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WP Twin vs Backup Buddy vs Manage WP (Comparison)

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In my search for WordPress backup and cloning resources, I’ve compiled my notes in the form of a comparison between 3 top tools:

1. WP Twin

Pro: Appears super easy to use and has a 30 day refund.  To my disappointment, there is no demo video on the sales page, so I had to do a search on YouTube to find a video that shows how WP Twin works.  However, a big “plus” listed on the sales page is that they  claim to be very responsive with customer support, with average reponse time being a “hours” instead of days and that support is available around the clock and on weekends.

Awesome.

So I put that to the test by creating a support ticket with a few pre-sales questions.  It took about 8 hours for a response.  That’s above average :-)

Cons:  with WP Twin, you need to be able to install WordPress on your own prior to using it.  But this isn’t an issue/con if you’re comfortable doing this.  I can install WP quickly using Fantastico and it takes under a minute.  Additional “con” is the limited support. The less you pay, the less support time you receive (see below):

Pricing:

$97 for 10-site license. (3 months support)
$147 for 25 (6 months support)
$297 for unlimited (12 months support)

*What defines a site within the license?

Per customer service, “One license is used when you clone a wordpress site on a domain”

Side note – If you find that you need a license with more sites, then you can’t just pay the difference from the lower package… you’ll have to pay full price.  This is where Backup Buddy differs…

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2. Backup Buddy

Pro: no need to pre-install WordPress. It installs everything for you.  If you discover that you need to upgrade your license to unlimited sites or a developers license, you can upgrade and pay the difference instead of having to upgrade at full price. Nice.

Cons: after watching a video on their site, it appears that if migrating to another server, you need to manually create a mySQL database beforehand.  I know how to do this, but I don’t like having to take this step.

Biggest con/negative is: No refund policy!  Their reasoning is it’s a digital (non tangible) product.  I asked customer service about this in a chat session and I’m told  that… if after checking the hosting/server requirements and after seeking help in the support forum, my issue(s) cannot be resolved, then they would refund the purchase within 5 days of purchase…

Not encouraging. It doesn’t say much for their confidence in their product… plus, I’m not a huge fan of “forum support”.

Pricing:

$75 for 2 site license.
$100 for 10-site license
$150 for unlimited (WP Twin charges this for only 25 sites)
$197 developer license.

TIP: If you signup to their newsletter, you’ll get a code to save 25% on any purchase.

Click here to learn more

3. Manage WP

This one is a monthly fee and looks awesome for managing all of your blogs with ONE login and updating, posting, etc all blogs from one location – including cloning and migrating.

Pricing:

It’s about $21 per month (if you choose the month-to-month option), otherwise it’s less if you pay for a year up front.  However, in the long run it costs more, but you have the huge time-saving benefit of managing all your blogs in one place and one login.

The cloning/migration tool looks ultra simple and only a couple of steps.  But again, to enjoy the quick method, the pre-requisite (like WP Twin) is to install WordPress prior to using it.

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*Side note: You can get a free account to manage 5 sites, but you’ll have to upgrade to PRO (paid version) to be able to use some features like the clone and migrate feature.

[ To see which tool I do NOT recommend, click here]

 

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