Easily Backup WordPress Site with WP Clone Plugin

WP Clone by WP Academy plugin developed by WP Academy creates a clone of your website so that you can move or copy your WordPress site to another server or domain. WP Clone is the easiest, fastest and most secure way to move or copy a WordPress site to another domain or hosting server. You can also use it to move your site to/from local server hosting, to create copies of your site for development or testing purposes, to backup your site, and to install pre-configured versions of WordPress. This article shows steps to easily backup WordPress site with WP Clone plugin.

WP Clone is a superior solution to even commercial WordPress cloning plugins for the following reasons:

  • Ensures you complete security of your WordPress website
  • Does not require FTP access to either the source or destination site – just install a new WordPress on the destination site, upload and activate WP Clone plugin, and follow the prompts
  • It does not backup or restore the WordPress system files (just the user content and database) – reducing upload time and improving security of your site
  • It fetches the site backup via your host’s direct http connection, which saves you from needing to upload large files through your internet connection
  • Feature that is right out of box is that it is compatible with almost all hosts that supports WordPress
  • Let you create copies of your site for development or testing purpose

Easily Backup WordPress Site with WP Clone Plugin

Step 1. Install and Activate Plugin

In the first step, installing “WP Clone by WP Academy Plugin” can be done searching for “WP Clone” via “WordPress Dashboard > Plugins > Add New” as shown below.
Easily Backup WordPress Site with WP Clone Plugin

Step 2. WP Clone Plugin Settings

After installing the plugin, go to Dashboard > WP Clone and click on the WP Clone tab. You will see it’s Options page in your screen as shown below.
Easily Backup WordPress Site with WP Clone Plugin

With “Create Backup” option you will be provided a URL which you can copy and paste into and “Restore from URL” option will clone the original site to the new one. You can select one of the option from them. Then simply press the big blue “Create Backup” button. A popup box appears in your screen and click on the OK button to proceed the backup. Depending on the size of your WordPress site the backup should be created within 30 seconds.
Easily Backup WordPress Site with WP Clone Plugin

If the backup is successful you’ll now have a long url that will allow you to download the .zip backup to your computer. You don’t need to download the ZIP file but it doesn’t do any harm to perhaps keep a copy.
Easily Backup WordPress Site with WP Clone Plugin

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In order to backup your files and database click on the Blue Link provided by the plugin to backup your database to the selected folder in your computer.

When you click on the blue link a Pop-Up box appears in your screen which helps you to download the ZIP file in the Downloads folder in your Computer. Select the Save File option and click on OK button to start the download.
Easily Backup WordPress Site with WP Clone Plugin

When the ZIP file is completely downloaded go to Computer > Local Disk (C:) > Users > PC Name > Downloads and you will see your Database backup .zip file in the Downloads folder in your computer.
Easily Backup WordPress Site with WP Clone Plugin

Underneath the options, a blue link marked ‘Advanced Settings’ will bring up some more options. Tick the box if you want to use the alternate ZIP method or use your website to backup the database. You can also set a maximum memory limit and script execution time, so ensure that your website backup and restoration process goes by without any hiccups.
Easily Backup WordPress Site with WP Clone Plugin

You can use the exclude directories settings to leave certain sections of your website out of the backup, or to simply backup the database only. Enter the directories you want to exclude into the box below.
Easily Backup WordPress Site with WP Clone Plugin

If you are restoring a website that you have backed up from URL, enter your URL into the box provided, read the terms below and tick the box, before hitting the yellow button marked ‘Restore from URL’. Your site will be restored in a matter of moments. Also you can restore from the backup which the plugin will automatically display in the Restore backup option.
Easily Backup WordPress Site with WP Clone Plugin

For a free plugin, WP Clone provides some useful features designed to make moving or copying a WordPress site quick and easy. When this plugin works, which it does for most users, it works well, living up to the speed promises made by the developers.

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