Dropbox is easily one the most popular online data storage services today. You can seamlessly sync files and share it with others. Dropbox is also very handy when it comes to backing up your files, including entire WordPress sites. Many WordPress backup plugins support Dropbox as one of the remote destinations for storing backups. This way of maintaining backups in an offsite location ensures that backups are independent of your WordPress site and hence completely safe.
One of the disadvantages of using WordPress Backup to Dropbox is that of management. Backups don’t affect your day to day business and hence no one wants to spend too much time managing them. Backup is like the spare tire of your car that goes unnoticed until you end up with a flat. So not having a simple and efficient way of backup management is a big letdown. You must ensure that you can view the remote backups in your Dropbox account, download, and restore them from your backup plugin. Some backup plugins support this and some others don’t, so be wise while making your choice.
Here is a snapshot of a backup plugin that uses WordPress Backup to Dropbox for its offsite storage –
As you can see, if you have to go through a month’s worth of backups using such an interface, it won’t be pleasant. Imagine doing this when you are in a middle of a site crash!
Another issue with using your Dropbox account for backup is that of security. While using Dropbox as your offsite storage, you are required to authorize the WordPress plugin to access your storage account. The plugin stores special API keys for this. This can compromise your entire account, including the rest of your data if your site falls prey to hackers.
How does BlogVault support WordPress Backup to Dropbox?
BlogVault strongly believes that backups must always be independent of your WordPress site. To ensure complete protection for your backups, it maintains multiple copies of your backup on its own as well as Amazon S3 servers.
BlogVault maintains multiple copies of backup on its own servers as well its own S3 account. Click here to read more on how BlogVault safeguards your data. With BlogVault, you don’t need to use your S3/ Dropbox account for offsite storage. There is no additional charge for using BlogVault’s S3 storage either. However, if you still want to upload a specific version of backup to your Dropbox account, there is a way to achieve that. BlogVault lets you upload a WordPress backup to Dropbox directly from the dashboard.