Support » Plugin: Duplicator - WordPress Migration Plugin » Inefficient and Excesssive Drain On Your Web Server

  • The Duplicator plugin a quite easy plugin to use. However, it seems to me that, with every update, the plugin becomes less and less efficient in terms of it’s usage of your web server’s resources. Consequently, it frequently falls over and you have to find work arounds, in an attempt to get it to work at all!

    There are better, more efficient plugins out their (such as WP All-In-One Migration) that do not put such a drain on your web server.

    If your website is quite small, then Duplicator will likely be fine for your needs. However, as your website grows bigger, this plugin may very well struggle. It certainly is not future-proof.

    And if your website is already of a significant size, then I’d say to forget Duplicator all together!

    Whatever the case, I do not – cannot – recommend Duplicator for either migration or backup purposes. Instead, I’d recommend checking out both Updraft and WP All-In-One. In my view, both of these are a much better choice, especially if you want a backup system that is future-proof.

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  • Plugin Author Cory Lamle


    Sorry, you ran into issues! We didn’t see any requests for help in the forums or from the help ticket system.

    Regarding the issue you reported, we haven’t gotten any other contacts indicating a recent spike in CPU utilization. If it’s not too much trouble, could you submit a ticket to elaborate on what you’re seeing?

    We do know that PHP ZipArchive sometimes can cause budget hosts problems due to inefficient implementation in PHP, but we have provided a second format which we developed from the ground-up called “DupArchive” This format/engine was designed to take less CPU/memory than ZipArchive. To switch to DupArchive, go to Settings > Packages and set Archive Engine to “DupArchive”

    Aside from this, for any other specific problems you may encounter, please let us know if you need any help. Many times issues are due to setup issues that the plugin is unable to determine from your environment.

    We’ve had a lot of happy people as you can see from our ratings and downloads. Sometimes things can hit a snag but issues can often be overcome. We hope you can reconsider your vote and please reach out for help if you decide to try us again in the future.


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