Like any hardworking professional, the amount of time you spend building your WordPress site to the magnitude that it’s at right now was a tough and trying journey. Who knows how many loops your had to go through just to get your site back on the right track. Who knows how many hiccups occurred that had you wailing in fear and worry that you were going to lose your audience, and hence lose your livelihood.
What if one day, for some reason or another, you found that your site had simply up and disappeared?
Whether you’re a small blog or a big corporate or commercial website, backing up your files is one of the most important tasks that should be right up there with creating valuable content. Content can get you far, but once your site suddenly goes, then it’s gone. Having all the files backed up somewhere then, can help you get back on track with restoring your site into a working condition.
Of course, everyone knows the importance of backing up their files. However, when was the last time that you actually performed one?
When it comes to something as important as backing up your site’s files, then an automated process proves to be the best solution. That way, you have your files in storage whether or not you remember to perform a backup yourself.
What is WordPress Backup to Dropbox?
As can be gleamed from the title, this plugin by Michael De Wildt does the process of automating the backing up of your WordPress files and storing them within your Dropbox account. The whole thing sounds simple enough and easy to understand. Getting it to work for you proves to be just as easy.
How Does it Work?
Installing the plugin onto your WordPress site is a simple process. Just move on over to the â€œPluginsâ€ tab on your WordPress Dashboard and choose the option to â€œAdd New.â€ Next, just type in the title of the plugin and install it.
Once installed, you have to authorize the plugin so that it will be able to access your Dropbox account. This, then, is where all your files, as well as your database, will be sent whenever the plugin performs a backup.
One important thing to note with the backup process, however, is that every file is copied onto your Dropbox account individually. The files are not compressed or zipped. In a way this helps in the event that you need to replace only the specific files that you may have accidentally deleted.
The downside to having individual files uploaded to your Dropbox account is that it takes up more space than they would have if they were compressed into zip files. If you’re simply using a free Dropbox account, then, a lack of space might just prove to be a problem for you.
The main issue with the plugin remains with the space it takes up on your Dropbox account. While the plugin may work pretty well for basic sites and blogs that don’t really do a lot of heavy-lifting, for a more advanced or technical user, this plugin might not service all your needs. However, the plugin does what it says it does, and does it efficiently enough. After all, better to have your files backed up rather than not at all.