Backup Creator Review

Backup Creator is an awesome plugin which you should use if using WordPress.

Why should you use it? Simply put, anything can happen with your website.

Something bad happened to me once while using FTP, I deleted the wrong file causing my website not to work anymore.
The bad thing about this is that you cannot undelete your mistake.

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If you had a backup then it would easily be fixed, but like many of us out there I didn’t have one.
Another scenario would be if somebody hacked your website, and they put some of their own stuff on your website or they infect it  with malware.

If you are lucky, your web hosting company can roll back a backup that they made, so that you can fix the problem.

 

The only drawback about this, is that it can take some time to accomplish because you have to go to support of your hosting company and enter a request, but that can take up to 48 hours before they reply.

Another alternative is to log into your cPanel,and make a backup from there. but that can take some time too depending on the size of your website, and is not so easy for the most of us.

As a WordPress user, I started looking into free plugins that can do the job too, but found that these are difficult to use or are limited in the size you can back up.
After doing research for a premium plugin, I came across Backup Creator from Robert Plank.

You can choose from two versions, the Express and Ultimate version. (Click on the image below to enlarge)

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After purchasing the Backup Creator plugin, you will directed to a sign-up page where you can enter your details to get access to the member’s area where you can download the plugin, watch an installation video and/or download an installation guide. You will also see your license that you will need to use the plugin.

The installation video and guide are straightforward, and there should not be any problem when installing, and using the plugin.
I went for the Ultimate version because of all the extra features that come with it.

I have several websites that I needed to back up, so I installed Backup Creator on each website. After entering the license key and email address, you’re ready to go.

After installing the plugin, you go to the plugins section of  WordPress, and click on settings of Backup Creator.  Doing so will bring you to the following screen: (Click on the image below to enlarge)

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To backup your site you only need to click on the button which says “Backup this site”. It will backup (Clone) your entire WordPress installation including content, themes, plugins, settings and your databases. This whole process can take from a couple of seconds to a few minutes depending on the size of your site.

The backup creator creates a new plugin (Installer) which you need to download to a safe place because you will need this to restore your site on the same or different location. (Click on the image below to enlarge)

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Restoring your site is as easy as backing up. The plugin, that you just downloaded to a safe location, needs to be installed on the same or new location and after installing and going to settings you will see the following screen:(Click on the image below to enlarge)

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To restore or clone just click the button which says “Restore from URL” and depending on the size of your site it can take between a few seconds to a couple of minutes and your website is back up and running again.

If you want to watch a video to see it in action then CLICK HERE:

My findings using Backup Creator

I have one website, my main site which is in size the biggest about 1.4GB, the others are less than 200MB.
I installed Backup Creator on all my websites, and made a backup, and downloaded the new plugin to a safe place.

Backing up was very easy and fast, and downloading the new plugin was also fast. Downloading a full backup to your computer can take a while if you have a large-sized site, but is not necessary because it is already saved on your server.

To be on the safe side, I always download the full backup to a safe location despite that uploading can take a while, but that’s me wanting varies copies of my backup on different locations.
Now it was time to check the created backups, to see if everything works perfectly.

I created a test site on my server and installed a fresh WordPress site and installed the Backup Creator plugin recently downloaded, of one of my sites.

Using the “Restore from URL” feature I was able to upload the backup to the fresh WordPress site. Depending on the size of your backup, it can take a few minutes, but then the magic happens, and your site is up and running again.

After restoring (Cloning) your site, always check to see if all the links work, and that all your content is visible.

The only problem I had using Backup Creator, was when I tried to restore my large website using the “Restore from URL” feature. It did not/could not upload the file and gave an error saying I should try restoring manually. The smaller websites did not have this problem and restored the websites within minutes. (Update: This problem was due to wrong settings, which is my fault) 

Using the “Restore from FTP” for the lager website I was able to upload the backup and restore the website on the new location. Because of the size, it took a little longer and once uploaded and restored, it worked perfectly.
The express version ($7 version) doesn’t have the feature of restoring from FTP or from Amazon S3. This is only available in the Ultimate version ($47 version).

Conclusion

Backup Creator is a very easy to use plugin, and can save you a lot of time if your site gets hacked or that you accidentally deleted a file making your site inaccessible.

Using the “Restore from URL” feature for large websites could be a glitch or maybe I’m the only one experiencing this problem.
Restoring smaller websites using this feature gave no problems and worked quit fast.

Update: I was trying to backup my entire domain with subdomains etc, therefore the backup size was so big. After entering a support ticket, I received an answer stating that I should go into the “Settings” tab and choose the website I want to backup, thus reducing the size of the backup. This you should do with every website to want to backup.

All in all Backup Creator is an awesome plugin and is a must have for anyone using WordPress and want to make a copy of their site on a regular basis.

Viewing all the features of this plugin I would recommend using the Ultimate version because of all the extras.

If you are interested in this plugin and you would like to purchase it, I would appreciate it if you click on the “Get Instant Access” button  here below.  As an affiliate I will receive a small commission which will help me maintain my website.

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2 Comments

  • Good day! Do you know if they make any plugins to safeguard against hackers?

    I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on.

    Any tips?
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    • Frank Claassen

      Reply Reply May 17, 2013

      Hi and thanks for taking time to read my review. The creators of Backup Creator do not have a plugin to safeguard against hackers. There are free plugins available which make it difficult for a hacker.
      Personally I use a paid plugin called WP Shielded.
      It blocks numerous attempts to login for a pre set period of time and does hide or delete certain features hackers are looking for. I’m happy using it and I haven’t been hacked yet in the two years that I’m online.

      Hope it helps you..

      – Frank

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