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Get the Most Out of Dropbox: Back Up Your Website Into It

Posted by Jamison on 20 09 2016.

As a website owner, one of the most important tasks you have that you should conduct on a regular basis is to create backups of your website. Although almost all web hosting companies offer weekly or even daily backup services, they do this primarily only for their disaster recovery.

 

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can personally oversee and control the backup creation of your website. You can do it all by yourself easily through the backup functionalities of cPanel. Remember: as a domain owner or webmaster, this is a task you should never take lightly.

 

Cloud Storage: A Great Solution for Website Backup Creation

 

One of the most traditional and effective methods to save backups for websites is through the use of an FTP server. You can use your FTP server as a remote backup storage. However, there are time wherein FTP servers go down.

 

So what do you do then? Is…

As a website owner, one of the most important tasks you have that you should conduct on a regular basis is to create backups of your website. Although almost all web hosting companies offer weekly or even daily backup services, they do this primarily only for their disaster recovery.

 

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can personally oversee and control the backup creation of your website. You can do it all by yourself easily through the backup functionalities of cPanel. Remember: as a domain owner or webmaster, this is a task you should never take lightly.

 

Cloud Storage: A Great Solution for Website Backup Creation

 

One of the most traditional and effective methods to save backups for websites is through the use of an FTP server. You can use your FTP server as a remote backup storage. However, there are time wherein FTP servers go down.

 

So what do you do then? Is there even a way for you to automate your backup tasks despite having limited server access? How can you make certain you always have an available way to create, store, and access your websites? This is where cloud storage comes into play.

 

Cloud storage, such as Dropbox, offer solutions to all these needs that you have as a website owner. Most of their facilities do not come with a price, although they are somewhat limited. Take note though, that it does not support FTP as the transfer medium, which makes it a challenge since almost all web host companies out there only allow FTP transfer.

 

The Resolution: Backup Box

 

With the use of a Backup Box with your DropBox, you can securely transfer every piece of data or file on your FTP server to Dropbox. In fact, it integrates the FTP account with DropBox itself. Best of all, it is free.

 

Some of the most noteworthy features include setting up backup schedules on a monthly basis, as well as immediate transfer schedule.

 

What You Need to Get Started

 

To get started with the use of DropBox as your website back up storage, make sure you have the following:

 

  • An FTP account mapped directly to your web directory. You can obtain this from your web hosting control panel.
  • An account with DropBox. You can sign up for free.
  • An account with Backup Box. Again, signing up is also for free.

 

The Qualities Your Backup Should Possess

 

Whenever you create backups for your website, it is important to ensure they have the right features. Here are just a few of the much-needed qualities your backups should contain:

 

  • Data backups created as frequently as possible, daily backups are recommended.
  • Highly prioritize your critical data such as web content and databases. You do not have to give that much priority when it comes to temporary files.
  • Never store your backup in the same server.
  • Make sure you make your backup retrievable, viewable, and accessible wherever you may be.
  • Every time you create backups, you should set cPanel to send you notifications about the completion of the backup creation process.
  • In the event that you have concerns about bandwidth or disk space, just compress your backup. This will save you a lot of storage space.