The backup aspect of it lets you manage a complete backup, all the nuts and bolts of an entire site. All the core WordPress files, the database — including the users, posts, tags, categories, and even custom post types.
The threat protection aspect is something they’re still developing. Right now, their position is that the best offense is a good defense. There are other plugins out there that prevent bots from reaching your site like Bad Behaviour, but they often can produce false-positive blocks. So it’s a difficult position to be offensive on protecting your site — besides taking the known threat prevention methods.
Let’s take a look at installing the plugin. I have to admit, this is one the cleanest installation + sign-up methods I’ve ever seen for a WordPress plugin.
Once you activate the plugin, it pre-fills the e-mail field with your profile’s email address and it’s a one-click account creation. After clicking “go,” it will email you an account password and let you login immediately. On top of that, it will instantly create a site record in your account for your WordPress site.
CodeGuard Starts the Magic
I think that’s super slick and really easy.
After 15-30 minutes, your site will start being backed-up to the CodeGuard servers. You can see the progress by clicking into the CodeGuard plugin in the sidebar of your WordPress Dashboard.
On top of being able to see the progress of the backup via the Dashboard, you can also see the progress, how much storage is being used, and other information about your account by logging into the CodeGuard website.
One of the really cool features I like about CodeGuard is that it offers frequent reports of your website health. The service offers daily, weekly, and monthly alerts and notifications about the status of your site and backups.
Restoring a Backup
The CodeGuard team is still working on the one-click restore functionality, but it’s certainly coming within the next few weeks. I’m excited to see that functionality, as it will make it really easy to roll back your entire site, if you need to.
CodeGuard has two plans right now: Adventure (free) and Steadfast ($10/mo paid yearly or $20/mo). In the free plan, you get all the perks of a paid package, daily automatic backups, monitoring, email alerts, and access to the knowledge base. In the free package, however, you must pay per backup you want to access, and it’s $25 each time. Lastly, the free package is limited to 2gb for the single site.
In the paid plan, you can get access to every backup, as many times as you want. Additionally with the paid plan, you also get access to phone and email support. The paid plan also offers an increase to 10gb of storage per site.
I think they really nailed it with the pricing, this is a good combination for what people want and need.
The WordPress backup industry is certainly growing, as we’ve seen with competitors such as ManageWP, VaultPress, and BackupBuddy. So it’s no surprise to me that CodeGuard was born and that it’s a growing service. They are continuing to perfect the process of backup and restore to make it seamless and easy for users.