I wanted to review a product that has proven to be invaluable to me and my blog installation business. This is not something to be used by those who do not have an understanding of WordPress or how to use FTP software. It is a little bit more advanced. To date I have successfully moved 5 blogs from one host to another using this tool without a hitch. The product is called WPTwin.
WPTwin clones a blog completely and flawlessly so that it can be easily loaded into another directory or host in just a matter of minutes. To attempt to move a blog manually is a rather complicated process and I personally require a walk through with the hosting service. That is fine with some hosts, but the other day I was dealing with one whose support system was outsourced. The customer reps had heavy accents, which were hard to understand. That can be a little scary. I was a little hesitant give WPTwin a try, so I tried it out on one of my own blogs first. I moved the blog from hosting at GoDaddy to Bluehost. When it was done, all the links were changed over to the new domain site perfectly. The content, comments, posts, pages, etc., were exactly as they were on the original blog, including the same password.
The other day I moved a rather complicated blog for a client from a developer hosting site to Bluehost. I was a little anxious because the site had a substantial amount of images, videos, etc. The move went perfectly except for one small hitch. I hadn’t realized the client, who had set up the new account at Bluehost, also set up email before the site was moved. The email went temporarily offline when the domain was pointed to the new host. I’ll have to make sure that never happens again. Otherwise, there were no other problems. I breathed a huge sigh of relief.
The instructions for WPTwin are very clear, however, they do not mention, to someone who may be unaware, that if a website is moved to another host, the dns, (nameservers) must be pointed to the new host before deploying the clone on the new installation of WordPress. This process takes several hours to propagate throughout the Internet.
It is important to know that if you want to clone a WordPress blog to be moved to another domain, the hosting must be Linux for it to work properly. For instance, Windows hosting at GoDaddy will not work.
So far, so good. I highly recommend this product to anyone who needs to move a site and is able to do it themselves. If a baby boomer like me can figure it out, just about anyone can.