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UpdraftPlus

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16th May, 2018

Here comes another backup plugin review. Brace yourself for more.. backups!

Functionality chevron-down

After installing, UpdraftPlus gets to the point pretty quickly.

UpdraftPlus dashboard
UpdraftPlus dashboard

Click on the big fat ‘backup now’ button to create a backup.

Updraft creating a backup
Updraft creating a backup

Like Backupbuddy, UpdraftPlus creates a log while making a backup. This is useful when the backup isn’t successful and you want to debug it.

To restore, go to the ‘existing backups’ tab. From there, you can individually restore themes, plugins, database, etc.

Personally, I feel like UpdraftPlus gives a lot of options here instead of highlighting a full backup/restore. It would be good if UpdraftPlus reworks its user interface to make it more straightforward in the future.


Updraft supports backing up to external locations. These are the supported locations:

  • Dropbox
  • Google Drive
  • Amazon S3
  • Rackspace
  • OneDrive(paid)
  • SFTP(paid
  • MS Azure(paid)
  • WebDav(paid)
  • Updraft Vault(paid)

Of these, Google Drive and Dropbox are free as well as have generous space limits. By contract Updraft Vault(their own storage solution) gives only 1gb when you buy a license.

Gotchas chevron-down

Restoring UpdraftPlus backups is fundamentally different from other backup plugins. Instead of having a single zip file containing the backups, UpdraftPlus divides them into theme, db, plugins, uploads and others zip files. You can always extract these zip files to manually restore backups in case something goes wrong.

To restore a backup on a new WordPress installation, you need to install UpdraftPlus and upload all the backup zips inside the wp-content/updraft folder of your new installation and go to the UpdraftPlus dashboard to restore them.

Nothing wrong with this but they could have set up a backup installer like how BackupupBuddy does.


UpdraftPlus supports file exclusions but the UI for it is horrible. Basically, it will takes a fair bit of time to set file exclusions.

Overall, the design of UpdraftPlus is reminiscent of those early 2010’s style buttons and UI components. They do get the job done; they’re just ugly to look at.

Support chevron-down

There are the FAQs where a comprehensive list of common questions are answered and WordPress.org forums where you can ask questions.

If you buy a license you’re entitled for paid support on their forums. The response time on that forum are pretty quick and the devs are fairly active over there too.

Pricing chevron-down

The core plugin is free but you can grab a license for paid support, 1 year of updates and 1gb of vault storage.

Personal Enterprise Developer Business
$70 $295(unlimited sites) $145 $95

The paid version includes more than just the support. It also includes extensions which add more capabilities such as more external storage locations, migration tool for moving websites, backup encryptions, etc.

Features

Email notifications Yes
Schedule backups Yes
File exclusion/inclusion Yes but extremely crude
Offsite backups Yes - paid options available too

Verdict

Simple and reliable, UpdraftPlus is more like the bigger cousin of BackupWordpress. It covers all backup plugin basics while being free and more client friendly.

Backups to external locations are not available by defaut however they are available as paid addons.

  • Does what is does the best, backups

  • UI could be better

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2 responses to “UpdraftPlus

  1. I bought the premium version of updraft, backupbuddy etc.

    I really like them both but I’ve chose Blogvault in the end.
    I really suggest to check it out, it’s beyond awesome. Never had a single problem, migration, backups all simple as fuck and very well done. The support is so helpful and friendly.

    I am currently giving a lot of money to blogvault ( 800$ / year ) and it’s worth every penny.

    They also do security (malcare) and that too is awesome.

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