Website backups: Backup Buddy review

Backup Buddy review

Your website is like a car, or your dog, or your boyfriend: it needs maintenance. Even you need maintenance.

(Don’t throw tomatoes at me! I mean this in the best way possible.)

Think about it. We all need, for instance:

  • Showers (yes, I give my dog showers!)
  • Nutritious food (see photo above; I’ll assume that’s grass-fed butter and gluten-free bread)
  • Hugs
  • Netflix

While you can’t hug your website, it requires maintenance of its own, including:

  • Backups
  • Protection from malware and hackers
  • Updates

So let’s talk about backups and the best tool for the job. If you’re on WordPress? It’s Backup Buddy, hands down, and I’m gonna tell you why.

In this Backup Buddy review, we’ll cover automated backups, storage, migration & restore, and we’ll compare it to its free rival, WP Clone.

But let’s back up first (HA!).

What are backups?

When you make a backup of your website, you’re making a copy or clone of it in its present state. This is something you want to have set up so it’s done for you, automatically, on a weekly or daily basis, depending on how often you blog or otherwise update your content or design.

Why do you need ‘em? In case your site gets hacked, or you do a WordPress update and it breaks your site, etc. Your backups are your beloved safety net.

How do you use ‘em to get your website back in case calamity strikes? Backups can be “restored,” thus bringing your website back to life.

Now we’re ready.

Backup Buddy review

Automated backups

You get to make your full (your whole website with everything in it) and database (just the database) backups automatic. You get to choose how often they’re made: weekly, daily, twice daily, etc. and at what time. It’s a dream.

Automated delivery to your online storage of choice

Your Backup Buddy license comes with a sweet amount of storage within the plugin company’s own cloud, Stash. You can also send your backups to Dropbox, Amazon S3, and other destinations.

My idea for you is to automate the backups so they take place in your sleep (literally: mine get done at 4am), regularly, and get sent where you want so they’re ready when you need ’em.

Where should you store your backups? I recommend a cloud service (Stash, Dropbox, Amazon S3, etc.) as opposed to your FTP/server, so that if your website or your server gets hacked or your server crashes, you’ll still have a clean backup to go back to.

Quick migration & restore

What is a migration? This just means migrating or moving your website from your domain to another, or a subdomain to a domain, or across hosting services. Backup Buddy makes it the quickest option.

Restoring is turning your backup into a website again. This can take quite a long time, but with Backup Buddy? You’re in luck: it’ll cut your time in… a lot.

Admittedly, restoring my backups used to drive me C-R-A-Z-Y. So I came up with step by step instructions (you get the thorough PDF with the DIY Website Maintenance Kit so you won’t lose any time. BAM.).

With my PDF? Migrating and restoring with Backup Buddy is a huge time saver. And you might not even need the PDF!

How does it compare to its rivals?

Let’s consider WP Clone, a free alternative. Here’s why Backup Buddy is superior:

  • Its makers explain that it’s “not [to be used] as your only backup method” (unlike Backup Buddy)
  • WP Clone doesn’t make automatic backups of your website
  • WP Clone doesn’t send your backups to a designated location (only in your FTP, in wp-content/uploads/wp-clone, and then you’re supposed to go and delete that backup)
  • WP Clone doesn’t automatically delete your backup from your FTP
  • Backup Buddy has a malware scan feature (check your site for malware)
  • Backup Buddy gives you deeper control of your website — you control the database and table prefixes, for instance, so you can make your website ultra secure

Most of Backup Buddy’s other competitors have similar issues, notably insofar a restoring the backup. Sure, the free plugin will make the backup for you — but if you can’t restore it (and you should regularly to make sure they’re working!) the backup will be as useless as flip flops in a snowy Swedish forest.

This is why I use Backup Buddy as an essential tool in the DIY Website Maintenance Course for entrepreneurs.

Because it will literally save you countless hours of time (and much sanity!), plus do your backups for you automatically and deliver them to your destination of choice. It’s the vegan cream of the crop.

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9 Responses to Website backups: Backup Buddy review

  1. Great article!! I installed Backup Buddy last year. Unfortunately, I haven’t added automatic backups (which I will do after I write this!). I have a reminder on my calendar to manually backup my website every Sunday. Making it automatic will make my life easier — so I can sit back, relax, and grab a Malbec!

    Cheers!

    • Thanks, Jennifer! And yesssss make time for some Malbec, lady! So glad you found this post helpful and that it lit a fire under your butt to automate those backups ;)

  2. Thanks for this article. I bought Backup Buddy yesterday and reading your article confirmed it was a good buy. Your recommendation to store backups remotely made me to check where I’d set mine to go to and _now_ I’m making use of the Stash that comes free with the account. Thanks for the prompt!

    • Oh, great to hear that, Jo. Go ahead and set it up. Stash is a great option. I recommend using 2 if you’re up for it, to be doubly safe. So Stash + Dropbox or Stash + Amazon S3, for example. Glad it helped!

  3. Great article Nat! I’m a web designer and the only issue I have with backups separate from the server is finding an inexpensive location for my clients. ie. Clients use Dropbox but there’s usually not enough space so they have to purchase more space. (it’s just another expense!) Is there a free alternative that you know of?

    • Thank you, Jacqueline! I know what you mean. I dunno of any free options, honestly, but Google Drive has I believe 125 GB for $1.99/mo so that’s a fantastic option :)

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