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Added Apr 05, 2013

Author welshy
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"Some Wealthy Affiliate hosting servers DO NOT allow plugins to make outbound requests, if you site is on one of these servers you're going to get errors"

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 Dropbox.com 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?

Dropbox.com 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 Dropbox.com 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.

Problems/Errors/Warning?


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 http://wordpress.org/support/plugin/backwpup

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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Jenyusik Premium
I didnt get "a screen asking you to allow the plugin to communicate with Dropbox" after I logged in to Dropbox. What do I do?
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MozMary Premium
Hi, I notice this is a very old training 2013, some people are now talking about using a different plugin for backup, all in one WP migration
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kayfernglow Premium
I am having a problem. it says that dropbox cannot be connected.

can anyone help? thanks!
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billyghawaii Premium
Are you using the right password? Got to www.dropbox.com and signin there.. If it worked.. try the connection again... re-entering the password.
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LairsDen Premium
Very helpful video! Thank You.
Do you plan on doing a video on restoring your site from the backups?
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Deebizness Premium
Excellent!

Easy to follow along with. You have delivered information for me which is very useful.

Thanks!
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CWinter Premium
Absolutely fantastic training! Thanks!
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Andrew007 Premium
Hi everybody! If I understand it correctly, I can't create an automatic Dropbox backup on my siterubix domain?
Thanks
Andrew
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StubearBlack Premium
Thanks much!
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T1967 Premium
Hey Welshy, GREAT tutorial ...love it ...i had an error that came up and i wanted to show you, can you PLEASE have a look for me please and let me know if i have anything to worry about please...Cheers Tania
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Vanessa-WA Premium
I got the same issue. How did you resolve this?
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T1967 Premium
deleted this plugin and replaced it with Marion's solutions its really easy and way better let me know how you get on xoxo Tania and secretary AL
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Vanessa-WA Premium
Hey Tania! Thank you so much for your help. I deleted and installed your recommended plugin and it works perfectly!
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T1967 Premium
Hey hun, Glad you are now sorted :-))
xoxox
Al for Tania
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candawalk Premium
Thanks Welshy! Great tutorial. It was very easy to follow. I'm all set up now!
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gmalelang Premium
Thanks Welshy...awesome tut!
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Tunde Premium
Thanks for this training! But, I have a teeny problem. I followed every step from the training, and at the end I tried to run the backup. I got the following message:

Cannot create folder: /mnt/vhosts/workhomesecurefuture.com/httpdocs/wp-content/uploads/backwpup-799774-logs

Dropbox is authenticated, I'm logged in, I did everything as it was explained.
Can someone help me out with this? Thanks a lot!
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magistudios Premium
Hi Tunde,

There are some cases where certain WA hosting servers that DO NOT allow plugins to make outbound requests.

It sounds like you're one of those cases.

You can submit a support ticket here and explain the situation along with a link to this training as reference.

- Jay
P.S. Since the creation of this video training, WA now has daily back-ups, so in essence it does make this task redundant.
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Tunde Premium
Thank you, Jay! Didn't know about the daily back-ups, I probably missed the information, but thanks for pointing that out! One less thing to worry about :)
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magistudios Premium
You're welcome.

To solidify this, WA hosting shows you the last time your site was backed up. Attached image for reference.

You can see this with your own sites here:
https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/websites
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Tunde Premium
Oh great, thanks again!
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LynneHuy Premium
Thanks for this awesome training :)
However I followed everything as instructed and I can't do the "run now" backup you suggested.

I get this error: The HTTP response test get an error "couldn't connect to host"Not expected HTTP response body:

Please let me know if you can help!
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PLarkins Premium
You can send a private message to Kyle. That's what I did. He informed me that really didn't have to worry about the backup because the support team here at WA backup your site for you.

Which I would guess is true. When I first started here at WA, I didn't know what I was doing when changing themes. Instead of just changing themes I went to build a website to change it. Erased everything.

I sent a Support ticket to WA. The restored everything I lost. Hope this help.
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LynneHuy Premium
Oh cool, thank you!
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YaelLynn Premium
Cool. Thank you so much. I'm going to try to adjust coding, which I've never done anything close to, but I'm afraid if I screw something up, I can't just undo. Apparently, I kind of can. that makes me feel a lot braver about trying something new.
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RandellD Premium
HI Welshy,
Following you now! Thanks for the tutorial on backup wordpress to dropbox.
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abe17 Premium
Thanks Welshy,
great post,
Graham
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suzyq97439 Premium
Very easy to follow and completed. Thank You!
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BillLuhrs Premium
Great Training ..
bill
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peter65 Premium
Have been finding it difficult to create my backup for sometimes now. The problem i have is in the last phase, not authenticated showed up then underneath is create account, the problem is that there is no provision for authentication. Where have i gone wrong, need help please.God bless you.
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PLarkins Premium
I was having trouble backing my site up. I sent Kyle a Private Message. He said that the support team at WA backs our site up and I need not worry about it. So I don't
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peter65 Premium
Thanks for your response,God bless you.
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Kriya1 Premium
Thank you for the tutorial. Has BackWpUp changed? I didn't find many of the options, such as the "Back Up Now" button at the bottom of the page at 2:25 of the video. After that, there seemed to be other options missing on other pages.
Thank you.
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TopAchiever Premium
See my blog - perhaps it answers your question:
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JeanL Premium
I just did it and you really have to look for them. When you create a job, go to "jobs" and the "backup now" option is there.
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SATownsend Premium
That was so easy. Thank you.
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shelley8492 Premium
Thanks for the info. I'll get this done this weekend.
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firefly123 Premium
I need help! I downloaded the plugin, but then updated wordpress so I never got to the welcome page. Now I don't know where to go to back up my site. I have no idea how to use plugins, wordpress, anything really. Can anyone give me step by step instructions on how to get this to work now that I don't have my welcome page? The tutorial mentions a backup now button. How do I get to this?
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adroco3 Premium
Did you activate the plug in? If not, then you will need to go to your plug ins tab and activate your backup wordpress plugin first. Then you should see it on the bottom of your menu on the left of the wordpress dashboard.

Let me know if that helps.

Adrian
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firefly123 Premium
Yes, that did help. Thank you so much!
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athonx14 Premium
Thanks Welshy Iappreciate your help.
Eric
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Traveller75 Premium
Just finished the backup of 2 sites and everything worked perfect, Thanks for the excellent How To so easy to follow.
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boucherda Premium
Very clear and distinct - thank you.
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Beckron Premium
Hello Craig, How are you doing? Thank you very much for the training. I have some issues with my backup.

It says : 32 Warnings and

'' WARNING: Job has done with warnings in 200 seconds. Please resolve them for correct execution.''

I don't know how to fix them. Any suggestion? Thanks in advance Welshy. I really appreciate.

Kindest Regards,
Thiha Min

P.S. I also have some issue on Dashboard :

BackWPup News
RSS Error: WP HTTP Error: couldn't connect to host

I have no idea what it is. Thank you very much in advance Craig
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akkydude92 Premium
Very informative video, thanks for sharing :)
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Ravneet98 Premium
Thank you, it worked perfectly! Now I don't have to worry about losing all of my precious hours of work!!
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peter65 Premium
Have an error message, it is," No destination correctly defined for backup, please, correct settings". Please, tell me where i have gone wrong. Thanks.
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PLarkins Premium
I got the same message so I sent Kyle a Private Message. He told me that I really didn't have to worry about it because they back everything up for us.
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peter65 Premium
Hi, Welshy, i really enjoyed your video tutorial, but, i have a problem with the plugins search engine,it is only the box that appears, there is no search button to hit, please, tell what to do.Thanks, God bless you.
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CristinaMM Premium
Hello Welshy! Really great and helpful video! Thank you so much! I followed each steps and after connecting with DropBox and clicked first time ''Run Now'' I got this error message: ''The HTTP response test get an error "couldn't connect to host". Then I clicked again and it worked perfectly! However, when I go back to the Dashboard it doesn't show me the time of the next backup and I can see the previous error I got on my dashboard (RSS Error: WP HTTP Error: couldn't connect to host). The only thing I did different than you is that I clicked on daily backup instead on weekly.
Hope this is not a huge problem.
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ElleSee Premium
I did everything step by step according the video and then did the "run now" as instructed and this is what I get..."The HTTP response test get an error "couldn't connect to host" ". And it doesn't work. That statement doesn't even make any sense to me...anyone know what to do or who to contact? I'm not even sure who the error lay's with so I'm unsure of who to contact..
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ElleSee Premium
Nevermind I figured it out..to anyone who has the same problem..i don't think I saved my authentication part of it all and when I went back and did it and then saved it the test run worked. So make sure your saving your work lol
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uakoko Premium
I'm having the exact same problem, and getting the exact same error message. Maybe you could PM Welshy, and he could help you...
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ElleSee Premium
I was actually able to figure it out and get it working. I didn't hit the "save changes" button after I authenticated it. Once I redid that and SAVED it, the process actually worked. My suggestion to you before you PM Welshy is to look back at all your steps and make sure your remembering to save each step before moving on. Once you go through that, run the test and see if it works for you. Thanks for your response to my comments though. I always appreciate hearing from the community. Best of luck on getting yours backed up and running smoothly :)
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Timard Premium
With the problem you seem to be having I don't think I want to try this Dropbox thing.
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robinjs Premium
It worked when I first set it up a couple of weeks ago. But since then it hasn't backed up once, even when I try to do it manually. I keep getting errors - mostly this one: "ERROR: Job has ended with errors in 0 seconds. You must resolve the errors for correct execution."
There are screenshots of the log (the last time I tried to back it up) below if that helps.

Does anyone have any idea how to fix this?
Robin
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TopAchiever Premium
Hi Robin, this looks like a question for support. If you go to SiteRubix, you will find the Support heading at the very end of the menu. Submit your question there and hopefully they'll be able to help you.
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robinjs Premium
It started working again after a couple of weeks all by itself....
Not quite sure what happened. :D
Robin
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Indi-Em Premium
Thank you. All done. It worked perfectly.
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samsa91 Premium
I did everything but when i go to my dashboard it says this:
RSS Error: WP HTTP Error: couldn't connect to host
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PLarkins Premium
I had problems also. I sent Kyle PM. He said you really don't have to backup. They do it and if u ever have problems support will be able to help
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samsa91 Premium
Oh really? Then having an extra plugin might be unecessary. hm..
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Dirk-IM Premium
That is interesting. I also got this error: The HTTP response test get an error "couldn't connect to host"

So we dont have to worry about backing up. Thats good news
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kudaonline Premium
Bingo i got It
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kudaonline Premium
DROPBOX: (400) invalid_grant i am getting this error what is the alternative to saving
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kudaonline Premium
thanks for this training makes sense to me
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riyazashu Premium
thanks for sharing.
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Tsusanami Premium
no use to me, can't get backwpup
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welshy Premium
You will need to locate the plugin via "Add New" see screenshot.
http://take.ms/WEoqV
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Tsusanami Premium
not on my wordpress, it doesn't exist.
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Nastazia Premium
Thank you so much. I finished my back up with no problems at all.Very useful video.
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Tsusanami Premium
Is WP Super Cache the same as BackWpUp???
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Ken-Pringle Premium
NO!
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mjpd Premium
Hi! It is not called backup in wordpress. Go to TOOLS and then EXPORT and save the file (do not open it)
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welshy Premium
Just be aware that the "Tools Export" option, is not backing up your images, themes, setting, widgets etc. It only will only backup the content.
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mjpd Premium
Thank you for that info. So I need to back up to dropbox?
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Tsusanami Premium
Yest the tools export/import is what is known as 'the quick and dirty' option. I have no idea how to get this backwpup installed, it is not actually there for me to choose. People do download it, but it has to be a zip as far as I know, but I can't seem to save as a zip. Good luck with your end.
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Tsusanami Premium
So can you help me to get the backwpup installed please, as I said before it isn't there. I've seen it on other wordpressess while searching web, but the one I have with wealthy affiliates, hasn't got it. Susan.
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welshy Premium
You can install plugins correct?
If yes, click on "Add New" then in the search box enter "backwpup".
See this image http://take.ms/QPYvw

This should then return the option to install the plugin.
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Tsusanami Premium
I keep saying that I've been trying this but there is simply no backwpup there (on my wordpress version) to be able to choose it.
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Tsusanami Premium
No backupwp exists in my plug in on dashboard on word press. So can'to do it.
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DougD Premium
Thanks for sharing.
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blubutterfly Premium
Hey there, I was wondering would I bother to do this if I have already set up Up Draft Plus back up? I have set this to back up every day
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welshy Premium
No, if you backup via another method then no need for this.
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blubutterfly Premium
Cool thanks Welshy :)
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DaisyB Premium
HI Welshy, I got the dropbox set up. I installed the plugin. I followed your step by step settings instuctions. I authenticated the dropbox in the plugin. Here is the error I get when I try to run the backup now
"The HTTP response test get an error "couldn't connect to host"
the only other place that I can see that might be upset is under the plugin settings, it asks if I need to add this kind of info.
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welshy Premium
This is most likely WA blocking the outbound request.
You could try creating a support ticket asking them "if requests from backwpup to dropbox are being blocked."

On another note, if you want to create the odd manual backup, I would highly recommend "WP Clone by WP Academy", install and select Create Backup.
Few seconds later you'll have a .zip clone of your site, then download file to computer.
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welshy Premium
No need to add details to the area in screenshot.
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DaisyB Premium
OK will try.
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DaisyB Premium
Thanks.
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bMarr Premium
very nice training, thank you
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PLarkins Premium
Every time I try and back up I get this msg. ERROR: No destination correctly defined for backup! Please correct
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SuzetteH Premium
Backed up my site with dropbox. Got this same warning 7 times. It is WARNING: File name "wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Online-Entrepreneur-Certification-Getting-Started-Level-1-Google-Chrome-2015-01-30-20.59.30-150x150.png" is too long to be saved correctly in TarGz archive! Can I get help on how to resolve this please? Thank you
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PLarkins Premium
I did mine the other way, with export.
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welshy Premium
The warnings are related to the image filenames being too long.
I believe the backup is still created and sent to Dropbox, you should double check.

Personally I wouldn't worry too much about the warnings but be aware that it may not be backing up the images with warnings.

When creating a JOB you select different compacting options, you could try selecting .ZIP and not TarGz.
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welshy Premium
Please be aware that if you use the wordpress Tools Export option, this only backs up your content.
No images, themes, plugins, settings, widgets etc are backed up.
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PLarkins Premium
I didn't know that. I'm about to sleep for the night. I'll read your response in the morning. Is drop box better then export. It will some everything
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SuzetteH Premium
Your training never ceases to amaze me! You have a way of making everything so easy and stress free. Thank you Welshy
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whitsunday Premium
Such a great training. Thanks Welshy
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MarieKi Premium
Thanks for sharing! Now I feel safe...
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Miss Angee Premium
Hi, I did the backup, and it went fine other than many of my pictures had to long file names. I deleted and uploaded some of them after shorten their filenames, and then did another backup. This time I get the error "couldn't connect to host", why do I get this the second time and not the first? I don´t have Google Analytics to turn off, so how do I fix this?
Really appreciate your help! :)
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welshy Premium
I would recommend that you try again, it may have been a server down at the time it was attempting to connect.

If it doesn't work, try to re-authenticate with Dropbox again.
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Miss Angee Premium
Warnings: 0 Errors: 0
It worked! Thank you! :D
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MarvH Premium
I set up Dropbox and BackWpUp. Got interrupted in between and now Dropbox gave me a Key Code to put into BackWUp., Does anyone know where? I also got this error:RSS Error: WP HTTP Error: couldn't connect to host.
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NormandyMktg Premium
it looks like the answer to your question is below here in several posts ... let us know if those recommendations fix your problem and answer your question
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PLarkins Premium
It says not authenticated. I did all the steps. How do I fit that.
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AutoPilot Premium
Thank you for your instructions! Installed the backup and dropbox.
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camsmithdev Premium
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Christabelle Premium
Thank you so much for this step by step tutorial and making it simple though a couple of the screens have changed a little I was still able to figure it out with the help you gave me! Miracles do still happen,lol! :)
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nudge1969 Premium
Thanks Welshy, done.
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LucindaF Premium
Thanks Welshy. The video was easy to follow although it took me a while but I now have the backup installed.
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gdos1 Premium
I have followed each step in the video. I got to the To Dropbox tab. Even though I logged in to Dropbox before I ever had the plugin installed, it does not have an authentication button for me to choose. All it shows is Not Authenticated (cannot click on this) and Create Account. If I click create account, it takes me to dropbox with me signed on again. How do I authenticate? Thanks!
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welshy Premium
It’s been some time since I created this tutorial or used the plugin. I’ll have to update this post.
I just tested the plugin on a test site, when you get to the “To:DropBox” tab/options.
If you already have an account, do not click create account, simply select either “Get Dropbox App auth code” or “Get full Dropbox auth code”.
Copy the auth code you get after granting access and paste into the field. Then scroll down and hit Save. It should then say Success Authenticated!
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gdos1 Premium
Thanks Welshy! That worked. I now have a backup and a weekly schedule set. On to the next lesson......
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edtay78 Premium
Hi Welshy, thanks for sharing this video. Got my backup installed.
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LuciusTseng Premium
Hi Welshy,
thanks for the great info. I followed every step and it's up and running! Great content!
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MarvH Premium
Just Watched the video .I will be doing it very soon. Thanks Welshy,for all the info. Very easy to follow.
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JamesJ Premium
Hello-- I got a 16 or 20 digit number to input for the synchronization between dropbox and WP. I did not see any instructions on where input this and looked through settings and everything on BackWPup. Any ideas? I am getting 2 error messages when the backup runs...
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JAHBOBCLATO Premium
apologiies.. I dont know this yet.. i need to stidy it,
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LuciusTseng Premium
Hi James,
At the BackWPup menu, Go to Jobs -> Edit -> To:Dropbox tab, On that page, you'll have Authentication, App Access to Dropbox, Full Access to Dropbox. On its right, you'll find "Get full Dropbox auth code". Click on it, copy the code, and paste it in the empty row besides "Full Access to Dropbox". Hope this helps.
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LuciusTseng Premium
Finally, remember to "Save changes"
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welshy Premium
Thanks for all the comments everyone.
If anyone get errors or warnings, please copy paste them in here and myself or another member will be able to help you fix it.

If the error contains your domain name and you don't want to make it public, just replace it with domain.com
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JohnnyMark1 Premium
Hi Welshy, I had it working for four sites, and now two have stopped backing up for me. After going through the settings again to make sure everything is correct, I found that I had to re-authenticate Dropbox, but I'm still getting this error message:
Cannot create folder: /mnt/vhosts/http://domain.com/httpdocs/wp-content/uploads/backwpup-a6fdb-logs

The HTTP response test get an error "couldn't connect to host"

Any ideas? Thanks! - J. Mark
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Others seem to be having this same problem. I've done some investigating. The plugin author says:
To fix this you must:
- Ask your hoster if self connections are allowed to that http.
- Check that your server can resolve its own domain name.
- Check if there are plugins or htacess entrys that prevent access to wp-cron.php
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welshy Premium
Hi, It's related to the hosting setup and security measures they put in place.
Only support can fix this I'm afraid.
I would create a ticket and also give them all the details you posted here as it may help them.
If you want to create a full backup on the go, install the plugin WP Clone by WP Academy. Click create backup, then download the .zip file to your computer.
Craig
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DLansing Premium
Done mine. Not as complicated as I thought, pretty easy and it works right away!
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mightyone Premium
Very cool. Thanks.
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RichardU Premium
Thanks Welshy for the tutorial. i have done mine. but it is 2 Errors on status table . i am not sure what that means and i will appreciate some help pls. thanks.
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welshy Premium
Did you figure this out? If not post the exact error for me and I'll be able to try help.
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Mike-V Premium
This was so easy and worked like a charm. Thank you!
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islandcat7 Premium
Great info. & instructions.
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RobertB1 Premium
When I ran the job, I received the error message: No destination correctly defined for backup! Please correct job settings. I did not sign up for drop box because I already have a drop box account. Why is it not working?
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glycogen Premium
It's in there in one of the options where you have to connect the plugin to dropbox. Dropbox then gives you a code that you enter into the plugin to allow it to access a folder in your dropbox account. Glyn.
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RobertB1 Premium
When I click Save changes on the BackWPu job: Full Back Up,, it doesn't then go into the next page as in the tutorial. What could I have done wrong?
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JAHBOBCLATO Premium
i am not sure of that yet. I am still studying the boot camp videos. check in the chat room to see who may know this. Sorry I could not yet assist.
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RobertB1 Premium
Can this work in Copy, which is similar to dropbox, but gives you more storage? I was thinking of making a folder in copy and downloading it there.
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PastorTae Premium
I use this tutorial to upload 4 websites to 1 dropbox account with room to spare
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RobertB1 Premium
Good to know!
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PastorTae Premium
good luck
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MDiane Premium
Thank you!
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MayuriW Premium
Hi Welshy I got 6 warnings like below.
Is it something wrong with my tweet like google pluging or the images I used? "Warning:File name "wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Setting-up-social-plugins-on-your-website-tweet-like-google_-Mozilla-Firefox-2015-01-01-13.39.581-1024x692.png" is too long to be saved correctly in TarGz archive!" Thanks
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welshy Premium
Hi,
It's the length of the image name that's the problem, did it still create and send the backup to Dropbox?
If it didn't create the backup, you could exclude all the images that are causing the warnings.
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MayuriW Premium
Thanks Welshy,
I just deleted that image. It was not even in my website. It was just in my image library.
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MayuriW Premium
Thanks Welshy you are a life saver.
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CodyWelch Premium
Awesome, thanks for the tutorial!
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PastorTae Premium
Thank you very much
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SandraSG Premium
Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing!
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camsmithdev Premium
Awesome that was easy LOL.
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lindasea Premium
Thank you Craig. It backed up but I did get some 'warning' messages. Its gotten late so I'm heading to bed and some rest...will readdress as soon as possible.

But at least now, I have a backed up copy AND I was able to update to the Wordpress 4.0.1. Wanted these maintenance things done before I made that update.

I appreciate all you do.

Linda
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lindasea Premium
Hello Craig. Really appreciate the time and effort you put into this tutorial. I feel more confident I can accomplish this important task now.

Linda
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josephtai Premium
Great info. Thanks
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ZahraY Premium
This is slightly different than what I got. Now it has two options and provides you with a code to copy and paste it to the appropriate box of the option you choose (full access or restricted). After inserting the code into the appropriate box you have to save changes and it will say Authenticated. Then you can run the job as the video.
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ZahraY Premium
Oh one more thing, My back up is under the Apps folder in Dropbox.
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Terry661 Premium
Very timely! I thought I'd lost everything a couple of days ago. I'll check it, out among others. Thank you!
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PhyllisE1 Premium
I followed it completely until I clicked on jobs and it says "cannot create folder". I am logged into Dropbox and everything went smoothly until I got to jobs. Any suggestions?
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Mrrandom Premium
I used to use this plugin, but for some reason it started to give me trouble. I switched to "UpdraftPlus - Backup/Restore". It is worth looking at.
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PhyllisE1 Premium
Thank you Mrrandom. I'll check it out for sure.
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MarvH Premium
I switched to Updraft plus. It says it ran successfully but it is not in dropbox and I cannot find it even with a search. Any suggestions?
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djlv Premium
thx for sharing this tutorial.. very clear & easy to follow.
Gr8tly appreciated
Dino :~)
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Dgegegegwg Premium
What is the benefit of backing up this way vs. just using codeguard through Hostgator? Other than the obvious of saving a huge $20/year and getting twice the storage with Dropbox, although now that I changed my settings not so save backups past 90 days I'm not even using a half a GB.
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nicealessa Premium
really very helpful video ... one stress out from our shoulders now the website it's backed up weeky ...yyyyeayyy ..thanks Welshy
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zanylayney Premium
This is great, I feel better now I have a regular backup scheduled!
Thanks Welshy! :-)
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whywait Premium
Dear Welshy,
Well Done.Error Free and I have Clear head.Thank you
Gerry
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starryzero Premium
Thank you for the tutorial I going to try it later
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Greatjob14 Premium
Hi, Welshy. I just follow your video and I try to manual backup after I set up everything and this [ERROR: Dropbox API: (7) couldn't connect to host] show up. I can't back up my website.

How should I fix this? Thanks.
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judebanks Premium
The authentication with DropBox has to go through before it will work.

As Welshy says, you may have to disable Google Analytics first as mentioned in his last paragraph.

If that is still not working, and the plugin support site is not helpful, then you might want to try another plugin, such as using WP Clone, that Welshy has mentioned elsewhere.

Wayne Wallace has done a tutorial on that:

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/everything-wordpress/how-to-backup-and-restore-your-wordpress-website-with-wp-clone.

With WP clone one you can just drag or upload the backup zip file to DropBox.

~Jude
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Greatjob14 Premium
Thanks, judebanks!
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jeremy111 Premium
Thanks Welshy. Easy to follow and understand. Your tutorial came highly recommended from others here at WA. I'm glad I followed their advice. ~Jeremy
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tmmom Premium
Thanks, go it to work with no problems!
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KevinCR Premium
Thank you Craig! It works a treat!
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Kathy331 Premium
Followed everything step by step, worked a treat thanks!
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TRadev Premium
For me to install backwpup I have to become a Premium Wealthy Affiliate Member is that true??
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garyrethford Premium
I don't remember how many plugins you get with the starter kit, I think it's two?, but if you have used your plugins, yes you have to be a premium to install more. If not install the UPdraftplus plugin or the drop box, and it will back your site up.
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garyrethford Premium
You only have so many plug-ins with the starter kit, when you use them up, yes you have to be a premium member to have more. Look at plugins in your dashboard, if there is a orange circle with a number in it you have available plugins,
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TRadev Premium
Ok I have dropbox how will that help me ??
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ArpL Premium
Does the plugin have any feature like 'keep the last 10' files? Or is it necessary to manually clean up old backups in Dropbox?
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JohnV Premium
There is a function to indicate how many files to keep - I decided on three.
Regards and good luck
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ArpL Premium
Excellent! This is great for folks who don't want to rely on server backups.
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Riaz Premium
I can't seem to authenticate my website :( . When I did, it shows this error:

Dropbox API: (59) Unknown cipher in list: ECDHE-RSA-AES256-GCM-SHA384:ECDHE-RSA-AES128-GCM-SHA256:ECDHE-RSA-AES256-SHA384:ECDHE-RSA-AES128-SHA256:ECDHE-RSA-AES256-SHA:ECDHE-RSA-AES128-SHA:ECDHE-RSA-RC4-SHA:DHE-RSA-AES256-GCM-SHA384:DHE-RSA-AES128-GCM-SHA256:DHE-RSA-AES256-

Help what should I do?
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Riaz Premium
Thanks, it seems that i'm not the only one having this problem.
But really sorry I'm not really good at computer stuff, so what do I need to do actually? I noticed one of them was saying something about a mini plug,whats that? and how do I do that coding thingy ?
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donco6 Premium
To be honest, it's a little beyond me. It would take me a lot of reading and Googling to be able to implement that solution. Maybe someone else will answer with an easier solution than I could find. Sorry.
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donco6 Premium
Worked perfectly, just as you described. Thanks!
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silver53 Premium
All good, cheers.
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Apitchford Premium
nice work welshy thanks a lot works fine
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burnz07 Premium
It sure is good to know that we have this secure things/places to be able to keep our articles safe. Thank you very much Welshy!
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sharonn Premium
"ERROR: Could not generate a WordPress export file" how to fix this error? But I can see my backup file in my drop box.
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Pauric Premium
Also its good to know that your website is automatically backed up every 24 hours at Wealthy Affiliate. So not only is the training, help, and support the best. The web hosting is the best too.
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boucherda Premium
Welshy
A great instructional video. I backed up my website as I played the video - excellent!!
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PhyllisE1 Premium
Welshy, I can't tell you how much I appreciate this tutorial. I don't have speakers connected on this computer and the instructions were easily followed and I got it installed with no problem at all. Again, thank you!!! You are a blessing!!!
Phyllis
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Kimsh Premium
Thank you. Just done and all OK.
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shpedros Premium
Great video Welshy.
Easy to follow and works like a charm. Thanks.
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G7 Premium
Great I'll give that a try. Many thanks
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G7 Premium
I can't install dropbox any ideas Welshy ?
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JohnV Premium
Dropbox have pretty good customer service if you tell them exactly what your problem is. They might not be lightning fast, but they are very helpful. Regards and good luck
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777getgoing Premium
Thanks! This video was very informative and well explained.
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IMN Premium
Thank you!
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ninemedia Premium
Great information!
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PAWA12 Premium
thanks for this great tip!
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Pauric Premium
Thank you for this training. it is hugely helpful. I used to back up manually almost every week. Now it will be done aoutomaticaly.
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Daniel DTA Premium
Nice! I will have to use this later on once I further build my site(s).
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khair Premium
Thank a lot for the tutorial!

I have a backup in my dropbox for an old website from different host and I want to restore it here what I need to do? I deleted my account with the hosting company and I transferred my domain to WA.
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Steve Premium
Try to find a similar theme to upload it to, try siterubix first as the test hope this helps
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pianobenjjam Premium
Good tutorial. I followed it and everything worked perfectly.
Thanks,
Josh
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beachygirl53 Premium
Thanks again for a great tutorial!
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gmone245 Premium
Thank you so much it was very easy to understand and do.
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GamingChica Premium
I want to say thank you, Welshy for posting this video. It was very helpful. Granted I could simply backup with WP xml file and I could drag it to my google drive or one drive, but eliminating human error is always a win-win. I learned more than I thought I would.
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onyekachi Premium
Thank you so much, i have been looking for how to backup my sites without spending a fortune!! Thanks a lot.
Onyeka
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Hutcho Premium
Awesome work Welshy. Great information and easy to follow.
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hjohn Premium
Thanks Welshy,

This is a great training video. The instructions were so easy to follow. I have now backed up my site to Dropbox and also created a schedule. You have made things so much easier for me.
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BenRat Premium
Awesome video and tutorial, I really appreciate it!
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PMV Premium
As every great video, easy to follow and effective to get the job done. Thanks Welshy
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keanmo40 Premium
Thanks again Welshy for clear and concise instructions which are a dream to follow. I'm now all set up and have just completed my very first back up! :)
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davidslc2010 Premium
Thank you for your training, is very helpful
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necopam Premium
Welshy I have read this now again and repeat that it is a simply brilliant. I am left with a genuine question. After everything you so kindky helped me with in the past do I have to do anyting? You know already my lack of knowledge on the subject. lol
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pas1745 Premium
Thank you very much welshy. This is my 3rd site that I backed up using your Video Tutorial, very well explain. I appreciate all of your training here at WA! I had no errors, this I am glad. Less stress! (-:
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jko2013 Premium
I couldn't agree more!! I have used this video several times as well, it is SO helpful! Thank you Craig.
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Dzimmerman Premium
Great!
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malric Premium
Thank you very much.Was easy following your concise tutorial
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marydoll Premium
Brilliant video , Thanks.
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Nikolar Premium
This works great, thanks!
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MarianneN Premium
Awesome video. Thanks so much. You make it so easy to do and understand.
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necopam Premium
Simply brilliant. Educational, so very clearly presented, To me any way an enormous help
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joeyyoung1 Premium
Thanks so much this helped me a lot
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OSherrie Premium
Thank you I enjoyed your presentation and followed it step by step. It was very easy to follow.
Sherrie
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Funandeasy Premium
Thanks on presenting it so easy to follow!
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PhilRou Premium
Good job of presenting this plugin. Thanks!
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Roger Aiken Premium
Excellent, great training, up and running, backed up, thanks!
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mlccombs Premium
Yea! It worked. Thanks so much.
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SeahorseOne Premium
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SeahorseOne Premium
Great tutorial welshy, short and clear thx a lot!
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oopsssidaisy Premium
Hi Craig,

Thanx for the video.

Before I sign up for dropbox, I heard that if you refer friends - that you, and they, can both get an additional 500 gb of space on your/their account. Do you have a referral # that you would like to share with me before I sign up, so that you, and I can get the extra space?

I'll wait until I hear back from you.

Have a great day : )
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Eddie C Premium
Worked perfectly. Thank you for sharing this!
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Rizzer Premium
BackWpUp will give you a complete backup of your website.
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Rizzer Premium
Read this section of that post again, makes more sense on its own

all your text is in a database dump file named something like "wp_32799_kwxv8qio" on the first page you see after unzipping the folder
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Rizzer Premium
It can seem a little strange not to see a whole list of pages you've made on a website especially if your used to the way normal HTML works. WordPress uses page templates for pages/post then fills out content from it database.
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Prana-Elite Premium
Does this backup plugin backup the database as well or do I have to do it?
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Rizzer Premium
OK from your description of the files i gather your using drop box, what your seeing is correct. Your images are located in wp content upload/uploads and all you text is in a database dump file named something like "wp_32799_kwxv8qio" on the first page you see after unzipping the folder
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Prana-Elite Premium
Inside wp-content/uploads there is a file called 2014 and a folder called 2014. I don't see a file like wp_32799...... There seems to a lot of php files everywhere but nothing that actually shows content.

Thanks.
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Rizzer Premium
which backup program did you use?
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Prana-Elite Premium
I followed the process and backed up my site. When downloaded the backup to my computer and unzipped it to look at the files, I could not find any files with content in them. Content most is what I don't want to lose. Is it there? Am I missing something?
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Rizzer Premium
When you open your zipped folder you will should see 2 folders marked "database" and "filesystem" (plus a readme txt file).

All you content is kept in various sub folders inside these 2
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Prana-Elite Premium
I don't see those 2 folders. I see css, img, test, wp_admin, wp_content (I went into but didn't find my content), wp_includes and a bunch of files.

Thanks.
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6packJim Premium
Perhaps I missed something. The backup to DropBox worked fine.
The backup files can be saved in either a .zip or a compressed .zip format, fine. The problem I had was trying to import to a new site (just to test). All the plugin importers work with either .xml or .cvs. Do I have to convert the .zip to one of these formats or am I missing something?
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ThomasPaul Premium
Hey Jim,

I'm assuming you are trying to import using that feature from within wordpress? If that's the case then you won't get it to work because that feature only works when you export from there. It just makes a copy of your blog's pages and posts and nothing else.

The dropbox back up has a copy of everything, pages/posts, images, themes, plugins, database and anything else i forgot to mention.

To put this on a test blog you would have to use an FTP client to transfer the files onto your hosting. You would then have to import the database.
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6packJim Premium
Thanks for filling in the missing piece. Really appreciate your help.
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pesurfmayr Premium
@welshy or anyone else is welcome to comment. Ok, it looks like my back up was all successful. I did what you suggested and it's all good now, Thanks. One more question though. I also upgraded to 3.8 WordPress. In the new version of the All in One SEO Pack, the tittle box and description boxes are blank. I'm not sure, but when I first set WordPress up I think I wrote something in those boxes. Should I put a tittle in appropriate box as well as a description in it's box? Is there anything else I should know about the wordpress set up?
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welshy Premium
I would enter a title and description as this is for the homepage. (but it's not required) If you go to google and search site:yourdomain you'll see how your homepage is currently being displayed.
In regards to setting up wordpress, it's pretty much ready to go the first time you login.
But if you haven't already, you need to add and verify with webmaster tool etc, this tutorial covers it if you haven't done so already. https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/how-to-set-up-google-authorship-verify-with-webmaster-tools-google-analytics
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pesurfmayr Premium
@Labman OK I went ahead and shortened it. Do I have to go and back everything up again? Oh yeah, and thanks
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pesurfmayr Premium
My website looks like it got backed up, but I have 4 warnings. 3 of them are the same and are listed as WARNING: File name "wp-content/uploads/2013/11/stock-footage-new-york-circa-july-crowd-of-people-walking-on-the-street-circa-july-in-manhattan-ny-300x168.jpg" is too long to be saved correctly in TarGz archive! The fourth one is listed as WARNING: Job finished with warnings in 45 seconds. Please resolve them for correct execution. Can someone tell me how to resolve these problems? Thanks
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Labman Premium
You could rename the photo with a shorter name. That might do the trick.
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welshy Premium
Yes, remaining would work, but you'd need to edit the post/page/widget the image has been inserted on too.

If it's only used on one post/page, it maybe easier to rename on computer first, edit post/page and edit image, select delete permanently and upload the new version of the image.
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Alex24 Premium
thanks for asking this question. Got a similar message on mine too
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Miss Angee Premium
Thank you so much for posting this!
I got this error on 26 images (too long file name), so rename them would be better than delete, upload and placing them all over again. I change the title on the images in both the library and in the posts, but still got the warnings. When I try to change the file name in the URL (in the Attachment Details) I can`t delite any of the text. So how do I rename?
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Gordi Premium
My website back up failed 3 times. The message says I don't have destination assigned. Tried to back up manually, made sure I checked back up to "dropbox", and still got the same message. Does anyone know how to fix errors, so I can back up my website?
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tommydillard Premium
Did you verify it with Dropbox
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Gordi Premium
I think so, Tommy. It was backed up every week until last 3 times.
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tommydillard Premium
Mine did that awhile back so I had to go back and redo it.
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IKAY Premium
do you still have difficulty with the back up? if so i can help
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SquidooSlfMstr Premium
Hi Craig:

Have you been getting this DropBox Error too?

http://gainfinancialfreedom.org/error-dropbox-api-500-internal-server-error

Thanks for your input,
Charlie
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yinc88 Premium
I had 8 warnings - 5 images with title too long and this I don't understand - WARNING: Job finished with warnings in 109 seconds. Please resolve them for correct execution.
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ThomasPaul Premium
With the title too long, just find the image with the long title and change the title to a shorter length.
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John M Premium
I tried to install the backwpup plugin but it failed and displayed an error. Can anybody advise on this?.
Installing the plugin…
Could not copy file. /home/eyefloat/public_html/wp-content/plugins/backwpup/vendor/SwiftMailer/classes/Swift/Mime/HeaderSet.php
Plugin install failed.
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ThomasPaul Premium
Were you able to get it to work?
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CharziG Premium
Thanks for TUT! Great info!
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buppa Premium
I am trying to add a plugin but wordpress won't let me. It says I am not a premium member. I am. When I go to 24/7 support on wordpress it asks me pay yearly , so it knows I am a member . What do I do. Can someone please help?
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BIS Premium
I would raise a support ticket - which you can do under websites and hosting.
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buppa Premium
Thank you. Your support is great as I learn to find my way around. thanks again
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wanzulfikri Premium
A question: If I were to erase my website by accident, how can we use the backup to restore the site?

Edit: I looked at the BackWPup plugin settings and there is no option to restore backup. My guess is that backup involves the use of ftp? Am I right?
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lanesamarie Premium
you can install a plugin called BackWPup:)
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designerman Premium
Great video i need to change my whole website over to my new hosting from WA to my new ipage account how do i do this this place is great but i am financially strapped right now and need to move my whole website

Thanks designerman
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ekz10 Premium
Great work as always Welshy! Many Thanks :)
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Nemesi74 Premium
thank you for the help! Easy and useful ;-)
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Gordi Premium
Done. Great tutorial, Craig
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CrystalDavis Premium
It is done....Thanks!
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DavidCortez Premium
Thanks
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Ralawami Premium
Nice tutorial
Just a question: How do I upload the .zip file I have backed up onto a new website?

Cheers
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ThomasPaul Premium
You have to unzip the folder on your folder and then use FTP to transfer the files to the new website. You will also have to import the database file. How you import the database file is going to depend on where you have your new website. Is your new website on WA hosting or are you using a different hosting company?
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pas1745 Premium
Thank you for this great Video; I just completed adding my second website.
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jyoder101 Premium
I received this message when I ran the backup:
The HTTP response test get a false http status (500)
Can you help me on this?
Thanks
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Labman Premium
the 500 error means there was a problem with the server. It doesn't know what the error is but knows something is wrong.
Kind of a non-specific error.

Give the backup another try and see if it runs. Otherwise, try one of the other backup procedures.

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/backing-up-your-wordpress-files
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jyoder101 Premium
Thanks for the information.
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JohnV Premium
Another example of the wonderful training available here at WA. I really appreciate that my site is now securely backed up. Thank you very much.
Regards and good luck
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pas1745 Premium
Every thing seem to have worked out okay with the set-up. Thank you.
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pas1745 Premium
Great Video, but I got loss after "jobs currently running: Full Backup" then you went to Drop Box; I didn't see how you got to this; I didn't see the yellow highlight for that. How did you get to Drop Box at this point? Thank You.
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Bald Eagle Premium
Just go back and review.
That's the cool thing about these tutorials you can go and review at any time
The more you watch the more that sinks in.
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jko2013 Premium
Hi. I got 2 warnings:

WARNING: File name "wp-content/uploads/2013/11/aHR0cDovL2RpNjUuc2hvcHBpbmcuY29tL2ltYWdlcy9kaS80Zi81MS80NS8yZDVhNTU2OTYzNmQzNDM5NDE1ZjZiMzI0MTZmNzE3YTM3MzU0MS0zNjB4MzYwLTAtMC5qcGc.jpg" too long to be saved correctly in TarGz archive!

WARNING: Job has done with warnings in 29 seconds. Please resolve them for correct execution.

I'm sure what to do, can you help me please? Thank you!!
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ThomasPaul Premium
From what I can tell by looking at your site and the error message, the file name is too long for the first picture(baby with blue towel on head) in your post "How to bathe a baby - 9 simple steps".

You will need to go to the media uploads area and try changing the file name of that photo to something shorter.

On the chance that it doesn't let you change to something shorter then you will need to delete it from your media folder and upload the same photo with a shorter name. You will also need to reinsert the photo into your post because the original link will point to nothing once you delete the original folder.

If it gives you similar errors you will have to do the same process for all of the pictures that have names that are too long
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jko2013 Premium
Thank you SO much ThomasPaul!! That totally worked!!
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ThomasPaul Premium
Glad to hear that it worked.
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SnuggleKitty Premium
Hello. So I followed all your directions to the T and I am getting the below error when I try to manually run back up. My website is hosted on IP 174.129.203.75 along with 420 other sites. Please advise on what I can do to Remedy this?
Thanks!

"The HTTP response test get a false http status (500)"
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welshy Premium
Hi, You should submit a support ticket and ask them to see if outbound requests to dropbox are being blocked on the server. Craig
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DoubleTap Premium
The new video is awesome Craig! Thanks again!!!
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stn67 Premium
Thanks i think it work
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TJ7774 Premium
thank you for this!!!! so helpful!!
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SquidooSlfMstr Premium
Hello again Craig:

Just wanted to update you (and anyone having the same problem) on my problem backing up using the "BackWPup" plugin.

Hosting support did a backup for me and responded with this (which I don't quite understand):

"Your WordPress setting of site URL and home has been corrected. Please do not use capital/small letter combination in it to prevent the issues for now. "


Anyway, I didn't touch any settings and tried to do a back up. I still got those Error Messages

(ERROR: Dropbox API: (7) couldn't connect to host
ERROR: Job has ended with errors in 190 seconds. You must resolve the errors for correct execution.)


Considering their reply, do you know how they got the back up to work?

Thanks again for you expertise,
-C
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welshy Premium
Hi Charlie,
I personally don't think that's the reason why it didn't work.
I have a test site that returns the same error, site url etc don't have any capital letters either http://d.pr/i/zD9U

Did a new backup appear in your dropbox folder?
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SquidooSlfMstr Premium
Hi Craig:
I wasn't sure what they meant by my WP Setting Site URL and stuff but if your image is what they're talking about, then I don't have any capital letters either.

Anyway, I told them about how I couldn't complete a backup and they replied with this:

"This error occurs some times because of load on database service.
We are aware of this issue and we are working on to resolve this.
Your backwpup should work fine now. "


So, I tried running a backup again and came back with errors and warnings (see image) http://gainfinancialfreedom.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/BackWPup-Errors-and-Warnings.jpg

However, I tried running another backup about 30 minutes later and it completed with NO ERRORS OR WARNINGS! Yayyy! I guess it depends on the load on database service.

We'll see how future backups run.

And, yes, have several backups in my Dropbox folder. But, I don't know if they were created despite the Errors/Warnings or only when they completed a backup for me.

My log shows 3 backups ran OK and 3 backups with Errors and Warnings.

Thanks for your input and suggestions.

Charlie
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SquidooSlfMstr Premium
Hi Craig:

I ran a complete backup and got these 2 Error Messages:

ERROR: Dropbox API: (7) couldn't connect to host
ERROR: Job has ended with errors in 80 seconds. You must resolve the errors for correct execution.

Do you know how to fix that?

Thanks for your help!
Charlie
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welshy Premium
Hi Charlie,
The easy fix is to get hosting outside of WA. Some WA servers allow outbound requests to Dropbox but some don't, so if you're getting that error I believe the server your site is on doesn't allow outbound requests.
You can try submit a ticket, but if you do, cut straight to the point and ask them to allow outbound access to Dropbox.

I somewhat understand WA hosting reasons behind not allowing plugins to make outbound requests/queries, but seems as so many tutorials and members recommend using backwpup etc you'd think they'd add this plugin to the ok list and on all servers.

I maybe ranting here Charlie and it's not directed at you in anyway at all. I just see people every single day posting about errors etc related to this plugin and topic.
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SquidooSlfMstr Premium
Hmmm, that explains why BackWPup works on some of my sites here.

I contacted WA Hosting support. Thanks for the reply!

And, I didn't get a sense that you were ranting at me, but, thanks for mentioning that.

Happy Holidays!

Charlie
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DC574 Premium
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breadtalk Premium
Thanks, Craig; definitely must get to this asap.
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jeremyngyw Premium
I get this when I try to authenticate.. "Dropbox API: (7) couldn't connect to host"
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DC574 Premium
I'm in the same boat very frustrating! Please help!
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npap Premium
Same here, any update?
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jeremyngyw Premium
I've decided to use WP-DB Backup. This works fine for me. I backup to my email.
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LiseER Premium
I have a problem authenticating for DropBox. I do have a DropBox and I'm logged in. I went through it all step-by-step. Can you help. I read further down something about GoDaddy.com, but I don't remember if that is where I bought my domain. What do I do now?
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BIS Premium
Have you got Google Analytics installed and did you deactivate it before you tried to authenticate?
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LiseER Premium
Maybe that is why. I do have Google analytics. Can you give me a quick description of where to deactivate it?
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Gordi Premium
This is a great tutorial. Can I use drop box for unlimited websites, as I build more in the future, and can this be used to back up my home computer as well?
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croninweb Premium
Hi, You get 2GB free after that must pay for upgrade. i AM PRETTY SURE AND THEN YOU CAN DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO

OOPS CAPS ON

his in the lesson above ---

http://wordpress.org/support/plugin/backwpup
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georama Premium
Very useful video n tutorial.
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garthjen Premium
Excellent training Welshy. I backed up my website without a single hitch. That has not happened to me in a long time. Thanks very much.
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Chris Lee Premium
Nice training Welshy. Too bad I got the error as well :( I'm using another back up plugin now. Does all this one does except back up to Dropbox automatically.. Ah well! :)
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welshy Premium
Hi Chris, can you tell me what IP address your site using?
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Chris Lee Premium
My computer IP address? Or the hosting? I host with WA
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welshy Premium
Your hosting IP, just add your url here and it should tell you the IP http://www.yougetsignal.com/tools/web-sites-on-web-server/
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Chris Lee Premium
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welshy Premium
yes, it appears no sites on that IP appear to work with Dropbox, you can try submit a ticket but they claim all is well. https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/welshy/blog/backwpup-dropbox-not-working-have-you-checked
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Chris Lee Premium
But mine is not a free site. It's not on sitrerubix
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welshy Premium
I'm not sure how it all works Chris, but I'm guessing that each server has it's own IP, sites that return the error all seems to be on a selected few IP's.

I don't use WA hosting so it's not a big deal to me I just wanted to try pinpoint the problem for others.
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Chris Lee Premium
Ahh it 's ok don't sweat it. There are other options. Thanks again. :)
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DoubleTap Premium
Hey there Craig, when I try to run a job, I get this error: The HTTP response test get a false http status (401) Any ideas??? The site is hosted at GoDaddy! Thanks man!
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DoubleTap Premium
Also Craig, when I go to Settings>Network it asks: "Is your blog protected with HTTP basic authentication (.htaccess)? Then please set the username and password for authentication here." I read somewhere that this may be the problem when ya' get a (401). Do you know what username and password they're talking about? Thanks again Craig!!!
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jmicchael Premium
Just installed, backed up,and updated my slowly but steadily developing website. I am pleased to say I did the first two operations right from here. Mr. W., your tutorial was quite concise and I thank you. Not my first of your tutorial and I'm back here because I appreciate the pose and professionalism of your presentations. Thanks again.
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pcook410 Premium
Welshy, I'm having problems getting Dropbox to authenticate. For some reason I keep getting this message:
The HTTP response test get a error "connect () timed out" The HTTP response test get a false http status ()

It won't run the backup at all. What did I do wrong? I've listened to your tutorial twice now, and I've done everything the same way you did. The only difference is that I wanted mine backed up daily at 3:00 am.

Any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated.

Pat
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welshy Premium
Hi Pat, Who are you using for hosting? If it's Godaddy that maybe the reason behind the error.
I'll have a look for a possible reason, or if you want you're welcome to PM me some temp login details and I'll have a at how it's setup.

Craig
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welshy Premium
Hi Pat,
Posting this here incase others have same error.
I'm not 100% sure but as you know I've tried a few other backup plugin on your site.
None worked and this tells me it's a server related problem. Going off the error message, this is the only answer I found. http://techblog.tysononline.us/2013/backwpup-server-self-connect-error

Please submit a ticket and give them the link and ask if they can confirm everything is correct.
Craig
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Success Inc Premium
Good training. My website is now backed up. The process went smoothly. Much appreciated.
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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?
Regards
Hudson.
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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.
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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,
Thanks
Hudson.
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Rick Jantz Premium
Well, as you know, this is really important and so glad I followed your video. Thank you very much, again!
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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.
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caylynn Premium
Success! 100%. Guess I had to wait later in the evening.
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Imagination Premium
Mega thanks!
I feel safer now :)
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Josh Perks Premium
Been meaning to get on to backing up my site for ages and this was just the job, thanks :)
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welshy Premium
Thanks for the comment Josh.
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