You know what it takes to build a successful business blog, spending hours on writing high quality content, promoting your blog with different mediums and doing everything you could do to take your WordPress business to next level.
What if one day you wake up to find out that all the work (blog posts, theme design, pages, comments,etc) you’ve done on your blog was gone? Wouldn’t that be your worst nightmare.
If you don’t want to get in this situation, then get the Backup Buddy plugin asap. Yes, Backup Buddy – that’s the one, that I’m using here on WordPress Kube to backup the whole site including database, themes, plugins, custom designs…. almost everything.
Backup Buddy is an all in one solution for backup, restore and migration. It back up your entire WordPress installation. Widgets, themes, plugins, files and SQL database – the entire package. You can easily schedule the backups and have them sent off-site to Dropbox, Amazon S3, Rackspace Cloud, an FTP server, or your email. Or download them right to your desktop.
It takes less 30 minutes to set up the BackupBuddy plugin. In this post I’m going to show you how to back up your site and automatically send the backup to DropBox with BackupBuddy Plugin.
Purchasing the Plugin
First grab a copy of the plugin – BackupBuddy is a premium plugin, so you will have to purchase it to use it on your WordPress site. Click here to make the purchase. There are three packages:
- Personal: 2 licenses for $75
- Business: 10 licenses for $100
- Developer: Unlimited licenses for $150
Installing the Plugin
Step 1: Navigate to Plugins > Add New > Upload > and upload the plugin.
Step3: Once you have added the license key, you’re good to go. Next step is to configure the plugin from the settings page. You will see the plugin has added a new menu in your admin area, just below the settings menu. Under the “Backup Buddy” settings menu, there are 7 options:
- Getting started
- Migrate and Restore
- Malware Scan
- Server information
Getting started page has all the general information about the plugin. This page explains how all the options in backup buddy works and include the links to their support forums.
This page shows the list of all the previous backups and gives you an option to backup your site. There are 2 options: Database backup & complete backup. Database backup includes all the posts, pages, comments, etc and complete backup includes all the content, media library files, non-wp files, plugins, themes etc.
Migrate & Restore
Manually migrate or restore your site with the importbuddy.php script. There is a step-by-step process with instructions along the way.
This feature scans your website for malwares and is powered by the Sucuri security system. Backup Buddy did great work by adding this little feature.
This page shows all the information about your website database and configuration settings. It monitors which file causing the high load on your server. This page also keeps the details of the cron job.
This is where you will be scheduling your backups. Backup type should be “Full backup” which includes all the files + database. Backup interval should be set to daily. Tick the “Delete local backup after remote send”, if you don’t want to keep old backup files on your server.
Remote Backup destination: In this section, you have to choose where your backups should be stored. Click on Dropbox as we we have chosen to store our backups on DropBox.
Adding a Dropbox destination
- Click the Connect to Dropbox & Authorize button below.
- In the new window that opens, login to Dropbox.com if prompted and click Allow.
- Return to this window and click the Yes, I’ve Authorized BackupBuddy with Dropbox button below.
- Configure the destination and click the +Add Destination button.
The final page of the menu is ‘Settings’ which shows the misc. settings – Email Notifications recipients, archive storage limits, database backup and directory inclusion. You can leave all these settings as the defaults.
Over To You
I love BackupBuddy because it backups pretty much everything.
Backup Buddy is the best backup solution out there for WordPress. There is no comparable plugin that includes the amazing set of features as backupbuddy. It works flawlessly and provides peace of mind to me about my site backups.
There is no reliable backup system as BackupBuddy.
What are your thoughts on the BackupBuddy plugin? Are you using this plugin for making backups of your site? Please let us know in the comments below.