\u201cI lost all my data.\u201d\u00a0\u00a0That phrase strikes fear into every business owner\u2019s heart. One reason: we feel one another\u2019s pain when such an event occurs. Another reason: many of us fail to back up our data regularly, even though we know we should! It\u2019s even worse when you lose the data on your website or blog \u2013 because it\u2019s obvious to the whole world and it affects your credibility.\u00a0 Since there are so many small business owners using WordPress as their main websites, we thought it would be prudent to cover some tools that protect your WordPress content and data.\u00a0 Depending on your Web host or server configuration, you may already have a process for daily or frequent backups, but I would suggest testing them to make sure they are covering all the important parts of the WordPress structure. We\u2019ve updated this article since I first wrote it to reflect some suggestions from readers (thank you!). There are roughly two different types of backup tools. First, there are \u201ccomprehensive\u201d backup services designed specifically for WordPress sites.\u00a0 These require some kind of payment \u2013 either a one-time license or a small monthly fee.\u00a0 The advantage of the paid backup services is that they tend to be more comprehensive, arguably more secure, and some of them offer support via email and/or phone \u2013 critical if you\u2019re a non-techie. Click to view larger image. BlogVault\u00a0\u00a0backs up everything from your site and then lets you test to see if\u00a0the backup was done correctly (see screenshot above). \u00a0They have a unique test-restore facility where you can restore the\u00a0backup temporarily on their server so that you can check it before publishing live. Their migrate tool lets you automatically move the site to a new\u00a0server or change the domain name, without any downloads. They offer personal customer service via live chat and email. Pricing starts at $9 per month, and currently they have a 7-day free trial. Plus, as you can see in the screenshot, they let you download the entire zipped backup file. myRepono WordPress Backup Plugin\u00a0is an affordable online backup service which enables you to securely back up your WordPress site files and mySQL database tables using their service. 6 ratings, 1,511 downloads.\u00a0Here is their public\u00a0website page with pricing details. VaultPress\u00a0is the official Automattic (the makers of WordPress) backup service. This one sentence explains their approach: \u201cIn the event of an issue, you can request complimentary concierge service from the VaultPress Safekeepers to assist you with your restore needs.\u201d\u00a0 Pricing starts at $15/mo. Backup Buddy\u00a0offers an all-in-one solution for backup, restore, and migration. Back up to your server, Amazon S3 or FTP account, or send backups by email.\u00a0 Pricing starts at $45/yr. Then there are free plugins that you install with your WordPress installation. However, if you have questions or need support you probably will find yourself searching through online forums for answers, or paying an hourly rate to a tech person to help you with the plugin. Almost all of these have to be loaded into WordPress from within WordPress. Go to the Plugins section in the WordPress Dashboard and select Add New, then type the term \u201cbackup.\u201d \u00a0You will get 15 pages of results with the word backup in them. I did\u00a0a short screencast tutorial to cover the basics. Each of these plugins does largely the same thing, so the descriptions on each will be short. There are dozens of backup tools that work with WordPress; the ones highlighted here were highly rated or had tons of downloads (implying that users liked or trusted the plugin application). Simple WordPress Backup\u00a0promises a one-click backup process. Its name tells the story. Simple. 4 ratings, 10,013 downloads. WP S3 Backups\u00a0must be run on a Linux server.\u00a0 Other than that, this plugin will let you easily and automatically back up important parts of your WordPress install to the Amazon S3 Cloud. 10 ratings, 4,031 downloads. Online Backup for WordPress\u00a0allows you to easily back up your entire WordPress database to your email, desktop or free 50 MiB on this plugin creator\u2019s secure server.\u00a0 11 ratings, 18,501 downloads. BackUpWordPress\u00a0offers a simple automated backup of your WordPress powered website. It will back up your entire site including your database and all your files.\u00a0 65 ratings, 87,798 downloads. WP-DBManager\u00a0is probably one of the most popular backup tools. It allows you to optimize a database, repair a database, back up a database, restore a database and more.\u00a0 It supports automatic scheduling of backups and optimizing of databases.\u00a0 181 ratings, 358,594 downloads. XCloner \u2013 Backup and Restore\u00a0is designed for PHP/Mysql websites.\u00a0 Many WordPress installs reside in one of these types of structures. It works as a native plugin for WordPress and Joomla. 27 ratings, 31,294 downloads. WP-DB-Backup\u00a0has the highest number of downloads of any backup tool. WP-DB-Backup allows you to easily back up your core WordPress database tables as well as other tables in the same database. 384 ratings, 938,610 downloads. Let us know in the comments what tools or services you are using to back up and protect your WordPress (or website) data. IMPORTANT NOTE:\u00a0If you are a solo business owner with no tech support, I recommend creating a second site to test on.\u00a0 Many people call this a\u00a0sandbox. It is often a subdomain of your main site, within your Web hosting server, but since it is a separate testing site you can mess it up and not worry.\u00a0 In this sandbox site, I would load up a few posts, a few pages and some images, and then try out these plugins.\u00a0 Then, if it doesn\u2019t work as expected, you can simply repair the sandbox site or start another one. Or try a solution like\u00a0Blogvault (see our review) that allows you to do a test restore and offers customer service. The small monthly fee you pay would be worth it for those who are not confident in their technical skills.