Rick P. on Capterra
2 years ago
04/28/2019, 04:00 AM
Efficient and fast backup tool for WordPress nevertheless lacks some power-user features
Pros: I like being able to quickly create a backup and upload it to Google Drive, where I have lots of free space. On good hosts (not GoDaddy, in other words) and small-to-medium sized sites, the backup process takes just a few minutes.
If I have to move a client's site to another hosting service I rarely use plugins like Duplicator Pro. Most hosts now offer free transfers and I have better things to do with my time. Some hosts provide quick and easy transfers that require a little bit fo input by me, and that's fine. Cloudways, for instance, uses VaultPress, which I have to install and enter a few settings and some information, press a button and everything is very quickly taken care of.
My favorite use of Duplicator Pro, rather than as my go-to manual backup solution (which is UpDraftPlus) is to create core templates for quickly getting a new site ready to develop.
I've created a couple templates in Duplicator Pro and I have packages ready to install, complete with WordPress/WooCommerce installations and all the basic plugins I need. I customize them according to which page builder I'm using with a new client as well as what custom functionality they require.
This is MUCH easier than building a basic site from scratch every time, installing plugins and settings. Ugh. Never again.
Duplicator Pro makes this easy.
I also like how I can choose the file format for packages. I needed to use this feature when package creation kept failing on a slow, shared host. (GoDaddy, again.
Cons: For my needs as described above, Duplicator Pro is perfect at the Personal license level.
Power-users will miss a few features from other premium plugins. UpDraft, for instance, allows for incremental backups, copying and storing only the files that have changed, making for much quicker and more efficient backups as well as saving space. Duplicator Pro doesn't have this feature.
Overall: I'm grateful that Duplicator Pro allows me to create customized WordPress installations so I can get started designing much quicker.