How to Backup WordPress Site to Dropbox


Nobody likes a situation where you lost all your website data due to some kind of hacker or other malicious viruses. One way to protect yourselves from these malicious activities is to backup your WordPress site regularly. One of the good things about WordPress ecosystem is that there are several free backup solutions that can do the backup jobs for you.

And, most of these free plugins are capable of backing up your site to the cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive while being fairly easy to use.

In this detailed guide, let me show you how to configure and backup WordPress site to Dropbox automatically.

Backup WordPress Site to Dropbox

To backup WordPress site to Dropbox, we are going to use a free plugin called BackWPup from the WordPress repository. You can download and install it like any other WordPress plugin.

Once installed, activate the plugin by click on the link “Activate Plugin.”


Now, we need to create a backup job to backup WordPress site to Dropbox. To do that, select the option “BackWPup -> Add new job.”


The above action will open the “New job” page. Here enter the name of the backup job. If you want, select the checkbox “WordPress XML report” to add the XML report to the backup job.


Now, select the backup destinations. Since we are going to backup WordPress site to Dropbox, select the checkbox “Backup to Dropbox.” The good thing is that you can select multiple backup destinations.


After selecting the backup destination, enter your email address in the “Log files” section and select the checkbox “Send email with log only when errors occur during job execution.”

This action ensures that you will only receive emails when an error occurred while performing the backup job. Once configured, click on the “Save changes” to save the backup job settings.


Now click on the “Schedule” tab and select the radio button “WordPress corn.” This action will drop-down the WordPress cron options to schedule the backup job.


Here, select the radio button “Basic” and select the backup frequency. If you are updating your blog or website frequently then the ideal choice would be the option “Daily.”

If not, select the option “Weekly.” Once configured, click on the “Save changes” button to save the settings.


Since we’ve selected Dropbox as our WordPress backup destination, you need to authenticate the plugin with your Dropbox account. To do that, click on the “To: Dropbox” tab. As you can see from the image, we haven’t authenticated yet.


To authenticate, click on the button “Get Dropbox App auth code.” Moreover, you can either provide BackWPup with restricted access (just to the backup folder) or full access to your Dropbox account.

Often times, restricted access would suffice.


The above action will open the Dropbox authentication window. Simply login to your account and click on the button “Allow” to allow BackWPup to upload the backup files to your Dropbox account.


Now, Dropbox will provide you with app authentication code, simply select and copy the code.


Paste the copied code into the blank next to “App access to Dropbox” in the BackWPup settings page.


Now scroll down, select the number of backups you want to retain and click on then on the “Save changes” button.


If everything is done correctly, you will see that the BackWPup will display the “Authenticated” message.


After configuring everything, it is time to run the job manually to see if the backup runs without any hiccups. To do that, navigate to “BackWPup -> Jobs,” hover over the backup job and click on the link “Run now.”


The above action will start the process to backup WordPress site to Dropbox. In fact, BackWPup shows you the running backup progress.

Once the backup job has been completed, you can see the detailed working log by clicking on the button “Display working log.”


If you login to your Dropbox account and navigate to the folder “Apps -> BackWPup -> Sitename,” you can find your WordPress site backup.


That’s all there is to do and it is that simple to backup WordPress site to Dropbox. If you want to, you can sync your Dropbox backup folder with other cloud services like Google Drive, Box, etc.., using the web services like IFTTT, MultCloud, Otixo, etc.

If you prefer, Google Drive over Dropbox then here is how you can configure WordPress site to backup automatically to Google Drive.

Hopefully that helps and do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences by using the above method to backup WordPress site to Dropbox.

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