For those of you who don’t know, I’m a big fan of using WordPress, not only to blog, but to create websites. My own site, and those of clients whose sites I create, are all WordPress-based.
However, when I decided to migrate from WordPress.com to a self-hosted WordPress site earlier this year, I found the whole experience to be a major hassle. The theme I use is still not working the way I’d like it to, since there are plug-ins I used on the old site that no longer function here.
Have you had a similar experience? Maybe you weren’t migrating your site. Perhaps you were recreating it because it crashed, got hacked, or otherwise failed on you? For a business owner, it’s a huge headache! Between the cost of having someone recreate it, and the headache of going through the restoration process, it’s enough to turn any day into a “not so good” one…
A blogger I follow recently did a review of a WordPress plug-in called “Backup Creator.” I clicked on his link, and watched the promo video, but didn’t really feel I had a good enough sense of the plug-ins usability, pertinence, etc. At $37 for the tool, I didn’t want to buy something that was going to be a waste of time and money. So, the browser window stayed open, and every time I restarted my computer, the video played again.
After sometime of playing this game, I decide to spend some time today going through and looking at all those open browser windows. (This wasn’t the only one… It’s a bad habit of mine to open windows with the intent of coming back to them. But I never do until my computer starts struggling under the load.) So, today was the day I sought out reviews for this product.
At this time, I can say that the reviews were the only disappointment to me thus far! There were lots of them, but they were all identical… I’m all for syndication, but not in this form! None of the posts were attributed to a specific writer, but they all were in first person, and told a personal story.
Thankfully, I stuck with the search and hit a pot of gold! Not only did I find a legitimate review, but it included video instruction as well. After spending the 12 minutes watching Roger Easlick’s video and reading through his review, I felt that the plug-in was sufficiently demonstrated in terms of its ease of use, and that it was something I could easily do myself.
So, I went back to my original window (sorry, Roger!), purchased the plug-in, installed it on my system, and backed up my site. And, yes, it was as easy as Roger made it look.
I also restored my site to a temporary location, and got everything I wanted from it with few small exceptions. First, the site’s heading needed to be reset. It simply showed the domain name. Second, the stats for my ShareThis plug-in are no longer available. But, all comments, plug-ins, widgets, configurations, database info, blog posts, categories, tags, images, etc. were successfully restored to the new site. All this in less than 15 minutes! Now the peace of mind and potential future time-savings are worth the $37!
Just so you know though, the price is due to go up soon. The creator of the plug-in plans to raise the price to $97 in increments over the next few months. Within the past 90 days, the price was only $7! So, if you’re interested in getting this for your site, don’t waste time like I did. Do your due diligence now, watch Roger’s video if you need more information, and come back here to click the affiliate link below!