WP Time @Capsule Review & Tutorial
My WordPress website care business was growing faster than my waistline the week after Halloween.
I was taking on bigger clients with bigger monthly retainers, but that meant I had to deliver the goods. My clients were expecting amazing service.
“Can you make sure my website is always backed up no matter what,” they said?
“Muhaha, of course,” I laughed fiendishly.
Little did they know, I’d been using the free version of Updraft to back up clients’ websites without a care in the world.
This was going to be like taking candy from a baby…
“Oh by the way,” I said. “Who is your host?”
“Kinsta,” they said…
I gulped like Shaggy after a particularly frightening encounter with a paranormal creature.
I thought to myself — Kinsta — don’t they ban the use of Updraft?
I’d need to up my game if I wanted to keep these top shelf clients around. Luckily, just then, WP Time Capsule knocked at my door.
WP Time Capsule is allowed, and even promoted by premium hosting platforms like Kinsta because of their incremental backups.
Essentially, a site can automatically be backed up whenever anything on the site changes — but instead of uploading the entire site each time, they are able to just record the changes.
This requires much less storage space. A 500 mb site only takes 800mb instead of 15GB for 30 days of backups, according to their marketing materials.
This is a total game changer if it works. It would allow me to provide the best possible backup scenario and warrant our agencies premium price tag.
Setting Up WP Time Capsule
So I signed up for a free trial account and linked my demo site.
I installed and activated the WPTC plugin, logging into my WPTC account, and connected my backup solution. Sure they take the big names like AWS, Google Drive, and Dropbox, but I went with Wasabi because it’s 1/5 the price of AWS and provides the same reliability for backups.
I set my backup schedule – did I want daily, every 12 hours, every six hours? No, none of these was good enough. I want real time backups so that I never miss a single WooCommerce transaction or blog comment again.
Deploying My First Backup
I began the first backup and went to get a coffee.
The first backup takes a long time because WPTC doesn’t zip your files. Instead, it makes its exact copies in the cloud. Anytime a file changes, WPTC is able to back up only the changes and not the entire site, so future backups are very quick.
WPTC also has a super easy to use Staging feature that lets you create a copy of your site for testing or trying out backups before you push them live.
There are many premium plugins that only offer staging, so this feature is a nice extra bonus.
After letting WPTC run on one of my sites for about a day, I had over 20 restore points that were automatically triggered.
WPTC was cool enough to email me when my initial backup was complete and again with my first automatic backup (as triggered by site changes). This will let me rest easy at night while working on client sites.
How does restoring work?
It’s easy. For this demo, I’ll make a change to the front end of the site.
Then I’ll trigger a restore from within the plugin. I could test the restore on the staging side first, but in this case I’m going to live dangerously and just put the restore live.
Boom, just like that my site is restored.
But what if your site is knocked offline and you can’t get into the WordPress dashboard?
Simply log in to WP Time Capsule’s server and you can restore from there. You’ll just need FTP access to your site.
WP Time Capsule also lets owners of the Agency Plan white-label the plugin, with the option to hide from the user admin, or completely rebrand the plugin as yours, so you get all the credit.
WP Time Capsule Final Thoughts & Rating
I usually don’t feel like I’m making sales videos when reviewing products, but WP Time Capsule has brought elegance to backup in a way that I’ve not experienced before.
It’s a product I’m excited to add to my LTD collection. The only downside is the price of the agency package being on the steep side.
However, backups are essential to every site and I need a backup partner I can depend on. So this isn’t an area where I want to skimp.
I like critiquing products and saying how “I would do it better”. However, here I have to keep my mouth shut and admit they did a great job.
Rating: WP Time Capsule gets a 9.7 out of 10.