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Looking for a solution to help you backup multiple WordPress sites? 💾💾💾

Backups are essential. But if you’re managing a network of sites, it’s time-consuming to have to log into each site every time you want to check its backup status or run a manual backup.

Thankfully, there are some great tools that, after a one-time setup process, let you manage the backups for your entire network of sites from a single unified dashboard.

In this post, I went hands-on with four of the best plugins that help you do this. Two are dedicated backup plugins, while the other two are tools to help you manage all aspects of multiple sites.

Backup Multiple WordPress Sites

Backup Multiple WordPress Sites

Four best solutions to backup multiple WordPress sites

Here are the four plugins that we’ll look at – keep reading for a hands-on look at how to use each tool to backup multiple WordPress sites.

Plugin Free option? Cloud storage? Price for PRO **
BlogVault ❌ * $199 / yr for 5 sites
ManageWP $120 / yr for 5 sites
WP Time Capsule ❌ * $99 / yr for 10 sites
MainWP Free

* Both do offer a free trial with no credit card required.
** The cheapest plan that supports multiple sites.

BlogVault helps you backup multiple WordPress sites

BlogVault helps you backup multiple WordPress sites

BlogVault is a popular cloud storage backup plugin that automatically backs up your WordPress site to a secure, off-site location.

Once you connect your site to BlogVault, you can manage its backups from the cloud BlogVault interface. If you have multiple sites connected to your BlogVault account, you can see all of your sites from that same plan.

But BlogVault is also more than just backups – it can also help you create staging sites, migrate your site, and restore when needed.

If you’re running a WooCommerce store, you’ll also like BlogVault’s dedicated WooCommerce backup features that let you back up changes to your store in real-time.

⚙️ How you backup multiple WordPress sites with BlogVault

To get started with BlogVault, you’ll first need to sign up for a BlogVault account.

From there, BlogVault will prompt you to enter the URL of the first site that you want to add:

Add site in Blogvault

Add site in Blogvault

Then, it will give you a plugin to download and install at that site. Once you do that, you’ll be able to manage that site’s backups from the cloud BlogVault dashboard:

BlogVault backup dashboard

BlogVault backup dashboard

Now for the magic – if you want to backup multiple WordPress sites per the topic of this post, you’ll see a list of all your sites in the main BlogVault dashboard, along with icons to help you manage each site:

How to backup multiple WordPress sites in BlogVault

How to backup multiple WordPress sites in BlogVault

To manage each site in more detail, you can click to access that specific site’s dashboard.

💸 Price and details

Excluding the single-site plan, BlogVault offers three pricing options to help you backup multiple WordPress sites:

  • Small Business – up to 5 sites. Billed at $199 per year.
  • Developers – up to 20 sites. Starts at $49 per month or $490 per year.
  • Agency – reach out to BlogVault for the pricing for 20+ sites.

If you want to test out BlogVault, you can sign up for a free trial – no credit card required.

👉 Go to BlogVault

ManageWP

ManageWP

ManageWP is a popular tool to manage multiple WordPress sites that was acquired by GoDaddy in 2016, though GoDaddy still runs the company separately.

With ManageWP, you get a single cloud dashboard from which you can manage different aspects of all the sites that you connect with the ManageWP connector plugin. One of those aspects is – you guessed it – backups.

ManageWP lets you backup multiple WordPress sites to the cloud on a monthly basis for free. Or, if you’re willing to pay, the premium backup option lets you:

  • Run on-demand backups as needed.
  • Choose your preferred frequency, up to backing up your sites every hour.
  • Upload to your own cloud storage provider, including Amazon S3 and Google Drive.

⚙️ How you backup multiple WordPress sites with ManageWP

To get started, you’ll need to register for a free ManageWP account. You can then add a website from inside the ManageWP interface:

Add a website to ManageWP

Add a website to ManageWP

Then, you’ll need to install the ManageWP Worker plugin on all the sites you want to manage and enter the connection key from the plugin in your ManageWP dashboard.

Once you’ve done that, you can manage the backup settings for that site from the ManageWP cloud dashboard:

ManageWP backup settings

ManageWP backup settings

As you add more sites, you’ll see all of those sites in the main ManageWP dashboard. From there, you can filter out sites with active backups and hover over a site to view its backups:

How to backup multiple WordPress sites in ManageWP

How to backup multiple WordPress sites in ManageWP

💸 Price and details

The core ManageWP service is 100% free. This includes basic site management features, as well as an automatic monthly backup to ManageWP’s cloud storage.

The free version does not offer on-demand backups or let you backup more frequently. For that, you’ll need the Premium Backup feature which costs $2 per month per site. There’s also a bundle that offers premium backups for 100 websites for just $75.

If you want to backup to your own preferred cloud storage provider, there’s an additional charge of $0.13/GB.

👉 Go to ManageWP

WP Time Capsule

WP Time Capsule

Like BlogVault, WP Time Capsule is a tool that helps you back up your WordPress site(s) to off-site cloud storage using real-time, incremental backups.

If you use WP Time Capsule on multiple WordPress sites, you’ll get a single unified dashboard where you can view and manage the backups for all of your sites.

You’ll be able to:

  • Check backup statuses
  • See the last time a site was backed up

You can also copy the backup settings from one site and apply them to other sites that you’re managing.

WP Time Capsule also includes other helpful features like staging sites, partial restores, site migrations, and real-time backups for WooCommerce.

Where WP Time Capsule differs from BlogVault is that it lets you choose your own cloud hosting provider. So rather than integrating cloud hosting into the service, WP Time Capsule just connects to your preferred cloud hosting provider, with options like:

  • Amazon S3
  • Dropbox
  • Google Drive
  • Wasabi

⚙️ How you backup multiple WordPress sites with WP Time Capsule

To get started, you’ll need to sign up for a WP Time Capsule account.

Then, it will prompt you to add your first site:

WP Time Capsule sign up

WP Time Capsule sign up

From there, you’ll need to install the free WP Time Capsule plugin from WordPress.org. Then, during the setup process in your WordPress dashboard, you’ll be able to choose which cloud storage app to connect to:

Add new site

Add new site

If you want to manage the backups for multiple sites, you can do that from the WP Time Capsule cloud dashboard.

There, you’ll see the backup status for each site. And if you click the gear icon, you can also quickly restore a site:

How to backup multiple WordPress sites with WP Time Capsule

How to backup multiple WordPress sites with WP Time Capsule

WP Time Capsule will also tell you if there are any problems with a site’s backup via the icons above the website list.

💸 Price and details

If you want to try it out, WP Time Capsule offers a full-featured 30-day trial with no credit card required.

After that, you’ll need to pay. One juicy option, though, is that WP Time Capsule offers a lifetime plan. While the upfront cost is pricey, you won’t need to pay ongoing fees (beyond storage costs):

  • Business – 2 sites. $49 for a one year license or $149 for a lifetime license.
  • Freelancer – 10 sites. $99 for a one year license or $299 for a lifetime license.
  • Agency – Unlimited sites. $199 for a one year license or $699 for a lifetime license.

And remember – you’ll also need your own cloud storage. Depending on the size/number of your sites, you might need to pay for this, but cloud storage is still pretty cheap.

For example, if you use Amazon S3, you can pay just $0.023 per GB for infrequent access.

👉 Go to WP Time Capsule

4. MainWP + your favorite backup plugin

MainWP

MainWP

Like ManageWP, MainWP is an all-purpose tool to manage multiple WordPress sites.

Where MainWP is unique, though, is that it lets you use your own preferred WordPress backup plugin…it just makes it easy to use that backup plugin across multiple sites.

There are a range of free and premium extensions for most of the popular backup plugins.

Some of the available extensions include:

  • UpdraftPlus (free)
  • BackUpWordPress (free)
  • BackWPup (free)
  • Time Capsule ($29/yr)
  • WPvivid Backup (free)
  • BackupBuddy ($29/yr)

You’ll also still be able to take advantage of the backup settings for those individual plugins. For example, you can use UpdraftPlus to backup multiple WordPress sites to off-site cloud storage locations like:

  • Amazon S3
  • Google Drive or Google Cloud
  • Dropbox
  • Etc.

The exact features depend on which backup plugin you decide to pair with MainWP.

Another notable thing about MainWP is that, unlike ManageWP, MainWP is 100% self-hosted (more on that in a second).

⚙️ How you backup multiple WordPress sites with MainWP

To get started, you’ll need to create a fresh WordPress site and install the MainWP dashboard plugin from WordPress.org. This WordPress install will act as the dashboard from which you can manage the backups for all your other sites. You’ll also need to install the MainWP extension for your preferred backup plugin:

MainWP setup wizard

MainWP setup wizard

You will need to create a MainWP account to use the backup extension – but it’s free to create an account.

Once you set up the MainWP dashboard plugin, you’ll need to install the MainWP child plugin at all the live sites that you want to manage backups for. This connects your websites to the dashboard that you created in the previous step.

You’ll want to make sure that you’ve also installed the actual backup plugin that you want to use. For example, if you installed the MainWP UpdraftPlus extension at your MainWP dashboard site, make sure that you have UpdraftPlus installed at each live WordPress site.

Then, you can manage the backups for all your child sites from the UpdraftPlus area in your MainWP dashboard. You’ll be able to:

  • Manually back up a specific site from a list of all your sites with UpdraftPlus
  • View all scheduled backups
  • View all existing backups

How to backup multiple WordPress sites with MainWP and UpdraftpLus

How to backup multiple WordPress sites with MainWP and UpdraftpLus

💸 Price and details

The core MainWP plugin is 100% free and most of the backup plugins are also free.

The only thing you might need to pay for is the backup plugin itself. For example, if you want access to the premium UpdraftPlus features, you’d need to purchase the premium version of UpdraftPlus.

With that being said, most sites will probably be fine with all free options, which makes this setup one of the most affordable ways to backup multiple WordPress sites.

👉 Go to MainWP

🏆 Which is the best solution to backup multiple WordPress sites?

To recap, here are the four tools we covered that help you manage the backups for multiple sites:

Plugin Free option? Cloud storage? Price for PRO **
BlogVault ❌ * $199 / yr for 5 sites
ManageWP $120 / yr for 5 sites
WP Time Capsule ❌ * $99 / yr for 10 sites
MainWP Free

* Both do offer a free trial with no credit card required.
** The cheapest plan that supports multiple sites.

So…which is the best tool for you?

Well, the exact answer depends on your needs, and all of these tools have something to offer in different ways.

But  if you’re looking for one overall recommendation, BlogVault is a great spot to start. 

It’s 100% dedicated to backups, which is great if you don’t want the full site management features that ManageWP and MainWP offer. Plus, it’s super simple to use because the cloud storage is built in.

You pretty much just sign up, install the plugin, and your backups are active. Repeat that for each site. Then, you’ll be able to manage all of those sites from the BlogVault dashboard.

Have any questions about how to manage backups for multiple WordPress sites? Let us know in the comments!

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