Automatically Backup WordPress to Dropbox

Automatically Backup WordPress to Dropbox

We’ve talked about the importance and how to of backing up WordPress, and even have a WordPress video tutorial talking about how to backup WordPress, but data loss is such a serious issue, it’s worth discussing further. This time we’ll go over specifically how to use WordPress to automatically backup to Dropbox.

Why are Backups so Important

Data loss is a pain. An expensive pain. It is estimated that each year $18.2 billion worth of data is lost each year with the cost of each data loss episode to be nearly $4,000. (Source) Imagine losing months worth of work on your website, blog, or online store. Such a setback would be time consuming, and expensive.

Why Dropbox

Dropbox is an excellent online service that provides anywhere between 2GB and 18GB of free storage space. They offer automatic backups, desktop apps, mobile apps, easy restore, and even version control. Backing up your WordPress website to dropbox is so easy to do, there isn’t a reason not do.

How to Automatically Backup WordPress to DropBox

Naturally, you’ll need a Dropbox account in order to setup the automatic backup. Dropbox is an excellent online storage app that allows you to sync files from your computer to the cloud. What’s even better, is that Dropbox has free plans.

Install the WordPress Backup to Dropbox plugin.

Don’t know how to install WordPress plugins? Check out our WordPress video tutorial showing how to use WordPress plugins.

After installing the WordPress plugin, you’ll need to authorize the app to access your Dropbox account.

Authorize Dropbox
Authorize Dropbox to access WordPress

Click on the Authorize button and you will be directed to log into your Dropbox account. After loggin in, click the Authorize button.

Authorize Dropbox to access WordPress
Authorize Dropbox to access WordPress

After authorizing WordPress access to your dropbox account, click “continue.”

Authorize Dropbox to access WordPress
Click continue.

Configure your settings as desired – set the time, the frequency, and exclude folders if desired. To save storage space, we recommend not backup up the “wp-admin” and “wp-includes” folders as well as all the .php files, except for wp-config.php. Excluding these files and folders will require that you re-install WordPress if there is data loss, but it’ll save room on your Dropbox.

Backup WordPress to Dropbox Settings
Configure your backup settings

When you have your settings as desired, click on “Backup Log” in the sidebar, and then click on “Start Backup.”


This next part can take a while, so be patient.

Once the backup is complete, go to your Dropbox account, view the “Apps” folder, then the “wpb2d” folder and all your files will be located there.

And you’re done! Rest assured that your files are safe and secure in the event of data loss.

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