How To Back Up Your WordPress Site To Dropbox

back up wordpress site to dropboxRegularly backing up your website should be part of your weekly routine—after all, it’s devastating to lose all of your content in one fell swoop. And although there are a number of back-up services you can use, one of the easiest options is to back up your WordPress site to Dropbox.

This task can be accomplished by a number of tools and plug-ins like BackWPup, Cloudsafe365 and ManageWP, to name just a few—1st Web Designer’s got a great round-up.

You can also use the WordPress Backup to Dropbox plug-in, which is super easy. Before you get started, make sure the plug-in is installed on your site (and that you have a Dropbox account, too).

Next, click the WPB2D tab in the left sidebar and choose Backup Settings.

Click the button to link your Dropbox account to the plug-in. You’ll automatically be taken to Dropbox so you can enter your log-in information and authorize the plug-in to use your Dropbox account.

Now that you’re back in WordPress, you should see a note letting you know that you’ve successfully linked the plug-in and your Dropbox account. After that, you’ll have an option to schedule future back ups, as well as select the frequency. You’ll also be able to exclude specified folders from the back up.

The last step? Create your site’s initial back up. Click Backup Now on the left sidebar. Be patient – the first back up will likely be a lengthy process. Once the back up is complete, it’s a good idea to check your Dropbox account to make sure all of the files are where they should be. You may also find that you’ll want to create a separate Dropbox account just for your site back ups, depending on the size of your site’s files.

Easy peasy, right? And just think – you can rest assured that your site is protected in the event of some sort of technological disaster. For anyone who’s been through the experience of losing a site, it’s downright horrible. If you’re not already in the habit of backing up your content, consider this a friendly reminder to get started—immediately!

Do you use Dropbox to back up your WordPress site? Or do you prefer another back-up tool?

Image by Marc Falardeau via Creative Commons

  • jimdougherty

    Killer recommendation, Katy! I’ve been backing up my site to a local drive and when I think about how vulnerable that leaves me I kick myself. A cloud solution like Dropbox makes a heck of a lot more sense. Great post and great resources!

  • John Trader

    This is my choice for “post of the day.” Simple, and a very very smart idea. Thanks for writing this! The future of data storage is in the cloud!

  • ShellyKramer

    Thanks John.

    Glad you enjoyed!

  • http://twitter.com/westfallonline Chris Westfall

    Thank you so much for sharing this information. Can’t wait to try this out – extremely valuable content!

  • http://twitter.com/myuntangledlife Jacob Clayton

    Fantastic post! I’ve used various plugins as well as manual procedures over the years and didn’t realize integration via DropBox was even an option. Thank you for sharing!

  • http://DrThomasHo.com Dr. Thomas Ho

    Any backup mechanism for WordPress.COM sites?

  • http://www.wonderoftech.com Carolyn Nicander Mohr

    Thanks, Katy. This is great information. I took your advice and added the WordPress Backup to Dropbox plugin. The backups have been made but as far as I can see the articles aren’t backed up, just the blogs settings, theme, etc. Perhaps I have a setting wrong. Is is supposed to back up content as well?

  • http://www.v3im.com/ Katy Ryan Schamberger

    Thanks so much, Jacob. Glad you liked it!

  • http://www.v3im.com/ Katy Ryan Schamberger

    Thanks very much, Chris. Glad you could stop by!

  • http://www.v3im.com/ Katy Ryan Schamberger

    No kicking allowed, Jim :) Happy you found a solution that makes you more comfortable. Appreciate your comment!

  • http://www.v3im.com/ Katy Ryan Schamberger

    Excellent question! WordPress.com automatically backs up your site for you, so you don’t necessarily need to consider another solution. Here’s a bit more information from WP: http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/. Let me know if that’s what you’re looking for!

  • http://www.v3im.com/ Katy Ryan Schamberger

    Glad you were able to make use of the plugin, Carolyn!

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  • ShakirahDawud

    Evernoted, thank you so much, Katy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1006428130 Lucy Felton Banta

    Thank You! I never realized you could do this in Dropbox. A necessary project for tomorrow.

  • ShellyKramer

    Excellent! Glad you liked :)

  • Tracy

    Can’t even tell you how excited I was to see this post! I tried other plugins but ran into file size limitations for emailing the back-ups. Your other commenters appear to have had no problems with the plugin, but my site is telling me that I don’t have OpenSSL support. Is there a workaround? Thanks, Shelly!

  • http://www.v3im.com/ Katy Ryan Schamberger

    Anytime!

  • http://www.v3im.com/ Katy Ryan Schamberger

    Hi Tracy – I’m looking into some possible fixes for you. Do these support threads help at all? http://wordpress.org/support/topic/plugin-wordpress-backup-to-dropbox-fatal-error-windows-server or http://wordpress.org/support/topic/plugin-wordpress-backup-to-dropbox-fails-to-edit-settings. If not, please email me at katy[at]v3im[dot]com and I’ll do what I can to help you out. Thanks!

  • Tracy

    Thanks, Katy! The second thread appears to be the issue, and I’m investigating with my web host. My site is definitely not on a Windows server. =-)

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  • http://twitter.com/joshschweigert Josh Schweigert

    I found this plug-in a while back and it works great! Great recommendation!

  • ShellyKramer

    Thanks Josh! Glad you enjoyed!!

  • http://growwithstacy.com/ Stacy Claflin

    Thank you for sharing this! The plugin that I’ve been using to email me backups hasn’t been working in a long time.

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  • mann

    useful for blog owners.. thanks

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