WordPress Dropbox Backup Plugin Solution

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How to Backup Your WordPress Site to Dropbox for FREE!

I get a lot of requests from my customers and subscribers for good solutions for backing up WordPress sites. The good news is there are a variety of options available, but some will cost you while others require you to manually go in and backup (which many of us tend to forget to do!).

In my opinion, the best solution for backups is one that backs up your database and all your WP files to an off-site (or cloud-based) server. Probably the best solution out there is Dropbox. If you are not familiar with Dropbox, it allows you to backup and share your files with other people and it is incredibly easy-to-use. Dropbox is free up to a certain size (up to 8gb), and you can sign up for a FREE Dropbox account by clicking here.

Once you have your Dropbox account, you can install the WP Time Machine plugin and backup your WP files automatically to your off-site backup. The great thing is you can set it up to automatically generate a new backup each time you post something new to the site!

Below is a quick tutorial for how to set it up on your site.

Step One: Install the WP Time Machine Plugin on your WP site.

Step Two: Setup the plugin and enter your Dropbox account info (if you don't have one yet, click here)

Step Three: Click "Generate WP Time Machine Archive" and wait as it updates

Once completed,  you will get the following message:

Step Four: Check Your Dropbox and you will see the backup up files


That's it! Your WP database and files are now backup up to your Dropbox account!


If you want to make Dropbox work automatically, you can setup the options by clicking the text that says "Show plugin options". You can select the following options:


This is an incredibly easy way to create off-site backups of your WP sites for FREE! All you need is a free Dropbox account to get started. Click here to get one if you don't have one already!


6 Responses to “WordPress Dropbox Backup Plugin Solution”

  1. Paul Hanna 6 November 2010 at 2:00 pm #

    Hi Jason
    Thanks for this information.
    I have had my blog hacked in the past, with no back up and lost over a years work plus a google ban, which took a hosting reset to fix. 
    I dont think any one believes this will happen to them. I crashed my blog more than once just changing the theme.
    Not all db backup plug in`s work as I have found out after a crash, giving me errors after trying the repair system from with in the plug in settings. I was lucky as I had other db back up`s that I had done manually.
    I use drop box but never realised to use it this way so again thankyou for this info and I will give the plug in a try on a test blog.

  2. LisaSEO 6 November 2010 at 4:51 pm #

    Hi Jason – Thanks for this resource.  Does this plugin create a zip file? Also does the plugin allow for cron to be used to schedule the backups?  How do you restore a backup? does the plugin have a restore feature?

  3. The 5 Min Meal Planner 6 November 2010 at 11:02 pm #

    I wish I knew about this solution before. I just did a very ugly backup about 2 weeks ago and restoring took me almost a week! Thanks Jason for a very cool solution to a very annoying problem.
    I have found that as online marketers we have a tendency to waste a lot of time doing grunt work like backing up files etc. and if the truth be told, this is the worst possible use of our time. We're supposed to be spending out time automating as much of our businesses as possible and then only spend time marketing. Heck, even that can be outsourced and essentially automated.
    I'm reading a book right now that will really explain why things like automated site backups and the like can really take your business from mediocre to record breaking. It's called "The Ultimate Sales Machine" by Chet Holmes and I'm glued (just look for it on Amazon).
    You know how as entrepreneurs we're always overwhelmed with the mountain of unfinished tasks that lay before us? Well this guy has a plan that even people like you and I can follow. And no I'm not in any way affiliated with the author or this book. I'm just tired of seeing well intentioned people spinning their wheels trying to build a business and getting nowhere. I truly believe this is an amazing read – well, at least it has been so far – so it gets my highest recommendation

  4. LaTara Ham-Ying 7 November 2010 at 7:34 pm #

    Thanks so much for this post! I was excited to see it because I love Dropbox and you can use Amazon S3 as well. 
    I enjoy your emails and have learned so much more that will allow me to serve my clients better!

  5. Scott Madden 8 November 2010 at 1:03 am #

    Thanks for sending me the email directing me to this post. It is right on time.
    I hope that you dont mind I created a link to it in the community news section on my blog you can check it out here http://ldfeeds.com/user-link-wordpress-dropbox-backup-plugin-solution
    Keep up the good work.

  6. Rebecca Olkowski 13 May 2011 at 1:41 am #

    Perfect timing.  I had just signed up for dropbox today for another reason and had never heard of it before.  Then twice in one day.  I'm definitely going to give it a try.  Thanks for the feed too.  I'd love to know how to do a restore using the backup file.

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