We cannot overemphasize the need to backup your WordPress website. Many people have learnt the hard way how easy it is to delete essential information on their website or the entire site by clicking one button. That doesn’t have to be you. In this blog post, we will compare two WordPress backup plugins: UpdraftPlus and WP DB, as well as show you why the former is superior and ranks the best in the world. But first, what are UpdraftPlus and WP DB Backup?


With more than three million current active users, UpdraftPlus is the most popular and highest-ranking WordPress backup plugin. To put it simply, UpdraftPlus is the best backup plugin in the world. 

The plugin doesn’t just simplify users’ databases and files backup process, it also makes the restoration as seamless as possible. With a single click of a button, everything you need to back up and restore your WordPress site is safely stowed away on the cloud. 

What’s more, with UpdraftPlus your backup can be uploaded into multiple cloud services including Dropbox, Google Drive, and Amazon S3 (or compatible).

Installing and using Updraftplus is essentially saying goodbye to the consequences of crashed servers, hacking attempts and common user glitches on your WordPress site. 

WP DB Backup

Also known as WordPress database, WP DB Backup backs-up your WordPress site database only. More basic information, such as passwords and usernames are also retained. It also stores your themes, configuration preferences, pages, posts and accompanying comments. 

While it may not be nearly as versatile as UpdraftPlus, it can serve you well in some situations, especially if your website security needs are minimal.  

Similarities between UpdraftPlus and WP DB Backup

Before we get into the details on how UpdraftPlus is superior to WP DB Backup (and every other backup plugin for that matter), it’s worth noting that they share some similarities – albeit slight. They are as follows: 

Automatic backups

Both UpdraftPlus and WP DB Backup share a feature that allows the user to backup their WordPress site automatically, as well as restore it – should they ever need to. To take advantage of this, you will have to schedule the backups to run on their own. 

This is one way to ensure that all recent changes are saved regularly. That is to say, backups will be automatic on your website at regular intervals. It should be noted however, that UpdraftPlus packs more automatic backup features than WP DB Backup. 

Easy configuration

Both plugins are very easy to configure and use, although UpdraftPlus is noticeably easier to install, configure and navigate. First time users and experts alike will have very little or no drawback with using both backup plugins. 

Why you should use the UpdraftPlus backup plugin

UpdraftPlus and WP DB Backup are used daily by businesses and individuals all over the world. Regardless of this, it is clear that they are not in the same league. UpdraftPlus is simply the best backup plugin available. 

Here’s why: 

It’s rated number 1 in the world

One way to pick a functional backup plugin for your WordPress website is to check how they are rated on WordPress.org. You do the same for any type of plugin, whether it’s image optimization or caching. This allows users to get a good impression on the quality of a particular plugin.

With more than 3 million active users, UpdraftPlus has a 5-star rating by 5,570 reviewers and currently ranks number 1 in the world. WP DB Backup on the other hand, doesn’t come anywhere close. 

UpdraftPlus features incremental backups

Trying to backup your whole site in one go can weigh down on your server and slow down your website’s process. By using the incremental backup option, the UpdraftPlus backup plugin is able to split your site into only the latest updates/changes, so you do not have to keep uploading the whole site and putting a large work-load on the server. WP DB Backup doesn’t employ this incremental backup option, which makes it considerably less efficient. 

UpdraftPlus has more cloud storage options

Like WP DB Backup, UpdraftPlus features multiple cloud storage options. However, while WP DB Backup supports only email, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Amazon S3 – UpdraftPlus supports more options including email, Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3 (or compatible), UpdraftVault, Rackspace Cloud, FTP, DreamObjects, Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Storage, Backblaze B2, SFTP, SCP, WebDAV, and Openstack Swift. 

UpdraftPlus backups both databases and files

While the WP DB Backup plugin only backups databases, UpdraftPlus backups both databases and core files, as well as the non-WordPress files of your site. While the WP DB Backup only restores the databases, UpdraftPlus can restore the entire site – containing both databases and files. This just goes to show that UpdraftPlus is a better backup plugin for anyone that is serious about backing up their site. 


Although WP DP Backup is a good option – UpdraftPlus is without a doubt the better WordPress backup plugin. It comes fully packed with every backup feature you could need. There may be many to pick from out there, but if you want the best backup plugin for your WordPress website, UpdraftPlus is your best bet.