As a WordPress user, making backups of your website is an essential aspect of CMS management. Backing up your data on a regular basis helps protect your installation against any issues that arise through updating or exploitation of your website.
There are various ways to back up your WordPress site and many different plugins to help you do so. One of the best is WordPress Backup to Dropbox; here we will show you how to use it.
Creating a Dropbox account
To be able to back up your website to Dropbox, you will first need to create a free account on the file-sharing service. To do this, go to https://www.dropbox.com/ and follow the sign up instructions.
Once you’ve signed up, you can begin setting up your WordPress for automatic backup.
Installing the plugin
In your WordPress dashboard, go to Plugins > Add New and enter “WordPress Backup for Dropbox” in the search box.
Click on Install Now and WordPress will automatically install the plugin. When installation is complete, the plugin will produce a message requiring authorization. Click on the Authorize button to go to the Dropbox login page.
Enter your Dropbox login details and click Allow to confirm the connection between your Dropbox and WordPress accounts. A message will then be displayed confirming a successful connection.
Back on your WordPress dashboard, click Continue to move on to configuring the plugin.
WordPress Backup to Dropbox will have its own menu in the dashboard, WPB2D. Click on the option for Backup Settings to configure the schedule of your backups. By default, the plugin is set up to back your site up on a weekly basis. If you prefer a different schedule, simply change the Frequency using the drop down menu.
If you wish to set a time for your backups, be aware that the backup process will only commence when someone visits the site, so try to avoid early hours.
Click on Save Changes to confirm the change.
Making a backup
In the WPB2D menu, click on Backup Now and Start Backup – the plugin will then start the backup. Depending on the size of your site, this process may take a while so feel free to grab yourself a coffee! After this first backup has been performed, however, the process will be much faster.
Your Dropbox directory
When the backup is complete, you can login to your Dropbox account to view your new directory. In the Apps menu of your WordPress account, you will notice a folder called /wpb2d/; clicking on this will display the entire contents of your site. From here, it can be accessed at any time and from any computer.