Whether you're a business owner or a blogger, the chances are you've poured more time and money into your website than you care to think about, so it is very important that you protect yourself in case something unexpected were to happen. There's no knowing what tomorrow will bring; one day you could be testing a new plugin and BOOM...your site is gone. WordPress updates, hacks and hosting problems are just some of the most common causes of complete website failures these days.
It is imperative that you have a process in place to deal with these type of events and the smartest thing you can do as a WordPress user is to have a solid plugin that handles your backup.
Updraft is a popular plugin that's used by millions. It offers a free version as well as a premium version. The free version is great for bloggers and small businesses. With the free version, you can set up automated backups, and you have control over the frequency of those backups.
The enterprise version will give you everything included in the free version, plus some other features like the ability to clone or migrate sites, multi-site support, and priority customer service for the sum of £150 then £90 per year thereafter.
Backup Buddy is an impressive premium backup plugin, which provides everything you'd expect from a high end back up plugin with the added simplicity you won't find in every backup plugin. With BackupBuddy you can roll back content, themes, plugins, widgets far more easily than with many other services available today.
Prices vary by package, but you're looking at around £70 for one blogging site and £170 for use on unlimited sites.
Blog Vault costs a little, but it does come with first rate support. The plugin offers automated daily backups, off-site back ups, restoration and site migrations - it also calls itself the most reliable WordPress backup plugin.
The plans aren't too scary either and start from £7 per site and there are unlimited plans too with storage capacities.
Duplicator started life as a popular WordPress plugin used to migrate WordPress sites, however it also has backup feature. It does not allow you to create automated scheduled backups, which isn't ideal for content heavy sites, but if you don't need to schedule backups and are planning on taking regular manual ones then this is excellent.
Personal plans start around £49 right up to their gold package £275.
While all of the options above cost to some degree, we've thrown in a free option here in WordPress Backup To Dropbox. As the name suggests the plugin backs up your site to your existing Dropbox account. If you only have the free Dropbox tier at 2gb then you'll only have that amount of space to backup your site. If you have a large site this may not especially if you're taking regular backups. You could invest in some Dropbox space that will address your backup with WPB2D as well as cater for any storage/sync requirements you may have...
All of these options have some great features and they will all perform the action of backing up your website to a professional level. Just ensure you are familiar with the process of taking backups and are aware of how to potentially restore your website in the vent of tragedy.