HOW TO: Backup WordPress Blog To Dropbox

Regular backup procedure is a must-do thing for any blogger. Your blog is your life, it defined you. If something goes wrong it gives away a bad impression about you to your reader base. So it’s better to have a backup as an extra measure to face a disaster.

What I used to do was create a backup in hosting control panel and save it in my hard drive periodically. But hard drives are highly unreliable. Any moment it could stop working. As a solution what I did was download the backup and put it in Dropbox. It was a good plan and now the backup is saved in two different locations.

But still I have to do it manually. Still human factor applies and system is unreliable. What I really needed was a way to automatically send a backup of my WordPress blog to Dropbox directly, in a given frequency. Here we go with the solution!

Getting Started With WordPress Backup to Dropbox

  • Login to your WordPress dashboard, go to Plugins -> add new.
  • Search for (WordPress Backup to Dropbox) plugin and install it.
  • It will add a new menu item to WordPress dashboard as shown below.

Menu

  • In the initial run you will get the below message asking to authorize it with Dropbox. Press continue.

Authorize-DropBox

  • It will take you to Dropbox website and there you have to give the permission to use Dropbox by pressing allow.

Allow-DropBox

  • Now you are good to go. Go back to WPB2D -> backup settings. Now you will be able to see the actual control panel and options.
  • There, set the backup location, day/time, frequency and excluded folders as you need. Click on save changes once you are done.
  • That’s it! You are done with the configuration. Now it will automatically backup your WordPress blog to your Dropbox in a given location, at a given time and frequency. It’s totally automated. You can sit back and relax.
  • If you like to start backup process now, go to WPB2D -> Backup log and click on start backup. Right there you will be able to see the progress as well.

Backup-Log

  • In the setting page you have options to unlink account, see next scheduled backup and clear history.

This is truly a complete and automated backup solution for your WordPress blog. In this case your blog will be stored in Dropbox servers and it will get synced in to your hard drive, at two different geographical locations.

Now you might ask the next big question. Backup of server folder is not really enough for full restore of a WordPress blog. You need database backup as well. Where is it?

Good question! And the good news is yes, this plugin is backing us your database as well. You can find it in wp-content -> Backups. It will create two SQL scripts for main database as well as plugin settings.

Final doubt is also solved. This is definitely a must-use plugin for every WordPress blog and whole solution comes totally FREE. Try this out and share your experience as a comment below.

WordPress Android App For Webmasters [REVIEW]

“Be the first” is one critical success factor for bloggers. It could be hot news, gadget release or maybe a comment which need quick attention. As long as you are in front of a computer, you have no problem. But if you are away, may be on the road. In such a case you could miss a great opportunity to attract millions of visitors to your blog.

Isn’t there any way to keep in touch with blog and administrate it when you are away? Of course you can use mobile browser, but it’s not a perfect solution. When I was stumbling across Google Play Store, I came across with great app which will solve all of the above problems. Using this app you can connect to your WordPress blog and access entire administration features when you are on the move.

Getting Started with WordPress Android App

Before you start using WordPress Android app, you should enable XML-RPC from WordPress dashboard -> Settings -> Writing -> Remote publishing.

wordpress xml rpc

It’s letting Android app to access your blog and publish articles. Make sure you have strong password as well, or else create a strong password. Now you are good to start WordPress Android app.

  • Go to Google Play Store and install WordPress app on your Smartphone.
  • Initial launch will prompt you a licensee agreement. Accept it and proceed.
  • Then it will take you to a window with 3 options. There you can
    – Start a new blog

    – Add WordPress.com blog

    – Add Self hosted WordPress blog.

    Choose appropriate options. In my case I’d go with self hosted blog option.

  • In the next window enter blog URL, username, password and tap Save.

WordPress Android App - HBB

  • It will take you to app dashboard where you can find all the WordPress options.
  • There you can control posts, pages, comments and settings.
  • Its providing you option to publish post right in from your phone with images and videos.
  • When you go to post and page section, you can preview content, share or delete them.

WordPress Android App - Writing Post

  • In comment section you can see latest comment, reply, approve, spam or delete them easily.
  • The best thing about WordPress android app is it’s giving you notification for new comments.
  • To enable that go to preferences and set update interval and type of notification you need.
  • For wordpress.com blogs you can see stats as well.

With upcoming Android 5.0 update, I think this is a very useful app, especially for news blogger. You can update multimedia rich content even when they are in the field. You can keep close eye on your blog and its status. Any blogger would like to give a quick response to commoners. This app is giving comment notification and you can reply to them right in the app. A must try app for all WordPress bloggers and get this app installed in your android phone right away. If you need more engaging apps, you can also check out popular Android forum for this.