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WP Clone by WP Academy

Move or copy a WordPress site to another server or to another domain name, move to/from local server hosting, and backup sites.

WP Clone is the easiest, fastest and most secure way to move or copy a WordPress site to another domain or hosting server. You can also use it to move your site to/from local server hosting, to create copies of your site for development or testing purposes, to backup your site, and to install pre-configured versions of WordPress.

WP Clone is a superior solution to even commercial WordPress cloning plugins for the following reasons:

  • Does not require FTP access to either the source or destination site – just install a new WordPress on the destination site, upload and activate WP Clone plugin, and follow the prompts
  • It does not backup or restore the WordPress system files (just the user content and database) – reducing upload time and improving security of your site
  • It fetches the site backup via your host's direct http connection, which saves you from needing to upload large files through your internet connection
  • It uses the WordPress internal zip archive function, which makes it compatible with virtually 100% of hosts that support WordPress (no special PHP libraries are required)

Update September 2015

As mentioned below, WP Clone fails in 10-20% of installations, as reflected in the negative reviews (although note that negative reviews are not representative of the failure rate, as more people will leave negative reviews for failure than those people who will leave positive reviews for success. We have reports of successful transfers of 3GB sites). We are working to correct these failures, and we would love some assistance here, so please let us know (at marc@wpacademy.com) if you would like to help out with plugin development.
Note also that WP Clone should NOT be used on WP Engine or any hosting system with proprietary operating system. Instead, use their built-in tools.

Update April 2015

WP Clone fails to restore in about 10-20% of installations. This appears to be related to the hosting platform rather than the WordPress version. We are attempting to isolate this problem and determine the types of installations that fail in order to update the plugin. Under no circumstances should the source (origin) site ever be damaged or destroyed. Feel free to leave a negative review and details of your failure on the support forum, but please be polite as we do not receive any remuneration for writing and supporting this plugin. We will investigate as we can. As a reminder also to never overwrite an installation for which you do not have a backup -- in normal usage this plugin would be used only to overwrite a new (or blank) WordPress installation. Thanks -- WP Academy Support

Help Video

New features (July 2013): Exclude directories and Database-only backup

We have implemented exclude-directories on the backup, and also database-only backup! By transferring the contents of 'wp-content' directory with FTP from your old site to new site, you should now be able to migrate sites of any size.

Support and Disclaimer

No WordPress backup plugin will work reliably on all hosts. If you have any problems, try doing a "Database Only" backup (use "Advanced Options"), transfer the wp-content directory over with FTP, and then restore new site. You should also deactivate and delete any page caching plugins (i.e. W3 Total Cache) before backup. If you still have an issue, please post to the WordPress.org support forum where we support this plugin for free, and we'll respond on a "best-effort" basis. You can also try the Duplicator plugin http://wordpress.org/plugins/duplicator/ or All-in-One WP Migration https://wordpress.org/plugins/all-in-one-wp-migration/, both of which work pretty good, but are not as fast as WP Clone to migrate sites; or use the manual method described here http://members.wpacademy.com/ww3.htm?moving-wordpress.htm

Please donate to support plugin development & ongoing support

WP Clone is provided free of charge to the community and supported through the plugin forums on WordPress.org. Please help defray our development expenses and help with support costs through the Donations Page Donation page.

Additional documentation

Additional documentation, including supported hosts, at the WP Clone FAQ Page

Other contributors

WP Clone uses functions from the "Safe Search and Replace on Database with Serialized Data" script first written by David Coveney of Interconnect IT Ltd (UK) http://www.davidcoveney.com or http://www.interconnectit.com and released under the WTFPL http://sam.zoy.org/wtfpl/. Partial script with full changelog is placed inside 'lib/files' directory.

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 4.3.1
Last Updated: 2 weeks ago
Active Installs: 200,000+


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3 of 37 support threads in the last two months have been resolved.

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