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I’ve been with a number of hosts over the years, but I have been with DreamHost the longest. They recently rolled out DreamObjects, which is their version of cloud-based storage. I tried it out (the price was right), but really couldn’t see myself using it, until I discovered the DreamObjects Backup plugin by Ipstenu.
In a nutshell, DreamObjects Backup makes a backup of your WordPress site and drops in a DreamObjects bucket of your choice. Once you’ve set it up with your public and secret keys, you have these options:
- backup files (your `wp-content` folder), database, or both
- backup monthly, weekly, or daily
- retain 1, 2, 5, 10, 15, 30, 60, 90 or all backups
- backup immediately (useful if you’ve just made a lot of changes)
You can download the latest backups from your WordPress backend (the number available depends on how many you’ve decided to retain):
or from your DreamHost backend:
As an added bonus, you don’t have to create those folders. Just create the bucket and DreamObjects Backups will create a folder for each site you are using the plugin on.
On the negative side, it doesn’t backup your `.htaccess` file or your `wp-config.php` file. But those are small and relatively easy to backup on a regular basis yourself, even just using FTP.
Additionally, backups are limited to 2GB, which is an issue with PHP, not the plugin.
If you are using WordPress on DreamHost, this plugin makes sense. It just works—once you’ve set it up there’s nothing to fiddle with. You do your thing adding lots of great content, and it does its thing backing it up for you.
As for cost, DreamHost is reasonable. I’m backing up several sites every month, retaining five backups for each one, and I’m spending around a dollar a month in storage. You really can’t beat that.
Try it—I guarantee you’ll like it.
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