WordPress Backup To Google Drive: Pros, Cons & What You Need to Know

Oct 25, 2016

WordPress Backup To Google Drive: Pros, Cons & What You Need to Know

Oct 25, 2016

Making complete WordPress Backup to your Google Drive account may mean that you are choosing convenience over efficiency and security. Here’s why.

In This Article:

  1. Uploading WordPress Backups
  2. Setting Up G Drive Backup with Backup Plugins
  3. Is Storing Backups to G-Drive a Good Idea?
  4. Restore Backups From Google Drive
  5. Are your Backups Secure?
  6. Storage Space Issues
  7. No Backup Descriptions
  8. Tips for Backing up
  9. WordPress Plugins for Backups


Uploading WordPress Backups to Google Drive

Google Drive presents a convenient option. To begin with, it is accessed with your Google account. No multiple logins. Added to this 15 GB of storage space is free to users.

Google Drive seems like the perfect vault to store your WordPress backups in.

Google Drive seems like the perfect vault to store your WordPress backups in.

You can simply choose among the many WordPress plugins which allow you to upload your WordPress existing backups to Google Drive. UpdraftPlus plugin, BackupGuard, and WordPress Database Backup are all example of plugins in the WordPress repository which allow you to do just this. However keep in mind in some cases, you may have to pay for an add-on to add G Drive to your list of backup destinations.


Setting Up Google Drive Backup with Backup Plugins

This process may take some steps to get through, but if you follow the documentation of the respective plugins, it will be easy. However, the point to keep in mind is that setting up your Drive account with your backup plugins generally means that the plugin stores a ‘client ID’ and ‘client secret’ to your Drive account. This is how the plugin can upload backups of your WordPress blogs to your Drive account. However, this can be a double-edged sword.


Is Storing WordPress Backups to G-Drive a Good Idea?

It gives users 15 GB of free storage space. This may prove sufficient if your site is not large. The economic benefits of using a free plugin and having free storage space cannot be discounted without consideration. Along with this, you can gain access to your account with your Google credentials; no extra logins required.

However, the very same advantages have another face when viewed from the perspective of control, efficiency, and security.


Restore Backups from Google Drive

All backups are about restores. This means making backup restoration must be easy, and it must give full control. WordPress backup files uploaded to Google Drive by plugins may not allow for this. It is true that with plugins like UpdraftPlus you can restore directly from your WordPress admin dashboard. However, this may not be enough.

Backups uploaded to Drive are usually in a .zip folder, and that makes it very hard for you to find and restore individual files. This is if your plugin allows for the restoration of individual files; which is not always the case.

Restoring individual files has its benefits. Large WordPress sites take time to restore. This means more downtime. In other cases, your WordPress hosting companies may limit the time for each action. This is true of most cases, and in such cases, your website may have to be manually restored. This is not a burden your business needs.

On the other hand, restoring individual files means that you can avoid all these complications and not suffer the cost of unnecessary downtime. With each passing day, this cost continues to increase. This is why one should have control over their backups and restores.


Are your Backups Secure in Your G Drive Account?

This is a good question. It’s important to consider how vulnerable is a Google Drive account. The problem occurs when users have one credential for all their accounts. When the credential is compromised, all your accounts (including G-Drive) using the same credentials are compromised. Another vulnerability is in your backup plugin. Some backup plugins store the ‘client ID’ and ‘client secret’ to the Drive account. If your website is hacked, this information may lead you to the stored backups.

store backup to google drive


Storage Space Issues with Google Drive Backup for WordPress

In the case that your account runs out of space, how will your plugin continue to make backups? You may want to know if you’ll get notifications from the developers of the backup plugin you use. If this is not the case, then you may not have backups to make restore; which is when you need them the most.

While convenience is one factor, uploading your WordPress backups to your GDrive account may not allow you to practice WP backup best practices.


No Backup Descriptions

Now let us say that you are following good login practices, using smart passphrases, and following the basic WordPress security practices well. You also don’t mind making manual restores. In such a case you may be okay with a plugin which uploads your WordPress backups to your account. While this is not advisable from a security standpoint, you may still have to contend with another issue– backup descriptions.


As mentioned plugins usually upload your WordPress files in .zip files. The file names may have the date and time when the backups were made but not much else. When you want to manually restore a file, you may want a description of what has changed from one backup version to the next. Without this, you may spend a considerable amount of time sifting through files or spend time organizing backups in your Drive. Either way, you have to invest a considerable amount of time and labour.


Tips for Backing up in Google Drive

When you are using G Drive to backup your WordPress website data, it’s good to organize your backups. It allows you to label the backups so you can easily look up for them in the future. The last thing you’d want to be doing when your website is down is shuffle through all the hundreds of backup files. Categorizing makes restoring your website easier.

Given the knowledge that you have about backing up websites with Google Drive, it’s up to you whether you want to backup your website with Google Drive or not. For those of you who have decided to backup your WordPress site in GDrive, here are a few WordPress backup solutions that you could be using to do just that.


WordPress Backup Plugins to Store WordPress Site to Google Drive


1. BlogVault

BlogVault Backup Plugin
BlogVault is the most comprehensive and reliable website backup service. It comes with a set of powerful features that guarantee all data from your WordPress websites are being safely backed up. Other BlogVault features include Offsite Storage or remote storage facilities where you can upload WordPress backup to Dropbox. There are options for you to download the backup on to your system. You can upload this downloaded copy to your account.


Besides taking backups, BlogVault also offers the following features: One-Click Backup Restoration, Staging Website, One-Click Website Migrations, Site Hardening, Site Management, White-Labelling and Client Reporting.

2. Backup Buddy

Backup Buddy
BackupBuddy is another popular WordPress backup solution that comes with a number of features. Scheduling backups daily, weekly, monthly. You can store these backups in cloud storage services like Amazon S3, Dropbox, or their own cloud service called Stash. You can even set the service to email the backup files to yourself. Users can even backup WordPress to GDrive. They can download the backup in a zip file and then upload it to a remote location like Google Drive.

3. VaultPress

It effortlessly takes automatic backups of an entire website including posts, pages, all revisions, comment, media files, even WordPress dashboard settings. VaultPress stores website backups in their secure data centres. Using VaultPress, you can backup WordPress site to the computer. The website backups can be downloaded on your computer system which you can upload to your Google Drive. Moreover, VaultPress supports multisite websites and enables you to restore your websites when there is a need to.

4. Duplicator

The Duplicator plugin is primarily a cloning and migration website, but it also offers some of the best backup services. There are two versions of the plugin – free and premium. Both versions offer backup services but the premium version, unlike the free one, offers more options. With the free Duplicator plugin, you can back up your entire website (or parts of it) manually. But with the premium version (Duplicator Pro), you can schedule backups and then store them on cloud storage services like Amazon S3, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.

5. BackWPUp

Another WordPress backup plugin that you can opt for is BackWPup. It’s a WordPress backup and restore solution. It backs up your entire websites including the database. Backups are available in a number of formats (zip, tar, tar.gz) as per your convenience. Users are allowed to store backups in places like the directory, Dropbox, FTP server, Microsoft Azure, Amazon S3 services, SugarSync, RackSpaceCloud, Amazon Glacier, and Google Drive. It’s worth noting that storage in Amazon Glacier and Google Drive are available only for premium users of BackWPup Pro.



Taking regular backups is extremely important. While storing your backups on your Google Drive account is a good idea, that shouldn’t be your only storage. Using backup services like say BlogVault, you can store your website backups in a number of places. In event of a disaster, when you can access one backup, you can always get the backup from other storage spaces.

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