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WordPress Plugins from A to Z Episode 35 – Database Backup Plugins

Vancouver DowntownWelcome to episode 35, this week finds me all by myself listen and find out why, we also cover some great backup plugins.

John’s Rant:
Before we get into that though here is this weeks rant on:
My goal here is to hit on some subject each week that has been irritating me, it may or may not be related to WordPress but will always be related to the Internet.
This week it is on:
When your trying to catch up just keep plugging away at things one item at a time until you get it all, this goes along with the fallacy that humans can actually multi task. We cannot do that no one can not even the great computer we build can. We have the illusion of multi tasking do to stopping and starting differing projects at the same time. This is kinda like the limitations of Warp Drive travel that can only be done in a straight line to move left or right requires coming out of warp changing course and then continuing.

Mmmmnnn Canada is not fat enough according to KFC seems that monstrosity artery clogging double down is back to annoy us again. Yes the American companies think Canadians should be as obese as the US is by providing us that pile of fat they call a sandwich.

Shout Outs: Yea we have one.
for Kurt, who says Love your stuff!! and offered us some great suggestions for future podcasts.

Bedding down is ever so comfortableWorld of WordPress News:

bbPress plugin beta 3 is now available

The Daily Plugin: Episode 1, and WPCandy Dashboard Feed
A New Video podcast about plugins from WP Candy

WordPress 3.2 Release Candidate

Free Web Graphics from StudioPress.com

As a side note to these plugins I encountered several paid services that you can access I did not try them but they may be of value. One of the big features I was looking for was an easy way to restore a site from the backup, I did discover a couple of plugins tested that did do that and even gave them a try, so have a listen and find out the results.

List of Plugins:

WordPress EZ Backup is A Administrators Plugin to allow the easiest most feature rich method for creating Backup Archives of your entire Site (not just WP Installations but Any part of your site or webspace) & allows backup archives of any MySQL Database you choose & More. Please take your time to Check out this neat plugin. WordPress EZ Backup started as a Private plugin I used on my own & now im bringing it to everyone.

Creates its own menu block, also need to manual download the files if you do not set to have them emailed to you. Set a schedule to run you backup

Working on the Rail RoadEZPZ One Click Backup, or EZPZ OCB as we call it, is a very easy way to do a complete backup of your entire WordPress site. In fact it's so easy to use there are no required user settings, everything is automatic. Just one click and presto, you'll have a complete backup stored on your server. One more click and you can download the entire backup to your own computer.

Creates its own menu block.  Schedule from 4 times a day to once a week seems to make a very nice complete backup has the ability to upload it to the cloud. Did run into an issue where it got caught in a loop and started serving 500 errors for my test site only way out was to suspend the account to kill all processes and then restart it.

WP-DB-Backup allows you easily to backup your core WordPress database tables. You may also backup other tables in the same database. Standard dbase backup nothing more, you will need to usephpMyadmin or something simular to restore database.

Straight forward no nonsense database backup..

Backup And Move plugin allow blog administrators to create a complete backup of their blog and easy option for restore it on a different server, domain, location, etc .This plugin is very usefull for non technical users who wants to shift their wordpress blog. This plugin can make all the transitions of moving a wordpress blog , creating a complete backup and restoring a previous backup very simple and smooth. Get the Save restore.php by clicking here.

This plugin seems to be an excellent way of making a backup and to move your site to a new hosting provider. Moves files nicely had an issue with access to the admin after though. Make sure though when creating your backup you have adequate space to hold it all.

BackUpWordPress will back up your entire site including your database and all your files once every day. It has several advanced options for power users. Requires some manual editing of the wp-config file for parameters. Then Manual download of the backup is necessary.
Super simple to use, no setup required.
Uses zip and mysqldump for faster back ups if they are available.
Works in low memory, “shared host” environments.
Option to have each backup file emailed to you.
Works on Linux & Windows Se… By Human Made Limited.

Places it menu in the tools menu.simple straight forward backup requires some manual insertions into your wp-config though.

Booke em DanoWP-InstantBackup
Choice of Backup Method – FTP/Email/both.
Choice of Backup Type – Database Backup/File System Backup/Full Backup
Backup Selection List – Specify specific files and folders to backup – NEW FEATURE !!
WP Admin Instant backup – perform a backup from WordPress Admin interface.
URL Instant Backup – perform a backup by visiting a public URL (containing secret hash ke… By Andrew Forster & Nick Young.

Creates it own menu block With this there are a couple simple settings you can backup to FTP or send database to email or download remotely. Could be very useful to have an instant remote backup for site though a secret url and key.

In closing here is what is coming in future podcasts:
WordPress Caching Plugins
Membership Plugins

Laura how can you be contacted:
on my website @ http://www.lauramathes.com/ or you can follow me on Twitter @Tefnuit
or even like me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/LauraMathescom

John can be contacted at:
on my website @ http://www.johnoverall.com/ or you can follow me on Twitter @Ahkonsu or even like me on Facebook at  http://www.facebook.com/JohnOverallcom

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4 replies
  1. Julie R
    Julie R says:

    Hi John,
    Would have loved to see a ‘ranking’ or ‘rating’ of the backup plugins. Which would you prefer to use, and why?

    • John
      John says:

      Thanks Julie for the suggestion, I do believe we will implement it in the next podcast. As for what I prefer in backup plugins currently the wp-db-backup is my most used simply due to its simplicity, next I am starting to implement the wp-instant backup.

  2. Kurt
    Kurt says:

    Thanks for the shout out John, I really appretiate your up to date plug in testing….I can’t find anyone so up to date. I also rely on Yoast but sometimes find his information only 2010 curent. From your abckup plug in think I will go with wp-dbbackup Super stoked you may do a cache one….analysis fo me not nesseccary, w3 cache or supercache. Just want to use one and set it up right? I took your advice on Headspace2 which I was pleased to see Yoast also push in an older video…….have you tried his SEO plug in yet?

    Thanks for the informationa and interaction. Have a great week.

    • John
      John says:

      Glad to help out, this podcast episode 36 is dedicated to caching plugins enjoy. As for Yoasts new plugin I have not yet had a chance to properly test it out but will soon as I like some of the features available in it. Again thanks for listening and supporting my podcast.
      John Overall

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