When maintaining a website, one needs to periodically perform various operations that have the potential to be destructive to the operation of the site. These operations might include the updating of plugins/themes, files and data within the database, and changes to web server configuration files (.htaccess, wp-config.php).
Duplicator Pro now includes a “Recovery Point” feature that gives robust protection against catastrophic failure due to system changes. The Recovery Point provides a quick and reliable way to restore your system in the event of failure without the need for WordPress to be operational or even installed. The general flow of using the Recovery Point is as follows:
1. Build a Valid Recovery Package.
Create a new package that does not filter any database tables; nor should it have any core WordPress files or directories filtered. The scan process (step 2) will help you determine if the package you created is recovery point available.
2. Set the Recovery Point
Set the package to be used as the Recovery Point by clicking on the “Recovery Point…” button from the Package Overview section of the package row. Only packages stored locally on the server can be recovery points.
3. Observe the new Recovery Point
You’ll now see a recovery icon next to the package name. This indicates the package is the current Recovery Point.
4. Copy the Recovery URL
Click on the blue icon to copy the Recovery URL to the clipboard. Paste this URL to a safe spot such as a text file, email, or other mechanisms that accepts text.
5. Use the Recovery URL to launch Recovery Wizard.
In the event, your site no longer works or you just don’t like the effect the operations had, simply browse to the URL you saved in step 4 to recover your system to its previous state.