This is a guest post by Liors Levin.
Dropbox is a unique service that offers self storage as well as synchronization across all your devices for all the files you upload; which can be anything from simple text files to videos and pictures. The system works with a wide range of OS platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux and mobile platforms such as iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry. It’s a great system because it allows people to work together since sharing files is so easy.
Dropbox is a highly effective service and increases productivity exponentially. Users simply upload their files to the cloud and can then sync across all their devices, from cell phones to tablets and laptops, everything is done with a click of the button. It is also the ultimate software for collaboration since it is a simple yet highly effective way of sharing all information and files pertaining to a project. Changes are visible instantly and data can be accessed even while offline, this makes Dropbox a highly effective service for people working together from different locations.
Dropbox also ensures the safety of your files by keeping a history spanning thirty days of your work. All data is transmitted over an encrypted channel and all files are encrypted when stored on the server. Likewise, any changes you make or files you delete can be reversed. It is the future as more and more people turn to the cloud for file storage rather than their local hard drives. Thus, it is a good idea for those who are thinking ahead to integrate this unique service into their WordPress blog to go the extra mile for their visitors.
This makes Dropbox a great partner for WordPress and there are quite a few plugins available that allow webmasters to integrate this service into their WordPress blog. Here, we’ll be looking at some of the more popular ones.
WordPress Backup to Dropbox
The WordPress Backup to Dropbox plugin is essential. If you’ve ever gone through a bad upgrade or had someone hack your site, you know how important it is to have a backup of your site. But most backup software is hard to use and requires you to store the files locally. However, this plugin automatically backs up your WordPress website and saves it to your Dropbox folder.
It comes with a wide range of options as well, including the ability to schedule backups. You can also choose where you want the archived backup file of your site and database saved, whether or not you want to keep a copy of the backup on your server, and how many backups you want to have at any one time before they are deleted.
Dropbox Sync will let you integrate images from your Dropbox account into your posts. That way all the images will be pulled from your Dropbox account instead of your server, exponentially decreasing loading times. It’s also a good plugin to help you back up various files, but certainly not as effective as the previous plugin.
Pressbox is another WordPress plugin that allows users to post images and files to their blog directly from Dropbox. Basically, this plugin adds a new section to the Media Upload screen when images and files can be inserted into posts from Dropbox. It also allows users to add links or show the images wherever they want on their blog with the help of a shortcode.
Dropbox Upload Form
The Dropbox Upload Form allows users with Dropbox accounts to upload files to their account direct from your website or blog. It’s useful in that it will ensure that visitors don’t have to leave your site to save and upload files, increasing the likelihood of them spending more time on your site.
What is your favorite Dropbox plugin and how do you use it for blogging? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!