VaultPress secures WordPress in a vault.
Backing up a WordPress blog has never been particularly easy or efficient. Earlier this year I wrote about the first truly “easy” backup tool. It works fine and costs me only 10 cents a month in hosting.
But now Automattic, the company behind WordPress, has launched an official backup tool called VaultPress. Although it costs money, it’s worth it for anyone who makes a business out of their WordPress site.
VaultPress is installed in the form of a WordPress plugin. Once you install it, it starts to backup everything on your blog — the database, graphics, comments, themes, posts, plugins, etc. All of this is stored and accessible form a web interface at VaultPress.com, making it easy to restore your site in the case of failure. Unlike every other backup tool I’ve used, VaultPress updates continuously whenever something new is added to blog, e.g. a comment.
So what does your $15-$40 monthly charge get you? Peace of mind, really. $40 a month to a blog like Domain Name Wire is nothing; even a short downtime costs more. It’s possible that there are solutions out there as good as VaultPress for less money, but it makes sense to use a service created by the same company that created WordPress. They know the ends-and-outs of the system and will keep the service up-to-date. They also maintain a network of 11 million hosted blogs.
The $40 package includes security monitoring in addition to the backup available in the $15 package. As of now the security system just scans your plugins to find any possible security issues, although it doesn’t provide actionable steps (or any indication about how serious the threats are) to remedy it. Soon it will include active monitoring for suspicious activity.
Perhaps the most important feature coming soon to VaultPress is a full restore. Imagine being about to restore your WordPress blog, completely from scratch, with just the click of a few buttons.
VaultPress is in limited beta right now, so you need to get on the waiting list if you want to buy your own peace of mind.