I’ve been in systems/IT for about 8 years now and the one thing I see constantly is the absence of a good backup system. This goes for desktops, laptops, servers and the websites that run on them. I’m not 100% sure why this is, maybe its a laziness, lack of technical ability or they just need to lose all of their data to realize they should have been backing it up. Are you backing up your blog? If not, today is your lucky day because I’m going to show you how. It seems like WordPress is the most popular blogging platform, so I’ll focus on that.
First off, if you haven’t heard of Dropbox you should stop everything you are doing right now and go setup an account. Dropbox is simply amazing, think of having a magic folder on your desktop that has the same thing in it no matter where you go, or which one of your devices you are using. Now imagine your WordPress blog using that magic folder as a backup location automatically. Wait.. did this just solve two issues? Yup, you can use this to keep up with files on your computer(s) instead of those pesky USB sticks you know you carry around and backup your dblog!
After you setup a Dropbox account just go to your WordPress Dashboard, hover over Plugins on the left and click “Add New”. Search for “WordPress Backup to Dropbox” and install the first result. If you are an advanced user, or this method fails you can try installing it a different way. Once installed your menu bar on the left will now have a “WPB2D” item, go into the “Backup Settings” and click authorize to connect WordPress to Dropbox!
It should look something like this:
The only settings I changed here were to backup daily at midnight, and set my database files to be stored in a folder called, “db-backup”. You should be all set now! Click Backup Now in the WPB2D menu and your WordPress files and database will backup into your Dropbox folder!
Now install Dropbox on every computer and device you own for added awesomeness! (not required)
If your WordPress blog is hosted by WordPress.com then this doesn’t apply to you. Your data is in the WordPress cloud and is fairly safe there, but that doesn’t help if you delete a post or something like that. I would suggest using the export feature built into their Dashboard to simply download the export file into.. wait, yes, download it to your Dropbox folder!
Questions? Ask away!