One of the most time consuming tasks when it comes to building dozens of site that will become AdSense sites, Amazon sites, part of a big blog network or any other type of site is setting up WordPress the way you want it.
When you are only building a small number of sites setting up WordPress for each site can be done manually as it won’t take too much time, but when you are building sites as if it was a factory line the combined time you will end up spending setting up WordPress manually on each site will be substantial and as you know, time is mucho important to me (as it should be for you) and whenever there is a task I can automate in someway and save time, I will take it with both hands.
I am glad to tell you that I have found the best WordPress cloner plugin (among the ones I know of and tried). Say hello to Backup Creator.
Backup Creator Overview
|Focus:||WordPress Backup & Clone|
|Price:||$47 (multi license)|
Why Is Backup Creator So Good?
It is super easy to use and it works 100% of the times and both of these facts are not very common to the other WordPress cloning tools I tried and tested over the past year.
As you can figure out from the name of the plugin, it is mostly intended for WordPress backup purposes which is something I already got covered thanks to BackupBuddy so the main reason I bought Backup Creator was for the cloning feature it has as that is a must have for anyone building dozens of sites every months for whatever purpose.
Since I am building dozens of AdSense sites I could really use a good WordPress cloning tool but due to the bad experiences I had with other similar plugins and services I didn’t get my hopes up but decided to test it out since it was recommended by someone I trust and value his opinion.
How Does Backup Creator Work?
One you finish installing Backup Creator on your blog and you will enter your license information you will see the following screen:
All you need to do is click the Backup This Site button and let it do what it does and backup your entire WordPress installation (Content, Themes, Plugins, Settings).
Once the backup is complete you will be able to download the Backup Creator plugin again and this time it will have the latest backup you created saved so when you go the new WordPress blog on which you want to clone the site you just backed up you simply add the plugin you just downloaded and when you get to the main screen you will see a URL showing in the box:
Simply select the Restore from URL option and clicked the Restore From Backup button and that’s it. It will clone the backup site onto the new WordPress site with all the content, themes, plugins, settings and anything else you can think of. Something that really surprised me is the fact that the plugin knows to change the URL in various settings from the URL of the site you are looking to clone to the URL of the site your are cloning on to.
That ability saves me even more time since I don’t need to go over some of the setting and change the URL manually. Just to explain what I mean I will provide you with an example. One of the theme I am using to create AdSense sites is the Heatmap Theme and in the theme settings I can determine what to show in the various footer locations and I usually link to pages on the site.
After I created my master backup of an AdSense site and I clone it to a new WordPress installation I created I don’t need to edit the URLs since they are automatically changed to the URL of the new WordPress site I am cloning on to. I was fully prepared to manually edit some settings so it really surprised me that I didn’t need to do that:).
Why I love Backup Creator?
Besides the fact that backup creator is super easy to use and that it actually works much better than expected, I also love the low price ($47) and the fact that Robert didn’t do what most other premium WordPress plugin developers do and that is to provide a single site license for the low price and hope that everyone will pay more for a multi site license.
Backup Creator comes with a multi site license for a very affordable price (I would have paid much more for the time this plugins saved and going to save me) and if you want to be able to use it on your clients sites or sites you end up selling than you will need the developer version which will cost an additional $47.
The support is great and I doubt if you will even need it. In the members area you will find your license key, an installation guide and an installation video so you are well covered. In case you do have problems, you can simply submit a ticket via the helpdesk.
I have cloned dozens of sites so far with Backup Creator and it worked 100% of the times. It is so easy to use and all it takes it to simply know how to add a new plugin to WordPress which is something everyone operating WordPress sites knows how to do. No need to use any PHP scripts or anything else that might complicate the process.
I have created master backups for the various types of sites I usually create (and I recommend you do that same) and once that is done it really takes me under 1 minute to have a ready to go WordPress installation that only require me to add content to the site.
I personally think Backup Creator is a must have for anyone creating new sites on a regular basis and the time it will help you save is worth 100 times the price of the plugin.
To your success (and mine ),