Author welshy
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Step By Step Video & Instructional Tutorial

This tutorial is going to cover how to backup wordpress to Dropbox. I'm going to show you how to have your site scheduled to be sent to a free dropbox account every day/week or month.

It’s very straight forward and after you watch the How To video tutorial you'll be able to complete this process in a few minutes. However to follow along you’re going to need a free account and a selfhosted wordpress site as we need to install a plugin called BackWpUp.

If your site is hosted here on Wealthy Affiliate hosting or perhaps Hostgator or BlueHost etc you'll have no problems creating backups of your site, but if you use Godaddy hosting this isn't going to work because Godaddy hosting does not allow outbound FTP access.

What Is DropBox And Why Do I Need A Free Account? is an online service/site that will give you 2GB of online storage when you create a free user account. We need an account at Dropbox so that we can have our wordpress blog backed up and stored on a server at Dropbox that’s not part of our hosting.

What Is The Plugin BackWpUp And Why Do I Need It?

Well first off there are several plugins that will allow you to backup your entire wordpress site, but BackWpUp is the only plugin I’m aware of that will allow you to automatically upload it to your Dropbox account every day/week/month. The plugin has also been around for a long time and is well known in the wordpress community, plus it’s updated often.

Do I Even Need To Backup My Wordpress Site?

It’s entirely up to you, but let me try answer that question for you.
Would you be ok if someone just deleted your entire site?
Silly question right, of course you should be backing up your site and that’s exactly why I’m creating this tutorial to show you how to backup a wordpress site.

Backing Up Wordpress Step By Step

I recommend watching and following along to the video tutorial above, but I’m also going to give you some short step by step instructions on how to backup wordpress and send to Dropbox.

Step 1: Create A Free Account At DropBox

Simple head over to and create yourslef a free account. Please note that you do not need to install or download the dropbox software to follow along.

Step 2: Install BackWpUp Plugin

Login to your blog dashboard, now via plugins/Add new search for BackWpUp, this is the plugin we're going to use and it’s by Inpsyde Gmbh. Once installed you can activate the plugin.

Step 3: Plugin Intro

After activating the plugin you should now see two new menu buttons, one in the top menu and another in the bottom of the left menu. Click on either one to see the plugin welcome page, now this page will talk about the free and Pro version of the plugin. Again to follow along you DO NOT need the Pro version. Just scroll all the way down and click the backup now button.

Step 4: Creating A Backup Job

Creating a full backup job if relatively straightforward and I’m going to briefly run over each TAB of options. But first you'll need to click on Create New Job, you can also get to this page via the BackWpUp menu.

General Options:
I personally change the backup name to “Full Backup” but this is totally optional. By default you can leave Job Tasks and Backup File Creation asis. Then for Job Destination you need to select “DropBox” as the backup destination. Log Files should already contain your email address, just double check as this is the email address errors get set to should something fail. “Save Changes”.

Schedule Options:
We want to select the second option “with wordpress cron”. Then you should see more options appear. Here you select how often you’d like the job to run and backup your wordpress site. If you only add one post per week, then consider setting it to backup weekly and select a time/day when least people will be visiting your site. “Save Changes”

DB Backup Options:
Click the ALL button so that all tables get a checkmarked, scroll down and press “Save Changes”. Please note that in the video I made a mistake and that’s why I added an overlay image.

Files Options:
Again by default everything is set to be backed up, but if you’d like to exclude folders/directories from being backed up you can by adding a checkmark next to the folder name. If you’re not sure what anything is, backup everything. If it turns out the total backup size is over 150MB+ then I’d consider asking someone what could be excluded. “Save Changes”

Plugins Options:
Nothing much to do on this page unless you'd like to change the file name or compression type..

To DropBox Options:
If you this TAB is missing go back to the first tab and make sure you have Dropbox selected as the destination and Save Changes.

First click on “Authenticate (Sandbox)” or “Authenticate (Full Dropbox)”. If you're not logged into Dropbox it’s going to ask you to login, then you’ll see a screen asking you to allow the plugin to communicate with Dropbox. Select “Allow”. It should bring you back to the option page. The folder name is what will be created over at Dropbox and file deletion I recommend setting too 3. 3 being the number of latest backup copies that will be stored on Dropbox. In other words, when a new backup in created and uploaded, the oldest copy in deleted. “Save Changes” or you’ll need to re-authenticate again.

Step 4: Run The Job
At this point if you've followed along everything should be working and on the next scheduled date a backup will be created and sent to dropbox, but it’s always recommend to “Run Now”. You may see a “Run Now” link on the page you’re currently on, if not via either BackWpUp Menu you can select Jobs.
Under the Jobs overview you’ll the new job you just created, hovering the cursor over the job will reveal a few more option, press the “Run Now” link and it will start to perform the complete backup.

It should only take a minute or so to complete, depending on the size of your site/blog, once it’s finished you can double check over at dropbox to confirm everything worked.


If you run into any problems you're welcome to comment here and myself or others will try help. Or you can also visit the plugin support page, I'm sure you'll find the answer to the problem

If for some reason after you press "Allow" to connect DropBox with your Blog it redirects you to the Google Analytics plugin setting page, please deactivate the Google Analytics plugin just while you authenticate with DropBox, then Activate once BackWpUp in setup.

On a final note, if you found this video tutorial helpful, please hit the Like button below.

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Hudson Premium
Hi there. I have a dropbox account where I store copies of two sites. I recently took over a third site and when I installed the plugin in the dropbox area it tells me to re-authenticate as opposed to authenticate. I clicked on this but it did not create a file in dropbox. Any thoughts on how I get this to work would be really appreciated. I deactivated the jetpac plug in on this site when I took it over because of comments on WA this week, Is that likely to be the problem?
welshy Premium
Hi Hudson, Are you saying that you've taken over someone else's site? Maybe it was being backed up to Dropbox before.

Either way, you should be able to click on the reauthenticate, allow access, save job, run job.
If you can't get it to work, you're welcome to PM me some tmep login details and I'll go take a look.
Jetpack shouldn't effect anything with the backup.
Hudson Premium
HI Welshy, yes I took over an active site here at WA but there was no provision for backup which makes the re-activate seem strange. I looked on the plugin support site and there are a few that had this type of problem in the past days. Thanks for your offer of help - I will watch the support site to see if an answer comes there but if not I will pm you,
Rick Jantz Premium
Well, as you know, this is really important and so glad I followed your video. Thank you very much, again!
caylynn Premium
Everything went great until I tried to 'run now'. Get this notice: The HTTP response test get a false http status (500). What should I do? Checking the support page and asked the question in Live Chat.
caylynn Premium
Success! 100%. Guess I had to wait later in the evening.
Imagination Premium
Mega thanks!
I feel safer now :)
Josh Perks Premium
Been meaning to get on to backing up my site for ages and this was just the job, thanks :)
welshy Premium
Thanks for the comment Josh.