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  • Resolved Parwaiz Khan


    Hi Nicholas,

    Here is the scenario — which you previously gave me advice:

    I am using a Test site for development. Then I am cloning the Test site to the Destination site via ‘WPvivid’. In the process of cloning, all of the Test site’s files (wp-config etc) are migrated to the Destination site.

    Question is: how to reinstate the Destination site’s original Username and PW (authentications)?

    One way may be to download the wp-config.php of the Destination site prior to migration. Then, after migration, remove/delete the wp-config file from the Destination site and replace it with it’s ‘original’ wp-config.

    Now I have no idea if it will cause any conflicts (with the db etc.)?

    And, since the wp-config doesn’t contain the ‘user name’, what will be the best approach to handle it?

    What should be best sequence of steps to achieve the objective?

    Thank you again for your help.

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  • Plugin Author wpvivid


    The username and pw you mentioned, in my understanding, is the admin account of your WP site. It has nothing to do with wp-config.php. The uersname and PW are stored in database (PW has been encrypted), and the migration is a cloning action, it means you will get a 100% copy from the original site, that is why we won’t change it. That is why you need to login the destination site with the original username and PW.
    BTW, do not modify wp-config.php file if you have no idea what you are doing, which could make your site crash.

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by wpvivid.


    First of all, thank you for giving us a well coded and clean plugin.It worked without any issue on my two test cloning migrations.

    There are a few points that can be further explained/clarified in the plugin documents for the benefit of users.

    1). Destination site acquiring the username & PW of the cloned site: As you stated, it is a fact of the cloning process. Not a big deal. Both can be reverted back using any of the methods provided at

    2). If the menu items do not connect to the pages, users may have to update/save the permalinks – not a big deal.

    3). In the backup process, even when only the ‘remote storage’ is selected, wpvivid also saves the backup folder on the host’s server – It may be storing it there as part of the migration process (“If backups are stored in remote storage, our plugin will retrieve the backup to your web server first.”)!

    It is not an issue. server side backup, if not needed, can be deleted easily. But, if you can explain it more explicitly in the docs, it will be helpful to users.

    Thanks again for a fast and great support.

    Plugin Author wpvivid


    Thank you so much:)
    1. Yes, you can reset the password for the super admin account, but you can’t change the supper admin account name.
    2.Generally, our plugin updates the permalinks automatically when completing the processing of migration, but it could fail to update the permalinks on some webhostings. so you have to update it manaully. You are right, we need to add it to our docs:)
    3. when the ‘remote storage’ is selected, wpvivid will backup you website, then upload the backup to your remote storage, then remove the local copy. If not that, it could be a bug, we will check it.
    Anyway, thank you so much again. We are so proud of having users like you:)

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