Full Backup Using WP Clone Plugin

There are a few popular backup plugins but they all have some drawbacks.

Updraft Plus does not work at Wealthy Affiliate because of the CRON settings.

BackWPup does not have a restore function. Backups can only be restored using the Premium plugin or FTP.

Duplicator’s restore function only works on a brand new site where WordPress has not been installed.

And WP Clone can create a lot of files on the server which could cause problems if they were allowed to build up.

My Recommendation: Use WP Clone as I show you in this video. Delete the older files as you create new ones. And, of course, deactivate the plugin when you’re not actually using it.

WordPress Tools Export backs up your posts, pages and comments. It doesn't back up your images, other media, plugins or themes.

WP Clone can back up the whole kit and caboodle. And restore it again if needed.

To be on the safe side I always use Tools Export as well as WP Clone. Yeah, I know, I'm a bit paranoid. I also like to keep at least 3 backups in 3 different places. And I don't always trust plugins until I've tested them thoroughly.


IMPORTANT: Always deactivate plugins that you only use occasionally as they can cause problems.


Related Training:

Use Tools Export every day 30 Second Daily Backups

Keep your website up to date Updates

If you want to use FTP How to Backup Your Website with File Zilla

More Training by Marion Black - Sorted


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GStudnicki Premium
Thank you Marion! Very helpful!
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MarionBlack Premium
You're welcome Geno
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Oyz49 Premium
Thank you Marion :)
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MarionBlack Premium
You're welcome Oyz.
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MarekO Premium
Thank you for this Marion:)
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MarionBlack Premium
You're welcome.
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ChrisKrolik Premium
very useful, many thanks
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MarionBlack Premium
Glad I could help Chris.
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itemForall Premium
Thank you, Marion, great tutorial.

Joe
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MarionBlack Premium
You're welcome Joe.
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collarsj Premium
Another question... I just tested this on my two test sites. Right after it finished restoring, I clicked on my Dashboard, and it kicked me out - asking me to login in WP. I tried, but it kept saying my password was incorrect.

I attempted to use the password from the original test site that I was pulling from to see if it might have "cloned" that too, but that did not work either.
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MarionBlack Premium
Contact SIte Support and explain what you've done. They should be able to use a backup of your sites.
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collarsj Premium
It was only on my 2 test sites, so thankfully it's not a pressing issue... however I will say I did get it to work, finally. I just went on Site Manager on did a password "reset", and it was fine.

So does this mean it doesn't normally require a password reset? After I got it to work, I thought maybe that's what it might always do after you do a restore.
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MarionBlack Premium
It backs up the database as well as the pages, posts and media. So it restores the username and password that were active when the backup was made. At least that's the way it's always worked for me. There's some restrictions with accessing the databases here at WA which usually means that you can only restore to the same website on the same server.
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collarsj Premium
Finally got to watching this... so glad I did! Excellent tutorial.. thank you so much.

I do have one question though, I will test this on a test site first, but should I just save the zip and URL in my own files, or should I ALSO create an entirely new site rubix website that is a replica of my actual site, and repeat this every week or so?

Thank you :)
Jen
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MarionBlack Premium
Save the zip file on your computer, you don't need the URL. You can't create a replica of your site on a SiteRubix subdomain as the plugin can only restore your website to itself when you're hosted at WA. It has to be the same domain name and the same server.

If you ever want to move your website to a different host then you would be able to use WP clone for the migration. But I would back up with FTP and a database backup plugin as well as WP Clone if you're moving.
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collarsj Premium
I think I understand. However, I did a test...
I ran a back up on Test Site A, saved the files, and "copied" the URL... then I took this URL as explained and placed into the appropriate box to restore Test Site A by inputting it into my Test Site B. And it appears to be fine, so I think I did something right.

However are you saying that I wouldn't be able to do this with my current site because it's not a site rubix site? So sorry.. I think I'm probably a bit confused, and I may even have some of my terminology incorrect.
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collarsj Premium
Okay, I think I might have had a "lightbulb" go off!

When we are doing this restore, it is within THAT very same website? I thought if your website failed, the purpose of the clone was so that you could actually move it to a new site.

So if we were to do what I just explained, we would be "moving" it to another...not restoring, right?
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MarionBlack Premium
The purpose of the clone (backup) is so that if your site breaks you can restore it to an earlier version which was working when you created the backup.

It's especially important to do a backup before you do updates just in case the updates break your site.
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collarsj Premium
Got it, I think it's clicked now.

Whew, so much to learn. Thank you so much!
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PatriciaWarf Premium
EXCELLENT! THANK YOU as ALWAYS.
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MarionBlack Premium
You're welcome Patricia, as always :)
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Pernilla Premium
Marion, thank you so much for this valuable information. The video is superb! You have saved me a great deal of time and frustration.
:-)
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MarionBlack Premium
That's what I like to hear Pernilla.
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Phil-58 Premium
Well done again, Marion
Cheers and thanks for posting
PB
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MarionBlack Premium
You're welcome Phil.
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RWB Premium
Thanks for another great tutorial Marion. You're a gem.

Randy B
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MarionBlack Premium
You're welcome Randy.
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GDinelle Premium
Thank you for this tutorial Marion.
Greatly appreciated
Gilles
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MarionBlack Premium
You're welcome Gilles.
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NicoleJBN Premium
I was using the plugin WP-DB-Backup to back up my websites. They haven't updated it since 12 months and I'm not very comfortable with using it anymore.

I just tried WP Clone as you show us in the video. Works like a charm and it seems like a better plugin, too.

Thank you for this training, Marion!

Keep your websites backed up! ;)

Nicole
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MarionBlack Premium
Good to see you're backing up Nicole. WP-DB-Backup backs up the database only, not the images and other media. There's another database backup plugin I use with a similar name but a different developer. Look for WP Database Backup by Prashant Walke. It's up to date and works, again just for the database.
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DavidHenke Premium
Hello, Marion: Just finished your lessons on backup and restore. Never knew either until today. Did follow exactly as you said and everything worked as expected. First time I have ever been backed up on a website. Thank you so much. Cordially, David
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MarionBlack Premium
You're very welcome David.
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eagleswealth Premium
Thanks for this information. I have installed wp clone and backed up my site.
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MarionBlack Premium
That's great Judy
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RachelR1 Premium
Hi Marion,
I have installed WP Clone and done a backup of my website but when the little page pops up saying 'Backup Successful' and giving the URL of the backup, when I click on it to save it onto my computer, it opens a new page that says 'Internal Server Error'. So I can't save the backup onto my computer, only copy the URL. Any suggestions? I want to move my website from a different host to WA but can't do it without backing up first...
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MarionBlack Premium
Try again and see if the issue resolves itself. If not then contact your hosting company's support team.
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Stansk Premium
I love this plugin. So easy to use.
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MarionBlack Premium
Thanks Stephen.
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caterinamac Premium
Hi Marion,what should one do if you find that the site has been hacked??? Help
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MarionBlack Premium
Contact Site Support, they should be able to fix it for you. Then back up your website yourself regularly.

And ALWAYS keep WordPress, themes and plugins up to date.
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AnneTaylor Premium
Thank you, I just backed up my website and appreciate the walk through.
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MarionBlack Premium
You're welcome Anne.
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DrChristine Premium
Thank you MarionBlack. I have so much to learn and I do find you provide very valuable information. I truly appreciate your help. I hope as someday I learn I can be helpful to others
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MarionBlack Premium
Helping others comes naturally to you Christine, as does learning new things.
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WATannie2017 Premium
This is pretty useful & came in handy. Thank you, Ms. Marion!
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MarionBlack Premium
That's great Tannie.
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Linchi Premium
This was very helpful, thanks.
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MarionBlack Premium
I hope you'll be able to come back soon Lin.
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Linchi Premium
I hope so too. Taking one day at a time.
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skmorrow Premium
Thanks for the training.
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MarionBlack Premium
You're welcome.
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skmorrow Premium
I have a follow-up question. Sorry if I missed, this, but WA backs up our sites everyday right? Just wondering how this is different.
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MarionBlack Premium
Sometimes mistakes are made
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KatieMac Premium
Found this very useful Marion I have been backing up manually this is a better way
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MarionBlack Premium
It sure makes it easier.
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Sorayacge Premium
I've just checked my plugins and Pretty Link, Google Sitemaps, and Exclude pages from Navigation are all still activated. Are they necessary or should I deactivate them? thank you!
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MarionBlack Premium
Those plugins should be kept running as they are constantly working. Only plugins that sit idle most of the time should be deactivated. You probably don't need Exclude pages from navigation as pages usually have to be added manually to your menu.
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Sorayacge Premium
Ok, great, thank you I'll deactivate that one then.
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Sorayacge Premium
Thank you Marion, brilliantly clear & helpful training. Thank you!
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Jimmyk16 Premium
Marion, you make it look so simple, thanks.
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MarionBlack Premium
You're welcome Jimmy.
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DonT Premium
Thanks for this training Marion! I've been looking for an easy way to backup my site. It doesn't get any more simpler than this!
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MarionBlack Premium
Yeah, I like simple.
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Tdsmithinc Premium
Ok thanks, does a site built with website tonight work with wordpress. When transferring from godaddy to WA?
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MarionBlack Premium
I'm not familiar with "website tonight" but if that's a site builder then it is probably different to WordPress.
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Tdsmithinc Premium
yes it was, I say was because I'm making a new one now in wordpress WA. And got the email to be in WA as well. I have had this site and email for 10 years and really didn't want to start over with a new email address , so that good. Thanks for the help and checking back! You have a great night.
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YPatrick Premium
Once again Marion you have offered us valuable training. Thanks
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MarionBlack Premium
You're welcome Yvette. I love your name, I went almost right through the alphabet to find the best name for my daughter and I named her Yvette Marie.
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WA2017 Premium
Very helpful. Many thanks.
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MarionBlack Premium
You're welcome.
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theresroth Premium
Thanks again and again, Marion!
One of the most valuable tutorials on the Web today.....
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MarionBlack Premium
Thank you Therese.
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PaulBoudreau Premium
Thanks Marion ...
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MarionBlack Premium
Always a pleasure Paul.
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pamdemonium Premium
Thanks for this training, Marion.I'm doing exactly as you've described in your video. I agree that it's better to be safe than sorry when ensuring a back-up is done on our end as opposed to solely relying on WA's site back-up feature. I'm backing up because I'm updating to WP 4.7 - Pam
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MarionBlack Premium
That's great Pam. It's a good habit to get into.
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BenElijah Premium
Thanks!
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MarionBlack Premium
You're welcome.
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Stansk Premium
Great job Marion. You must have wings.
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MarionBlack Premium
Thank you.
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SiobhanP Premium
This is something I have known that is needed to be done - just never got around to it - this training is so simple, thanks for showing me the light
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MarionBlack Premium
Always glad to help Siobhan.
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CraigUKTV Premium
Thanks Marion, great training as always. This has encouraged me to backup my site.
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MarionBlack Premium
Glad to hear it Craig.
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letsrock Premium
Hi, Marion
Wonderful presentation and excellent backup program
Thanks much
Jim
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MarionBlack Premium
You're welcome. Thank you for the kind words.
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RoriO Premium
Thank you, Marion. As usual you have filled in the blanks! Now I can continue with finding <head> and then get on with having Google Adsense on my site!
Good work as always!
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MarionBlack Premium
I joined Adsense years ago so I'm not familiar with the current application procedure. Is putting the code into the <head> the only method or can you use a text widget?
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RoriO Premium
I couldn't tell you, I just don't know enough. I joined adsense and all it did was put a space into my website for the ads. No ads yet, and I can't find <head>. Right now I don't even know where I read to do something there, let alone what to do! TMI. Sorry, that's the reality for me as I struggle to learn all this stuff!
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Hani Premium
Thank you so much!
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MarionBlack Premium
You're welcome Hani
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makruck1980 Premium
Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial, Marion! You're a life saver!
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MarionBlack Premium
Well, a website saver :)
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Jwayne75 Premium
Thanks Marion..so I can save my websites to my computer and discontinue hosting..and when i'm ready to put them back online I can transfer them back? With no hosting my plug in will be gone how do I get my websites back to future hosting?
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MarionBlack Premium
If you go to a hosting company with a cPanel then you can follow the steps at http://wealthyaffiliatetv.com/move to restore your website. Without a cPanel it's more difficult and you would need to ask for support to restore the site for you.
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Steadfast61 Premium
Hi Marion

I have tried to restore my backed up site onto a new site at WA but received the message shown on the attached screenshot. Any thoughts please?
Adrian
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MarionBlack Premium
Yes you have to save the file on your computer and ask Site Support to restore it for you. We don't have access to the data base here at WA so the plugin can't be used here. Support should be able to give you instructions. If you need help with FTP then type FTP into the question box at the top of this page. I've done a couple of tutorials on FTP.
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PatriciaWarf Premium
Thank You Marion,
I downloaded WPAdmn backup using Dropbox. I received an error for the wp_cron. They sent this:
You can try to change this setting by yourself, by adding this string:

define( 'DISABLE_WP_CRON', true ) to the end of "wp-config.php" file in the root of your WordPress website.
Now.... I think I do not mind doing that, but..... where do I find the WP Root code? Sounds like changing our Constitution!! LOL
Thank You
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MarionBlack Premium
When you're in FileZilla open httpdocs folder (not httpsdocs) and you'll find wp-config.php there. This file is absolutely essential to your WordPress installation. It contains the information of where to find the database and other vitally important stuff. Make sure you back it up before you make any changes. If you accidentally kill your website then put the original file back and it should work OK again.

You'll need Notepad++ or Atom to edit the file - it's not a normal text file.
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gkhchay Premium
Excellent training as always Marion. Cheers, Galen
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MarionBlack Premium
You're welcome Galen.
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minitrio Premium
Just marked it with Yellow star, thank you :)
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MarionBlack Premium
Thanks Marek
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viyee Premium
Hi Marion, Thank you very much for the training. Very helpful.
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MarionBlack Premium
I like to help :)
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theresroth Premium
I'm permanently grateful for this, Marion☺☺☺
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MarionBlack Premium
That's sweet of you to say so Therese.
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mybiz4u Premium
Thnx Marion,
Michelle
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MarionBlack Premium
You're welcome.
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jvranjes Premium
Thank you Marion. I am going to use this now.

Can you restore the site elsewhere? Imagine WA crashed and you want to have it built in some other place.
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MarionBlack Premium
I've got that covered too Jovo. http://wealthyaffiliatetv.com/move
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jvranjes Premium
Many thanks.

I cloned all sites. Great job done.
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Toshmack Premium
Great stuff, many thanks Marion :)
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MarionBlack Premium
You're very welcome Tosh.
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Toshmack Premium
:)
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debrakirk Premium
Hi Marion,
Great training - successfully updated website and backed up files as above - very easy to follow.
Thankyou so much for taking the time to create this for us.
Debra
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MarionBlack Premium
It was a pleasure Debra.
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debzo Premium
I had a look at WP clone but it gives a warning that it has only been tested with Wordpress up to version 4.4. I am on 4.5.3 with a 4.6 available. Is this anything to worry about?
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MarionBlack Premium
Good question Deb. I've updated all my websites to WordPress version 4.6 and WP Clone is working fine on all of them.
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debzo Premium
Yay :)
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jennifertak Premium
Thank you. You make it so simple!
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MarionBlack Premium
That's probably because it is. Simple and quick. And sooo important.
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TommyK Premium
Thanks Marion, I've changed over from BackWPup to WP clone.
Nice and easily after watching your tutuorial.
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MarionBlack Premium
Yeah, I like how it's so easy to restore after things go wrong.
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T1967 Premium
Doing it now :-)) Cheers honey xox to you and yours
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MarionBlack Premium
Thank you Tania.
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T1967 Premium
:-)) hope you are having a great weekend
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T1967 Premium
GREAT VIDEO again Marion , all done .....thank you soooooo much you are true GEM xoxox to you and yours
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AnamCarra Premium
Wow, loved this training! How do you allow people to see the steps you are taking as you walk the viewer through the steps needing to be taken? Is it a special program that can be enstauled on computer? Wonderful :)
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MarionBlack Premium
I use Camtasia Studio to record the screen and audio while I'm working.
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AnamCarra Premium
Thanks for that info, i will look into this. Very much appreciated.
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T1967 Premium
THANKS MARION :-))
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Heidi56 Premium
Thank you so much for this info. I have already successfully backed up my new site.
On another site I have installed Xcloner. What do you think about thAT ONE? Shall I try with it or better use the recommended one?
Thanks for the info.
Heidi
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MarionBlack Premium
I haven't tried Xcloner Heidi. When I find something that works I tend to stick with it.
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ShaneWelcher Premium
Thank you for your help and as always for building talent throughout WA.
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MacMcKenzie1 Premium
Hi Marion, I thank you so much for this information as you know I was having the same problem. So Thank You so Much For You Knowledge and Experience it has helped me so much. Thank You For Taking Time out of your busy schedule to help us all. I also thank you for the follow and I followed you back!! Thanks Again Marion....YOU ARE AWESOME!! Wishing You Continued Success Here at WA!!
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MarionBlack Premium
Thanks Logan.
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MacMcKenzie1 Premium
Oh no Miss Marion Thank You So Much!! I appreciate you and your research. I know we all can benefit form this, especially me lol. Thanks Bunches :)
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RonSheila Premium
What if I want to move one site to another. Can I backup the one I want to move and install it on my new domain?

Thanks!
Sheila
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MarionBlack Premium
When you go to Site Rubux Site Manager you'll find a "Move" button. You can use that to move a website to a different domain name.
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Triblu Premium
THANK YOU sooooo much for your VERY easy to follow, detailed video!

I have EVEN been able to upload a website with a slightly different name ... and this plugin updated EVER link, page name, post name, etc. to the NEW URL.

{{{HUGS!}}} for this treasure!

Thanks again,
Trish
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MarionBlack Premium
Yeah, it's a good one.
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Triblu Premium
You BET it is. You're a frustration saver :-))
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jakobia Premium
Hi, I was checking one of my Wordpress blogs and find backups in the tools section of wordpress. Is the backup function now integrated in the wordpress core? Have you tried the function? Looks that you do not need any plugin, or is this some plugin that is automatic installed from my host?
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MarionBlack Premium
I have a plugin which backs up the database and I access it through Tools > Backup it's probably the same one. It only backs up the database not your posts, pages, comments, images, media files etc. etc. So I use WP Clone and Tools > Export as well as Database Backup.
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jakobia Premium
ok thanks,
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gonfree Premium
Thank you Marion. Anyway, the ones who have our websites hosted here at WA get daily backups of them so we don´t need to do it by ourselves, isn´t it?
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MarionBlack Premium
Call me a control freak but I only trust myself with my greatest online assets - my websites. I control when my sites are backed up.
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gonfree Premium
That´s very logical! Good!
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Rehmiee Premium
thank you very much for your valuable sharing Marion
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MarionBlack Premium
You're welcome.
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llj-tucson Premium
This training was perfect and so helpful. Thank you
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MarionBlack Premium
Always glad to help.
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whitneykay Premium
Marion,

Thank you so much for this. Your voice is so soothing to listen to and you are very clear and concise with your directions. Perfect video. I look forward to seeing more from you.
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MarionBlack Premium
Thank you for your kind words, I really appreciate that.
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jimcarlsen65 Premium
Thank you Marion. I am going to do some adjustments to speed up my website, and I was told to do a back up first. So here I go.
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MarionBlack Premium
Good idea Jim. I back up every week and again before I make changes.
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jimcarlsen65 Premium
Thanks
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bamannisi Premium
Thanks, Marion. I read Tony's blog about this blog. Thanks. Great help
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MarionBlack Premium
Good ol' Tony :)
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WealthyAthar Premium
Very good information thanks , i would like to know can i use this clone Technic to build my other website to save my time but how about website name is different , did this cloning will restore website name too or i can build another name and restore theme content and rest on my brand new website, Hope you understand what i mean
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MarionBlack Premium
It gets a lot more complicated when you try to clone a website. I'm in the process of creating a video course of at least 20 videos to cover that process.
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WealthyAthar Premium
I am try to make another web site but would like to clone and then modify like web address different but content body similar to eaz up process , thanks any way will like to see once you make the video
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wagreatstuff Premium
Thanks for the tips to deactivate plugins if used occasionally. Didn't know this :-)
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MarionBlack Premium
Yeah there's no need to keep some of them active when we're not actually using them. Some, like Pretty Links Lite, need to be left running 'cos they're working all the time.
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wagreatstuff Premium
Thanks
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carllio Premium
Great tutorials! Thank you for your help!
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MarionBlack Premium
You're welcome.
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MINDwell Premium
the backup is just a link --- where is it really actually?
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MarionBlack Premium
There are two links. One is to the actual file and the other is the URL where the file is stored. Click on the link to the file and save it on your computer. Check out 2:13 on the video time line.
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peter65 Premium
Want to change my theme, how do I go about it. Need your help. Thanks, God bless you.
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MarionBlack Premium
I recommend using a test website to try out new themes and plugins
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peter65 Premium
I have installed BackWPup but did not install correctly, so, want it deleted. How do I go about it, please, need help?
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MarionBlack Premium
Before you can delete a plugin you need to deactivate it. Just go to Plugins > Installed Plugins and click on Deactivate. Then you'll be able to delete it and install WP Clone which is a much better plugin.
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peter65 Premium
Thanks for the response, i will do that right away.
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Boyo Premium
I hadn't realised it was going to be this straightforward to create backups. Great training as always Marion, thank you.
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MarionBlack Premium
You're welcome Boyo.
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Hollywood Premium
I don't know when I will have enough to back up but this will be useful when I do. I've tried backing up my home pc with negative results.
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MarionBlack Premium
If you have ten minutes then that's enough time for backing up your website. Backing up your PC is much more time consuming.
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JavierLopez Premium
Thank you so much for this great tutorial! The only thing I found didn't match what you were doing in your example was when I tried to copy the url from where it says "copy url". So I copied the actual back up url itself directly. This looks like the actual back up file. The other one just gave me an admin url which didn't look right. Thanks again for all your help.
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MarionBlack Premium
Downloading the file is the best way to save your backups.
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Loudu Premium
Hey Marion, I already installed Wordpress on my computer, does it mean I have to desactivate everything on my site
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Loudu Premium
Thanks for your answer, I m not always on my computer but I ll watch for it
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MarionBlack Premium
Too many plugins can slow down your site so it's a good idea to deactivate any plugins while you're not actually using them. Some plugins you'll leave activated all the time but some you only use occasionally.
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Loudu Premium
OK I see thanks for the training
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