This is a review of the Backup to Dropbox WordPress Plugin. In this blog post you will learn why it’s important to keep your WordPress website up-to-date and how to do so. Website hygiene is also an important part of your SEO. Google will thank you for maintaining your site health in keeping your site and plugins up-to-date.
Why Should I Update my Website?
Once you have your WordPress Website up and running, you will need to update it regularly.
Not updating your site can leave it vulnerable to brute force attack and the affects can be detrimental. Detrimental meaning that you could potentially lose your website content, or get locked out of your site due to the fact that you can’t access the login page because you are presented with the white screen of death.
I won’t go into the reasons why the white screen of death occurs in this blog post, rather I would like to save you the headache and give you some piece of mind in the event that if anything does go wrong you will always have an up-to-date backup of your site safely stored on the cloud in your Dropbox account.
You will know when your site needs to be updated because when you open your WordPress website you will see a notification on your dashboard that tells you that the latest version of WordPress is available. On the left side of the dashboard you will also see that there are further updates. See figure 1 below.
I highly recommend that before you Update your WordPress Website, make sure you have a backup!
Keep a Backup of your Site
Sometimes things go wrong with updates. Whether this becomes a huge setback to your business or not is entirely up to you. One of the things that brings me most piece of mind and gives me more freedom to experiment on WordPress and with different plugins is the fact that I know that there is a full backup of my site stored on my dropbox account.
So let me show you how to get your WordPress site backed up on your Dropbox account.
The first Step is to download the WordPress to Dropbox Plugin
Go to Dashboard > Plugins > Add New
In the search bar type ‘Backup to Dropbox’, Install and Activate the plugin by Michael De Wildt as shown in Figure 2.
Once you have activated the plugin you will see it in your Dashboard as WPB2D.
The Next Step is to Manage your WordPress to DropBox Settings
Go to Dashboard > WPB2D > Backup Settings
You will be asked to Authorise your Dropbox Account. To do this you must be logged into the Dropbox account that you want to use. Click Authorise. See Figure 3.
Once Authorised you will be greeted with a window saying that you have successfully linked your account and you will need to now name your backups folder in your dropbox and also schedule the frequency of your backups. If you are constantly adding new content to your site then you need to backup more frequently. If you have a static site that doesn’t change much then you can do a backup every 12 weeks. The backups use up Dropbox space so take this into account when adjusting your settings.
Click ‘Save Changes’ and you’re done! You are now safe to update your WordPress to the latest version now and anytime in the future because if anything goes wrong you have a recent backup available!
If you have any questions please comment below and let me know how you got on. I will gladly review any other plugin and answer questions on the best plugins in the WordPress directory. Feel free to tweet me anytime. I’m never too far away!
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