How to Backup WordPress to Dropbox

With the UpdraftPlus plugin, you can backup your WordPress site to a remote storage location such as Email, or FTP. In this tutorial, we will show you how to backup WordPress to Dropbox using the UpdraftPlus WordPress plugin.

Since Dropbox stores your site backups on another location from your website, it will still be available to download and restore if your server is down or inaccessible.

Backup WordPress to Dropbox using UpdraftPlus

  1. Log into your WordPress Dashboard.
  2. Click Settings then UpdraftPlus in the navigation menu.
    How to find UpdraftPlus Settings in WordPress
  3. Click the Settings tab on the UpdraftPlus Backup/Restore page.
    Click on the UpdraftPlus Settings in WordPress
  4. Scroll down and click the Dropbox option in the Choose your remote storage section.
    Choose Dropbox in the Remote Storage section
  5. You will then see Dropbox settings below. Choose if you want to backup your Plugins, Themes, or Any other directory.
    In the UpdraftPlus Settings, choose what type of data you want to backup to Dropbox
  6. Scroll down and click the Save Changes button.
    Save the Changes you made to your UpdraftPlus backup settings
  7. A box will pop up stating “You have selected a remote storage option which has an authorization step to complete: Follow this link to authorize access to your Dropbox account (you will not be able to backup to Dropbox without it).” Click the link.
    Authorize access from UpdraftPlus to your Dropbox account
  8. You will be redirected to a page saying “ would like access to its own folder, Apps › UpdraftPlus.Com, inside your Dropbox.” Make sure you are logged into the right account, then click the Allow button.
    On the redirected page, allow UpdraftPlus to access your Dropbox account
  9. Click the Complete setup button on the UpdraftPlus page.
    Complete setup on the UpdraftPlus settings page

    You will then see a “Success” message along with the name of your account and your available space on Dropbox.

    Dropbox success message showing available space
  10. Click the Backup Now button to backup your WordPress site to Dropbox.
    Click Backup Now to backup your WordPress site to Dropbox
  11. On the pop-up box choose if you want to backup your database and files. Make sure the Send this backup to remote storage option is checked, then click the Backup Now button.
    Check the box for Send this backup to remote storage

    The backup will then begin, this may take some time to complete based on the size of your site. When the backup is complete the Last log message will say “The backup apparently succeeded and is now complete.”

    The backup apparently succeeded and is now complete

Congratulations, now you know how to backup your WordPress site to Dropbox!

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