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restore from WP Clone zip (13 posts)

  1. tbogardus
    Posted 2 years ago #

    How do I restore a WP Cloned site from a zip that it created from the old site??


  2. Webstorm
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Install the wp-clone plug-in on the new site. It is the only plug-in you require.

    At the old site: Open wp-clone from the dashboard - NOT the installed plug-ins list.
    You will see the URLs of the backup(s) you have created for the site.
    If you haven't created one, now is the time to do it.
    Click on "Copy URL" at the right end of the backup name you want to move. It will be copied to your clipboard.

    At the new site, open wp-clone from the dashboard.
    Click on the "Restore from URL" radio button.
    Paste the backup URL into the text box.
    Click on the "I AGREE ..." checkbox.
    Click on the BIG yellow "Restore from URL" button.

    That's it!

  3. thechamp
    Posted 2 years ago #

  4. Sean Schricker
    Posted 2 years ago #

    thechamp, your issue is that the link Dropbox provides is an html page with the download link there.

    Try visiting your original link and grabbing the direct url from the Download link. WP Clone should be able to use that. It should start with "dl.dropboxusercontent"

    An even easier way, long-term, is to put the file into your Public folder in Dropbox. Then you get the direct link without the html page getting in the way.

  5. thechamp
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Sorry I still do not understand.
    Surely the link is a URL, so how can it start with :dl.dropboxusercontent
    I have tried visiting the link to no avail.

  6. Sean Schricker
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Sorry for not being clear enough. When you see some detailed steps, I believe it will be clearer:

    1. Put your file on dropbox and obtain a public link the way you did before.
    2. Visit that URL
    3. Rightclick the blue Download button and copy the link location. You'll see it's on https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com and THAT is the direct link to your file. Paste that link into WP Clone. Should work.
  7. thechamp
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Ok and thank you.
    Im still doing something wrong. Thelink seems to be very long

  8. optimystical
    Posted 2 years ago #

    THANK YOU SO MUCH Sean Schricker !!!

    This helped me so much for some reason.
    Previously i had tried uploading my already saved BACKUP zip from a direct url from the web root folder found in filezilla (FTP Application software).

    Which kept giving me the "Incompatible Archive File" until i upload THE SAME FILE to dropbox and used the URL from right clicking the download button and copying the location. I would have had to recreate my whole website w/o your comment.

  9. Sean Schricker
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Excellent! Glad to have helped!

  10. dixonge
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Sean, yes - thanks!

    Strangely enough, here is style of the link I get that works:


    I thought the extra characters on the end would throw it off, but it worked!

  11. pseudogeek
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I would not want to have the link in the public part of dropbox - couldn't jut anyone set up a WP install, then go and import that URL, then get in and easily peruse your database for login credentials, etc.? I'm no expert in the dropbox deal, but that would scare me!

  12. dixonge
    Posted 1 year ago #

    pseudogeek - the links aren't technically public - they aren't indexed by search engines. If you don't have the exact link, you can't find it.

  13. pseudogeek
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Dixonge - Is it possible that someone could get into the public folder of your dropbox account without using a password, then browse around looking randomly at things? That's what my perception of a public folder would be. Is it secure enough that you would store your credit card records in there? My only experience is with Microsoft's live.com or whatever they call it this week. In there, if you've created a public folder, anyone can go in and browse around if they can figure out the URL. Perhaps DB is totally different.

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