Backup your WordPress site using Dropbox !

WordPress is undoubtedly the most used blogging engine. Like many others I too use WordPress (for this blog). WordPress itself is a very secure and stable platform, but, there are literally thousands & thousands of third party themes and plugins available to further extend WordPress and this is where sometimes problems arise and data gets lost, sites get hacked etc.

How often do you back up your WordPress blog?
Weekly ? Monthly? Never ? Do you even have a backup plan ? No ?
Because I want you to make one today. And I can help you with that :) and believe me its very very easy !

One of the best methods I have found for backing up your data is by using the WordPress Backup to Dropbox plugin. If you have never heard of Dropbox, don’t worry read this.

WordPress Backup to Dropbox

WordPress Backup to Dropbox is a free plugin that allows you to backup your WordPress website on a regular basis. The plugin’s simple interface lets you setup your backup cycle in minutes giving you peace of mind that your precious blog posts, media files and template changes are backed up.

In order to use the plugin you will need a Dropbox account. Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily.

How to use WordPress Backup to Dropbox ?
Automatically Backup WordPress Sites to Dropbox : This article has a step by step detailed explanation on how to setup the plugin and how to get started with your first backup. Here is a list of faq’s for this plugin.

Why to use WordPress Backup to Dropbox ?

  • It’s Free
  • Automatic : Just choose a day, time and how often you wish your backup to be performed and kick back and wait for your backup to be dropped in your Dropbox!
  • It’s Open source ( Github ) and has excellent Support ( WordPress / Github )

Are there any similar alternatives ?
Yes there are plenty of other plugins that do this job, below are few of them…

and the list goes on and on…

I don’t like Dropbox, can I backup to SkyDrive or Google Drive instead ?
Yes, there a few plugins that offer similarly functionality to back up your site to Microsoft’s SkyDrive, Google Drive or Amazon S3. I have not tried them though, the most popular I could find are…

Conclusion
I love Dropbox, so I was excited when I found this plugin – testing it out, I found it extremely easy to use. Im going to be moving my sites over to this plugin and Dropbox as my backup solution from now on.