BackWPup Pro: Saving a WordPress backup to Dropbox

Saving WordPress backups to a Dropbox may not always be easy, as it requires a one-time authentication. We will show you how the connection works using our plugins BackWPup Pro or BackWPup.

The procedure described here remains the same if you want to do a one-time backup or want to schedule periodic backups (e.g. via WordPress Cronjobs).

Important: The instructions provided here apply for the BackWPup versions 3.1.3 and higher (before that, Dropbox used another form of authentication).

  1. Select BackWPup (Pro) → Add new job from your dashboard to create the backup. Give your backup a unique Job Name.
  2. Specify in Job Tasks, whether you would like to backup the database and/or the files, as well as other elements. Specify the backup format you want, and other details in Backup File Creation.
  3. Select “Backup to Dropbox” for Job Destination:
  4. backup job destination

  5. A new tab will appear at the top of the page “To: Dropbox”:
  6. to dropbox

  7. There you can now retrieve the authentication code (token) needed for a Dropbox connection. Click “Get Dropbox App auth code” if you want your WordPress installation to only have access to the apps subsection of the Dropbox. Select “Get full Dropbox auth code” for complete access, or for a backup in the main folder of Dropbox:
  8. dropbox access

    Important: The Dropbox folder Apps/BackWPup will be created automatically for the first variant, which means you will not have to create the folder manually beforehand.

  9. You will now be forwarded to a new page, where you have to confirm access by clicking “Allow”:
  10. allow dropbox

  11. The system will now generate the code (token). Copy that code to the clipboard or a temporary file, and then close the page:
  12. dropbox token

  13. Paste the code into the relevant access field. Confirm at the bottom of the page by clicking “Save Changes”:
  14. auth code dropbox

  15. The authentication process should now be complete:
  16. authenticated dropbox

You can specify additional BackWPup options as usual, e.g. timed backups under “Schedule”. All you have to do now is start the job.

Important: You should verify correct connection by initiating your first backup manually before scheduling timed backups. Don’t forget that Dropbox may reject very large backup files, depending on the type of package you purchased from your provider.

In addition to Dropbox, BackWPup Pro also supports WordPress backups via FTP, email, S3 provider (including Amazon, Google Storage), Google Drive, SugarSync, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace Cloud, and Amazon Glacier.

Find out how to load back a WordPress backup to repair or restore your blog or shop in this tutorial.

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