Your WordPress database contains everything you have written, comments and links you have on your blog. If your database gets erased or corrupted, you stand to lose everything on your WordPress site. That’s why it is highly recommended to frequently backing up your WordPress site so that you restore things back to normal.
Regularly backing up your WordPress site may save you from more than one inevitable occurrences like update problems, intrusion, attacks and hacks. But if you do this manually, it can take time and can be tedious work. So automatically backing up your site seems to be a good idea and automatic scheduled backups seems to be a better idea.
The good news is that various WordPress plugins already exist to take automatic scheduled backups of your WordPress site. And if you’re looking for the best one, then WordPress Backup to Dropbox (WPB2D)is what you are looking for.
What is Dropbox?
Dropbox is a free and secure cloud storage that allows you to store and access your data from computers, phones, and tablets. Dropbox is a great backup solution for your WordPress site too. And of course, its WordPress plugin (WordPress Backup to Dropbox) make the task more easy for you.
Bonus Tip: Invite your friends to join Dropbox, and for each one who installs Dropbox they give you both 500 MB of bonus space.
WordPress Backup to Dropbox automatically backup your entire WordPress site to your Dropbox account. And to make things easier, you can also schedule your backups.
For the better safety of your WordPress backups, sync your Dropbox with your PC then your backup will be automatically (and regularly) downloaded to your hard-drive. Steps are given below.
- Download and Install Dropbox (Desktop) on your PC,
- Launch Dropbox from PC.
- Sign In to your Dropbox account.
- And you’re all done, you have synced your Dropbox with your PC. A Dropbox synced folder is created in your Personal User Folder.
How To Automatically Backup Your WordPress Website Into Dropbox
Before getting started, make sure you have successfully created your Dropbox account. If you don’t already have one, sign up at www.dropbox.com.
#Step 1 Install the plugin
- Login to your WordPress dashboard.
- Go to Plugins > Add New.
- Search for “WordPress Backup to Dropbox”. Install and activate the plugin.
Alternatively, you can also download this WPB2D from here and upload it on your WordPress site.
#Step 2: Authorize with your Dropbox account
- After installation, go to WPB2D >> Backup Settings.
- In order to use this plugin, you will need to authorize it with your Dropbox account. Click on “Authorize” button.
- It will re-direct you to the login page for Dropbox where you have to sign in to your Dropbox account.
- Sign in and a new window will open asking your permission to allow app (WPB2D) to access your Dropbox account.
- Click Allow to complete the authorization.
- You will receive a message of successful authorization.
- Return to your WordPress dashboard tab.
- Go to WPB2D >> Backup Settings.
- Click on “Continue” button.
#Step 3 Setting up WPB2D for schedule backups
- Navigate to WPB2D >> Backup Settings. You will be now on WPB2D configuration screen.
- Create a subfolder of the wpb2d app folder (Optional).
- Configure the backup schedule to your desired day and time, and frequency of backups (by default, WPB2D will backup your site on weekly basis)
- You can also select the files and directories that you wish to exclude from your backup.
- When you’re done, click on “Save Changes”.
#Step 4 Make backup manually (Optional)
- Navigate to WPB2D >> Backup Monitor.
- Click on “Start Backup”.
- Now, the backup process is started and all you have to do is wait for it to get completed (heads-up, the bigger your site, the longer it takes). You can stop your backup process anytime.
#Step 5 Check your backup files on Dropbox
- Head over to Dropbox Dashboard.
- Double click to open Apps >> wpb2d >> Your Created Sub-Directory (If you have created one).
- You will find your entire site backup files and you can retrieve it anytime you need.
- If you have synched your Dropbox with your PC then you can also retrieve your backup files from Dropbox Sync Folder.
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