Someone asked if I could show them how to clone their entire blog for backup purposes or to move to an entirely different hosting provider. So, that’s what this video is about today.
In order to clone your blog, you will need FTP software, such as FTP FileZilla – (or the ability to upload files through CPANEL) – and a web script such as WP Twin.
What is WP Twin?
WP Twin is a web based cloning application created by Jason Fladlien and Wilson Mattos. The concept behind the product is to provide a fast method of backing up (or cloning) your blog for security purposes.
You can certainly do scheduled backups of your WordPress blog through the CPANEL, without using WP Twin, but restoring it becomes a painstaking experience. With WP Twin, you can do a backup and restore, in minutes (I did mine in less than 2 minutes).
Here’s how this program pays for itself:
Makes your WordPress blog hacker-proof. You no longer need to worry about a broken site, since you’ve backed it up with WP Twin, you can deploy the clone file and have your site back in working condition within 2 minutes.
Prevents headaches from WordPress updates-gone-wrong. If your site breaks during a WordPress update, don’t be alarmed. Pull out your clone file and deploy. Fixed!
Clone and deploy from anywhere. Since WP Twin is a web based program, you can clone and deploy from anywhere as long as you have an Internet connection.
Clones everything! I’m talking themes, plugins, configurations, passwords, comments, posts, pages, categories, graphics and more! Talk about efficient!
Incredible time saver. Short on patience? Hate the idea of configuring a complex theme? Want to start a new OptimizePress membership or launch site? WP Twin removes the hassles to these common time-wasters.
I didn’t fully appreciate the power behind this cloning script until I seen it in action, so let me help you discover how it can work for you, too.
If you don’t care for video, I included text instructions below.
Watch the Video:
Step #1: Prepare Your Blog for Cloning
- Start your FTP program
- Locate your copy of wptwin.php
- Copy the wptwin.php to the root directory of your blog
Step #2: Execute the PHP File
Open a browser window and type your domain name followed by wptwin.php – (i.e. http://www.yourdomainname.com/wptwin.php).
When the next screen comes up, choose CLICK HERE to continue. This will require you to log in as the blog administrator. Once you’re logged in, WP Twin will take control and redirect you to the main screen.
From here, you’ll need to decide if you wish to clone non-Wordpress files. If you wish to include extra folders, place a checkmark into the box.
By default, WP Twin only clones the files associated with WordPress. By putting a check in the box, you’re telling WordPress to copy ALL files on the entire domain, including add-on domain and sub-domain folders.
NOTE: This option is not recommended for the primary domain if you also have add-on domains configured. If you’re not sure what to choose here, leave it unchecked.
Then, press the “Click to Clone” button. Your clone is created. Download the file to your computer, placing it into a directory you can easily locate. Click the “Delete this Clone” button to remove the file from the server and you’re done.
Return tomorrow to discover how WP Twin can protect your WordPress blog. Video #2 reveals how to deploy the clone to make a brand new blog (or restore a broken one) in minutes.
Now it’s your turn. Do you backup your blog, regularly? Leave a comment and let me know!
Thanks for reading!
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