"BackupBuddy is the first plugin I install on every WordPress site I do. Not only does it provide peace of mind and security for my clients as a reliable backup mechanism for their sites, but as a developer, it saves me time and cost with the ability to move sites from my local development environment to the client's live site in a snap. It's my top "must have" plugin for WordPress, hands down."Lisa Sabin-Wilson, Author of WordPress For Dummies
We built BackupBuddy because we experienced our own catastrophic server crash. At the time, WordPress didn't offer any complete backup solutions. In both of our failure cases, we needed entire directory and file backups for complete site recovery.
Based on our experience, we knew a complete backup would require these four main ingredients:
A complete backup should include not only your WP database, but also your entire media library, theme files, plugins and everything else. BackupBuddy has you covered.
What good is a backup if you never make one? Backups should be easy to make and should run without you even thinking about it. With BackupBuddy, you can set up automated backup schedules.
A backup solution includes another important component: the ability to restore if something goes wrong. With BackupBuddy, you can get your site up & running in no time.
You need to be able to depend on your backups. They can't be corrupted or incomplete. A backup should be there when you need it, ready to save the day.
Run database backups for quick, small, frequent backups or run complete backups to get all your images, themes, plugins and everything else to a safe place.
Send your backups (individually or on a schedule) to offsite storage destinations like BackupBuddy Stash (our custom backup storage location), Amazon S3, Dropbox, Rackspace Cloud, FTP or email. If your site goes down, you don't want your backup stored on that same server.
Schedule backups so you don't need to remember to make backups every day, week or month. You can also set the schedule to send your backups to any of your offsite storage destinations automatically.
We built BackupBuddy Stash specifically for storing and managing your BackupBuddy backups so you can manage backups for all of your sites in one central location. BackupBuddy users get 1GB of Stash storage for free!
Choose which files (or tables) to exclude from your backups. This is helpful if you have a folder with lots of high-res images or videos that you don't want to back up every time.
Create custom backup profiles for backups to use their own settings and file exclusions.
BackupBuddy lets you move a WordPress site to another domain or host easily. This is a very popular feature for WordPress developers who build a custom site for a client on a temporary domain or locally (like a sandbox or playground site) and then want to move (or migrate the entire site with themes, plugins, content, styles and widgets over to a live client domain.
With Deployment, you can set up a staging site and connect it with your existing site using BackupBuddy so you can push or pull changes in as few as two clicks.
You can move a site to another server or domain directly from your dashboard. Just create your new database and enter those database credentials during the import process.
BackupBuddy replaces all the URLs for you when you migrate a site to a new domain. BackupBuddy even has a tool for replacing other text in your database.
Many backup plugins just skip over serialized data, because it's complicated to migrate properly. But BackupBuddy handles serialized data (and even serialized data stored inside other serialized data) like a champ.
The restore function in BackupBuddy is quick and simple. Upload the ImportBuddy file and your backup zip, and it walks you through the steps to restore your site: your themes, plugins, widgets and everything else.
In your WordPress dashboard, you can also restore individual files from a backup instead of having to replace everything together. This is great for replacing an old stylesheet or a couple templates that you want to revert back to.
Know immediately when BackupBuddy finishes a backup, times out or needs attention.
Limit the number and size of your stored backups. So you don't fill up your Dropbox account with 34 old backups.
You don't have to wipe the whole slate clean to just replace your stylesheet from a a backup you made a few weeks ago.
Take a deep look at your server settings and capabilities. Our built-in server tools are super helpful to track down possible hosting problems that could prevent your backups from running.
BackupBuddy does a free malware scan of your site to make sure your site and your online reputation are squeaky clean with all the major blacklist checks.
Visualize what takes up the most space on your site. It's really cool to dig through and view your files this way.
Update text throughout your database. Great for updating URLs, strings of text, replacing any mention of your ex's name, etc.
Automatically scans and repairs common issues with your database.
View, delete, or manually run WordPress scheduled CRON jobs.
BackupBuddy users get 1GB of free BackupBuddy Stash storage. Send your backups to Stash and don't worry about the complications of other storage locations. You can even migrate a site directly from your Stash backup without manually downloading the file.
iThemes Sync is our new plugin that lets you manage updates for all your WordPress sites from one central location. Sync has some awesome features for BackupBuddy users - like the ability to make backups of any of your sites remotely through iThemes Sync. And iThemes customers can sync up to 10 sites for free!
We try to make backing up and moving a WordPress site as easy as possible. But it can still be a complicated task. The support experts in our forum are here to help you. They understand BackupBuddy and wild server configurations like the back of their hand. If you have questions about how to do something or if you run into any issues, they're ready to help.
“You carry insurance on your car and on your home. Why not get the best insurance available for your web presence in BackupBuddy? Over at Headway Themes we recommend to all of our users to buy BackupBuddy. It simply works.”— Grant Griffiths, Headway Themes
“I set it up last night, was super easy, really great software. Should be required for every serious blogger.”— Leo Babauta, ZenHabits.net
“Within the first month of owning BackupBuddy, we transferred 15 WordPress sites within minutes (and saved hours) and then caught and treated 2 severe malware infestations. Whenever we install a WordPress site, BackupBuddy is the first plugin uploaded.”— Kris
“Every time I do an upgrade to WordPress or the many plugins I don't think twice, because I know that my fully automated BackupBuddy is on duty and doing its thing - saving my bacon!”— Craig McCourt
“Bought @Backup_Buddy almost a year ago on a suggestion... After a near-website-death-experience, I could kiss them on the mouth right now.”— Nicole Delger, Author