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.

Using phpMyAdmin To Backup WordPress Database

Backups are frequently overlooked but absolutely essential. Relying on your webhost to keep backups of your data is bound to backfire some day. Companies go bankrupt, data centres burn down, and hackers can be very destructive. In fact, one recent web hosting company in Australia lost all of their customers data – including backups – after hackers broke in! I hope you remember how Anshul lost his WordPress data and regained it later.

Many of you are likely using WordPress, in which case you have the option of using the WordPress database backup plugin, located here. However, this does not backup plugin data and thus, is not a true image of your website setup. Furthermore, for other CMS platforms, this is not really a solution. Thankfully, the procedure to backup your database through phpMyAdmin is relatively straightforward. The vast majority of web hosts come with phpMyAdmin; if yours doesn’t then the following steps aren’t going to be of much use to you.

Backup Your WordPress Database (MySQL) Using phpMyAdmin

Step 1. Login to your web host’s control panel and click on the link to phpMyAdmin. Depending on your control panel software it might simply be an icon, or might be in a menu labeled something like “Hosting Features”. You may be prompted for a username and password for phpMyAdmin, which will be the same as those you chose when you setup your WordPress installation (check wp-config.php in your installation folder, the username and password will be in there under “DB_USER” and “DB_PASSWORD”)
(An alternative method to Step 1 is to visit www.yourdomain.com/phpmyadmin and login directly to phpMyAdmin)

Step 2. There should now be a phpMyAdmin icon in the top left. Click on the home icon on the left, then select your WordPress database from the list. If you are unsure what your database is called, you can again check wp-config in your installation folder – it is under the entry for “DB_NAME”.

phpMyAdmin 1

Step 3. Your database tables will show up in a column on the left, with the database title at the top, as per the screenshot. Click on the Export tab.

phpMyAdmin 2

Step 4. Ensure that all items in the export box are selected (click “Select All”). Down the bottom, tick “save as file”. I find that using compression tends to be problematic, so leave compression set to none. Then click Go in the bottom right. The browser will appear to do nothing for a few seconds then pop up a box asking you if you wish to save a file. Save it. Depending on the size of your database the download could take a few seconds to a few minutes. Now exhale, you’re done!

phpMyAdmin 3

Solid Tips For WordPress Backups [Simple Guide]

WordPress BackupEvery blogger or webmaster spends more time on making his website and starts blogging, we are very proud to be a blogger.

But if the website you are working on is crashed or hacked, then what you will do?? Always keep back up of your blog’s files and database. Many of us forget to take backups, which is equally important to SEO and other stuffs. It is a MUST for every blogger. FTP the blog contents to your system regularly. It doesn’t matter whether you are using shared hosting or dedicated hosting, backup is MUST.

Even if your database is compromised, you can restore it with the help of backup. WordPress Backups one of the recommended basic security tips.

Recently I had faced this problem and learnt some backup tips which I gonna share now here. Below I mentioned some simple WordPress Backups tips which will be useful to all the newbies out there.

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