WordPress allows more than a quarter of the websites on the internet. However, unfortunately, it often becomes the target of an attack as well. If you are running your website on WordPress, you should always create a backup and save it to a cloud storage service like Dropbox.
By dint of this post, I’ll show you how to backup your WordPress site to Dropbox. So let’s get started.
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First of all, we will look for a plugin. Honestly, I’m not happy with the status of WordPress plugins in this category at the time of writing.
Most backup plugins are full of promotions and overly aggressive upsells and it comes with an unsightly UI that doesn’t go with the WordPress admin UI as a whole.
After some thought, I finally decided with the BackWPUp plugin . Although the name is rather difficult to pronounce, it is a clean and intuitive plugin to use. Once installed, you will find a new menu as shown below.
Creating a job
Next, we need to create a “job” within the plug-in that defines how the backup should work. Then you name the job, select what to backup, set the archive type and name format, and most importantly, select where to store the backup. In this case, we should select the option Backup to Dropbox .
Now we need to connect the plugin to Dropbox.
Connect to Dropbox
When you select Dropbox to store the backup, the plug-in adds a new tab on the Job Settings page.
On this setup page, select the button “Get Dropbox App Authentication Code” . This will direct you to the Dropbox authentication page and you will be given the authentication code to enter it in the field, as follows:
Also, you can name the directory where the plugin will store the backup in Dropbox, as well as the number of backups to keep.
Creating a backup
There are two ways to create a backup; manually or from a program . You can set the schedule from the tab Planning in the job settings. For now, however, we’ll create the backup manually so you can immediately see how the backup is done.
To do this, go up BackWPUp> Jobs hover your mouse over the work that we just created and select the option “Run now” . Now we just have to wait until the process is complete. It may take some time if your site is cluttered.
Once the backup is complete, you can find it in the Dropbox app directory.
We’ve seen how easy it is to create a backup on a WordPress site, that you don’t even need a developer. And I can’t stress enough how important it is to back up your WordPress site.
So, in addition to backing up regularly, you should always create a manual backup before modifying anything on the website, even before updating the theme or plugins. Please let us know if this tip was helpful