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Backup your WordPress Blogs with Dropbox

by | posted: September 4, 2012 0 comment

One of the most important aspects about running a blog is the content. Because without content, how useful is a blog?!? The answer – not very.

That is why it is crucial that you backup your data at a separate location. One of the best methods I have found for backing up your data is by using the Backup to Dropbox WordPress plugin.

If you have never heard of Dropbox, do not fear! It is a safe place to store any sort of files that you need:

“Dropbox allows users to create a special folder on each of their computers, which Dropbox then synchronises so that it appears to be the same folder (with the same contents) regardless of the computer it is viewed on. Files placed in this folder are also accessible through a web site and mobile phone applications.”
Wikipedia

Here is a quick tutorial on how to get everything setup:

Step 1. If you don’t already have an account, you need to sign up at Dropbox. Click here to sign up at Dropbox

Step 2. Install and activate the plugin. Click here to download the plugin

Step 3. Authorize the plugin to connect with your Dropbox account.


Step 4. Configure the plugin to meet your needs


I like to schedule a weekly backup. Your site will be backed up regardless if you are online or not. I find it best to create a separate folder for each site that you plan on backing up. You are also able to select any directories that you do not want to have backed up. One of the best features about the plugin is that it will also automatically backup the Mysql database associated with your website. You can find the backup of the database under the Media folder in your Dropbox account.

Have you used Dropbox to backup your websites before? If not, do you use some other software or plugin? Let us know in the comments below.

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Mike Hlatky

Mike has been making websites since he was 15 years old. Now 22 years old, Mike runs several authority sites and his expertise lies in website creation, development, and sales. You can also check out his premium WordPress Themes and Plugins for sale by clicking here.

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