Having a proper backup for your site is one of – if not the most important security measure you can implement for your website. For WordPress we suggest you go with Vaultpress. It’s run by Automatic, the company founded and run by some of the founders of WordPress. Some of its features make it the ideal solution for WordPress websites and WooCommerce shops. This article gives a quick overview over Vaultpress itself and then a tutorial on how you can get started.
Vaultpress has some great features, for most of which I refer you to their official website. For WordPress administrators, three features stand out though. One is the ease of use. Once the plugin is installed and you’ve made sure the first backup was successful, you can (almost) forget about it and the plugin will do all the work itself. The second great feature is the easy-to-use restore functionality. Websites can get hacked, servers can crash, plugin or theme updates can cause sites to become completely unusable. The restore functionality makes sure that in case something really goes wrong, you’re up and running again in very short time with minimal loss of information. The final great feature is the support team called “Safekeepers”. They know what they are doing and will help you fix whatever issue you’re having with Vaultpress within very short time.
Why another backup?
Chances are that your server provider already has backups included in their package, so the questions is, why should I add another backup solution to the site? The restore functionality above should already be reason enough to consider Vaultpress, especially if your WordPress site has information that’s either very important, like orders in a WooCommerce shop, or changes very frequently, say e.g. a forum with multiple forum posts a day. The main problem with server providers offering backups, however, is, that those backups are often hosted in the same location as the site itself. So if the whole data-center burns down, the backup is gone as well. This is why using a third party service like Vaultpress can be of great value and should always be considered as additional security measure.
Getting started with Vaultpress
To get started with Vaultpress, go to vaultpress.com.
On the right top click on “Sign In”.
Depending on whether or not you do already have a WordPress.com user, you can either directly log in, or you need to “Create an Account” by clicking on the centered link on the bottom.
Should you have to sign up, the process is very simple. Add your email address, a username nobody else has already picked and enter a safe password. After clicking “Sign up” you’re ready to go.
Next step will be to “Choose a Plan”. Click the button to get started.
What you will see first is a screen with prices for plans where backup and restore functionality is combined with a number of other features like e.g. spam detection. If you need those features, go ahead with those prices, in many cases you do, however, only want the backup and restore functionality. In those cases, click the link marked red in the screenshot above.
After clicking the link you’ll see the backup and restore only packages, one called Lite, the other one Basic. Lite is ideal for websites like blogs or corporate sites – generally speaking for websites where it’s ok to lose 1 day worth of information. In contrast to that, the Basic package offers real-time backups which means that e.g. when a customer buys something on your WooCommerce shop, the order will be backed up within a couple of minutes whereas on the Lite package, changes only get backed up once a day.
If in doubt it’s best to talk to your developer about the choices. Once you’ve decided, click one of the buttons and you’re almost done.
Next add your payment information. There’s also the possibility here to add your site URL. If in doubt what to add there, leave it blank as you have to make sure you add the correct URL.
In the next step you’ll be asked to provide login information for FTP server and a back-end user. You can provide that information if you know it, otherwise click “Skip this step.” and let your web developer do the work.
Finally, you’re done. You can now either follow the tutorial here and install the plugin yourself or forward the key to your web developer and let him/her do the work.