- One of the benefits of InfiniteWP is that you download and control the panel. To run it locally on your Mac, you’ll need a database installed: http://dev.mysql.com/. Most people will install InfiniteWP remotely on a VPS.
- InfiniteWP’s model is free core with paid addons. You will need the “Schedule Backups” addon to auto-backup your sites on a schedule, and you will want the “Install/Clone” addon to be able to restore sites in a variety of (disaster) situations, such as your host is down and you need to restore to a new host. The “Backup to Repositories” is useful to backup to Amazon S3 and Dropbox instead of only locally on the site itself. http://infinitewp.com/addons/. Two drawbacks of InfiniteWP:
- It’s a one man show right now. That means support requests are tersely answered with a lag of 24 hours between responses. Frustrating compared to ManageWP.
- Addons cost 50% of the purchase price each year for updates.
- I’ve criticized ManageWP for being too expensive (http://wpguidance.com/324/why-im-quitting-managewp-for-infinitewp/), but with that said, their service is really good. ManageWP does everything that InfiniteWP does and usually does it better. This includes allowing sub-user access to employees across a subset of your sites and keeping a repository of code that can be run at once across all of your sites (both of these features require at least the professional plan). You will also need at least the professional plan if you want to run scheduled backups. Support is good as well, usually responding within a matter of hours.
- BackupBuddy is a bit of the odd man of the group. It doesn’t do plugin/theme/core updates like the other two above, but it’s a powerful tool to have in your arsenal. Also unlike the ManageWP or InfiniteWP, BackupBuddy uses your server’s cpu to do backups right on your site from within the plugin. “Cloning” sites is already built-in, and BackupBuddy is the only one of the three that can clone a normal WordPress site into a multisite install (and back out again). BackupBuddy also has it’s own repository built-in (called “Stash”) for off-site backups. Two drawbacks: it’s a $100-$200 annual expense ($150 annually for the unlimited site license, $35 annually for 5 GB of Stash repository space), and there is no ticket support, only forum support.
The Best Value for Scheduled Backups
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