Protecting WordPress with VaultPress

Backup and disaster protection is something that most bloggers don’t do enough of it. They think it will never happen to them. However, we all know better. Disaster happens and it’s something you should prepare for. This is especially true if your blog makes money. There are many ways to backup and protect your WordPress blog and I’ve tried most of them. Out of all of them, the best solution by far is VaultPress.

Made By The Makers of WordPress

Why is VaultPress the ultimate WordPress protection tool? For one, it’s made by the makers of WordPress. Who better understand the needs of WordPress than WordPress itself? VaultPress does more than just backup a copy of your WordPress database. It backs up your entire blog. This means your plugins, dashboard, themes, comments, and post revisions are all safeguarded and ready to be restored. Backups are saved to the Automattic grid (over 1,200 servers in three data centers) that serves over 16 million WordPress.com blogs and 270 million monthly visitors.

VaultPress

As you would expect from WordPress, setting up VaultPress is super easy. Simply install the VaultPress plugin and you’re pretty much ready to go. VaultPress works in the background and will give you peace of mind knowing that your blog has the best protection available. Unlike other backup tools that use a schedule backup, VaultPress is always working. Whenever I write a new blog post or a reader writes a new comment, VaultPress will back it up on the fly. There is a real-time status display that shows what VaultPress is doing at all times.

The Bad News – It’s Not Free

VaultPress is a WordPress premium service. Currently, there are two plans available: Basic and Premium. They cost $15 a month and $40 a month respectively. The only difference between the plans is the premium plan has security monitoring, which scans your files every night for potential threats or exploits.

If your blog makes no money, playing for a backup service, no matter how good, can be hard to justify. However, if you have a money-making blog, paying $15 or $40 a month is cheap insurance. The price includes a concierge service. The concierge can assist you with initial setup, restoring your files, and any needs in between.

More Bad News – Even If You Want To Pay, You Still May Not Get It

VaultPress is in beta right now and open only to approved beta testers. Even if you want to pay for the service, you can’t. You need to apply for a “Golden Ticket.” If VaultPress thinks you are worthy, they will give you the privilege to pay them. If they deem you not worthy, then you’ll have to wait until VaultPress comes out of beta, at which time, the price will go up to $20 and $50 per month. Only WordPress and Apple can get away with this kind of pricing scheme!

I’m not going to get into a debate over charging bloggers to be beta testers (if you want to get into it in the comments, go for it). If VaultPress can get away with it, I say more power to them. What I can tell you is VaultPress is an extremely powerful backup solution, the best I’ve used. If you really care about protecting your WordPress blog from disaster, then good luck getting your Golden Ticket.


108 thoughts on “Protecting WordPress with VaultPress”

  1. Jordy says:

    I got hacked once about two years ago. It was a nightmare for a couple of days. I literally lost about two thirds of my traffic when the spammy links were injected. The thing about it though is the links were put in all of my blogs and forums I was hosting through Godaddy.

    My computer specialist that fixed the mess said that the hackers accessed everything through Godaddy.

    I wonder if Vaultpress could protect against that happening again.

    Since the incident, I regularly backup my blogs.

    1. John had terrible experince with godaddy.

      For hosting John always recommend hostgator.

      1. Kirk Taylor says:

        GoDaddy’s hosting is far from the best, but John’s experience with GoDaddy was a domain name issue and not a hosting or backup issue. You’re comparing apples to oranges.

        1. I’ve heard some pretty nightmarish stories about GoDaddy too. I’d never host with them.

          1. I heard from several people warning me about them saying they can do evil things to you. They didn’t go into details but I’m glad I stayed away.

          2. Abhik says:

            That’s a wise decision. I was with GoDaddy and I got hacked twice.

        2. opp says:

          They both fruits…lol

      2. ikki says:

        :O, dreamhost is a good option

        1. Abhik says:

          lol!!! I have terrible experience with them also.
          Their support sucks.

        2. I would never recommend DreamHost. Dream Host is a nightmare, although they haven’t had any major meltdowns in over a year or so.

      3. Yea,

        Im also using Hostgator and its the best

        They are serving me for 3 years now and i have never had problems

        No downtime what so ever

        I love Hostgator

        1. Abhik says:

          Hostgator uses The Planet’s datacenters and they are the big player in the industry.

      4. I thought John was hosting with Bluehost?

        1. John Chow says:

          No, I am hosted by HostGator. I was never with Bluehost. It was Bluefur.

    2. Neon SRT4 says:

      I was also got hacked one of my blog once, and they have done sql injection to my blog. But later, with the help of some softwares, i have remove the hacked thing out of my computer.

      1. SQL injection seems to be the hackers tool. it is a nightmare to fix.

        1. ikki says:

          im agree with you

        2. SQL injections and Shell are the two most preferred methods used by hackers

          1. It’s amazing that people have time to think up things like this. I wonder if getting backlinks to your Viagra site via sql injection really is a benefit.

        3. Abhik says:

          You know.. there’s a plugin which examine the files and databases for exploits.. Use that and be stay safe.

          1. I’ve used the find exploit, or something like that, plug in. It’s def worth having.

    3. It’s amazing how many time WordPress blogs have been hacked. I’ve been a victim on several of my blogs.

      1. Abhik says:

        Me too.. I was on an out dated version of wordpress.

    4. Abhik says:

      GoDaddy is one of the least secured webhost i have seen so far.
      My blogs also go hacked while I was with them.

    5. i guess you didnt use that extra paying security features at go daddy?

      but hostgator should be better choice anyway

  2. Dino Vedo says:

    Looks good, need to protect my million dollar business. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. so which options or service you were using ?

      1. ikki says:

        i use hosting 24

    2. PPC Ian says:

      Dino,
      What security measures do you currently have in place?
      Best,
      Ian

    3. Million dollar business ?

      You should get it asap

      1. PPC Ian says:

        That’s fore sure. With a million dollar business, the price of VaultPress would make no difference. Also, with a large business you’re more likely to get accepted into the beta.

  3. Thanx for sharing…
    The bad news and more bad news really made me upset…..

    1. Neon SRT4 says:

      What is the bad news which you heard?

      1. You should read the post before commenting

        Its there written in BOLD letters

        1. PPC Ian says:

          Maybe the bad news is the price? ๐Ÿ˜‰ agreed that this commentator needs to read the post first!

      2. Abhik says:

        lol!!! have you read that post at all? Or, just the sub headings?

  4. Jagan Mangat says:

    Amazing,i heard a lot about vaultpress.
    Its a bit costly for a normal guy like me.But will try it as a trial if available.

    1. simply invest your money in blog at the beginning stage.

      Once this will be settled you will get your reward.

      1. PPC Ian says:

        That is true. There really are no shortcuts. Creating a successful blog requires some kind of investment. Doesn’t have to be huge, but certain things like hosting and protection are must-haves.

    2. It is a bit costly, but is probably worth it for a blog that makes $40,000 a month or more.

      1. Well there are not many people like John and these people should be considered as the main customers not people like John.

        1. I didn’t say they shouldn’t be considered.

      2. Abhik says:

        Yeah!! It is costly.
        When compared to those free plugis which do the same thing for you.

    3. Well i never heard about Vaultpress

      This is the first time im reading it about and it looks good but as you said its a bit costly for most of the bloggers

  5. Hey John,

    Vault Press sounds good and it’s very tempting. I think that if they are so picky about whom to let in perhaps I don’t need to rush in. Since they are sill in Beta they may have to iron out some things.

    It’s good to know about the service and I may consider it at a future date. Thanks for the info.

    1. I agree that sometimes it’s best to wait until the Beta has run it’s course. This however is a great idea and I also may look into it in the future.

  6. I currently keep a copy of my css, htm, image files in the same structure as the site on a USB key and at a few virtual drives. However the VaultPress maybe a better alternative.

    1. such kind of back up is really hectic task and also increase your to do list.

      1. PPC Ian says:

        That is a really good point, ZK. VaultPress could be a big time saver! ZK, do you use VaultPress?

    2. Neon SRT4 says:

      Yes, keeping a copy on usb key is not much safe.

      1. not only safe concern but however this one will increase your task as well.

        I would recommend to have auto kind of saving.

    3. Abhik says:

      You can also use a online backup service. Most of them have a solution for wordpress too.

  7. Is this service for a single site or multi site?

    1. John Chow says:

      The price is for a single site. You pay double for 2 sites, triple for 3, etc.

    2. Didn’t know this was the per site price.

  8. Neon SRT4 says:

    This is Pretty Good Protection. I have seen this lately.

    1. PPC Ian says:

      Yeah, it definitely seems like great protection. I guess it just comes down now to justifying the price! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. It does sound good but I don’t understand why they are so restrictive about accepting people. Another thing is that it’s still in Beta version.

        When it comes to justifying the cost of the service I think it’s the easy part once you decide the service is what you really must have.

        Having lived without it until now I think I can wait for a while yet. For those with a million dollar business I don’t see that there’s anything to think about.

        Perhaps they’ll wait for the non Beta version though. Paying a little bit more won’t matter to them and they won’ have to deal with the bugs Beta versions tend to have.

  9. xbox kinect says:

    i dont wnna loose every bit of work that i have done. i definitely want a backup for all my work. vault press sounds interesting to me… but it’s a bit costly for a comman man.
    thanks for sharing…

    1. PPC Ian says:

      I agree it’s really important. I just wish the price were a bit cheaper. You’d think that they could make more total dollar margin by charging a cheaper price and attracting more customers.

      1. I totally agree with you on this Ian.

        It looks like they are going in the opposite direction though, restricting the amount of users. And from what John wrote they intend to hike the price instead of lowering it with time.

  10. Alex Neill says:

    Thanks John, never heard of this, certainly looks like a wise investment for bloggers.

    Alex

    1. Its surely is for the lazy bloggers

      1. What do you mean it’s for the lazy bloggers? Making things easy doesn’t mean someone is lazy.

        1. I also don’t understand that comment at all. Making things easier is a smart thing to do.

          Protecting your investment is also smart. What is lazy is making a comment that does’t make any sense and that consists of 7 words of which one is a definite article.

          It is lazy is to not think clearly before commenting like that.

  11. This sounds like a great service, though I will not concider using it untill I have a big website. I suppose I will have to do my own backups for a while longer. Though if it was free I wouldn’t even hesitate on getting it.

    //Alexander.

    1. Yes I think they should offer free version for those people who have one or two blogs.

      1. I agree. A free version is a logical choice for those of us that don’t have high traffic numbers or only have one or two blogs. I can see them having a limit on the backup file size and bandwidth with a free version.

      2. Neon SRT4 says:

        Yes, man. Free Offers get More Customers.

      3. A free, but scaled down version would be a great idea.

  12. fas says:

    So when did you start using it, its been around for atleast 3 months now.

  13. Fat Tony says:

    It doesn’t aim at offering any protection, but for backup and disaster recovery purposes you can use WP-DBManager for free.

  14. Just signed up, looking forward to trying this out.

    1. Don’t forget to say how it works, I’m a bit curious. I wonder why we need this service when creating backups has never been a problem before. =/

      //Alexander.

      1. John Chow says:

        The cool thing about Vaultpress is it’s fully automated. It’s a “set it and forget it” kind deal. Also, I like the idea of keeping my backups on a grid of 1,200 servers spread across three data centers. ๐Ÿ™‚

        1. Abhik says:

          That doesn’t mean that you will have 1,200 copies of your backup :p

          Have you tried iDrive?

  15. I had never heard of VaultPress.Ii need to look into it. Thanks.

    1. Abhik says:

      You can try it if you have budget to spend on backups.

  16. PPC Ian says:

    John, thanks for sharing. This seems a little pricey. I believe with my HostGator VPS hosting that they’re already doing offsite backups each day. Moreover, I do my own backups each day. However, you can never be too careful and this is something I may end up doing anyway.

  17. PPC Ian says:

    John, do you use VaultPress? Do you think this is something that makes sense even if you’re already doing your own backups?

    1. John Chow says:

      Yes I use VaultPress. For me, this is very inexpensive insurance against a possible disaster. I like the on the fly backup to ensure that there is always a backup of my latest stuff. Or I can restore from any of the snapshots.

      1. Sounds like it’s just an easier and more advanced way of doing regular backups. I wonder if there is any difference in doing a backup with vaultpress compared to just an ordinary backup. Don’t they restore the same things?

        //Alexander.

      2. Its nice too see that you are using it

        John, how often are they making a backup of your blog ?

        Is it daily or hourly or what ?

        1. John Chow says:

          It makes a backup whenever something new happens to it, like you making a comment. When the plugin detects it, it send a backup of the comment to VaultPress. It’s always working.

          1. Vincent Polisi says:

            John:

            Are you saying that it is actually doing real time incremental backups like R1Soft or moment in time snapshots at set intervals?

            Real time incremental backups would justify the price without question because you would never lose a post, modifications, or comments.

      3. PPC Ian says:

        Thanks John, that is good to know and definitely makes me consider this even more seriously!
        All the best,
        Ian

  18. puanthanh says:

    Just run a parallel blog at localhost

    1. Abhik says:

      Is that easier than backing up your blog automatically?

  19. Looks like the real deal John will certainly be checking it out as I know too well what its like to think it will never happen and it did last week, I lost it all for a day luckily I was able to recover, so thanks once again for sharing.

  20. Eleazar says:

    GoDaddy is an easy prey to hackers that creating sql injection in all of my blogs hosting in GoDaddy. I have no recourse but to transfer to another host. I’m now in hostmonster. And I’m glad I did, for my traffic increase to 50%.

  21. ikki says:

    nice tip to add security in a blog

  22. too bad it’s not free but i think i will have no choice getting some security for my blog.

    1. Abhik says:

      You can always use plugins which are free..

  23. Abhik says:

    Well, it’s waste of money IMO. Paying for a backup service isn’t on my list.
    I am sure other free online backup plugins will evolve themselves to the same line as voltpress.

    1. John Chow says:

      It’s pretty hard to offer a grid of 1,200 servers across three data centers when you’re stuff is free. You do get what you pay for.

  24. Bash Bosh says:

    I honestly think this is a waste of money. Simply because you can do all of that by backing up your whole website on Amazon S3 servers and save 10x more money. I do not think they have a better and more reliable servers than Amazon anyway.

    Why to pay $15.00 when I can backup all my blogs on Amazon S3 for only $2.00 per month?

    1. You say that you don’t THINK they have better/more reliable servers than Amazon S3 – you can’t really compare unless you’ve used BOTH of them & can back the comment up with facts. I haven’t tried Amazon S3 or Vaultpress, so I can’t say which one is actually better.

    2. John Chow says:

      Before VaultPress, I use S3 and a plugin call Automatic WordPress backup. I thought it was a good solution until I tried to make a backup from it. The backups the plugin saved to Amazon were not the latest. Its schedule backup was hit and miss. Sometimes it backed up once per day, sometime it would go days without doing anything. The plugin also tried to install a link into my footer

      1. Bash Bosh says:

        I know about that problem… but backup works perfectly with plugin called BackWPup. I have no such problems with this one.

      2. John,

        Thanks for sharing this because I was considering using S3 and the plug in knowing you were using it. It just shows that things never stay the same and that there are always better solutions coming up.

        You seem to be on the cutting edge. A good reason to read your blog attentively, including the comments which sometimes have great information in tem like this one.

  25. ibnujusup says:

    why should wordpress charge that features… they should make it free…they had make a lot of money ๐Ÿ™‚ better stay with the normal backup plugin then…

  26. Backups are like insurance. You hate to pay for it until you really need it! Whether you use VaultPress, or another, backup your blog before something unexpected happens. As John said, you get what you pay for, so be aware! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  27. Allen Walker says:

    You should be careful of backup solutions that are WordPress plugins.

    The best and safest way to backup your WordPress blog is with a script that run externally…

  28. I use hostgator and so far so good *touch wood* I remember having numerous WP installs in one database and that was an absolute nightmare. Once one blog got hacked they all did.

    Luckily now all of mine are in separate databases and I regularly back everything up.

    Not used godaddy for hosting, but should you trust a website where its a miracle if you can get just a domain when you go to buy just a domain? Its frustrating them trying to flog all their other services.

    Tom

  29. Kyle Logue says:

    The problem is that it’s not free. That’s going to turn away a lot of people.

    ~Kyle Logue
    Make Money Blogging

  30. anitha says:

    wordpress its useful one if we got to know any plugin for accessing it really nice

  31. sound very cool just a bit lame it doesnt have some version for unlimited blogs, it can be really high budget

  32. singer divya says:

    good tips mate, i like it,

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