Wednesday 20th March 2019

Compare backups

  • Most hosts only provide paid backup and restore services;
  • Some e.g. JustHost offer free backup and restore services but they are limited;
  • Some offer free daily backups while others offer weekly.

Compare backups

  • Most hosts only provide paid backup and restore services;
  • Some e.g. JustHost offer free backup and restore services but they are limited;
  • Some offer free daily backups while others offer weekly.

Compare hosts

We compare 18 web hosts against 56 metrics, including monthly and annual pricing and bandwidth, CPU, read/write, storage and database restrictions.

Compare backup features

The tables below compare the many ways the web hosts we’ve reviewed deliver backup services.

When it comes to backups, there are a few things to consider:

  • Frequency: web hosts vary in the frequency of their backups e.g. some will backup weekly, others will backup daily;
  • Database and files: if you run a WordPress installation, or any CMS, your website will comprise both a database and web files. Some backups only target web files, others target web files and your database;
  • Restoration: while many web hosts may backup your website daily or weekly, these backups aren’t always made available to you; some paid backup options, as well as a handful of free back options, allow you to restore your website to a specific data from your admin panel;
  • Restoration timeframe: web hosts vary in the duration they retain backups i.e. some may retain backups for two weeks, others for months.
  • Manual backup: while some web hosts disable the manual backup option in cPanel, you can always backup your files and database via FTP/phpMyAdmin.

Free backups?

The table below identifies which hosts provide free backups.

N/A = Not applicable NS = Not specified RBNS = Restricted but not specified

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Web hostFree backups?Visit
GoDaddyNoVisit
Heart InternetNSVisit
1&1Yes*Visit
NamecheapYesVisit
HostingerYesVisit
FatCowNoVisit
Just HostYesVisit
GreenGeeksYesVisit
FasthostsNoVisit
A2 HostingNoVisit
DreamhostYes*Visit
HostGatorYesVisit
InMotion HostingYesVisit
iPageNoVisit
Host PapaNoVisit
BluehostYesVisit
SitegroundYesVisit

A quick analysis:

  • Just Host provides a free backup and restore option in its admin panel. That said, its restore functionality only appears to apply to web files.
  • Siteground offers free daily backups of your website for a period of up to 30 days (you may have to pay to restore). Its paid backup service allows you to restore your website from your admin panel;
  • Contrary to claims on its website, Bluehost no longer appears to support its free backup and restore service Site Backup Pro. It’s no longer accessible in its admin panel and it’s now promoting a paid service called CodeGuard;
  • According to its help pages, HostGator offers a free automated weekly backup (however its help pages are rarely updated). Like Bluehost, it offers CodeGuard as a premium solution;
  • GreenGeeks provides “nightly backups”. Like other hosts it has disabled the manual cPanel backup tool, citing “resource” issues.

Backup frequency

This table outlines how often each web host makes a free backup of your website.

N/A = Not applicable NS = Not specified RBNS = Restricted but not specified

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Web hostBackup frequencyVisit
GoDaddyN/AVisit
Heart InternetNSVisit
1&1DailyVisit
NamecheapWeeklyVisit
HostingerWeeklyVisit
FatCowN/AVisit
Just HostDailyVisit
GreenGeeksDailyVisit
FasthostsN/AVisit
A2 HostingN/AVisit
DreamhostDailyVisit
HostGatorWeeklyVisit
InMotion HostingDailyVisit
iPageN/AVisit
Host PapaN/AVisit
BluehostDailyVisit
SitegroundDailyVisit

Daily automated backup?

The table below indicates whether a particular host provides a daily automated backup.

N/A = Not applicable NS = Not specified RBNS = Restricted but not specified

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Web hostDaily automated backup?Visit
GoDaddyYesVisit
Heart InternetNSVisit
1&1Yes*Visit
NamecheapYesVisit
HostingerYesVisit
FatCowYesVisit
Just HostYesVisit
GreenGeeksYesVisit
FasthostsYesVisit
A2 HostingNoVisit
DreamhostYes*Visit
HostGatorYesVisit
InMotion HostingYesVisit
iPageYesVisit
Host PapaNoVisit
BluehostYesVisit
SitegroundYesVisit

Daily backup cost

The prices below are what hosts charge for daily backups.

N/A = Not applicable NS = Not specified RBNS = Restricted but not specified

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Web hostDaily backup costVisit
GoDaddy$1.99 per monthVisit
Heart InternetNSVisit
1&1FreeVisit
Namecheap$2.50 per monthVisit
Hostinger$1.29 per monthVisit
FatCow$1.14 per monthVisit
Just HostFreeVisit
GreenGeeksFreeVisit
Fasthosts£10 per monthVisit
A2 HostingN/AVisit
DreamhostFreeVisit
HostGator$2.01 per monthVisit
InMotion HostingFreeVisit
iPage$1.42 per monthVisit
Host Papa$2.99 per monthVisit
BluehostFreeVisit
SitegroundFreeVisit