One of the most important services Watchful can provide for you is reliable site backups. No matter what happens, if you have trustworthy site backups, you can recover.
So it’s a big advantage if you can find an affordable place to store a good number of backups for your sites.
We looked around at over a dozen of the best backup storage services, and figured out how much they all cost. We also noted if that service works with the popular XCloner plugin.
It turns out there’s a huge variation in prices. Depending on your choice, 1 GB of storage can cost as little as $0.005 or as much as $1. We looked at the best options for three different pricing models:
- Pay-as-you-go storage
- Free storage
- Flat fee storage
#1. Pay-as-you-go storage
This Pay-as-you-go model is the one we use here at Watchful. It allows you to scale up-and-down, paying only for what you need. Four of the most famous services use this pay-as-you-go pricing model.
These results were surprising to me. I knew Amazon S3 was expensive, but I didn’t realize it was more than four times as expensive as Backblaze and twice as expensive as Azure.
|Service||Price per GB||Supported in XCloner|
|Backblaze B2||$0.005||Yes, details here|
|Microsoft Azure||$0.010||Yes, details here|
|Google Cloud||$0.020||Not yet|
|Amazon S3||$0.021||Yes, details here|
#2. Free storage
Next, we looked at nine different services that have a free option. Google Drive was the winner here, offering more than seven times more storage than Dropbox.
|Free Capacity (GB)||Supported in XCloner|
|Google Drive||15||Yes, details coming soon|
|Box||10||Yes, details here|
|pCloud||10||Yes, details here|
|IceDrive||10||Yes, details here|
|Yandex.Disk||10||Yes, details here|
|Microsoft OneDrive||5||Yes, details here|
|IDrive||5||Yes, details here|
|Koofr||2||Yes, details here|
|Dropbox||2||Yes, details here|
#3. Flat fee storage
Next, let’s we looked at the paid version of those nine services above. This table includes their cheapest paid service. This model is more normally more expensive when it comes to price per GB, but you are guaranteed never to have sudden cost overages.
Again, you can see a vast difference in price for what is simply storage. IDrive is remarkably cheap. And whereas Dropbox has a very limited free plans, its paid option is a bargain compared to some of the alternatives.
|Annual Price||Capacity (GB)||Price per GB||Supported in XCloner|
|IDrive||$52.12||2000||$0.026||Yes, details here|
|Dropbox||$119.88||2048||$0.059||Yes, details here|
|pCloud||$47.88||500||$0.096||Yes, details here|
|IceDrive||$19.99||150||$0.133||Yes, details here|
|Google Drive||$19.99||100||$0.200||Yes, details coming soon|
|Yandex.Disk||$20.40||100||$0.204||Yes, details here|
|Microsoft OneDrive||$23.88||100||$0.239||Yes, details here|
|Koofr||$6.55||10||$0.655||Yes, details here|
|Box||$100.00||100||$1.000||Yes, details here|
- Pay-as-you-go storage: Backblaze, $0.005 per GB
- Free storage: Google Drive, 15 GB
- Flat fee storage: IDrive, $0.026 per GB
Watchful and site backups
We take backups incredibly seriously here at Watchful. Here’s a quick overview of some key options:
You have the choice of three different ways to backup sites.
Over to you …
Do you rely on any of these services for your backups? Are there others that we should add to this list?
Do you have any strong recommendations for storing your backup files?
Let us know in the comments below …