The free Duplicator plugin makes it easy to copy and migrate WordPress sites. It’s the best free alternative to BackupBuddy, the extremely popular backup and migration plugin from iThemes. This plugin is made by developers for developers. It’s a great tool for pulling a production site down onto a local machine for testing, as well as the reverse – developing locally and pushing a site to a production server. The Duplicator supports both serialized and base64 serialized string replacement. If you need to move WordPress or backup WordPress this plugin can help simplify the process. While it’s fairly simply to use the WordPress Duplicator plugin, it can be a little confusing at first so this article can be helpful. This article shows how to backup your WordPress site with Duplicator plugin.
How to Backup your WordPress Site with Duplicator Plugin
Step 1. Install and Activate Plugin
In the first step, installing “Duplicator Plugin” can be done searching for “Duplicator” via “WordPress Dashboard > Plugins > Add New” as shown below.
Step 2. Duplicator Plugin Settings
After installing the plugin, go to Dashboard > Duplicator and click on the Duplicator tab. You will see it’s Settings page in your screen as shown below.
Let’s start with the settings of the Duplicator Plugin. Click the “Create New” button on the right side of your screen. This will take you to the package creation wizard.Before creating the package, there are several requirements that need to be completed.
If any of the requirements fail, you can click the link for further information about how to solve the issue. If you are not able to fix some of the issues by yourself, in this case you may have to contact your hosting provider to make changes for you.
Under the Storage section, the name is pre-filled by the plugin itself. If you want to change the location it’s upto you. Here you have the option to create some notes about the package and there are further options under Archive and Installer.
Under the Archive section, there is a dropdown box to change the file format (only .zip is available in the current version). You don’t need to enable the file or database filters unless you wish to exclude something from your site backup.
The Installer section is for entering details about the server you will be moving your WordPress site to. You can fill these out now or you can leave it until the installation step. I prefer to leave these fields blank to have a clean backup package that can be installed anywhere.
After clicking the Next button, the plugin will perform a scan of the server, files and database to detect any possible issues.
It’s not mandatory for all the checks to pass to build the package, but it’s good to be aware of them as they can cause problems in some cases.
If there are any warnings appearing on the page, just click upon the relevant links to sort out the problems as i have mentioned it before. Due to very large site or large files the plugin might throw up a warning as they can cause timeouts. If this is the case, you might want to go back and use the filter option to exclude such files from the package. It’s also a good idea to clean up the database of very large sites before you export the package.
After clicking Build, the software will go ahead and back up your whole site including all plugins themes, pages, posts and media to a single file. After the build has finished, you’ll be presented with download buttons for an installer (a PHP file) and the archive you just created as a ZIP file. So go ahead and download the files.
The package will now be listed back on the Packages tab with date and size information, which is useful for backup purposes. The package files are stored in a new wp-snapshots directory that you’ll find in your main website directory.
The backup of your website is now completed. For the security reasons you can even make a copy of your backups on an external hard drive or upload it on cloud storage. In order to backup your files and database click on Archive button for ZIP file and Installer button for PHP file under Package to backup your database to the selected folder in your computer. You can even delete the backup from your web server by clicking on Apply button.
When you click on Archive button 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.
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.
In this way you can backup WordPress site with Duplicator plugin. You can also use the backup to move the WordPress site to new hosting with Duplicator plugin.