Support #18796


backup plugin request

Added by Marilyn Weber 3 months ago. Updated about 2 months ago.

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"I am a librarian who regularly discusses archiving options for digital projects and capstones with students. For when they choose to create a CUNY Academic Commons site for their project, I'd like to be able to recommend that they use a backup plugin in order to submit their files to the CUNY institutional repository. Could you possibly add UpdraftPlus, BackupBuddy, or All-in-One WP Migration (or the like)? Unless you suggest a different process.

Stephen Zweibel"

Actions #1

Updated by Boone Gorges 3 months ago

Unfortunately, backup plugins like Steve suggests are not compatible with the Commons hosting configuration and its Multisite setup. The real problem is on the import end of things, but even if we could isolate the export functionality for these plugins, there would still be compatibility issue because of the way we store user accounts and other global data.

In any case, the export formats generated by these plugins are intended for import into another WordPress installation, and as such I'm not sure they're ideally suited for archival purposes. Have you considered tools that create static versions of a site? We have one tool on the Commons called 'Export WP Page to Static HTML/CSS'. I think Ray or Scott may have done some work around these plugins in the past, and perhaps they can share some insight.

Actions #2

Updated by scott voth 3 months ago

Maybe they could use the Anthologize plugin?

Actions #3

Updated by Marilyn Weber 3 months ago

He tried Export, but reports"after the “Export HTML” step, I clicked “Download” and it went to a 404."

Actions #4

Updated by Boone Gorges 3 months ago

I've taken a look and that plugin does have some problems.

I've found another called Simply Static and added it to the site. At a glance, it appears to be a good option, exporting a zip file containing a complete copy of a site.

Actions #5

Updated by Marilyn Weber about 2 months ago

He replied "Thank you! So far Simply Static has been looking good.

Actions #6

Updated by Boone Gorges about 2 months ago

  • Status changed from New to Resolved

Excellent! This would probably be a helpful tool for others on the Commons trying to archive their work, so perhaps Scott can make a mental note.


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