WPvivid – Free plugin to backup, migrate and restore your WordPress sites

WPvivid provides an all in one solution for you to manage backup, restoration and migration of your WordPress websites, all for free! It is actively maintained, highly rated (5 stars) and has been installed on thousands of sites.

I use this plugin for the following:

  • Create regular backups (including scheduled backups to remote storage)
  • Create manual backups
  • Export entire site
  • Import the site

Note: For migrating sites I use the All-in-One WP Migration plugin.

WPvivid Plugin Interface

WPvivid Plugin Interface with many tabs
  1. The WPvivid Backup & Restore plugin is accessible via the WordPress menu
  2. Backup & Restore tab allows you to quickly create manual backups and save them locally or to remote storage
  3. Schedule tab allows you to set a frequency at which you want auto backups to be the created
  4. Remote Storage tab allows you to connect the plugin to your choice of remote storage
  5. Settings tab allows you to some general rules (e.g. no of backups to keep)
  6. The main tab also includes 2 sub tabs: Backups tab allows you to download backups to your PC
  7. The Upload tab allows you to upload files from remote storage when restoring your site

Create backups

In this demo, I set up WPvivid Backup Plugin and enable remote storage via Amazon S3 bucket. I also show you how to schedule regular backups. WPvivid is an awesome all in one backup plugin – and its free.

The plugin has an easy interface to create backups that get saved on your own server or on remote storage (Amazon S3, DropBox, Google Drive etc).

I use this feature to schedule regular automatic backups on my own and client websites.

Manual backup to local

To create a quick manual backup to the server on which your website is hosted (local):

  1. Go to WPvivid Backup and select Backup & Restore
  2. Select Only Database, WordPress Files or Database + Files
  3. Send Backup to Remote Storage (needs to be set up, see instructions below) or Save Backups to Local
  4. Click Backup Now

The backups are listed in backups tabs and can be downloaded, used to restore or deleted. You can also see that both backups are remote

Set up Remote Storage (Amazon S3 Bucket)

WPvivid Remote Backup - Amazon S3 Account Settings
WPvivid offers a plethora of remote storage options including FTP, Google, Dropbox and S3

To set up remote storage:

  1. Go to WPvivid Backup and select Remote Storage
  2. Select your Remote Storage: Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Amazon S3, Digital Ocean Spaces, FTP and SFTP. Select Amazon S3.
  3. Enter your Amazon S3 Account details including: S3 access and secret keys and the bucket name (and folder if any).
  4. If you decide to set up multiple Remote Storage locations, confirm or set one as the default.
  5. Select Test and Add.
  6. The Storages tab lists all the storage providers set up. You can modify settings, set the provider as default storage or delete.
WPvivid - Remote Storage - Storages
Storage Providers List

Schedule Backups

WPvivid - Schedule Settings for the free plugin
WPvivid – Schedule Settings for the free plugin

To set up remote storage:

  1. Go to WPvivid Backup and select Schedule tab.
  2. Select Enable Backup Schedule (Incremental and Advanced Scheduling are Pro features).
  3. Select frequency e.g. Monthly.
  4. Select Database + Files (Pro version allows for custom setting)
  5. Select Local or Remote storage
  6. Save Changes.

Backups will be saved to Local or Remote Storage at the frequency specified. However, saving or sending backups can cause storage to fill up. See settings below to prevent this.

Plugin Settings – General Settings

WPvivid - General Settings
WPvivid – General Settings

However, saving or sending backups can cause storage to fill up. To prevent this:

  1. Go to WPvivid Backup and select Settings tab.
  2. Select the number of backups to be retained (e.g. 3).
  3. Opt to keep local copies after uploading to remote storage.
  4. Rename your local backup folder name.

Export/Import via the Backups and Upload tabs

Backups list - download, restore or delete the backups

To export a backup:

  1. Go to WPvivid Backup and select Backup & Restore
  2. Click on Download link

To import or restore a website from a backup

  1. Go to WPvivid Backup and select Backup & Restore
  2. Click on Upload tab
  3. Drag and Drop your backup file to restore

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I backup?

Sites get hacked or get infested with malware. It makes sense to protect your investment .

Why should I use WPvivid plugin?

It is the simplest plugin to create – just click and drag & drop to backup, export or import. It works well!

Is this a free plugin

Yes this free plugin. Pro version offers advanced features like incremental backups, staging site creations and multi-site support. Pro version also offers quicker and immediate support.

Are there any limitations?

The free plugin only allows you to export or schedule full backups to server via FTP or cloud storage providers like DropBox, Google Drive and Amazon S3.
Whilst the free plugin is enough for most users, the pro (paid) version offers advanced features like incremental backups, staging site creations and multi-site support. Pro version also offers quicker and immediate support.
You cannot Restore a website from remote storage, using the free version. You will need to first download a backup from your remote storage first, then upload it.

How do I install this plugin?

It is very easy:
1. Select Add New from the Plugins menu
2. Search for ‘wpvivid’
3. Select Install and Activate. The plugin is by WPvivid Team and has 5 star rating and over 80,000 intsallations.

WPvivid - Installing the plugin

What is the Maximum upload file size?

There are no size limits.

Where are the backups saved?

The plugin saves the backups in your wp-content folder. Your web developer should be able to access these files by going to: public_html > wp-content > wpvividbackups folder via FTP.

Where should I save my backups?

Take regular backups and save them on your site (see FAQ above). You can delete older backups (keep 2 or 3 versions). You should also schedule for reguular backups to be saved to the cloud (DropBox, Google Drive, Amazon S3 etc).

How frequently should I backup?

It depends on how frequently you update your site. If you blog regularly, backup once a week. If you only make adhoc changes once in a while, backup once a month.

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