The service is currently in a private beta release though I was lucky enough to be one of the first testers and have been using it for a few weeks now. Today I would like to give you all a glimpse into what VaultPress is and what it can do for you and your website.
I believe the best way to do this is to show you what you will get once you sign up. Please bear in mind, VaultPress is a premium service. The basic service costs $20 per site per month though this is currently available to beta testers for $15 per month. The premium service costs $50 a month and includes the same features as the basic service except it has Security Monitoring too. An even more expensive service called Enterprise is being launched 2011 and will include Audit Trails however the price has not yet been decided.
If you feel that a backup service is not worth $20 a month for your website then you probably aren’t taking your business seriously enough. I don’t say this to be arrogant or rude. I appreciate that those who are starting out on the web cannot afford any additional costs at the start of their websites life but for me, $20 a month is a very low cost for ensuring your site will never be lost ( anyone who, like me, has lost content/data due to hackers/bugs etc will support me on this).
Once you have activated the plugin, signed up and added your website address to your profile, you will see a VaultPress button added to your main admin menu. The VaultPress section within your own site has two tabs.
The Totals tab gives you a basic overview of your site such as the number of posts, categories, tags, users, uploads etc. It also tells you how many snapshots (i.e. complete backups) have been taken since you joined up.
The second tab is called Activity and shows what VaultPress has been backing up on your site recently. I’m not exaggerating when I say that VaultPress backups up constantly. Seriously, files are backed up a few times a minute.
From your website admin area you can visit your VaultPress dashboard. The dashboard shows has more information than your website does. The home page lists the websites which you are backing up via VaultPress (as you can see from below, I’m currently only backing up WPMods). It also gives a status update at the top of the site which changes every few seconds to show the latest file to be updated from your sites.
Down the left hand side of your VaultPress dashboard you will see links to the home, full backups, stats, activity log, support and contact pages. The activity log shows you the same information as the activity tab on your own website whilst the support page has a small list of common questions and configuration tips. The contact link brings up a form to contact support.
The main sections here are ‘Full Backups’ and ‘Stats’. The backups section shows you the list of complete backups of your site. VaultPress somehow manages to back your site up once an hour so you are able to go back to any time and any day and download your complete site or just specific sections such as themes, plugins, uploads or the database. I don’t recall seeing any backup service giving you this level of security.
The stats section is something which I wasn’t even expecting though it’s incredibly useful. At the top of the page it shows you some interesting facts about your website such as most productive day and most popular time. Underneath that is the ‘Vitality’ graph. Vitality measures the number of comments, posts, pages and uploads to your site on a given day and assigns it a score. This allows you to easily see at a glance what additional information is being added to your database and backed up on a daily basis.
I hope you have enjoyed this small glimpse into what VaultPress is, what you get for your money, and what it can do for you and your site.
I have been looking for a good reliable backup solution for a while though I must admit that the main reasons I signed up to VaultPress were curiosity and testing purposes for this review. To say I have been impressed would be a massive understatement.
In my opinion, any service which charges you money on a monthly or yearly basis has to do something to justify you using it, and VaultPress goes above and beyond that in my opinion. Not only does it give you the peace of mind of knowing you will always have reliable backups of your site, it also allows you quickly and easily find backups of uploads, themes and plugins which were on your site at any time of the day.
If you are looking for a reliable backup solution for WordPress then I strongly encourage you to check VaultPress out. I know you won’t be disappointed.
Please leave a comment if you have any questions about the service which I haven’t addressed in this review :)