December 10, 2012 at 9:58 pm #4387December 10, 2012 at 10:07 pm #4390LenParticipant
If you don't mind spending the money BackupBuddy by iThemes is an excellent choice. I use it all the time. I'm sure others will chime in with some good free alternatives.December 12, 2012 at 6:01 pm #4804December 12, 2012 at 6:10 pm #4807December 13, 2012 at 6:17 pm #5108LenParticipant
Nope. The only one of their products I use is BackupBuddy. After researching various backup solutions I settled on that one. Well worth the money.December 13, 2012 at 7:49 pm #5124RobAlexMember
Did try Duplicator, a free WP plugin, yesterday and it worked for me first time going from internet to localhost. Haven't tried in the other direction yet - not even totally sure it does that. But to create a working backup on your local machine, it's pretty slick.December 14, 2012 at 7:20 am #5200JohnParticipantDecember 17, 2012 at 10:52 am #5758December 17, 2012 at 2:10 pm #5804netviperMember
It is well worth it on the time you send moving a site from a test server to a live server. Amazing.December 18, 2012 at 7:50 am #5913Robert NeuMember
The only free one I've used that wasn't horrible is
December 18, 2012 at 12:04 pm #5960tfestaMember
I couldn't recommend backupbuddy enough.December 18, 2012 at 12:36 pm #5970December 22, 2012 at 3:30 am #6899johnwakeMember
BackupBuddy can also be used for migrating a single-site installation of WordPress into a multi-site installation of WordPress.December 22, 2012 at 1:52 pm #7014nickthegeekMember
I use BackupBuddy on all my sites. There are some weird issues I've had, mostly with having to delete and rebuild my access keys on upgrades. Over all I find it to be an excellent product that handles backups and makes it very easy to deploy sites.
They had a great feature built in at the beginning of the year which let you replicate sites within a network. I used that way more than other features but for some reason they recently made this much harder to do, which is disappointing. I'm not doing client work now so the feature I used the most was a one click site replication. Fortunately I know of another plugin that does that and I like the developers, so I'm using that solution instead of the weird 3 step process BackupBuddy added.
If you are trying to save money, I really like WP DB Manager for free backups. It is database only but it lets you easily do the database backup, optimization, and repairs plus some other DB maintenance without logging into PHPmyAdmin.
One other option to consider is your host. Many hosts make it possible to do a backup from the host access account (like cPanel). This may require you to setup a simple cron job to get the backups to automate. The nice thing is the resources are sometimes allocated differently for the hosting access services so a full backup can often be completed with less time and the host based system usually has an integrated restore service as well. Restoring from WordPress plugins can be less than ideal.February 3, 2013 at 9:33 am #17616
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