One of the many things that sets VaultPress apart from the rest is its set it and forget it ease of use. Simply install the VaultPress plugin and watch as it begins to analyze and backup your database, plugins, themes, and uploads. After the first backup is complete, VaultPress will update your backup whenever a change is made, even for something as trivial as adjusting a setting. The result is a series of up to the minute full backups ready to be restored as soon as you need them.
In contrast, iDrive is VaultPress’ closest competitor. Though iDrive’s service starts free, you’re only allotted 2GB before a paid upgrade is required, and the backups are only generated once every 24 hours. VaultPress is not free, but space is unlimited and backups occur immediately and as often as necessary.
In addition to extensive real-time backups, VaultPress offers intuitive stats that use data from your backups to help you determine your blog’s most popular day and hour (based on % of comments received) and your blog’s most productive day and hour (based on % of posts published), and if you upgrade to a premium account, VaultPress will regularly scan your files for known exploits and threats. This is an invaluable feature for popular sites as VaultPress will notify you the minute an exploit or threat is found and you’ll be able to immediately restore from the latest clean backup.
Fortunately, I have not had the need to test the restorability of VaultPress’ backups, but I have determined by visual inspection that they seem to be complete, and several success stories have been recorded.
If you’re in need of a simple and complete backup solution, look not further than VaultPress. VaultPress is still in beta and new features are being added often. After applying for VaultPress, you’ll be placed on a waiting list until space is available, but the special beta rates are well worth the wait.
Disclaimers: I work for Automattic, but I am also a paying VaultPress customer. VaultPress is one of our advertisers.