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  • What method did you use to ‘clone’ the site. If you did not use special means to replace the URLs and paths in the database, there may be broken serialized strings in many places.

    Here is an article with the steps I use to migrate (copy) a site: http://wordpress.mcdspot.com/2012/08/22/migrating-a-wordpress-site-step-by-step/

    Thanks for your kind reply.
    I copied files and folders via FTP. That should be quite safe, if I am not mistaken. The problem then becomes the database. I thought that updating the wp_options field in the DB with the correct url that includes the “test” folder would have sufficed, but I was wrong.

    I will try your suggestions as soon as I can but, if I got it right, it will not create a proper clone. The current WP version I am running is 3.4.2 and, if I make a new 1-click install, the latest version 3.5 will be installed instead. I do not want to update to the latest WP until I am 100% positive it works in the test environment (which I am struggling to setup).

    Just install the version of WP that you want in the ‘new’ site at the beginning.

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