There are many different WordPress plugins available for backing up your site. I have never really liked any of them and have preferred to do my own backups manually. That is until I came across the WordPress Backup to Dropbox.
Let me give you a little background on what I think about WordPress backups. A solid backup system needs to include the following things:
- Backup the database
- Backup the site files
- Store them in a location other than your server
Most of the WordPress backup plugins available only accomplish 1 or 2 of these points, not all 3. And that is why I have normally opted to perform site backups manually.
Now back to the WordPress Backup to Dropbox plugin. Unlike most other backup plugins, this plugin performs all three steps outlined above by creating a zipped folder containing your database and all your site files and then uploads this backup file to your dropbox folder. How cool is that?
Obviously you will need a Dropbox account to use this plugin. Dropbox offers 2GB of storage for free, and that is more than enough for most people. If you don’t already have a Dropbox account, go here and sign up for one.
After creating a Dropbox account, install the WordPress Backup to Dropbox plugin, activate it and then set up your desired settings and you will have an automated, worry-free backup system in place.