WordPress Backup to Dropbox is free plugin that automatically uploads your entire website to Dropbox, including your WordPress files and your database. All you need to do is choose a day, time and how often you want your backup to occur and it will all happen automatically. It also lets you choose which folders within Dropbox and on your server that your files are backed up to. You can even choose which files and directories to include, so you can exclude directories if you want. Backups also include any theme changes that you’ve done. The Interface is easy to use. You simply link the plugin to your Dropbox account and you’re good to go. This article shows steps to backup WordPress with WordPress Backup to Dropbox plugin.
Features of WordPress Backup to Dropbox Plugin
WordPress Backup to Dropbox is a great plugin to backup your website on regular basis, you just have to select a time. Some of the features of the plugin are listed below.
- Select how many times you want to backup on regular basis
- Automatically backup your files and SQL dump on Dropbox
- Exclude files which you don’t want to include in the backup
- Select the location where your backup will be stored within Dropbox
- OAuth support, so your Dropbox account details are not stored
- Supports 19 languages
Backup WordPress with WordPress Backup to Dropbox Plugin
Step 1. Install and Activate Plugin
In the first step, installing “WordPress Backup to Dropbox Plugin” can be done searching for “WordPress Backup to Dropbox” via “WordPress Dashboard > Plugins > Add New” as shown below.
Step 2. WordPress Backup to Dropbox Plugin Settings
After installing the plugin, go to Dashboard > WPB2D and click on the WPB2D tab. You will see the plugin Settings page in your screen as shown below.
Now we need to authorize the WordPress install to connect to DropBox. Just click the Authorize button, which will then load the DropBox website in a new window or tab.
If you have a valid username and password, login to DropBox. If you don’t owe, then create one by clicking on Create an account link.
After you login to Dropbox, on the resulting screen click the Allow button to allow WordPress to connect to your Dropbox account.
With verified login to Dropbox, you are free to have the backups of your WordPress files and database in your Dropbox. When the login process completes a Success window appears in your screen.
Let’s continue with the settings of the plugin. Go to Dashboard and click on Backup Settings under the WPB2D tab. Here you can configure various settings for your backup plugin. I recommend leaving the the folders at the default settings unless you would like to change their locations. For Day and Time I recommend choosing one specific day of the week and setting the time to an hour late at night or early morning. Frequency should be set to weekly unless you would like to make a backup more often. After completing the settings click on Save Changes button to save the settings of the plugin.
To start the backup for your WordPress files and database, click the Backup Monitor under the WPB2D tab. Just click the Start Backup button to start the backup process.
When the backup is started, the plugin will display the log of backups along with the information that backup has started at the top of the screen. You can even stop the backup by clicking on Stop Backup button at the bottom.
Congratulations, you’ve successfully setup the WordPress Backup to Dropbox plugin. Using the default settings, your SQL dump (MySQL database for this WordPress install) will be found at the path ‘Dropbox/Apps/wpb2d/wp-content/backups‘ within your Dropbox account.
So WordPress Backup to Dropbox has been created to give you peace of mind that your blog is backed up on a regular basis. Just choose a day, time and how often you wish your backup to be performed and kick back and wait for your WordPress website files and a SQL dump of its database to be dropped in your Dropbox!