WP Twin Is An Indispensable WordPress Tool
I use WP Twin for both backing my WordPress sites as well as cloning sites that I use as templates that I can then deploy in literally less than two minutes. In this way, I can have a brand-new WordPress website up and running in minutes. In the “old days” doing something like this took a lot more time and was not nearly as full-proof.
Here’s how it works in a nutshell (refer to the diagram above, too, as this depicts the steps I’m about to describe):
- Set up ONE site. Install the theme(s) you will use (on all of the sites you will create), as well as all the plugins you will be using. Clear out posts, pages, categories, tags, and links (blogroll).
- Configure everything.
- Clone it using WP Twin.
- Then, following the very good video instructions in the members area for WP Twin, “deploy” the clone on your other websites Now, you have “shells” on all of your websites to which you simply add content.
WP Twin is even better than your typical WordPress plugin—it’s a PHP script that runs outside of WordPress. If you ever run into a problem with your WordPress installation (i.e., it’s broken and you cannot figure out what’s wrong—simply take your backup and restore it), you can run the script without having access to WordPress. You simply need FTP access—that’s it.
With a standard WordPress plugin, you’d be dead in the water if you couldn’t log into your WordPress dashboard, thus rendering your backup totally unusable. I can tell you from experience, when you have issues with WordPress, 9 times out of 10, you won’t be able to log into your dashboard.
Like I said, I use WP Twin all the time. It is my go-to cloning and backup tool and I really cannot imagine building WordPress websites without it.