UpdraftPlus vs. blogVault – WordPress Backup to Dropbox

Dropbox is one of the biggest names in online storage today. You can use Dropbox for syncing files from your computer and sharing them with others. The best part about Dropbox is that it is accessible from almost any device.

Dropbox can also be used as one of the remote destinations for storing backups. Many WordPress plugins support this feature and transfer files directly in your Dropbox account. In cases where the plugin’s offsite storage is your primary remote destination, you can use Dropbox to stash away an important version of backup for your reference.

UpdraftPlus

You can use Dropbox directly to store your backups by adding it as one of the remote destinations. Once you do this, you’ll be requested to authorize your account after which the plugin will start using the Dropbox for storage.

UpdraftPlus lets you view and download files in remote destinations from within the site. You can also restore your site to any of the available backups using the Restore option. This is mostly useful when you’re trying to fix a botched upgrade or issues during development. However, if your site crashes and you re-install the plugin, the available Dropbox backups don’t get listed automatically. The only option in this case is it to restore your site manually which is tedious and time consuming. Moreover, the old backup files aren’t deleted by the plugin automatically and has to be done manually. For more details, read our article on Restoring a WordPress site from Dropbox using UpdraftPlus.

If your site crashes and you re-install the plugin, the available Dropbox backups don’t get listed automatically. The only option in this case is it to restore your site manually which is tedious, time consuming, and most of all frustrating in the middle of a site outage.

blogVault

blogVault uses its own offsite storage for your backups so you don’t need to worry about managing remote destinations. However, if you still want to store some versions of your backup to your own Dropbox account, you can do it directly from the blogVault dashboard.

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. The only way to access the backups in your Dropbox account is via the Dropbox interface itself.