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Imagine waking up one morning and finding your WordPress site has crashed. Nightmarish, isn’t it? Losing everything you’ve worked so hard for and having to start from scratch again is no laughing matter. A lot of different things can cause a website to crash – all it takes is one minor error. Therefore, one must always have an up­to­date copy of the content of one’s website. BlogVault helps with just that.

Getting Started with BlogVault

BlogVault aims to provide the “safest and best way to backup a WordPress site”. You can install the BlogVault plugin to your WordPress site, either automatically or manually, after creating an account with BlogVault. A complete backup of your website will then be generated. Subsequent backups will be automatically generated every 24 hours.

The BlogVault dashboard is easy­to­use and requires zero technical knowledge.

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Figure: BlogVault Dashboard Some of the features that stand out are:

  • History: This feature keeps a record of all your old backups, and can be used to determine which backup to revert to. It contains additional information regarding the number of posts, pages and plugins present;
  • Test­Restore: T his lets you temporarily restore an earlier backup version on a test server. This way, you can validate the content before it goes live;
  • Auto­Restore: T his feature lets you automatically restore a specific backup version of your site in the case that it crashes;
  • Migrate­Site: This lets you effortlessly move your website from one host to another, sans the protracted downloading and uploading processes;
  •  Backup Now: This can be used to force start the backup process in case you’ve made major changes in your website and can’t wait for the scheduled backup process to kick in;
  • Download Backup: This option lets you download a copy of your website backup. You can manage multiple websites using a single BlogVault dashboard.

How it Works

Migration

The Migrate­Site feature can be used to change your website URL or to copy an existing web template to a new location for creating a new website altogether. The m igration process is quite simple and effortless to perform. It just requires the user to provide file transfer details and gets done in a couple of easy steps.

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Figure: Once you click on the ‘Migrate­Site’ option on the dashboard, it asks you for file transfer details

Test­Restore

The Test­Restore feature is easy to execute. It allows you to temporarily restore any chosen backup version on BlogVault’s test servers, so you can validate it before it goes live. It saves you both time and effort, thereby increasing your productivity.

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Figure: Once you click on the ‘Test­Restore’ option on the dashboard, a backup version will automatically be generated on BlogVault’s test server in no time

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Figure: BlogVault’s Test Server

Auto­Restore

The Auto­Restore feature available at BlogVault helps you to quickly restore an entire backup to your server in case your website crashes. The restoration process is intuitive and simple. It takes just a few minutes to complete, and voila, you have your site back! With this feature at your disposal, you can rest assured that no great harm will ever come to your blog.

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Figure: Once you click on the ‘Auto­Restore’ option on the dashboard, it asks you for these details

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Figure: Once you select the location for setting up the restored site, these details are automatically filled up

Security

BlogVault stores multiple copies of your backup on its local servers. It also stores a copy of your backup on Amazon S3 servers. Additionally, BlogVault provides you with an option of uploading your backup versions directly to your Dropbox. Hence, signing up with BlogVault ensures that your content is securely backed up.

What more at BlogVault

Incremental Backup

BlogVault provides a superior and smarter way of generating backup. It generates a complete backup of the website data initially. While generating successive backup versions, it only saves those portions of the site that have been newly added, altered or changed.

History

BlogVault provides you with a History page that contains a list of 30 recent backup versions. This provides details regarding the WordPress version, theme, and the number of posts, pages, tables, files and comments.

Technical Support

If you ever face an issue while using BlogVault, you can easily reach the BlogVault support staff through the chat option available on your dashboard or through email. The support staff at BlogVault is quick to respond and extremely helpful.

Pricing Details

BlogVault offers a number of plans to choose from. The Basic Plan can be used by individual bloggers to backup a single blog. It comes at $9 a month. The Basic Plan Plus is priced at $19 per month, and can be used to backup 2­3 blogs. The Basic Plan Pro costing $39 per month would be an apt choice if you have up to 7 blogs. For managing more than 7 sites, you should opt for the Basic Unlimited Plan offered by BlogVault, which costs $99 per month.

BlogVault offers its services at a reasonable price. Also, not much technical knowledge is required for its effective usage. BlogVault provides excellent customer service to its users. Although, the icing on the cake is the fact that unlike in many other available backup services, BlogVault’s restoration process is fully automated. Moreover, you can use BlogVault immaterial of the webhost you’ve chosen for your site. All in all, BlogVault is simple, secure, cost­effective and convenient.