Because more and more ISP’s are tightening up resources on shared servers, many backup programs are failing to run properly. While I’ve used WP-Twin with great success for the past 4 years, I’ve started having issues with it on sites that run under CloudFlare. Even after disabling CloudFlare and increasing PHP limits, I’ve been unable to get a good backup of my site, which is hosted on A2 Hosting.
A ticket to Rapid Crush technical support received this response:
Here are the requirements of our WP Twin in order to make it work effectively in any hosting server.
- Must be on the Linux hosting environment (linux hosting account).
- system() and exec() PHP functions should be allowed to run on the server.
- zip, unzip, mysql, mysqldump, grep, and sed have to be available commands on the server.
- The UID that scripts run under has to have rights to write files. (We have a test file that can confirm the UID and the commands above)
- The mySQL database user has to have FULL rights to the database.
Despite all of my efforts, troubleshooting became more trouble than it was worth, so I am in the process of evaluating other WordPress backup solutions.
WP Twin Review
If you are in the process of evaluating WordPress backup programs or plugins, the rest of this post will highlight the features of WP-Twin to assist in your decision-making process.
WP Twin is a lightweight program that lets you easily backup an entire WordPress blog quickly and completely.
Many WordPress users don’t completely backup all the database files required for their blog or website. So if they run into a problem and need to restore their site, they can’t because files are missing.
- If you are an affiliate marketer, chances are you create micro niche sites. By cloning the original site, you can deploy that site to as many new domains or sub-domains that you need.
- WP Twin works for membership sites such as Wishlist Member and Optimize Press. You can create a membership site once and clone it.
- I’ve had to transfer blogs to new domains and servers. By cloning the blog I can easily deploy it to its new location.
- A simple button click and your entire blog is cloned. That includes everything ~ from plugins and comments, pages and posts, themes and links, and every single file you will need.
- And they offer 30-day money-back guarantee if you’re not satisfied.
Excellent Documentation and Customer Support
When you purchase the software, you are given two video links: one is instructions on how to create a clone. The other is instructions on how to deploy the clone.
Not only that, they have excellent customer support with quick response times.
No Automatic Backups
There is no way to do automatic backups with WP Twin out of the box. If you need that functionality, then you’ll need to purchase an add-on which allows automatic scheduling.
That being said, I’ve made it a habit to back up a site whenever I’ve done any work on it. I store a copy of the clone locally and on a removable hard drive just in case.
Can’t Restore Locally
As a WordPress web designer, it’s imperative that I test client backups to make sure they are good. There is no way to restore a WP-Twin backup locally. Instead, you’ll need to set up a sandbox site on a development server and deploy the backup to that site in order to test it.
WP Twin Pricing:
- WP Twin “light version” costs $97 and the license allows you to use WP Twin on 10 domains.
- Standard Version is $147 for use on 25 domains.
- Unlimited is $297 for use on unlimited domains.
Visit the WP Twin (affiliate link) website for further information.
Learn more on how to backup a WordPress site with WP Twin.
Over to You!
Have you tried WP Twin? If not, what backup program are you using for your WordPress blog?
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