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  • Hi,

    Firstly, I’m very much a newbie' at using WordPress so please try to keep any replies with advice or instructions as simple and conversational as possible.(i.e.jargon-free’)

    In accordance with early advice I have set up a sub-domain of my new website in which I’ve now developed a new free WordPress theme (`Graphene)’ along with few plug-ins such as Dynamic Content Gallery. After many weeks of painstakingly building and testing this new theme – mainly by trial and error it has to be said – I’d now like to make an EXACT copy of this website and theme (including the custom headers, Dynamic Content Slider, custom colours, etc. to firstly save the whole thing back to my local home computer for safekeeping and secondly to then load it back to my main domain to start publishing the website.

    I have already tried using both the full and partial backups available via Cpanel to firstly take a backup from the sub-domain to my home computer and then upload this back to the main domain but I cannot get an EXACT copy. (I get the `bare bones’ of the theme itself OK but without the various amendments I’ve made to it).

    I have also tried copying the theme' folder only from the sub-domain back to my home computer (usingFilezilla’) then uploading this folder into the `Themes’ folder on the main domain. Again, no joy there.

    Can anyone explain where I’m going wrong and what I need to do?

    Many thanks in anticipation for any help you can give as it’s driving me potty!

    Kind regards,


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  • Make sure you have used relative links instead of absolutes.

    First of all you need to understand how WordPress works. Sry, if I tell you things you already know. Maybe they help someone else who finds this topic.

    The four most important components of a WordPress installation are WordPress itself (what one can download from, the theme (defaults are included in the .org-download), the plugins (defaults are included too) and the database.

    Never change the core-files, only work in folder wp-content. Ideally only wp-content/themes/YOUR-THEME and wp-content/plugins/YOUR-PLUGINS.

    Only if you replicate themes, plugins and database the site will look the same.
    In the database there are important stuff saved like posts, pages, menues, which widgets are activated and which changes you made to them via some option menues and similar data.

    My guess is that you didn’t migrate the database. Which I would recommend to someone you calls oneself a newbie. If possible recreate these changes on the new website. If not read into wordpress database migrating.

    Hi Luca,

    Firstly, thank your for your very prompt response.

    I did ask responders to keep their replies simple. I don’t understand your terms:
    relative links' andabsolutes’ (I did warn you that I was a complete novice using WordPress!)

    I did install WordPress and the relevant plugins on my sub-domain before uploading the files I had previously backed-up and/or copied using `Filezilla’.

    What is the name of the database folder/file I need to migrate?
    Where can I find the WordPress database?

    Many thanks for your advice.

    Kind regards,


    First Google link on relative/absolute:

    The database isn’t a file or folder. It is often accessed through phpMyAdmin. I really do not suggest going there if you don’t know what you do.

    Have you read ?

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