Regular backups are very important, be it for a starter or be it for a professional Blog/website. No one can even think about losing his data or even some part of it, because we all love our WordPress installation and all the data. Who know when the disaster strikes and what happens. Its always recommended to be on the safe side, by taking regular backups. Some people do it manually, while some do it the smart way by using a plugin or two. There are many WordPress plugins for backup, but we will learn about a plugin which takes the backup in your Dropbox account. This is a very useful plugin and we will learn how to install, configure and use WordPress Backup to Dropbox plugin.
- Login to your WordPress Dashboard and from the plugins section, click on Add New
- Search for WordPress Backup to Dropbox and click on Install Now
- This will download the plugin from wordpress.org and after some time you will get a message as “successfully installed the plugin”. Click on Activate Plugin
- You will see a new section named as Backup to Dropbox in settings. Firstly, you will need to Authorize Dropbox. For this, you must be having a Dropbox account, or you can create one for free, if you don’t have one.
- After creating an account on Dropbox, click on Authorize. Next, sign in to Dropbox and click on Allow. (Refer below screenshot)
- Next you will receive a success message. The authorization part is complete. Now you just need to configure this plugin from here.
The options are self explanatory. But here’s a short explanation:
- Locally store backup in this folder: Enter the path where you want to store the backup
- Keep local backup: Checkmark if you want to keep the backup in server
- Store backup in this folder within Dropbox: Select the path to store the backup in Dropbox
- Day and Time: Select the day and time when you want to schedule the backup process.
- Frequency: The frequency to backup, daily, weekly, fortnightly, every 4 week, etc.
- Backups to keep: Enter the number here to keep backups at any one time. E.g. do you want 3 backups to be present at a single time, etc. options can be configured here.
Using this plugin is really this simple. This plugin will give you peace of mind, that your WordPress backup is always automatically performed and all your files and database are stored in Dropbox account, safe and sound. Isn’t this a great alternative to paid solutions ? Now you can automatically backup WordPress.
This plugin was just launched on May 2nd, and has been downloaded for over 2000 times. Within this short span of time, it seems that this plugin is becoming popular.
Note: If you don’t want to install it by this method, then you can also download WordPress Backup to Dropbox plugin manually and then upload it to wp-content/plugins. To upload, use a FTP client like FileZilla or upload it from cPanel.