WordPress root directory or backup directory requires authentication. Set username and password in Settings->Network.
* The Server can’t resolve its own hostname.
* A plugin or theme is blocking the request.
* Other issues related to your individual server and/or WordPress configuration.

I get a fatal error: `Can not create folder: […]/wp-content/backwpup-[…]-logs in […]/wp-content/plugins/backwpup/inc/class-job.php …`

Please set CHMOD 775 on the /wp-content/ directory and refresh the BackWPup dashboard. If that doesn’t help, try CHMOD 777. You can revert it to 755 once BackWPup has created its folder.

When I edit a job the Files tab loads forever.

Go to Settings->General and disable “Display folder sizes on files tab if job edited”. Calculating folder sizes can take a while on sites with many folders.

I generated a list of my installed plugins, but it’s hard to read.

Try opening the text file in an editor software like Notepad++ (Windows) or TextMate (Mac) to preserve line-breaks.

My web host notified me BackWPup was causing an inacceptable server load!

Go to Settings->Jobs and try a different option for “Reduce server load”.

Can I cancel a running backup job via FTP?

Yes. Go to your BackWPup temp directory and find a file named backwpup-xyz-working.json where “xyz” is a random string of numbers and characters. Delete that file to cancel the currently running backup job.

Can I move the temp directory to a different location?

Yes. You need to have writing access to the wp-config.php file (usually residing in the root directory of your WordPress installation).

  • Open wp-config.php and find the line where it says if ( !defined('ABSPATH') ).
  • Somewhere before that line add this: define( 'WP_TEMP_DIR', '/absolute/path/to/wp/your/temp-dir' );
  • Replace /absolute/path/to/wp/ with the absolute path of your WordPress installation and your/temp-dir with the path to your new temp directory.
  • Save the file.

What do those placeholders in file names stand for?

  • %d = Two digit day of the month, with leading zeros
  • %j = Day of the month, without leading zeros
  • %m = Day of the month, with leading zeros
  • %n = Representation of the month (without leading zeros)
  • %Y = Four digit representation for the year
  • %y = Two digit representation of the year
  • %a = Lowercase ante meridiem (am) and post meridiem (pm)
  • %A = Uppercase ante meridiem (AM) and post meridiem (PM)
  • %B = Swatch Internet Time
  • %g = Hour in 12-hour format, without leading zeros
  • %G = Hour in 24-hour format, without leading zeros
  • %h = Hour in 12-hour format, with leading zeros
  • %H = Hour in 24-hour format, with leading zeros
  • %i = Two digit representation of the minute
  • %s = Two digit representation of the second


12 de diciembre de 2023 1 reply
The free version doesn’t have restore options, I could handle that, however the fact that they further cripple it to really only support DropBox & FTP is a step way too far. If you want to save your backups locally and perhaps manually move them to the cloud then this does look like a good plug to test for that. Back to the «UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore» plugin for me. The only reason I’m looking elsewhere is that the free version this plugin doesn’t let you schedule the backup times. I volunteer for a non-profit so I don’t want to pay for every little thing.
27 de agosto de 2023 1 reply
It’s a scam! Paying $70 for an extension, then $40 a day to keep it, is a big scam!!!I don’t even believe in what this company does and how they treat customers.What a shame !!!
15 de agosto de 2023 1 reply
Dangerous at the highest level. We used BackWPup to create and download a backup file (I have the file to prove it). One week later, the Logs and Backups in the plugin show empty, and apparently, the only way to restore from the downloaded backup file is to buy a Pro subscription. We made this backup before making major changes to the website, believing that it will be restorable, and now it is lost. Who TF needs a backup plugin that only creates (and, apparently, loses without any trace) backup files but does not have a restore option?
5 de abril de 2023
Unfortunately, the plugin activating routine not checking the server possibilities before activating, and try to work on unsupported PHP version, kills the site. Should be correct this routine
28 de marzo de 2023
The fact, that there is no easy restore option should be clearly stated on the plugin’s description page. The fact that it is only available only in the Pro version is, in my view, an ugly tactic to force non technical users to purchase it they need to restore something.
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