Lest you think you’ve stumbled upon the latest science fiction thriller, you’ll be pleased to know that WordPress cloning is not a part of that galaxy.
While it’s an odd term, it represents a necessary task: making a WordPress backup of your site to work on offline, or in the event something should go amiss. We’re not simply being obsessive-compulsive here: servers go down every day, despite their claims of 99.9% uptime, and if you’ve had this happen to you, you know the panic is it can cause.
If parts of your database were to simply disappear, how viable would your site or business be? Let’s look at what you need to do to implement WordPress cloning, and how it can help your overall WordPress security.
What is WordPress cloning and how does it help?
Cloning your site is another level in WordPress security that can be very useful. Cloning simply means that you have backed up your site to a totally different location, (offline, as in a folder, so as not to have SEO problems) where you can access it at a moment’s notice if the need arises.
This would prove useful if you wanted to make wholesale changes to your site’s appearance or functionality before it went live, and you wouldn’t have to deal with any of the problems that a “work in progress” could bring.
Simply clone the site, make your changes, and have this one replace the old version when ready. A real time saver!
If I have cloned my site, do I still need to backup my data?
Yes. While you’ll still have a copy as a clone, you’ll want to preserve any newer data that comes in, such as comments, posts, and more. WordPress backups are something you should do at least once a month, whether or not you’ve cloned your site.
What’s the best way to accomplish this level of WordPress Security?
I prefer to use a WordPress plugin to get the job done. Just make sure the plugin you choose is able to do select backups, has restore functionality, and can clone. Also be sure that it is frequently updated to keep pace with all new versions of WordPress. There is no use in backing up your data to a plugin that’s out of date, and not working.
Go to www.backupcreator.com to back up, clone, and secure your WordPress site right now before anything happens to it.