Feb 272014

Backup WordPress Using XCloner plugin tutorial will guide you and help you to configure the plugin before you create a WordPress backup.

Last Updated: March 20, 2017

Latest News: I have updated the changelog and starting making changes to the tutorial to reflect the new changes.

The latest update version 4.0.1 is a major overhaul of the plugin. This update is a huge improvement over the old version 3.1.5. Make sure you carry out some test on a testing platform before you update the plugin to the this version. If you find a bug or you run into an issue report this to the forum. This will help the developer update and patch the problem.


Please read the latest release information below:

Version 4.0.2 changelog

  • added WebDAV remote storage support
  • added Google Drive Suppor through XCloner-Google-Drive plugin
  • added depedency injection code refactoring
  • added TAR PAX support on restore
  • improving code quality scrutinizer
  • fixing phpversion requirement
  • adding BackBlaze remote storage support
  • added Remote Storage Manage Backups dropdown selection
  • fixed windows opendir error
  • added total archived files to notifications email
  • timezone scheduler fix
  • added default error sending to admin when no notification email is set

Important: Please remember to review the new version and report any issues to the developer. 

What you need:

Backup WordPress Using XCloner tutorials: 

  1. Backup WordPress Using Xcloner
  2. Generate WordPress Backups
  3. Restore WordPress

Setup And Configure XCloner Plugin

Step 1 ) Navigate to Site Backup to start configuring the plugin before you create your first backup. See images below.

Site Backup Admin Menu

  • Dashboard
  • Settings
  • Remote Storage
  • Manage Backups
  • Scheduled Backups
  • Generate Backups
  • Restore Backups


Step 2 ) When you install the plugin for the first time and you click on Dashboard on the admin menu you will see the following image. This is simply letting you know that no backup file was found. The dashboard provides the following information.

  • No Backup Yet
  • Total Size
  • Next Call
  • XCloner Debugger

The dashboard also provides the following information through System Check and Additional System Info. This information will help you troubleshoot some of the issues you might encounter when you first install the plugin and more.

Note: You will also see the following message.

You have no backup that I could find, please generate a new backup to keep your site protected.


XCloner Backup Settings

Step 3 ) The following image XCloner Backup Settings shows you 4 menu tabs. The following are the settings you can configure.

  • General Options
  • Mysql Options
  • System Options
  • Cleanup Options


Step 4 ) The following General Options allows you to configure the following settings.

  • Backup Compression Level
  • Backup Start Location
  • Backup Storage Location
  • Enable XCloner Backup Log
  • Regex Exclude Files

Step 5 ) The following Mysql Options allows you to configure the following settings.

  • Enable Mysql Backup
  • Backup only WP tables
  • Mysql Hostname
  • Mysql Username
  • Mysql Database

Step 6 ) The following Mysql Options allows you to configure the following settings.

Note: These are advance options recommended for developers. So make sure you know what you are doing before making any changes to these settings. 

  • Data Size Limit Per Request
  • Files To Process Per Request
  • Directories To Scan Per Request
  • Database Records Per Request
  • Exclude files larger than (MB)
  • Split Backup Archive Limit (MB)
  • Force Temporary Path Within XCloner Storage

Step 7 ) The following Cleanup Options allows you to configure the following settings.

  • Cleanup by Date(days)
  • Cleanup by Quantity
  • Cleanup by Capacity(MB)

Remote Storage Settings

Step 8 ) The following image Remote Storage Settings allows you to set up any remote storage you might want to implement for your backups.

Remote Storage Options

  • Ftp Storage
  • SFTP Storage
  • AWS Storage
  • Dropbox Storage
  • Azure Bing Storage

Note: Click on each tab to expand the tab and edit the settings. Don’t forget to verify the settings before you enable each backup. 


Click on the following link Generate WordPress Backups to continue with this tutorial.

If you have any questions please let me know.


Manuel Ballesta RuizManuel Ballesta Ruiz is a web developer, Blogger and WordPress Enthusiast.

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