Most people would agree that backing up your data is probably a good idea. Maybe you have your family photos saved to an external hard drive or maybe you make use of some sort of cloud storage solution. Why is it, then, that so few people have failsafes in place when it comes to their online businesses? Do you back up everything to do with your blog?
Catering specifically to WordPress users is BlogVault, a complete backup service that will ensure your WordPress site stays safe, no matter what. There are some additional functions and features beyond the basic backup too, which we will explore over the course of today’s review. Let’s see what BlogVault has to offer.
A WordPress Backup Service
The main idea here is pretty straightforward. No matter where you choose to host your WordPress-powered site, BlogVault can automate the backup process for you, so that you don’t have to manually save your database tables, uploaded images, plugins and everything else that has to do with your site.
You never know what might happen. Maybe your WordPress installation gets corrupted or someone hacks into it. Maybe the servers at your web host go on the fritz and you lose all your files. Whatever the case, you should have a complete backup of your site, especially if your blog or business site is a primary source of income for you.
Naturally, BlogVault isn’t the only online backup service out there, but when compared to BackupBuddy or some other alternatives, it has some major advantages. For instance, the restoration process can be completely automated without the need for FTP. By contrast, the restore process with BackupBuddy is manual.
Simple Plugin Installation
So, how does it work? BlogVault is actually really simple. First, you sign up for an account and you provide the URL for your WordPress site.
You will then be directed to the main BlogVault dashboard, as shown above. There is a simple link provided where you download the associated WordPress plugin. If you provide your username and password, BlogVault can install the plugin for you. Alternatively, you can download it and install it yourself.
And that’s pretty much it. There are additional settings and features that you can explore, but the basic functionality should be up and running at this point. You’ll even get a progress meter to indicate how much of your data (and how many of your tables) have already been synced.
Beyond the Basic Backup
Having a simple backup of your WordPress blog or website is great, but BlogVault goes further than that.
You can dive into a history of the backups, which displays the number of posts, tables, pages, comments and files, as well as the theme and the plugins. From there, you can choose to restore from a specific historical backup, in case you don’t want the most recent one. You can also choose to upload the backups to Dropbox for added redundancy.
There is also the option to easily migrate your website from one server to the other, all without having to download or upload anything locally from your own machine. This makes it much easier to seamlessly move your site from one web host to another.
How Much Does It Cost?
BlogVault currently offers three pricing plans, largely depending on the number of sites that you would like to back up.
The $9/month (or $89/year) personal plan lets you backup a single site. You can then move up to the $19/month ($199/year) agency plan for up to 3 sites or the $39/month ($399/year) VIP plan for up to 7 sites. These all include a 30 day history, easy site migration, and test restores. You get priority support with the top two plans.
You can recoup some of your costs by taking advantage of the affiliate program too, which pays out a 20% recurring commission for all revenues generated. BlogVault is free to try for the first 7 days and they offer a 100% money back guarantee.