We all hear about backing up our WordPress blogs and website, but some of us trouble wrapping our heads around this idea. For the longest time I never backed up my site, and I was always worried that something would happen. But with this plugin, I’m able to have peace of mind that my site is always backed up!
The plugin I’m using is called WordPress Backup to Dropbox.
To install, go to Plugins-Add New:
Type in WordPress Backup to Dropbox:
Click “Enter” and you’ll see the plugin:
Alternately, you can download the plugin directly here. Once again, you will go to Plugins – Add New. But this time you will go to the top of the page and click “Upload Plugin”.
Click Choose File, select the zip folder of WordPRess Backup to Dropbox from your download folder (or desktop – wherever you downloaded it to). Click Install now.
Whichever road you take to get the plugin on your site, both will bring you to this page where you will click “Activate Plugin”:
Once it’s activate you will be able to find it in your Plugins:
On the sidebar you will be able to find it too, just look for the blue arrow icon and WPB2D (WordPres Backup to Dropbox):
Next, you have to connect the app to your Dropbox account. This is the page you will see the first time you go to the plugin (via the left sidebar):
Once you click the green “Authorize” button you will be directed to Dropbox and see this:
Click “Allow” and you will see this screen once it’s connected successfully: Within your Dropbox a new folder will be created for your WP Backups. In mine, two folders were created. The first is titled “Apps” and within that folder I can find the WP2D subfolder.
It’s within this WPB2D folder in which all my backups are stored:
Now, return to your WordPress Backup to Dropbox plugin via the sidebar:
You can see here that I am now able to unlink the account if I choose to do so. I can also see my storage usage/availability right from the plugin:
Now, we are going to configure and set up the plugin to auto-backup based on our preference. I choose do backup daily, so I’m choosing “Daily” from the drop-down:
Go ahead and choose the time too, as you can see I choose to backup at 11pm.
On to the bottom part. This is a section you MUST read well. You are going to check the files and directories you want to EXCLUDE from the backup. So anything you check will NOT be in the backup file(s).
Click the “Save Changes” green button and you’re good to go!
This is incredibly an incredibly easy and secure way to backup your WordPress Blog or Website!
Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!