How Does Test Restore Site (Replica) Work?

The WorpDrive Test Restore Site (Replica) is perhaps the most powerful tool in the WorpDrive feature set. WorpDrive will restore your site to our test platform and you can use it as if it was your real website..

How does the Test Restore Site (Replica) work?

The test restore functionality works by testing a backup for you without affecting your live website.

For the given backup you select, you can view how your site would look if you were to restore it to your live system now.  It will effectively test your backup data for you.

Test Restore Site is accessible from the "WorpDrive Backup" section for the site you're managing > Launch Site Replica for Testing.

To launch test restore site, please follow these steps

  1. Go to your iControlWP Dashboard > WorpDrive Backup section > Manage Sites > select a site you want and click to "Manage". 
  2. Select Launch Site Replica for Testing
  3. Select the particular site replica

  4. Once a Site Replica is being created for your site and when it's ready, you can view it on the Sites Listing page. 

  5. We'll also send an email to notify you and you can use your site replica link given in that email.

Points to note:

  1. Test restore sites do not affect your live website.
  2. Test restore sites are live for 2hrs at a time, after which they will be automatically destroyed.
  3. You can only have 1 test restore site at any given time, per site.
  4. Test restore sites are not guaranteed to work as plugins, themes and any other code you might have on your site can affect a migration to another URL. A failed test restore site does not indicate a failed backup.

Why would you use Test Restore Site?

One of the greatest uses for test restore sites is testing whether a particular WordPress or plugin upgrade will work on your website.

Since they effectively reflect the state of your website at a given point in time, they can be used to test how your site will respond to an upgrade, or configuration change.

They can also be used to compare your currently live site with a version from the past.

How to remove Test Restore for a site

Once a Site Replica is being created for your site and when it's ready, you can view it on the Sites Listing page.

Test Restore for that site will be available for 2hrs. You'll see a time counter and the remaining time. After the time elapses, Test Restore will be automatically removed for a site.

But you can also remove it manually if you need to.

Just select "Test Restore Sites" tab for that site > Options > Remove Test Restore.

Once you've done that, test restore for a site will be removed.

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