Automatic WordPress Backup to  Email / Dropbox

WordPress Backup is the most important factor in maintaining a long term and safe WP website. In this short tutorial i will help you set up the backup process of your wordpress on autopilot.

It is always good to make backups on regular basis and its always better to be safe than sorry.


For the purpose of this tutorial we will need this wordpress plugin

One of the most popular plugins for wordpress backup is: “BackWPup

backupwp free wordpress backup plugin

You can download it here : BackWPup Free Download

It has been downloaded more than 1.000.000 times so it has to be cool right?

After the the backup plugin has been installed and activated we need to set it up.

WordPress Backup set up


Step 1 : Add  a new job and General settings


Under BackWPup settings we gonna create a new job and than set it up.

add a new job


After naming your backup job, it is time to set up some general things about it.

general settings of the plugin

After that it is time to select where the backup file will be stored.

destination of the backup

Next step would be setting up the dropbox, email and the Cron job, stay tuned..


Step 2 : Schedule the WordPress Cron 


Under “schedule” we are going to setup the time when we want our backup to take place.

schedule the wordpress cron

If you choose “daily” than the backup will be created and send to your email and dropbox once per day – every day.

BUT, HEY WAIT!!! Where do i set up my dropbox and email?


Step 3 : Authorize Dropbox and set up the email


Lets set up the email first, under ” to email” tab you may insert the email, it can be any email at all so this is great for maintaining clients websites as well.

email settings

And the final step would be setting up the plugin to send the backup directly to your dropbox folder ( provided that you have a dropbox  account already)  if not you can create a dropbox account here 

so the final step is authorizing your plugin with the dropbox account, under “to Dropbox” tab click on the “Authenticate” button first.

dropbox settings


And than simply click on the allow button as provided on screenshot bellow

dropbox authorize


And thats it, you are now good to go and have your wordpress backup sent to your email/dropbox on the autopilot.


Nikola fivera Petrovic
Get in Touch