I love the fact how the WordPress community is growing, and how people are starting to see the business models they can roll out around the product. And yes, all of this while still maintaining the GPL. We’ve of course seen Gravity Forms, which for me has replaced entirely my own WordPress contact form and is well worth the money I spent on it because they keep improving the product.
Today I want to introduce you to another cool new plugin I came across: Online Backup for WordPress. There’s quite a few plugins out there doing backups already, WP-DBManager by Lester Chan, for instance, but there’s a lot more. But… They all backup to your own server or to email. What you really want is safe and secure off-site backups. Automatically.
This plugin solves that, and, even better, it does so for free. Backup Technology built this because they had to scratch their own itch: Patrick Altoft and his team at Branded3 built their new site, they wanted it to automatically back up, and a plugin idea was born. Once they’d built it, they decided it would be pretty easy for them to offer this to other WordPress users, for free. You get 50 MB of data, which is about 10 backups of my blog, and those backups rotate around.
So what does it do? Well it backs up your blogs database, zips it if your server allows for that, and sends that backup to the Backup Technology server. You’ll need to create an account there, so that, in the unfortunate event that you loose your data, you can log in and retrieve your backup. It has a pretty nice backend showing you how many backups you’ve got:
Of course it allows you to schedule those backups, and it allows for encryption too if your server supports it. So is it cool? Yes it is! There is another plugin out there like it, but this one comes with more free data storage, a better backend and more scheduling options.
So I love the idea, but it lacks one thing that would probably be to expensive to do for free: it doesn’t back up any files. I’d very much be willing to pay for a service that does that: my theme, my uploads, and possibly even my plugins.
But still: you should go try it, especially if you’re not backing up your blog already!