Back Up Your WordPress Site Automatically Using Dropbox: The Four Easy Steps

As a site owner, you should be responsible for backing up your website. Unfortunately, you sometimes get too caught up doing an endless list of task that you forget to do it regularly. The good news is there is a way for you to back up your file regularly without failing.

Dropbox is a file-hosting service that allows users to store and share files to other users all over the world. You can also use it to back up your WordPress website so all your hard work does not go to waste in case something goes wrong. You can easily access these backups which will be available to you in .zip format. It’s very easy to use; we will show you the steps here:

1. Get a Dropbox account if you do not have one yet

Your first step, of course, is to sign up with Dropbox. Membership is free and it comes with 2GB of free storage. If you need more than 2GB of space to back up your website data, you can purchase their Pro Plan which starts at $9.99 per month.

2. Get your Dropbox plug in from WordPress.Org

Go to http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-backup-to-dropbox/ to get the plug-in that you will need for automatic backup. The page will provide you with an overview of the plugin and how to install it. This plug-in will have access to your account so you can automatically back up your site when you make changes. You will need to authorize this plug in through your Dropbox account.Automatic Wordpress Backup Using DropbBox

3. Specify the time and the frequency that you want your site to be backed up

After authorizing the plug-in, you need to indicate when and how often you want Dropbox to back up your site. You can also specify whether you want your backup to be stored in your secured online account or in your local drive. To avoid going over your storage limit, you must limit the number of backups you want Dropbox to keep.

4. Check if it worked

Once you have completed the steps above, it is time for you to find out if you have successfully set up your Dropbox backup. Just check your own Dropbox on the date and time you have specified for the backup to happen. If your setup has worked, you can congratulate yourself and enjoy the peace of mind of having backup files for your WP site.

The plug-in provided by WP requires Php 5.2 or higher. In case it does not work for your site, there are other plug-ins you can use for automatically backing up with Dropbox. WP Time Machine automatically archives your site data and saves them on your Dropbox. Another plug-in with similar function is SMEStorage Multi-Cloud WordPress Backup, which you can also use to store data to your MobileME, CloudFiles, and Gmail accounts. Pressbox is another useful plug-in that might come in handy. It allows you to access files and photos from your Dropbox which you have not uploaded to your site yet.

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Article By: Wasim Ismail

Wasim’s a project manager at Alrayes Web Solutions along with an online SEO consultant & blogger for business at wasimismail.com, specialising in online business.


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