Backing up WordPress database is important to avoid accidental loss. To prevent such situation, a better idea is to take regular backup of WordPress database and download to the computer. We can manually take WordPress backup through phpMyAdmin but is another way of automating the entire thing.
How about taking automatic backup of WordPress site at regular intervals and upload to DropBox? DropBox is a service where you can store your file and folders and share with friends. Its like saving your desktop data to an online storage where you can access it from anywhere.
A WordPress plugin called WordPress Backup to DropBox allows us to do this. This plugin directly uploads all WordPress site database including posts, pages, comments with categories, tags, plugins data, and all other data. It however doesn’t includes the blog images, installed plugins, themes, scripts and any other files uploaded to FTP server.
It basically backs up entire WP database but not the uploaded files.
Here are the steps for using the WordPress Backup to DropBox plugin,
1. First make sure you have a DropBox account. Every account holder gets a 2Gb free storage.
2. Next step is to go to your WordPress Dashboard and install the ‘WordPress Backup to DropBox‘ plugin.
3. Activate the plugin and open ‘Settings’ from the ‘Backup’ option in the menu.
4. Next important step is to connect the plugin with your DropBox account by providing the username and password. Grant access by clicking the ‘Allow’ button and you’re ready to use the plugin.
5. In the plugin ‘Settings’, provide the backup schedule. You’re backup would generate automatically at this specified schedule. Tick mark any files or folders that you want to exclude.
That’s all! Your backup of WordPress site would generate and automatically uploads to DropBox account. You can just sit back and focus on doing other stuffs.
Plugin site – WordPress Backup to Dropbox
Its always good to have backup of the entire website, ie of database, WordPress files and folders, email forwards etc. Its important when entire website goes offline due to some reason.