WP Clone vs. Marion's FTP Training

Last Update: November 10, 2017

By now all of us should have read Marion's training on backing up our sites using FTP... https://goo.gl/NZNs1R

I've used her training but in the past I've used WP Clone a lot and was wondering what is WP Clone missing compared to Marion's FTP technique?

Seems like WP Clone takes a lot less time and it just got my curiosity up a wee bit!

Thank ya' for any info you can give me!!!

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DianneBee Premium
I'm confused...the Export tool we use doesn't actually back up the site?
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Ey there Dianne, yep... I've used the Export tool also, and it seems to do a good job. I'm just not sure of how complete the data is when using it though. I have used it several times for moving a siterubix site to a new domain and it's worked flawlessly for that. So yah, thinking about it, it's probably just as effective as anything else we've been talking about!

Thank ya' for bringing that to our attention!!!
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DianneBee Premium
Thanks!
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Nick-at-WA Premium
Thanks for the reminder.
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U bet Nick... good to have all this training available!!!
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MarionBlack Premium
Marion uses both (◠‿◕✿)

I run WP Clone for daily backups and FTP once a month. WP Clone's developers admit that it fails in around 10% of cases.
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Ahhh, thank ya' Marion! I was hoping you were on tonight.

If WP Clone tends to fail a little here and there, it's definitely good reason to use both of your trainings.

Sounds like they both back up sites completely. That's exactly what I wanted to know. I'll definitely be doing as you and Trish do!

Thank ya' again Marion, sure do appreciate it!!!
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MarionBlack Premium
You might want to add an extra plugin to backup the database. I use WP Database Backup by Prashant Walke.
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I'll head over to the site and load it up right now... Thank ya' so much!!!
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Triblu Premium
Hey Randy,

It is NOT a matter of missing anything. Marion has created a tutorial on WP Clone (that's how I first learned of this handy little plugin!) too.

However, it depends on your needs.

Example:
As a website designer, I manage several WP websites, and when doing any updates, I use WP Clone FIRST ... and, ever set period of time that I have chosen, I back up the files using FTP access so they are NOT all in one zip file.

Reason being ... there have been a couple of times I have needed to reinstall a plugin version that is no longer available. Having the individual files downloaded makes that much easier to retrieve one folder.

That's one example of where using FTP as backup comes in VERY handy.

Hope this helps you.
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Thank ya' Trish! So... you're saying that both types of back ups do capture the same amount of data but you like the idea of having backups in two separate areas, right?

I do like that idea!!!

I'm helping some friends get their business site off the ground and launched shortly and thought with all the work I've been putting into it I might want to make sure that I have a pretty comprehensive back up of the site.

Thank ya' Trish. I always love your input... always grounded and founded...LOL!
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Triblu Premium
When working for others ... like Marion mentioned ... that 10% margin COULD get you in trouble if you totally depend on WP Clone plugin.

This makes FTP the safest ... so ... if you feel you HAVE to pick one, I recommend FTP EVERY TIME.

However, I use both just like Marion stated in her comment.

Thank YOU for your compliment about my input. Much appreciated!
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U bet and thank you! I'll definitely be mimicking you two ladies!
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