Recap: VaultPress – A Plugin for Your Backup Needs

In her talk for Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup at Grand Circus, Jacklyn Stachurski, a happiness engineer at Automattic, walked through the history and details of the VaultPress plugin and how it compares to similar solutions on the market. Here are my notes from her talk on VaultPress: A plugin for your backup needs:

  • VaultPress is a complete backup service for self-hosted WordPress sites.
  • It is a subscription-based solution offered by Automattic, the team behind WordPress.


VaultPress Features

  • Daily website scans; VaultPress scans your site for potentially harmful files
  • One-click restores; either via FTP or SSH connection
  • Backup archive; browse your backup history and download files/folders
  • Real time backup activity; VaultPress syncs your latest changes
  • Review & fix; easily review suspicious code and fix common threats
  • Safekeepers – Customer Support; WordPress experts to assist with a backup/restore

VaultPress Pricing

Lite – $55/yr or $5/mo

  • Daily backups with a 30-day archive & automated restores
  • Safekeeper Support
  • Limited, 30-day backup archive

Basic – $165/yr or $15/mo

  • Realtime backup to protect changes as they happen
  • Safekeeper support
  • Full backup archive

Premium – $440/yr or $40/mo

  • Security scanning for known & potential threats
  • Daily security scans
  • Priority Safekeeper Support
  • Full backup archive

VaultPress Dashboard

  • Located outside of main WordPress install
  • Access to WP version number
  • Detailed overview of backups
  • Choose what to include in restore (i.e. plugins, themes, db, uploads)

Other VaultPress Details

  • Security: Warning and alerts for compromised files. Gives location and suggests fixes
  • Stats: Comments and other activity
  • Activity: Shows date last synched

VaultPress versus…


  • + Has ability to schedule your own backups
  • + Cloud storage
  • + Multiple licenses
  • + Easy restores
  • – 1GB storage
  • – Forum support only


  • + Has ability to schedule your own backups
  • + Free backup solution
  • + Cloud storage
  • – No automated restores
  • – Poor support
  • – Manual restores


  • + Created/Supported by Automattic
  • + Both email and chat support
  • + Realtime backups
  • + One-click restores
  • – No multiple site plans
  • – No cloud storage
  • – WP install required

Slides – Notes PDF


Author: Cam Cecchini

I’m Cam Cecchini, owner and founder of Motor City Mobility. Having grown up in-and-around family businesses I’ve made it my professional mission to see that more succeed. We are a web design and digital marketing studio working exclusively with next-generation family businesses. It is our belief that family businesses are at their best when they strike that right balance between tradition and innovation; able to honor the family and business legacy while also being future-focused and proactive.