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How to Create a Dropbox Upload Form in WordPress

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Do you want to create a Dropbox upload form in WordPress?

A contact form with a file upload option could be hard to manage if you receive too many attachments. You can connect your form to Dropbox and upload those files directly to the cloud.

In this article, we will show you how to easily create a Dropbox upload form in WordPress.

Creating a WordPress Dropbox upload form

Why Use Dropbox to Upload Form Attachments

Sometimes, you may need users to upload a file attachment using a form on your website. For example, a job board website may need a file upload option to upload CVs or work samples.

A customer feedback form may need a file upload option so users can send screenshots. Or a photo contest website might need it for users to upload their entries.

As you receive files, you can store those files on your WordPress website. They will be added to your website’s wp-content folder.

However, if you are expecting to get a ton of entries and they are not related to your actual website files, then it is a good idea to save them separately.

Uploading form attachments to Dropbox has the following advantages:

  • You can keep form upload entries separate from your WordPress files.
  • Dropbox makes it easier to share those files with anyone, and you won’t need to give them access to your website.
  • You can easily browse and manage form attachments from your Dropbox dashboard.
  • If you no longer need those files, then you can download, archive, and delete them.

That said, let’s take a look at how to make a WordPress form with an option to upload files to Dropbox.

Creating a Dropbox Upload Form in WordPress

The easiest way to make a Dropbox form in WordPress is by using WPForms. It is the best contact form plugin for WordPress and offers pre-built templates, a drag-and-drop form builder, and premium integrations.

First, you need to install and activate the WPForms plugin. For more details, you should check out our article on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Note: WPForms is a paid plugin built by the same team as WPBeginner, and you’ll need at least their ‘Pro’ plan to access the Zapier addon which we will be using in this tutorial. There is also a WPForms Lite version you can use for free.

Upon activation, you’ll need to go to WPForms » Settings from your WordPress dashboard and enter your license key. You can easily find the license key in your WPForms account area.

Entering your WPForms license key on your site

Next, you need to visit WPForms » Add New in your WordPress admin area.

From here, you can add a new WordPress Dropbox upload form.

Add new form

It will take you to the WPForms form builder page.

Simply provide a name for your form at the top and then select the ‘Simple Contact Form’ template as a starting point.

Choose simple contact form template

WPForms will load the form template with commonly used form fields. You can click on any field to edit and drag the fields to rearrange them or add new fields to the form.

Next, you need to click on the ‘File Upload’ field located under the ‘Fancy fields’ section in the left column.

Add file upload button

This will add the file upload field to your form.

Click on the ‘Save’ button to save your form, and your file upload form is ready.

Integrating Zapier with WPForms

Next, you need to connect your form to your Dropbox account.

We will be using a service called Zapier to do that. Zapier allows you to connect different apps to your website without writing any code. In this case, we’ll use it to build a connection between WPForms and Dropbox.

WPForms comes with a ‘Zapier Addon’ that you can use to integrate with over 1500 popular apps, including Dropbox.

To access this addon, you need to go to the WPForms » Addons page. From there, you need to look for the Zapier addon and click on the ‘Install Addon’ button. It will activate the addon automatically.

Install Zapier addon

Next, you need to go to the WPForms » Settings » Integrations page in your WordPress admin area.

From there, you need to copy the ‘Zapier API key’ that you will need to connect your WordPress website with Zapier.

Copy Zapier API key

Once copied, you should go to the Zapier website and log in to your Zapier account.

Then, click on the ‘Create Zap’ button to continue.

Create a zap

Next, Zapier will ask you to select a trigger.

There will be many apps available. Search for ‘WPForms’ and select it as a trigger app.

Select WPForms app

After that, you need to select ‘New Form Entry’ as a trigger event for the WPForms app.

It will create a trigger on every form submission.

Choose an event

Next, you’ll need to select a WPForms forms account.

You can go ahead and click on the ‘Sign’ button to connect your Zapier account with the WPForms plugin on your site.

Sign in to your WPForms account

A new window will now open.

To connect Zapier with your website, you will need to add your website URL and Zapier API key that you copied earlier.

Enter Zapier API key and website

After entering these details, click the ‘Yes, Continue’ button.

This will display the WPForms account. Click on the ‘Continue’ button.

Choose your WPForms account in Zapier

Next, in the ‘Form’ dropdown, you need to select the file upload form that you created previously.

Once that’s done, go ahead and click the ‘Continue’ button.

Choose your contact form

Before going to the next step, Zapier will ask you to test the new file upload form to see if all the settings are working properly.

You can visit the WPForms » All Forms page in the WordPress admin area and click on the ‘Preview’ link below the file upload form.

Preview form

To make this test smooth, you should upload a file and also add dummy text in the message section.

Submit the test entry and go to your Zapier account. Next, click on the ‘Test trigger’ button.

Test your trigger

Note: You can check the test entry in the ‘Find Data’ section.

If the test is successful, it will jump to the next step, where you can integrate your form with Dropbox.

Connecting WPForms With Dropbox

First, you need to visit your Dropbox account and create a new Dropbox upload folder.

You can rename this folder as ‘WPForms Uploads’ or give it any name. All your file attachments will upload to this folder automatically.

Next, you need to go back to your Zapier account. In the ‘Action’ section, you need to search for the ‘Dropbox app and click on it.

Choose Dropbox as the action app

It will ask you to create an action for Dropbox.

Select the ‘Upload File’ option and click on the ‘Continue’ button.

Choose Dropbox action event

After that, you need to click on the ‘Sign in’ button.

This way, you can select your Dropbox account and connect it with Zapier.

Sign in to your Dropbox account

Next, you’ll need to select your Dropbox account from the dropdown menu.

After selecting the account, simply click the ‘Continue’ button.

Choose your Dropbox account

Now, you need to configure the Dropbox file settings. It will ask you for 2 options:

  1. The Dropbox folder where you want to save the file attachments
  2. The WPForms file upload field
Set up Dropbox settings

You can then scroll down to see more advanced settings.

Simply click the ‘Continue’ button.

More Dropbox settings in Zapier

After setting up, you can go ahead and test your configurations.

Click on the ‘Test & continue’ button.

Test your action

Once the test is successful, you will have to publish your Zap.

Simply click the ‘Publish Zap’ button.

Click publish zap button

Lastly, a popup window will now open.

You can go ahead and click the ‘Publish & Turn On’ button.

Click publish and turn on zap

Your online form with a file upload option is ready to be added to your website.

Adding the Dropbox Upload Form in WordPress

To add the Dropbox upload form in WordPress, you can edit any page or post where you want to display it.

Simply add the WPForms block to the content editor and select the form you created earlier.

WPForms widget

In the WPForms block, simply select your Dropbox file upload form from the dropdown menu.

WPForms will load the live preview of your form inside the content editor.

Select form

You can now visit your website to see the form in action.

You can also test out the form by uploading a file and filling out the form.

Previewing Dropbox upload form

We hope this article helped you learn how to create a Dropbox upload form in WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on how to run a giveaway contest in WordPress to boost user engagement and our expert picks of the best Dropbox plugins for WordPress.

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  2. Jiří Vaněk says

    WPForms is a great plugin and the more I see what it can do, the more I’m glad I have the full version. I see a great advantage in storing data on DropBox in that I can also protect my website space from malicious files. I will definitely use this guide, as I don’t want to let website users upload data directly to wp-content. It seems dangerous to me.

    • Dennis Muthomi says

      Yep…you make an excellent point about the security benefits of using Dropbox for file uploads instead of storing them directly on your WordPress site.

      the best part is that storing uploads in Dropbox can also help reduce disk space usage on your hosting account. Especially if you expect to receive many file uploads, having them go directly to Dropbox prevents those files from eating up your limited server space over time.

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