WP Twin Review

WP Twin is a script that lets you “clone” any WordPress site to a new WordPress install. On the face of it, that may seem pretty useless, but as it turns out, it’s actually rather excellent, for certain purposes.

In this article, I’ll quickly go over what exactly WP Twin does, what kind of stuff it’s good for and what kind of stuff it’s not so good for.

WP Twin Overview:

Name: WP Twin
Creator: Jason Fladlien, Wilson Mattos
Medium: WordPress Script
Price: $97

What Exactly, Does It Do?

There’s actually a ver useful illustration of how WP Twin works, on the sales-page for WP Twin. So let me just grab that and comment it:

How WP Twin Works

You start out with a blog that you want to clone and a fresh WordPress install on a new domain or directory (this can be on a completely different site, different server etc.). You then upload one of the script files into your original blog folder and open it up. This is very easy to do and takes just seconds, with an FTP connection or via your hosting account. When you run this file, you’ll simply be able to push a button to “clone” your blog and it will create a clone file for you, that you can save to your hard-drive.

Then, you copy another script file into the directory of your new WordPress install (again, takes just seconds) and run that. You upload the twin-file you got from the previous step and, once again, push a button to deploy the clone.

That’s it. Depending on the size of the blog you are cloning, this can take anything between a few seconds and a few minutes.

What you get is a perfect copy of your original site in the new location. WP Twin doesn’t just copy over some files from one location to another. Here are some things that I noticed, that make it more than just a copying tool:

  • Automatically changes all internal links properly. So, if you had an internal link on the old site like this http://oldsite.com/interesting-page/, on the clone site it will automatically be: http://newsite.com/interesting-page/
  • The above also applies to link-redirects. I was using a link-redirect plugin on RichQuickReview, with tons of links set up (alas, GhostURL didn’t exist yet, when I set them up). All of the link “cloaks” or link redirects were automatically updated for the new, IM Impact domain. I didn’t have to touch a thing.
  • Automatically carries over all themes, all plugins, all theme-settings and all plugin-settings from the old to the new site. I had over a dozen plugins with customized setups running on one of the sites I cloned and they all worked perfectly after cloning, without needing to deactivate and reactivate or reconfigure any of them.
  • Automatically carries over any subscribers or members you have, with any membership script.

And What’s the Point?

Ok, so it makes perfect, hassle-free clones of WordPress sites. But what for?

For me, WP Twin was perfect for the move from RichQuickReview to IM Imact. So, if you’re rebranding or otherwise moving domains, this is a very helpful tool. Apart from that, it can be a great time-saver for anyone who sets up WP sites routinely. If you build niche sites (especially those of the micro-niche variety, where you have to build tons of them), you probably have something of a ritual you go through after installing WordPress. You change the settings to match your preferences, upload and install your favourite themes, upload and install your favourite plugins, configure the individual plugins and so on and so forth.

WP Twin eliminates almost all of that, because you can create one “template” with all your settings and plugins ready and then simply deploy that on every new site you set up.

In addition, it can also be used to create backups of your sites. This, however, needs to be done manually with the standard version of WP Twin. Automatically scheduled backups are available as an upgrade for an extra $47.


I’m very happy I had WP Twin for the site move and it’s saved me at least a few hours in setting up various sites for marketing purposes as well as sites for my link network. Is it an absolutely “must have” essential tool? No, certainly not. It’s useful for anyone working with WP a lot, but it’s not something you should buy if you don’t have a clear idea of how you’re going to use it.

The only downside I can see is the price. I feel that at $97 it is a tad over-priced for what it does.

If you have a use for blog-cloning and the 100 bucks don’t hurt your bottom line too much, I give it a thumbs up.

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As Mitro mentioned in the comments below, you also get a sales-page template theme as a bonus with your purchase of WP Twin. This allows you to turn a WordPress site into a classic, single-column sales-letter. This is a nice addition, but the theme does not come close to solutions like OptimizePress, in terms of design or flexibility.


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Mitro - December 1, 2010

There is actually an automatic backups -feature, but it costs $47 extra. :( I agree that the pricing could be more affordable… But other than that, I don’t know how I could’ve lived without WPTwin before it came out! :D I’ve been using it quite a lot…

I would’ve included reviews of the bonus sales letter clone and the marketplace also in this post, by the way. :(

    Shane - December 1, 2010

    Oh, is that an upsell?

    I got it right when it first came out and never saw that. And I thought the bonus was also exclusive to those first few buyers…

    I should mention the marketplace… I’ll update the post shortly. Thanks for your input!

      Mitro - December 1, 2010

      Yeah, I too got it the day it launched. The auto-backup extension was released just a couple of weeks ago, and Jason emailed about it to WPTwin customers. Also, when you go to your wptwin.php file, you’ll see an ad for that in the sidebar.

      According to the wptwin sales page, a sales letter clone comes as a bonus, and also the sales letter formatter plugin. Though it seems there’s fewer themes with that one…

Alex - December 2, 2010

It looks good – I’d expect that from “Flads” but the cost would put me off inspite of the fact I’m building quite a few sites.

Maybe we can talk the fantastico / simplescripts folk into working this into cpanel?




    Shane - December 2, 2010

    I’ve been told that you can create “templates” for installs plus plugins and stuff that you can deploy on any new site, somewhere in cpanel. But that’s way over my head already.
    I’ve also been told that cloning WP sites manually isn’t very difficult.

    But for me it’s a case of: Spending hours figuring all this out and breaking all kinds of stuff in the process = far more expensive than 100 bucks for a nifty script.

      Gary - December 6, 2010

      Hi Shane,

      For anyone interested, I have uploaded some blog cloning ‘how to’ videos at http://a1-stuff.com/blog-cloning/

      You are correct when you say the process isn’t too difficult, but it does require a couple of edits which are easy to screw up.

      Cheers, Gary.

      PS – If anyone finds the videos useful I would appreciate it if you would hit the like button. Cheers :o)

Michel - December 4, 2010

Interesting tool, so far I used http://wptimemachine.com/ to move and backup blogs very quickly. The nice thing is: its free. It exports all individual data of a wordpress installation (DB, files, themes, plugins etc) and all can be downloaded via FTP. The backup functionality is awesome: it exports all those files via cron-job right into your dropbox, ftp or amazon s3 account every day.

But it doesnt rewrite absolute paths, but so far that hasn’t been an issue for me.

Looks like wp twin is a bit more automated, nice!

    Shane - December 5, 2010

    Looks good! I did not know about that service. It certainly looks awesome, considering that it’s free!

Paul McCarthy - December 10, 2010

For those on a tight budget – there is a very simple way of cloning a WordPress blog that doesn’t involve:-

– Downloading everything and re-uploading through FTP
– Mind boggling jargon IT speak
– Hair-pulling-violent-desk-wacking-frustration

I’ll do a video about it one day.

My way is probably still a bit slower than this bad boy, though.

Maurice - December 15, 2010

Hi Shane

although this has nothing to do with the product – I’d like to know (a) how you created the “What exactly does it do?” graphic at the top of the review and (b) where do you source your icons from, particularly those in the graphic?

Thanks in advance!


    Shane - December 15, 2010

    Hi Maurice,
    I’m afraid I can’t help you there because I took that graphic from the WP Twin sales-page. I was thinking of making a graphic to explain the process myself, but then I saw that one on the sales-page and I don’t think I could have done any better, so I nicked it.
    Concerning copyright, I assume that the owners of the image don’t mind since the use of the graphic here helps in promoting their product. If they contacted me about it, I’d remove the image immediately and replace it with a self-made one.

Graham - April 15, 2011

Hey Gary, Thanks for the tips on cloning your blog for free (with some tweaks) what I don’t see though is how do you create a blog template from a blog you have created that you want to reproduce? I can see a folder you are compressing is called ‘blogtemplate’. Question is how is that created? The steps from there on seem simple enough… when I log into my blog and open the file manager there is no ‘blog template’ folder. Can you give some direction please? Thanks :)

Graham - April 15, 2011

And Shane…. what theme have you used to build this imimpact site? Cheers


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