VaultPress Secure WordPress Backup [Review]

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Now QOT is backed up on VaultPress secure WordPress backup service. Vaultpress backs up your entire WordPress database and important site files in real time so that your blog can be backed up easily if hacked.

Why Vaultpress WordPress Backup?

There are many WordPress backup services available. Vaultpress is created by Automattic, the same people who brought you WordPress, which powers millions of blogs. So I trust them to best understand the technology which goes behind powering WordPress, and how to back it up.

Vaultpress Golden Ticket

Vaultpress is not available to public at large since it is in beta. First you need to apply for golden ticket. They are giving away 60 Vaultpress golden tickets per day, so if you have a reputed  blog, chances are you will get in 1-2 days.

Once you get a Vaultpress invite in your email, simply sign up. The Golden Ticket is your plugin.

Download Vaultpress

Download Vaultpress WordPress Plugin

Download Vaultpress plugin, a simple php file, and add to your WordPress plugin folder. Activate and you are done. Vaultpress will start to download all your Uploads, Themes, Plugins, and Database one by one automatically.

Vaultpress  Sync

We got impatient as our database was downloaded only 10% after a few hours. A frantic email to support revealed,  it is normal as they do not want to overload our server. Our entire site backup took nearly 1 full day, but then QOT has a large database. Most sites will upload much faster.

So now we have realtime backup of our site

Vaultpress panel

VaultPress Cost?

Vaultpress Beta does not come cheap at $15 per month. We opted for the basic plan which gives us comprehensive backup of entire WordPress installation.

  • Realtime Core Table Backup
  • Non Core Table Backups
  • Unlimited Snapshots
  • Downloadable Archives
  • Stats, Activity Log, Support

If you decide to get the Premium Vaultpress plan, it would cost you $40 per month, but will include Security Monitoring as well.

How Vaultpress Can Improve?

Vaultpress backs up all your files in realtime, which can cause considerable load on shared hosting, so you might want to think. We experienced some increase in server load, and they throttled from the backend, and advised we enable FTP /SSH access to take load off the server, but I am not happy entering my FTP /SSH passwords in a third party plugin.

Secondly, many bloggers would not be  interested in  hourly back up of blogs, once or twice a day would be enough, but there is no option to configure that – though many busy blogs would find a realtime back up very useful, to keep comments and latest blog posts safe.

Note Vaultpress backups up only the plugins, themes, uploads and database. So if you have files in the root directory, extra files, htaccess etc, they will not be backed up. Also note you can download these backup files, they will not restore them for you in one click if  your server crashes.

I have had a chance to contact Vaultpress support a few times, and it seems they are available US time as that is when replies occur. A fast response time will go a long way to enhance customer trust. Also an affiliate program will help bloggers recover the Vaultpress expenses and help the service grow. But then its still in beta.

Get VaultPress

Vaultpress is definitely not cheap at $15 per month. But if your blog makes decent advertising revenue, you can afford to spend a small fraction of your profits on backing up your blog in real time, so that you can restore it when you need it. Hackers are for real and servers do crash and your hosting backup might get corrupted. The earning blog is the lifeline and income resource for many full time bloggers, and spending a few dollars more will guarantee you a better sleep at night, so even if hackers strike, your blog is safely backed up at Vaultpress.

Update: New cheaper Vaultpress Lite plans for $5/month.


11 comments on “VaultPress Secure WordPress Backup [Review]

  1. Shantanu says:

    Vaultpress doesnt seem to be a very good idea. The 3 issues listed by you are pretty bad for anyone. No configurable timings is bad but not backing up any other files is even worse. Also, if there is no easy restore, then there is no point at all. You can get much better controlled auto backups yourself for free (I do it for my blogs through simple shell scripts and have a long history of snapshots on my gmail as well as dropbox). All for free and extremely robust and light on server resources.

    • QuickOnlineTips says:

      They back up the most important areas to back up the blog. Perhaps an option to specify a custom path to upload would be helpful.

      Maybe they are working on once click restore, but that would require more access and permissions to you blog admin.

  2. CypherHackz says:

    Thanks for the review. It is really helpful especially about the Golden Ticket. :)

  3. Bilal Ahmad says:

    It is looking good one, but the price is little bit high. Although they are offering discount but still the price is high.

    • QuickOnlineTips says:

      I guess when Vaultpress goes public and gets the numbers, the price might come down. Also they might have limited caapcity as of now, so prices might be high. An affiliate program will help get more people interested.

  4. Rakesh Kumar says:

    Quite useful tool! But still I need to have $15 per month after then I will consider this service. In the meanwhile i would have a screen-shot of this page to my help guide folder. Thanks for suggesting.

  5. Kelly says:

    Why pay for VaultPress when you can get a free plugin from Backup-Technology:

    http://www.backup-technology.com/free-wordpress-backup/

  6. CypherHackz says:

    I just received the Golden ticket. I thought it is a free service. Lol… :D

  7. Lisa Long says:

    Absolutely true that backup/monitoring is essential, but it doesn’t have to be quite so expensive. CodeGuard (www.codeguard.com) extends the malware monitoring, can handle non-WordPress sites, and is cheaper. They’re still in closed beta, but you can get in with a free account (and likely a free trial Pro account) using “CGLongQT” as the coupon code.

  8. myRepono says:

    Take a look at the myRepono WordPress Backup Plugin: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/myrepono-wordpress-backup-plugin/

  9. Sheela says:

    ( http://blogvault.net ) blogVault is a great WordPress backup plugin that make restoring your backups super easy. They have auto restore and also let you test your backups. Try it out, they have a free trial plan too.

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