Sadly, Say Bye-Bye to WP Clone by Academy

Last Update: December 07, 2018

While trying to help another person out with moving their website from one host to another today, I went to retrieve the URL for this once awesome plugin only to find it now seems to be deserted by the developer.

It is now labeled with a WARNING: "This plugin hasn't been tested with the latest 3 major releases of WordPress. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress."

Knowing that a lot of us have this plugin installed on our websites, and that we’ve grown to depend on it for backing up our sites and restoring them if need be, thought I should let the membership know of this issue.

If anyone can recommend a fully tested replacement plugin that works as efficiently as this one did, I would certainly appreciate knowing of it.

The All In One WP Migration plugin is great plugin for larger websites, but by far not as convenient as this plugin was for automatically changing a domain name and all internal links. Here is a guide for the All In One WP Migration plugin: https://help.servmask.com/knowledgebase/all-in-one-wp-migrat... for anyone wishing to use this one.


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mybiz4u Premium
Thnx, T
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Triblu Premium
You are very welcome Michelle.
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Marley2016 Premium
Trish,
Thanks for sharing - good information that others need :)
Susan
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Triblu Premium
Thank you Susan!
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MAXINEG Premium
Thank you for sharing Trish.
Maxine
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Triblu Premium
You're very welcome Maxine.
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DebbieRose Premium
OMG...lite I just finished using this to back up my site. It worked perfectly...but you are suggesting we won't be able to do a restore. Darn.
Debbie
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Triblu Premium
Hey Debbie,

This was NOT meant to create panic... and, I too backed up SEVERAL sites with WP Clone before updating to WordPress v5. We all got lucky... this time.

This plugin MIGHT work for another few upgrades yet, but I wanted to make all users aware of this issue, so not to be kept out in the cold if/when it no longer works.
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DebbieRose Premium
So if I did a successful backup using this will it be able to get restored if need be. Are you saying that we should use something else for future backups. Thanks...this is all so confusing to me...on top of upgrading to 5.0. Ugh! Thanks, Trish
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Triblu Premium
I am letting the members of the community know that there is a warning posted on the WP Clone by Academy's plugin page that was put there by WordPress.

Warnings are put there for good reason. If you prefer to continue using this plugin, by all means, you can.

However, when I see a warning that WordPress puts on a plugin's page like this, I know NOT to depend on the plugin actually continuing to work.

We COULD get lucky and have the developer return and update this plugin, but somehow, I don't think they will as they would have done so by now if that was their intention. Especially when so many of their users (me included!) would have depended (and I did!) on their plugin through the version 5 update that WordPress released yesterday.
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DebbieRose Premium
OK...I get it now...thanks for the clarification.
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JerryMcCoy Premium
thanks for the heads up .
Jerry
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Triblu Premium
You're welcome Jerry!
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