BackWPUp v UpdraftPlus - why I now use the latter

Last Update: April 02, 2014

I have posted this exact post elsewhere on WA but I think it is worthy of posting here in it's own thread in case anybody has the same problem.

I have had issues with BackWPUp not completing for the past few weeks so my last completed backup dates back to December. I left it for a while but since I have added hundreds of hours of content recently I thought it was worth another shot, in fact something that needed to be sorted out. That's when the site started crashing.

This was the error message I was getting when I tried to load my site:

"Already Installed
You appear to have already installed WordPress. To reinstall please clear your old database tables first."


This seemed to happen whenever I tried to run BackWPUp recently. I couldn't be sure if this was causing the problem so decided to try something else. I disabled BackWPUp and installed Updraft Plus.

UpdraftPlus seems to be easier and has a restore button

First of all I have to say that UpdraftPlus looks a LOT easier to use, it backs everything up with one click and backups can be directed to Dropbox, Google Drive etc.

Second, there is a "Restore" button which of course I haven't had to use yet, but it's good to know it's there.

I think it is also worthy of mention that UpdraftPlus is also rated as one of THE best apps on WordPress and has higher ratings than BackWPUp.

However the most important thing is that UpdraftPlus also failed, but actually showed me an onscreen message which told me exactly why I had been having problems. It was related to a setting in wp-config which was related to WordPress cron, which was set to 'True' and should have been set to 'False'

I know very little about using FTP but very simple instructions on where to find the line of code using something like Filezilla and how to delete it (or set it to 'False')

Since I did that the UpdraftPlus backup completed successfully and the site appears to be working fine. Of course with the problematic line of code removed BackWPUp would probably work now too, but I think it's worth sticking with UpdraftPlus now simply because of the inclusion of a Restore button. This is a glaring omission on BackWPUp in my opinion and I why I will now be sticking with UpdraftPlus unless it proves to be problematic.

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Jenna7 Premium
Thanks for the information; I think I may try out UpdraftPlus.
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KatieMac Premium
will bookmark this one for a bit later, seems a bit beyond me just now, will be hoping I do not have this sort of problem but will be able to refer back to this should it arise thank you so much
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Trialynn Premium
UpdraftPlus does not show when I search for it in plugins. Where should I be looking?
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coolcity Premium
Are you sure you are not adding a space between the words 'Updraft' and 'Plus'? If you do it won't show. Failing that, just search for "Wordpress Backup" and choose it from the list that appears.
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@RICH. Premium
Hey Terea. Here's a link http://wordpress.org/plugins/updraftplus/ and the Premium (paid) version is available at http://updraftplus.com/updraftplus-full-feature-list/ :) Rich.
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coolcity Premium
Sorry, I should have done that really but I always download plugins direct from my WP dashboard and didn't want to confuse anybody.
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@RICH. Premium
No probs. I do too, but so many plugins have similar names that I'm always grateful if I can look at the external download page, so I can match to it at the WP dashboard. :D R.
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coolcity Premium
Good point Richard, thanks for your help.
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Trialynn Premium
@ cool city (Gary) yep I'm sure cause I did a copy from your post.
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Trialynn Premium
@Rich, as always Rich, thanks for the information you so graciously provide when I get stuck. You are like my personal, high class tow truck! I do know you service other customers, but it feel like I am special. Is that not the impression high quality services give? Like you are their only concern!
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@RICH. Premium
LOL, nah, I'm really, really picky these days. :D You're most welcome, Terea, as always. R. x
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coolcity Premium
Strange Terea, I just tried searching for it again via the "Add new" (plugin) function and found it no problem. Try searching for wordpress backup and choose it from the list.
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Trialynn Premium
Gary, I had just finished updating my plugins and, in all my wisdom, did not realize I was searching installed plugins. Regular way (add) worked fine after I went back to the plugin page.
P.S. That was easy and the UpdraftPlus is fascinatingly clear and easy to work with, thanks again.
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Trialynn Premium
Thanks Gary, this was very interesting. I like the idea of a restore button. I think I will change to a higher ranked backup!
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Damien Lane Premium
Wow Gary, this is one of the best plugin comparison reviews I've come across, I'm glad you re-posted (missed it the first time)... You have a talent for reviewing no doubt. Thank you for a community minded & easy to read posting. I'm off to see how the other reviewers compare on the front pg of that search pg thingy...
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coolcity Premium
Well to be fair I am only relating my own issues in case it happens to anybody else. this wasn't really intended to be a review in it's own right.

The problem I had appears to have been caused by setting in the line of code, rather than by BackWPUp itself.

I generally advocate using whatever is advised by the experts here on WA but in this case, when I found myself looking for a different plugin so that I could back up my site, three things became apparent:

1. UpdraftPlus has a very high rating on Wordpress
2. It has a Restore button
3. It actually told me why the backup I was trying to do would not complete and what to do about it to correct the issue.

It is also the highest ranking backup plugin on rankwp.com, ranked in the top 50 from over 30,000 which is no mean feat, and rates an average of 5 stars with users who have voted so I felt that was enough to make it worthy of consideration.
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Damien Lane Premium
the reason it was such a good review Gary, is precisely because you didn't intend it to be ~ cheers
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