Dropbox Extension User Guide

Dropbox Extension extends the functionality of the All-in-One WP migration plugin, connecting it to your Dropbox account. This facilitates importing and exporting your website/network of sites directly between your Dropbox cloud space and your website.

The tool works as an extension to the plugin, so the All-in-One WP Migration plugin is required to be installed in order to work.

The Dropbox settings appear in the dropdown of the All-in-One WP Migration plugin in WordPress once the extension is successfully installed and activated:

For more details about installing the tool, you can visit: https://help.servmask.com/knowledgebase/install-instructions-for-dropbox-extension/

This tutorial contains details of:

  • Details about available Dropbox settings
  • Export using Dropbox Extension
  • Import using Dropbox Extension
1. Dropbox Extension Settings

Dropbox settings page appears in the list of pages of All-in-One WP Migration plugin, after the extension is installed and successfully activated:

When clicking on it you will be redirected to the settings page. You will be asked to enter your Dropbox login details in order the extension to connect to your account. You will not be able to use the extension if you do not connect with your account from here.

Once you are logged in with your details, on the Settings page you will see the available settings you can manage.

You can set a time range for periodic automated backups of your website using one of the options – Every hour, Every day, Every week or Every month. Notifications for a backup completion can be sent to an e-mail address you enter in the ‘Notification Settings’ box in the Settings page.

The extension creates a folder in your Dropbox account named “[your-wordpress-site-name]-wordpress” by default. You can also set up your preferred destination folder in your Dropbox account to store the backups.

Another option you can use is setting the number of most recent backups that are to be kept on your Dropbox cloud storage. Additional to this, you can set the total size of backups you store in Dropbox – a very convenient option if you have limited space available.

After setting up your desired options, press the ‘Update’ button in order to save them.

Transfer setting is to increase your upload and download speed on both Import to and Export from for migrating sites to your preferred WordPress sites by shifting from slow internet to fast internet.

2. Export Using Dropbox Extension

The export process using the Dropbox extension is initiated from the Export option in the All-in-One WP Migration plugin menu:

On the Export page, before you start the export, there are some additional settings you can use for your backups:

Using Find and Replace fields, you can have text in your current site replaced in your backup. Please bear in mind that this change can affect your user access details to the site – be careful what you replace.

There are options to exclude items from your backup – spam comments, themes, inactive plugins, cache, etc.

Once you have selected the Export from the above options, you can choose to create an archive using Dropbox from the dropdown menu:

Choosing one of the options, in this case – Dropbox, starts the export process, you will see this window:

And after your export is created successfully and uploaded to your cloud you should see this message:

The extension creates a folder with your site name in your Dropbox account (Apps > All in One WP Migration). Inside that folder, all your archives created using the All-in-One WP Migration plugin are stored. Depending on your site name, the folder would look like this:


3. Import Using Dropbox Extension

The import process starts from the Import option in the All-in-One WP Migration plugin menu:

Once you have chosen this option, a new window is opened – Import and you can choose from where to import a backup from a dropdown menu:

When choosing Dropbox, the extension will open a window showing your connected cloud files and folders. From there you can choose the backup you want to import and press the Import button. This will start the import process:

The import has an additional step which warns you that your website will be overwritten by the new backup including database, media, plugins and themes. This is the last step from which you can cancel the process. After pressing ‘Proceed’ you cannot stop the import process anymore.

When finished, a successful import will display this message:


    1. Lesley Arnold

      Hi Claud
      The plugin will create a folder in your Dropbox for your website backups. You can move this folder within your Dropbox

  1. Staffan Johansson


    I just want to check if the Dropbox extension can upload the backup directly to Dropbox, without storing the whole site on the server. The reason I ask is because we have high costs for disk space and want to limit the disk size. So we need a solution to automatically backup the site without taking up space on the server.


    1. Anna Angelova

      Thank you for your question.
      Dropbox Extension uploads created backups to the Dropbox cloud, deleting any temporary stored data during the process and does not store anything additional on your server, but it needs space at least for the size of currently existing site available.
      Regarding functionality for directly uploading already created backups – this has not been developed yet.


  2. Colby

    When the backup is set to run daily, can the time of day be specified to run the backup at the same time everyday?

    1. Pim J. Iliev

      Hi Colby,

      The ability to specify the backup time has been added to our roadmap and will be included in the future versions.
      As a workaround, you can configure and click “UPDATE” on your Dropbox Settings page about the time you would like the backup to be automated.
      If you click “UPDATE” at 2am today, the backup will be created at 2am on the next day for the daily backup option.


  3. Kermit Woodall

    Is there any way to specify which items are to be automatically backed up? Can you specify two sets so, for example, the database could be backed up daily and everything be backed up weekly?

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