Dropbox is one of most popular file hosting services today. Using Dropbox, users can backup important files and share it with others. These files are accessible from anywhere, anytime. You don’t need to bother carrying a flash drive anymore.
All WordPress backup plugins have a limit on the number of backups archived by them. But there may be cases where you want to stash away an important version of the backup (the gold version) to a separate location such as your Dropbox or S3 accounts. Let us compare how the two popular plugins help you upload a backup to Dropbox.
Any transfer of files using BackupBuddy means having to add a remote destination. Dropbox is no different. The process is simple enough, authorize BackupBuddy to access your account and enter the corresponding authorization code into the form specified.
You also have the option of configuring the archive limit and the chunk size along with the directory name. Of course, you can always go with the default values that BackupBuddy fills up.
Once you’ve added the Dropbox as a remote destination, you can send your backup files to this account. The process takes up a few minutes depending on the file size. You can also have your automatic backups sent to Dropbox but that’ll fill up space quickly, even for a small site.
You can also restore a backup from your Dropbox account. However, there is no direct way to do it. You must first download the backup file to your local system. From there on you’ve got to follow the usual restore process recommended by BackupBuddy (add cross-link to review: restore section).
blogVault automatically schedules daily backups for your site(s) and uses an offsite location for storage. It copies the data onto two different servers of its own and further onto its own Amazon S3 account. However, if you want to store a specific version to your Dropbox account, there is an easy way to do it. It provides an Upload to Dropbox option right at the dashboard that takes you to the authorize page.
Once you allow access, you are required to enter the URL and database details. Since blogVault auto fills these details for you, you just have hit the Continue button. Immediately after, the transfer begins. Unlike BackupBuddy, blogVault shows a progress bar which makes it easier to track the transfer than having to wonder what’s happening in the background. blogVault also sends you an email notifying that the transfer is completed.
blogVault provides an Auto Restore feature whenever you are faced with the task of restoring your site. But for some reason, if you choose to use the backup stored in your Dropbox account, you need to resort to the manual restore method. Here is a tutorial on how you restore backups manually.