How to Backup WordPress Sites to Dropbox

Posted in Plugins, WordPress2 years ago • Written by 15 Comments

What would happen if all of the hard work you put into your website was all wiped away by a hacker or malicious virus of some kind? It would be difficult to find the motivation to start all over unless you have a backup of some kind. Using your already established Dropbox account, several options are available to Backup WordPress Sites to Dropbox.

To take out some of the work out of backing up your site, below we will show some ways to automate the process and save the backup to Dropbox. The easier and more hands off the process is, the better, right? Below are some WordPress plugins and other options to help you easily backup your WordPress site.

Note: Depending on the size of your site and how much you use your Dropbox account, opening a dedicated Dropbox account for these backups might be a good idea.

1. WordPress Backup to Dropbox

WordPress Backup to Dropbox saves you the hassle of using your FTP client and making a total backup of your WordPress site. The first backup will take some time to complete because everything is being backed up: files, media, and database are all included. WordPress Backup to Dropbox creates a folder in Dropbox. This folder is the only folder this plugin can access.

After the initial full backup, each backup from then on will be an incremental backup. The incremental backups can be scheduled as frequently as daily. The scheduled backups can exclude different file types if desired.

2. BackWPup

BackWPup offers a few features beyond backing up WordPress files. Being a Dropbox user is not required to use BackWPup, other services such as Amazon S3, SugarSync and RackSpaceCloud are also supported.

Exporting the WordPress XML file, Checking, repairing and optimizing the Database are not common features among WordPress backup plugins. Choosing the backup file type (zip, tar, tar.gz, tar.bz2 format) is a nice touch too.

3. Cloudsafe365

Cloudsafe365 is more than just a WordPress backup solution. The backup portion allows for backing up to local servers and Dropbox. The backups will consist of your WordPress Database, Plugins, Current Theme and your Files and Images.

Additionally, Cloudsafe365 offers protection against hacking and Malware. The ability for automated mining and info scraping is removed and your content and images are protected (in plus version). People won’t even be able to right-click on your images to download them. They will need to share your whole post or page, not just the image. The plus version is $15 a month.

4. WordPress SQL Backup

WordPress SQL Backup is not an automated backup. However, the backup is easily created right from your WordPress Dashboard. The backup file is the files in your /wp-content/ folder. The .tar or .gzip files can be downloaded or saved right to your Dropbox account.

5. ManageWP

ManageWP

ManageWP is a full-fledged tool for managing one or multiple WordPress sites. The cost of the service (starting at $6.30 per month) is minimal for the amount of awesome you get. The Standard Package offers security, on click updates of WordPress, Themes and Plugins. Managing all of your sites from one dashboard makes backing them up super easy. Create a backup task, choose the sites to back up and the output destination such as Dropbox. Restoring from a backup is also just as easy.

6. XM Backup

XM Backup is a simple choice to back up and save the files in the /wp-content/uploads folder and the WordPress Database. These are the bulk of the files, including your images and theme .zip, you’ll need if something catastrophic happens. When a backup is created using XM Backup, you can choose the destination of a Dropbox account, Email (of smaller files) or FTP.

Creating a WordPress Backup

To eliminate any doubt as to the difficulty of creating a backup, below is walk-through of the WordPress Backup to Dropbox plugin. Only a few steps are needed to create an initial backup and to schedule future backups. I’ll assume you already have a Dropbox account and the WordPress Backup to Dropbox plugin installed to your WordPress site.

In the left sidebar in your WordPress Dashboard, mouse over or click on the WPB2D tab to show the 3 options. Choose Backup settings

The first step is to link your Dropbox account to the plugin. Near the top left of the window, click the button to link the two.

You will be taken to the Dropbox site.

Enter in your Dropbox login credentials and authorize WordPress Backup to Dropbox. You should be taken back to your WordPress site when access is granted.

You will see when the next backup is scheduled (which there shouldn’t be anything scheduled), the backup history and settings. If you are using this plugin on several sites and backing up all of the sites to the same Dropbox account, you should check the box and use the subfolder option.

Next you can set the day and time to schedule the future backups. Remember, after the initial backup, only new and changed files are saved. This means choosing the daily backup isn’t all that bad of a choice.

The last part of the setup is choosing any folders to exclude from the backup. It may take a minute for all of the folders to display here so don’t get antsy right away of you don’t see what you’re looking for.

Once everything is set up and scheduled, it’s time to create the initial backup. Go to the left sidebar again and click on Backup Now. Click on the Start Backup button.

Give it a little time and check your Dropbox folder to make sure everything is there. Remember, the initial backup will likely be large and take some time to create.

While these are plugins are built with the purpose of backing up multiple aspects of your WordPress site, if the site has a really large database using the plugin will use considerable system resources. Keep an eye on your site to see if you notice any slowing down or even a crash. This will let you know you might want to look at a more robust server. Every bit of automation helps. The more you can automate the tasks you hate to do, the more money making work you will be able to do.

How have you been backing up your WordPress site?

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Trevor is a freelance writer covering topics ranging from the Android OS to free web and desktop applications. When he is not writing about mobile productivity, he is a mobile productivity trainer for the busiest of all mobile users, working women.

15 Comments Best Comments First
  • Jon Parks

    Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 11:02

    11

    Nice post! I tried a backup to dropbox plugin several months back and was unable to get it to work and abandoned that approach. I’m giving the WordPress Backup to Dropbox plugin you suggest a try and so far, it seems to be working quite well! You are correct– automate the things you can and get on to spending the time you gain (and the peace of mind!) in more profitable ways! Thanks for the great insight!

    JP

    +1
  • Anders Vinther

    Saturday, August 4th, 2012 11:55

    6

    Super post… As you mention one of the important things about your WordPress backup is that you store your backups outside your hosting account…

    It is also important that you workout a great backup strategy for automatic backups…

    I’ve described a good mix of daily, weekly and monthly backups with auto-deletion of old backup archives in my WordPress Backup article.

    The article is for BackWPup but the principles are valid regardless of which backup system you use…

    On the WordPress Security site you can also download a free, comprehensive WordPress Security Checklist, which will help just about everyone improve their security…

    Just my two cents… keep up the great work!

    0
  • Wayne

    Monday, August 6th, 2012 06:54

    7

    Thanks for the post. I have heard good things about “WordPress Backup to Dropbox”. Though havent tried it before, I will start using it now.

    0
  • Kevin Callens

    Saturday, August 4th, 2012 10:07

    5

    Really helpful !

    0
  • John

    Saturday, August 4th, 2012 08:08

    4

    very nice article indeed !

    0
  • karan singh chauhan

    Friday, August 3rd, 2012 23:54

    2

    Backup gives us lot of relax. Great post man!

    0
  • Roach

    Saturday, August 4th, 2012 07:41

    3

    This is a very good guide so I thank you for posting this. I have never once backed up a WordPress blog that I have owned so I think I should start to do this because I would be very annoyed if all my articles that I worked so hard on was lost.

    0
  • Maneet Puri

    Monday, August 6th, 2012 08:54

    8

    Quite Useful and informative it is Trevor! Website back-ups have been a major cause of concern. Especially for those who have faced early black-outs for their own websites. Daily, weekly, monthly or even annually, the trend depends on you and your business pattern because if there is enormous data being updated on a daily basis then I don’t think it would be wise to create a mirror server. Well, adversities like website crashes cannot be predicted over night, which is why as a website owner you always have to stay ahead a move or two. So, act like a smart entrepreneur and save your business from issues that can create a bad name.

    0
  • Beth Lawrence

    Friday, August 3rd, 2012 14:14

    1

    You should check out CodeGuard for WordPress backups! Super easy and one of the best products on the market!

    0
  • Julio

    Friday, August 10th, 2012 05:25

    14

    This is a great article, i´m using wordpress backup to dropbox plugin in only 2 wordpress websites and the best part is the time you save in backup automatization with the schedule option, it´s amazing…!

    We should also remember that we can host a little html website in dropbox and edit in our computer forgeting about the use of the FTP software, that also interesting…!

    0
  • Sheela Sequeira

    Monday, August 20th, 2012 05:20

    15

    If you have a large website and backup to dropbox just isn’t enough, try out blogVault. http://blogvault.net . if offers unlimited storage, with auto restore and ou can test your backups on their site, something you must always do. Test your backups.

    0
  • sabrina yasmin

    Thursday, August 9th, 2012 03:58

    13

    I always search on Creative Commons for images to use on my blog and the blog I write for work.

    0
  • Website Design Detroit

    Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 07:42

    12

    hi,
    Very nice information you are providing. I really like your contents or knowledge about how to backup word press sites to Drop box.
    Can i get more information from you.

    0
  • Frank Steiner

    Monday, August 6th, 2012 15:12

    9

    I have been using BackWPup for a while and it is great. If backup is not made properly, the plugin emails the errors. It is also possible to sync backup with Amazon S3 and external ftp server. WordPress Backup to Dropbox also seems to be very promising. Thank you for the article.

    0
  • Robin Jennings

    Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 06:26

    10

    Now that I’m managing so many website keeping them all backed up is proving so time consuming. This is a very timely post- thanks.

    0
  • Sheela Sequeira

    Monday, August 20th, 2012 05:20

    15

    If you have a large website and backup to dropbox just isn’t enough, try out blogVault. http://blogvault.net . if offers unlimited storage, with auto restore and ou can test your backups on their site, something you must always do. Test your backups.

    0
  • Julio

    Friday, August 10th, 2012 05:25

    14

    This is a great article, i´m using wordpress backup to dropbox plugin in only 2 wordpress websites and the best part is the time you save in backup automatization with the schedule option, it´s amazing…!

    We should also remember that we can host a little html website in dropbox and edit in our computer forgeting about the use of the FTP software, that also interesting…!

    0
  • sabrina yasmin

    Thursday, August 9th, 2012 03:58

    13

    I always search on Creative Commons for images to use on my blog and the blog I write for work.

    0
  • Website Design Detroit

    Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 07:42

    12

    hi,
    Very nice information you are providing. I really like your contents or knowledge about how to backup word press sites to Drop box.
    Can i get more information from you.

    0
  • Jon Parks

    Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 11:02

    11

    Nice post! I tried a backup to dropbox plugin several months back and was unable to get it to work and abandoned that approach. I’m giving the WordPress Backup to Dropbox plugin you suggest a try and so far, it seems to be working quite well! You are correct– automate the things you can and get on to spending the time you gain (and the peace of mind!) in more profitable ways! Thanks for the great insight!

    JP

    +1
  • Robin Jennings

    Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 06:26

    10

    Now that I’m managing so many website keeping them all backed up is proving so time consuming. This is a very timely post- thanks.

    0
  • Frank Steiner

    Monday, August 6th, 2012 15:12

    9

    I have been using BackWPup for a while and it is great. If backup is not made properly, the plugin emails the errors. It is also possible to sync backup with Amazon S3 and external ftp server. WordPress Backup to Dropbox also seems to be very promising. Thank you for the article.

    0
  • Maneet Puri

    Monday, August 6th, 2012 08:54

    8

    Quite Useful and informative it is Trevor! Website back-ups have been a major cause of concern. Especially for those who have faced early black-outs for their own websites. Daily, weekly, monthly or even annually, the trend depends on you and your business pattern because if there is enormous data being updated on a daily basis then I don’t think it would be wise to create a mirror server. Well, adversities like website crashes cannot be predicted over night, which is why as a website owner you always have to stay ahead a move or two. So, act like a smart entrepreneur and save your business from issues that can create a bad name.

    0
  • Wayne

    Monday, August 6th, 2012 06:54

    7

    Thanks for the post. I have heard good things about “WordPress Backup to Dropbox”. Though havent tried it before, I will start using it now.

    0
  • Anders Vinther

    Saturday, August 4th, 2012 11:55

    6

    Super post… As you mention one of the important things about your WordPress backup is that you store your backups outside your hosting account…

    It is also important that you workout a great backup strategy for automatic backups…

    I’ve described a good mix of daily, weekly and monthly backups with auto-deletion of old backup archives in my WordPress Backup article.

    The article is for BackWPup but the principles are valid regardless of which backup system you use…

    On the WordPress Security site you can also download a free, comprehensive WordPress Security Checklist, which will help just about everyone improve their security…

    Just my two cents… keep up the great work!

    0
  • Kevin Callens

    Saturday, August 4th, 2012 10:07

    5

    Really helpful !

    0
  • John

    Saturday, August 4th, 2012 08:08

    4

    very nice article indeed !

    0
  • Roach

    Saturday, August 4th, 2012 07:41

    3

    This is a very good guide so I thank you for posting this. I have never once backed up a WordPress blog that I have owned so I think I should start to do this because I would be very annoyed if all my articles that I worked so hard on was lost.

    0
  • karan singh chauhan

    Friday, August 3rd, 2012 23:54

    2

    Backup gives us lot of relax. Great post man!

    0
  • Beth Lawrence

    Friday, August 3rd, 2012 14:14

    1

    You should check out CodeGuard for WordPress backups! Super easy and one of the best products on the market!

    0

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