This article will show you how to use UpdraftPlus to backup your WordPress site to Dropbox.
What Is UpdraftPlus?
UpdraftPlus is the leading WordPress backup, restore and migration plugin. UpdraftPlus simplifies backups (and restoration). Backup into the cloud (Amazon S3 (or compatible), Dropbox, Google Drive, Rackspace Cloud, DreamObjects, FTP, Openstack Swift, UpdraftPlus Vault and email) and restore with a single click.
First thing you need to do is login to your WordPress admin area. Next, click on Plugins > Add New.
Type in “updraftplus” in Search Plugins box to search for UpdraftPlus plugin.
Next, click Install Now button to install the plugin.
WordPress will now install your plugin and show you a button to activate the plugin. Click on the Activate button and you’ve successfully installed and activated UpdraftPlus plugin.
When you activate the plugin, you will see a new menu under Settings with the name UpdraftPlus Backups. Click the menu to configure UpdraftPlus plugin.
To configure your backup settings, go to the Settings tab.
From the File backup schedule and Database backup schedule fields, you can choose the backup frequency of the files and database. You can also choose how many backups you want to save.
From the Include in files backup field, you can choose to include the
uploads and any other folder inside of the
wp-content folder. And if you want to exclude any folder, there are fields for that too.
If you want a report after each backup completes, you can do so by checking the Email checkbox.
Next, choose Dropbox on Choose your remote storage to copy your backup file to Dropbox.
If you choose not to use remote storage, your backup file will remain on the web-server.
Click Save Changes button.
After you saved the settings, come back to the settings page to complete authentication with Dropbox.
Click the link provided in the UpdraftPlus notice on top of your WordPress admin.
This will take you to the Dropbox website. Login to your Dropbox account and give UpdraftPlus permission to upload files in your account.
Once you click Allow button you will be redirected back to WordPress admin. Now click Backup Now button to test the backup.
The length of time to complete the backup will depend on your database and images size, but you can see how the backup is progressing.
Once the backup is complete you will see a message on screen to say that the backup was successful. Your backups will now be saved in your Dropbox account in the folder Apps > UpdraftPlus.