BackWPup vs UpdraftPlus Comparison

Comparing BackWPup vs UpdraftPlusWhich backup plugin is the better alternative for my blog? With more and more competing premium WordPress plugins it gets harder and harder to answer that question. This article takes a look at two popular backup plugins: It compares BackWPup with UpdraftPlus in order to help you with your decision in choosing one.

There are several other alternatives to BackWPup and UpdraftPlus on the market which I have compared in separate articles. Go to my main WordPress Backup Plugins comparison to start your search.

Please note that this comparison only looks at the features on paper as reported by either plugin’s developers. It does not and can not tell you if or how well a certain feature will work for you. Because such a verdict would depend on too many variables, including your server setup and personal preference, I have decided to stick to the hard facts for this feature comparison between BackWPup and UpdraftPlus.

BackWPup And UpdraftPlus Feature Comparison

In my comparison I track 21 different features for all the WordPress backup plugins. In BackWPup you can find 11 out of 21 of those features. UpdraftPlus on the other hand offers 13 out of the 21 features in total.

BackWPup UpdraftPlus
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User Rating

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Backup Features
Full Site Backups



Database Backups



Storage Space for Backups
Save to Dropbox



Save to Amazon S3



Save to Google Drive


Save to FTP



Save to Rackspace



Send Email Notifications



Differential Backup (Changes only)
Scheduled / Automatic Backups


Realtime Backups
BackWPup UpdraftPlus
Restore Features
Easy Restore


Migrate Site


Test Restore
History of Changes
Individual File Restore
BackWPup UpdraftPlus
Security Features
Security or Malware Scan
BackWPup UpdraftPlus
Other Features
Database Repair and Optimization


Database Text Replace


Multisite Support


Even if many of the features compared above overlap between the two competing products there is one very important difference: BackWPup as well as UpdraftPlus both provide a unique interface from which you will create secure backup files of your entire WordPress blog. Since it is hard to rate the quality of such an interface objectively I recommend that you try both products yourself before deciding for one.

BackWPup vs UpdraftPlus Price Comparison

WPscoop indexes the exact prixing plans of all compared plugins. Please refer to the table below for a quick overview of the prices of BackWPup and UpdraftPlus.

To find the cheaper backup plugin for your individual needs please go to my main comparison article. There you can search for the features you need and then see the exact price you would need to pay for BackWPup or UpdraftPlus (as well as other alternatives).

Price BackWPup UpdraftPlus
Minimum (1 Site) 0.00 USD 0.00 USD
Maximum (1 Site) 75.00 USD 102.50 USD
Minimum (10 Sites) 0.00 USD 0.00 USD
Maximum (10 Sites) 190.00 USD 1025.00 USD

Explanations: The minimum price compared above is the lowest price a product is available for, e.g. the version with the least features. The maximum price listed is for a version of the product that includes all features. For plugins that charge per addon it factors in the cost of all available addons. For some products the price increases if you want to use it on more than 1 WordPress site – the listed price for 10 sites shows if that is the case.

Disclaimer: While we update this comparison regularly we can not guarantee the prices displayed above are still correct and take no responsibility if they changed.

Product Videos

You can have a look at the Youtube videos below to see BackWPup and UpdraftPlus in action. That will give you a better idea of how the interface looks and which of the two backup plugins is easier to use.

BackWPup Video

UpdraftPlus Video

More Information

Visit the developers website to learn more about each of the WordPress backup plugins and order or download the software.

Most WordPress plugins have an option to test their service for free, either thrhough a basic free version, a trial period or online demo. Check if such an offer exists for BackWPup and UpdraftPlus and if so: Make use of it! By doing so you can compare both plugins directly and find out which one is the better alternative in you situation.

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Other Alternative Backup Plugins

But wait, there is more! Besides BackWPup and UpdraftPlus I have compared several other backup plugins on WPscoop. I recommend you start your search for BackWPup alternatives or UpdraftPlus alternatives in the main comparison article. There you can filter all different products and search for the features you need.

BackWPup vs. other WordPress backup plugins

UpdraftPlus vs. other WP backup plugins

Did you spot a mistake in here? Is some feature in my comparison out of date? Please leave a comment below so I can update the article!

Which one is the better WP backup plugin: BackWPup or UpdraftPlus? Please share your opinion or experience in the comments!

Last update on: 12.3.2015

About Thomas Höfter

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1 Comment

  1. I have tried all the backup plugins mentioned above including a number of others. I have used Backup Buddy, Updraft, BackWPUp and XCloner for varying periods. Backup Buddy is quite good but is relatively expensive at 10 sites for $100. Xcloner is very good but it is highly technical. Its main advantages over the other plugins is that it comes with all the features you need in a professional backup plugin such as restore, clone and cron features and it is free. Unfortunately it can be difficult to customise. The best backup of the lot is Akeeba Backup for WP. There is free version but I paid 40 Euros for the paid version and I could not be happier. I wish I had found this plugin 10 years ago. It would have saved me numerous hours of unnecessary work as every other backup plugin I have used has fallen down somewhere. Akeeba does full, database only and incremental backups and these can be run by cron so it is all automated and you never have to lift a finger again. It will backup to your server and remote backup services such ad Dropbox and Amazon. It is so cutomizabable it leaves the others for dead. It also has an import/export so you can duplicate your settings from site to site. The ability to stop it backing up backup folders and subdomains if you are backing up a domain puts this plugin streets ahead of its competitors. The only reason that this plugin in not rated number 1 is that it feature rich which can be overpowering to newbies and it requires some knowledge of server structures which is also a put off for newbies. My strong advice is persist and learn how to use the paid version as it is simply the best.

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