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.

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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…

BackupBuddy:

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

BackWPup:

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

VaultPress:

  • + 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

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Author: Cam Cecchini

Cam is the founder of Motor City Mobility, a Metro Detroit-based web design and digital strategy studio. He has a passion for technology, design and local business. Motor City Mobility is the result of those passions coming together. LinkedIn // Google+