The importance of making regular WordPress backups should already be clear to any WordPress user. The question of where is the best place to store a WordPress backup may still linger.
There are different benefits to using different types of storage locations for a WordPress backup. One of the incredible benefits of using BackupBuddy by iThemes is the ability to schedule your WordPress backups to be sent to multiple storage locations at regular intervals.
Benefits of BackupBuddy Stash for WordPress Backups
BackupBuddy Stash is a secure, off-site and easy-to-use storage destination that is ALREADY integrated into your BackupBuddy-secured WordPress sites. Every current customer who owns BackupBuddy already has 1GB of free storage space.
An important feature for any WordPress backup storage location is the capability to retrieve the backup from anywhere and at any time. BackupBuddy Stash enables access from within any WordPress website that has BackupBuddy installed (and logged into your individual account). But if for some reason you are in a position you cannot access any of your personal sites, you can still manage copies of your WordPress backup files through iThemes Sync WordPress management solution.
Benefits of Amazon S3 for WordPress Backups
Many developers already use a number of the services offered through Amazon and therefore already have access to Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). Amazon S3’s WordPress backups storage location is easy to use and also extremely inexpensive. You only pay for storage you actually use with your WordPress backups and there is no minimum fee and no setup cost.
One benefit of using Amazon S3 for WordPress backups is the ability to choose the location of the server that will be used for your storage. Locations range from the East Coast of the United States to Oregon and Northern California, as well as a number of international locations like Germany, Ireland, Singapore, Australia, Japan and even Brazil. Having such an international option of WordPress backup locations can assist in the WordPress backup speed of transfer and/or retrieval.
Benefits of Dropbox for WordPress Backups
Dropbox has been around for many years and has found a great niche in the area of backing up just about anything. One of the unique features of using Dropbox for your WordPress backups is that you gain access to all of your WordPress backups from any computer that is authenticated with your Dropbox account. This even carries over to local and offline usage of WordPress backups.
If you backup WordPress to Dropbox and a few weeks later you find yourself on a long international flight and want to spend some time working on your website, you can simply utilize the latest WordPress backup on Dropbox (that has previously been synced to your Dropbox folder on your laptop) and you can use BackupBuddy’s importbuddy.php file to restore the site to your localhost on your computer without ever having to go online to gain access to your WordPress backup.
Benefits of Google Drive for WordPress Backups
If you are anything like me, your life and/or your business revolves around a number of Google services. For many years I have been a strong advocate for Chromebooks as the perfect travel companion whenever you are away from your office. One of the benefits of being a Chromebook owner is that with the purchase of a Chromebook you receive anywhere from 100GB to 3TB of storage location on Google Drive. With that much free storage, it would be a shame not to utilize some of that space to store WordPress backups.
One side benefit of using Google Drive for WordPress backups is that it is very easy to find the latest versions of the backup you are looking for because of the search capabilities built into Google Drive (and the because BackupBuddy uses a unique naming convention for the zipped WordPress backup file).
Benefits of Email for WordPress Backups
How many of you have heard of this little known email service called Gmail? Gmail provides many different benefits when paired with WordPress backups, specifically WordPress database backups. One of the benefits is that the search capabilities of Gmail will allow you to retrieve the specific database from a specific WordPress site by simply searching for the domain name (without the TLD extension… .com/.net/etc). Gmail also offers each account a large amount of storage. With over 10GB of space per Gmail address, you could store over 5,000 database backups. That is over 13 years of WordPress database backups from every single day. 🙂
Finally, if you send WordPress database backups to an email address like Gmail you will be able to access those backups from your desktop, laptop, mobile device (and even the library computer terminal). One word of warning though … you probably do not want to use any type of email solution for full WordPress backups due to the shear size of the backup zip files.
Final Thoughts of WordPress Backups
Everyone can agree that every WordPress website needs a backup, but to truly take advantage of the security that WordPress backups provide a person needs to utilize multiple WordPress backup locations to be prepared for any type of situation that may (and probably will) arise in the future. BackupBuddy by iThemes can provide access to each of these storage locations for your WordPress backups (and even has connections for additional locations and options) if you are still looking for the best way to distribute your WordPress backups to offsite storage locations.