Digital Ocean Backup - Wordpress

I was reading the article about Droplet backups and I was wondering how this backup would effect the performance of a Wordpress site? Also if something did happen to the site or server and we had to use the backup to setup a new server how long does that normally take?

I am going to be setting up a NGINX, PHP, MySQL & Postfix service stack for a small ($5) server. I will have Wordpress running with w3tc. I have stress tested the server and have no issues with high traffic.


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You may see slightly decreased I/O speeds while the backup process runs once per week. Aside from this there should be no effect on your running services. Your backup images are stored on your account and you can easily use them to rebuild an existing droplet (or convert them to snapshot images to spin up new droplets). The time to restore a backup should not be any different from deploying or rebuilding a droplet.

If you do plan to see a decent amount of traffic to your wordpress site I would also recommend setting up a cron job to run mysqldump to create a backup of your database at regular intervals within your filesystem. If a lot of changes occur on your database while the backup process is running it is possible for there to be corruption so this provides an easy method to ensure you have a .sql file backup of your data.

Hello everyone,

Since It’s an older topic I just want to provide more up-to date information here.

DigitalOcean offers to backup solutions:




Backups are automatically-created disk images of Droplets. Enabling backups for Droplets enables system-level backups at weekly intervals, which provides a way to revert to an older state or create new Droplets.


Snapshots are on-demand disk images of DigitalOcean Droplets and volumes saved to your account. Use them to create new Droplets and volumes with the same contents.

Both do not cause any issues to the Droplet itself and should not be felt in any way.