To make sure that your WordPress blog or website is always saved in a secure place, you should backup your files every day. You can use the best WordPress to Dropbox plugins, they are all free and you can download them from your blog dashboard. But, make sure to give your plugin an authorization to send your backups to Dropbox. It’s an easy process just after activating the plugin.
The main reason for using Dropbox is that you don’t have to do anything complicated like Google drive that needs some advanced settings, and it will be a problem for newbies. Dropbox is a free service where you can get free storage space, it’s enough for small and medium blog sizes.
Please remember that you can back up your site using two files only, the first is your database. No WordPress websites can work without it, and the second is your “wp-content” folder, it includes your uploaded files, themes, plugins and everything related to your active site. If you want to save space for your backups, make sure to exclude all the other files that you don’t need in a new fresh installation.
- You can learn how to backup your WordPress blog easily in a fresh installation.
Luckily, you can easily use plugins created especially for WordPress backups. They are working differently, some of them will create a normal backup, and others will compress your backup before sending it to your Dropbox account. But, they are all working and I just looked at their reviews and the total number of downloads.
Top WordPress Backup to Dropbox plugins
1. Backup Buddy (the best)
Backup Buddy is the best premium plugin until now, it’s created by iThemes, which is a great company with professional support. If you have some money to invest in your website security, then, I recommend this plugin, you get a full support from experienced people. Also, at you can select where to save your blog files and database tables, you have many options including, Dropbox, Amazon, FTP and your email.
This is also a WordPress database backup and restores plugin. In a few clicks, you can restore your site from your backup, and of course, you can exclude files from if you want. This plugin is also a great malware scanner for your website, it helps protect your hard work.
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This is the easiest method to backup WordPress to Dropbox. It’s an easy-to-use plugin, and you don’t have to do anything advanced. Just download it and after the activation, connect it to your Dropbox account and set the periodic time for backups, you can set daily backups. It’s the best option for sites with fresh content if you post frequently, then, you should have daily backups.
2. WordPress Backup to Dropbox
The WordPress Backup to Dropbox plugin will create a copy of your database tables, and your blog files and upload them.
3. Back WPup Free
Back WPup is another free plugin that you can download to backup WordPress site to Dropbox. But, it needs some settings to be able to send your files to the right Dropbox account. This plugin creates a zip backup if you want, then, it sends it to your Dropbox account fast.
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Please make sure that you have permissions for this plugin to work properly if your server is configured to stop a Cron jobs after some time, then, you should verify that the plugin works normally, or, you will see some errors. In that case, use another plugin for Dropbox.
PressBackup is a great plugin that can back up your blog, but also, restores it. It’s similar to some premium plugins, you can schedule your backups and send them to Dropbox, Amazon, or to their free cloud storage service. As all the Dropbox plugins, you need to connect your account in order to make the periodic backups.
5. WP Backup
WP Backup comes with multiple languages and lets your backup multiple websites in WordPress. You can easily create scheduled backups, and it works well with shared hosting where memory is a matter, your files can be sent in a zip format.
This great to save time in the upload process, you can also exclude files from the backup. This is a good option to save space for files you don’t need. At the same time, you can choose the to send your backup files to your emails.
6. Ready! Backup
Ready Backup is updated periodically and you can use it to create scheduled backups for your WordPress website. It works great with Dropbox and you can even send your files to an FTP server. You can create a custom database backup and you will receive an email notification after each backup.
These are the best plugins to backup WordPress blogs to Dropbox and other cloud storage services. I tested them one by one before recommending any tool. However, sometimes the free plugins may not be updated as fast as the premium ones. In addition, I tested Backup Buddy and I liked their migration tool, it’s all in one plugin for security, backup and also migration.