Website Backup and Migration (Caution, it's a bit of a Rant)

Last Update: February 17, 2019

My backup plugin of choice (WP Clone) has not been updated for a long time and has not been tested with the latest version of WordPress. Even so, I used it to move a website from one hosting company to another last week without any problems.


Normal size website

But, in all fairness, I thought I should test out a different plugin to see if I should make a change.

I've read that All In One WP Migration is free, easy to use, reliable, and it works. And there's over 900,000 active installations.

Wrong!

The file size limit to upload (restore) is only 512 MB. That's a pretty small website. Even my test website is bigger than that. To upgrade the plugin for larger websites costs $69.

Very small website

So if I used that plugin I would have to cough up the money or try to split up the website into bite-size chunks.

So I had a go at splitting up the website into chunks. Using the advanced settings, I backed up the database. Then I backed up the plugins. Then the themes. Then the media. etc.

For the amount of time it took I prefer FTP. At least with FTP you can set it up and then forget about it while you get on with other things.

What the Heck is a .wpress File?

The other concern I have is that All In One Migration saves the website as a .wpress file which I can't open to check if all the content is actually there.

What if I need to edit the database? Or save the media files where I can get at them?

Conclusion

The only safe way to be sure of backing up your website is to use a database backup plugin or Tools > Export to backup your database and use FTP to backup everything else.

Do it yourself and don't rely on anyone else to take care of your business. No-one cares as much about your business as you do.

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EdwardLarry Premium
Kyle's video on How to back up your Wordpress site my question is where is Website Express Website Builder
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MarionBlack Premium
I don't know what you're talking about here Edward. What is Website Express Website Builder?
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Crap nonsense. Yawn.
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RayAleksandr Premium
That's a valuable information Marion, thank you. I should stick to the FTP method. I appreciate it!
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Use All-in-One WP Migration. Marion had too much vegemite and isn't giving the best of advice. :-)
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RayAleksandr Premium
Toby, what you’re doing (slagging off someone and pasting the same pessage to everyone...visible to others) is bullying & harassment. WA doesn’t torelate that.
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LouisaB Premium
These are the challenges we have to deal with in our online endeavors. Glad that it all is falling in place now!
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Use All-in-One WP Migration. Marion had too much vegemite and isn't giving the best of advice. :-)
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herinnelson Premium
Wise post, Marion! Great information to know! It sounds like that plugin had you in a tail spin! Glad you figured it out--good job!
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Use All-in-One WP Migration. Marion had too much vegemite and isn't giving the best of advice. :-)
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Belden22 Premium
This a great help to me. I need to get my sites backed up quickly. I am a newbie but I would not want to lose what I have started.

Rick
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Then use All-in-One WP Migration, because Marion doesn't know what the hell she's talking about, and if you're a newbie, you surely won't figure out FTP.
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jetrbby80316 Premium
I must admit, this is a highly entertaining post! So far, I've counted 32 instances of "Welcome back.." by Marion. A few other "surprises" too. Vintage!!

The truth is, WA does not like posts that cause a discordance or "flame wars" with the community, which this post clearly does. If it were anyone else but Marion's or a few chosen others, the post would have been long taken down.

Bottom line is listen to both sides of the argument, go to the plugin and try it yourself (or anything else) and learn to make your own decisions. Also get 2nd and 3rd opinions from others outside of WA.

That's what makes you better.

WA is a great place for learning, a place to "air out" sensible disagreements, and certainly a place that can be entertaining!
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MarionBlack Premium
The post was certainly not intended to upset anyone or start a flame war. I posted it here to inform people about a plugin that doesn't do what it claims without an upsell.

I totally agree with you that people should do their own research and try things out for themselves. That's the best way to learn.
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jetrbby80316 Premium
Yes I know that Marion, I believe your intent was sincere. However, sometimes what we don't intend turns out that way anyway. We don't always have control of this.

There have been many posts over the past 6 months taken down over much less that also weren't intended to discord, mine included.
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