Update – 23-07-11: We have now released a newer of the plugin which has many new features. For information on the latest version, please visit the Free WordPress Backup page.
If you have any problems using the plugin or require support you can check out common problems and solutions on our
The following applies to the first version of the plugin only.
When we first started using WordPress to power our own website earlier this year we were pleased to see that there were a few plugins available to back up our site but disappointed that none of them offered true online backup.
Blogging is big business and if you’ve invested hundreds or thousands of hours writing blog posts you need to have the proper systems in place to ensure that something as simple as disk failure at your web host doesn’t mean all your work is lost.
To help the blogging community we’re giving a way a free plugin with 50 MiB of free space on our secure servers.
5 Steps to Total Protection
- Step 1: Download the plugin here.
- Step 2: Upload the plugin to your blog using the Plugins > Add New > Upload feature in your WordPress Dashboard.
- Step 3: Register for your 50 MiB of free space on our backup portal.
- Step 4: Configure your plugin to enable encryption and provide the login details of your online account by clicking Change Settings on the Tools > Online Backup page.
- Step 5: Schedule your backup by clicking Change Schedule on the same page!
Your WordPress database is now protected! You can then proceed to login to our backup portal to manage and download your backups.
A very generous community member has published a video on how to register and install the wordpress plugin. JupiterJim has posted this video on his blog which can be found here*. Backup Technology is extremely grateful for the effort that JupiterJim has put in to this tutorial.
Your Data is Secure
At Backup Technology we specialize in online backup and disaster recovery. We provide enterprise level backup services to businesses and individuals complete with disaster recovery plans and tests involving the recovery of entire networks.
All of the data backed up by our customers is highly encrypted and compressed and stored in our primary secure datacentre in Manchester, with a complete mirror of every single backup in our secondary secure datacentre in London.
So with our experience and expertee you can be assured your WordPress database will be in good hands.
Our plugin has been built bottom up and based around creating a highly secure and reliable backup plugin with all the features a blog master requires to protect their blog content.
While developing the plugin we worked closely with several major blog owners in order to get the right features implemented in the way they wanted them. Following is an overview of the major features.
- Online Backup
Our plugin was built with remote online backup in mind.
This saves you space in your mailbox by storing your backups on our secure servers. Every site will get a 50 MiB free quota, and when it is reached the oldest backups will be removed to make space for the newest, so you will always have the latest backups available. Each time a backup is added we’ll also send you a notification email to give you peace of mind that backups are actually happening.
To setup Online Backup you just need to register an account with us and configure the plugin with your login details, as described in the instructions above, and you can login to our backup portal anytime to manage and download your backups.
- Locked Backups
To prevent an older backup from being overwriting by newer backups, you can login to our backup portal and “lock” it! This will mark the backup as permanent and prevent it from ever been overwritten. Be sure to leave enough unlocked backups so you can still receive new ones though!
- Email Backup
As well as been able to send backups to our secure servers for storage, you can have backups sent as email attachments directly to your inbox. The email attachment is also compressed and encrypted in the same as with Online Backup.
To decrypt an ecrypted backup emailed to you, simply use the “Decrypt a Backup” page in the plugin.
With the majority of blog posts been text documents, compression techniques can work extremely well. Using the built-in ZLIB support available in nearly all PHP installations today, our plugin can backup a 50 MiB wordpress database into a miniscule 5 MiB file (that’s a 90% reduction!)
And with a 50 MiB storage quota FREE… that would give you 10 days of backups!
Fully supporting the “php-mcrypt” extension available on most web servers, our plugin will allow you to encrypt your backups with DES, AES128 or AES256 encryption.
All you need to do is simply enter the settings page, choose an encryption type (we recommend AES128 for the best balance encryption) and enter a password to use as your secret encryption key. Once done, every one of your backups will be encrypted before been emailed to you and/or sent to our secure servers, giving you peace of mind that nobody will ever be able to access your information without your secret encryption key.
However, we must stress that you do not lose your secret encryption key! If you don’t have the key you will never be able to access the backup. It’s that secure!
Don’t want to have to run a backup yourself on a daily basis? Just configure our plugin to run on one of your WordPress schedules!
You can have it send the backup to our secure servers and also have it email it to you when the schedule runs.
- On-Demand Backup
Just added a large amount of blog posts in a short space of time? Just go to the Online Backup plugin page and kick-off an on-demand backup. You can have it sent to our secure servers, emailed to you, and even download it directly to your computer as soon as it finishes.
Support & Bug Reporting
If you have any problems using the plugin or require support you can check out common problems and solutions on our FAQ page. If you continue to have problems you can find information on where to get help here.