How to clone or migrate a WooCommerce WordPress store automatically using UpdraftPlus

How to clone or migrate a WooCommerce WordPress store automatically using UpdraftPlus

Running a WooCommerce store is not easy. Your store’s plugins, themes, WordPress version and WooCommerce all need regular updates, which are highly recommended as they can help improve your overall store functionality.

But making changes on the live store can be problematic – especially in case of new updates and features. Migrator lets you clone a site by creating an operational copy, providing a safe environment that allows you to test the latest updates and changes. This method ensures you avoid any kind of crash or unexpected behaviour when you make the actual live updates.

Used by hundreds of thousands of WordPress sites UpdraftPlus Migrator (a feature of the UpdraftPlus plugin) is the world’s most trusted tool to clone your WooCommerce store in just a few clicks. The best part is, you can do it all from the WordPress dashboard itself.

Getting Started

First,  ensure the UpdraftPlus plugin is installed on your site. If you want to create a copied site with Migrator using the free version of UpdraftPlus, you will either need UpdraftPlus Premium or Migrator.

Before you start, make sure you turn off any proxies that are between you and your site, such as Cloudflare, GoDaddy’s “Preview DNS” proxy or Opera Turbo/Road mode as these can potentially interfere with the clone process. Caching and minifying plugins are also a possible cause of migration problems. If possible, disable these before you create your backup – or alternatively, turn them off if the migration stumbles.

Please follow these steps:

To keep it simple we will use the following source and destination site.

Source site : http://localhost/wc

Destination Site : http://localhost/wcclone

Ensure that the destination site has a fresh copy of WordPress installed on it. The source site will be your WooCommerce store.

Clone a WooCommerce store using UpdraftPlus Migrator

First, ensure that UpdraftPlus Migrator is present on both the source and the destination site.

Go to the ‘Migrate/Clone’ tab of your destination site. Click on the ‘Receive a backup from a remote site’ button to open settings.

You do not need to change any settings. Click on the ‘Create Key’ button.

Copy the generated key as this will be required soon.

Next, head over to the source site and go to the ‘Migrate/Clone’ tab. Click on the button ‘Send a backup to another site’.

Click on the ‘Add a site’ link and paste the site key that you just copied from destination site.

Next, click the ‘Add a site’ button.

You should now see the destination site URL and a ‘Send’ button. Click the ‘Send’ button.

Next, you will be asked to select the options that you want to clone. Typically you need to choose all options except ‘WordPress core’ as we have already installed WordPress on our destination site.

One you have ticked all the options required, click the ‘Send’ button. UpdraftPlus will now start the process of migrating your site to the destination site. This will take some time depending on the size of your online store. After completion of the process, you should see the backup set in ‘Existing Backups’.

This indicates that the source site has successfully sent a backup set to the destination site.

Restore the backup on the destination site

Once you have completed the above steps, head over to the destination site. In the ‘Existing Backups’, you will now see the backup set which was sent by your source site (your WooCommerce store).

Click the ‘Restore’ button and then tick all options.

Next, you will see a checkbox for database restoration options. Tick the checkbox and continue the process. As we are restoring the database of the source site, we need to update the URLs with the new site URLs.

Be patient and wait for UpdraftPlus to finish the process of migration. Once complete, log out of the dashboard.

Login again and you will see your WooCommerce store has been cloned successfully.

In conclusion

Cloning a WooCommerce site might seem like a big task that requires a lot of technical expertise, but with UpdraftPlus Migrator you can simply and quickly clone your WooCommerce Store in just a few clicks.

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How to restore a ‘BackupWordPress’ backup using UpdraftPlus Premium

With 2 million+ active installs, UpdraftPlus is one of the most popular and trusted WordPress backup plugins currently on the market. The popularity of the plugin is due to its simplicity and wide variety of features, including the ability to restore backups created by other backup plugins, such as BackupWordPress.

However, unlike UpdraftPlus, BackupWordPress does not give the user an automatic restore option. This mean BackupWordPress users are forced to restore their sites manually by uploading all your files and folders via FTP and importing the database using phpMyAdmin. This task can be painstakingly dull and complicated, even for someone with developer experience.

Restoring your backup using UpdraftPlus Premium

Fortunately, there is a great solution to help users restore their BackupWordPress backups using UpdraftPlus Premium. Please be aware that you can use the UpdraftPlus free version do a basic restore but if you want to restore from a BackupWordpress backup, this feature is only available with the UpdraftPlus Premium plugin.

Note: The Premium version of UpdraftPlus has many other useful features, which you can read about here.

Once you have installed and activated the UpdraftPlus Premium plugin, it is a relatively straightforward process to use one of the two methods to add and run your BackupWordPress backups to UpdraftPlus.

Method 1

  • The first step is to find the backup files. BackupWordPress plugin creates a directory with prefix backupwordpress- inside the wp-content directory.
  • All the backups made by the BackupWordPress plugin are saved inside this directory. Our example is shown below:
  • Copy your backup zip files from the above directory and paste it inside the wp-content/updraft folder.
  • Next, go to the settings page of UpdraftPlus. Click on the ‘Rescan local folder’ for new backup sets’ link. This will rescan the wp-content/updraft directory and add new backups within ‘Existing Backups’.
  • If everything worked, your new backup files will now be visible in the list. You can now restore your backups and also use the other useful features provided by the UpdraftPlus Premium plugin. You can also upload this backup to remote storage if required.

Method 2

This method is almost the same the first, but instead of copy/pasting your backup files, you can upload your BackupWordPress backup file to the ‘Existing Backups’ list.

  • On the UpdraftPlus settings page, click ‘Upload backup file’.
  • Next, choose the locally stored backup file.
  • After the upload process is complete, your backup will be present in the ‘Existing Backups’ list.
  • Once the backup is present in the UpdraftPlus list, you can select it and click the restore button. In just a few minutes you should have restored your files and database.

That’s it for this tutorial! We hope this explains everything you needed to know on how to add and restore a BackupWordPress backup using UpdraftPlus Premium.

If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments below.

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UpdraftPlus Premium adds an option for annual subscription

UpdraftPlus is adding an option for people to buy UpdraftPlus Premium as a subscription. This will mean you’ll no longer have to manually renew annually to continue to receive support and updates. We’ll be automatically including a 40% off discount for future years for people who opt for this.

Subscriptions can be cancelled at any time so there’s no disadvantage. But if you’d prefer to go for the normal manual renewal, then this is currently still an option as well.

Q. How often will I be billed for my Premium subscription
A. All Premium subscriptions have an annual billing cycle, so you will be charged each year unless the subscription is cancelled

Q. How do I receive the 40% renewal discount for the subscription?
A. The 40% discount is automatically applied for each renewal purchase. This is reflected in your subscription information on the My Account page

Q. How can I cancel my subscription? What happens to my licences?
A. The subscription can be cancelled at any time from your My Account page. If the subscription is cancelled, your licences will expire at the end of the billing period as normal

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UpdraftPlus announce massive Black Friday sale!

Happy Black Friday from UpdraftPlus!

It’s the time of year that makes bargain hunters everywhere full of thanksgiving: Black Friday.

For one week only, we’d like to offer you the following amazing Black Friday deals:

20% off UpdraftPlus Premium subscription using the code BFsiteUDP20
20% off MetaSlider Pro using the code BFSiteMS20 
30% off UpdraftClone Tokens using the code BFSiteClone30
50% off UpdraftCentral using the code BFSiteUDCentral50

Take advantage of our amazing Black Friday offers before they’re gone!

Coupons are vaild until the end of November 2018.

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GDPR compliance with UpdraftPlus: encrypting the databases in your WordPress backups if they contain user data

GDPR is an important new data regulation coming into force soon across the whole of the EU. We’re working on fully complying ourselves with our own customer data, and have launched a Data and Privacy Centre here: https://updraftplus.com/data-protection-and-privacy-centre/.  This should be fully complete within the next few days.
As part of the law, many customers are asking if our software helps them be compliant.  We’ve put out details on what information we collect here.

One thing you need to ensure is that your backups of your customer’s private data are protected. To help with this, UpdraftPlus Premium can encrypt the data in your backups. It has an industry-standard AES encryptor keeps all of the sensitive WordPress installation data (e.g. passwords, lists of users, secret keys, etc.) stored in your database completely secure. Find out more here: https://updraftplus.com/shop/moredatabase/.

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Data protection, privacy, the GDPR, right to be forgotten, etc.

We’re receiving an increasing number of questions which relate to the EU’s incoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which becomes law towards the end of May 2018.

At UpdraftPlus (and across all our associated products – WP Optimize, Keyy, UpdraftCentral, MetaSlider), we aim to comply with both the letter and the spirit of this new, quite heavy, law. Its aim is to set a new gold standard for data collecting, processing and retention, and associated rights. We are all individuals too, and we think that the GDPR is bringing in some very valuable tools to allow consumers to have control and protection of their data. As such, we intend to treat all clients – whether EU citizens or not – as if they were EU citizens. We want everybody to know that we aim to treat their data with maximum respect and care.

To this end, over recent weeks, we have been doing a lot of “behind the scenes” work on GDPR and data protection issues. One of the fruits of this is our “data protection and privacy centre”. This has quite a number of useful links giving information on what data we have (and usually, don’t have, because we didn’t collect it in the first place), and what we do with it (and what we don’t do with it).

We still have plenty of work to do before the GDPR comes in, but we want to assure all our users that we see being “best of breed” in this area as a priority, and that we are energetically pursuing that goal

David Anderson (lead developer)

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