Plugin Reviews

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.


229 reviews
Average Rating
4.2 out of 5 stars
Misses image source links completely
By , for WP 4.3.1

While it's great for cloning a small site without any pictures, it completely misses the mark with the absolute links that WordPress insists we use, specifically with IMAGES inside galleries or pages. I had about fifty (50) pages with images in each of them and I had to go through each line of code and fix all the image links because this plugin doesn't actually clone your WordPress install to another domain, but rather does a poor imitation of how it should be done.

I don't know what is more infuriating: that WordPress STILL uses absolute links instead of relative links, or that the developers don't make it clear that if you have images, galleries, rokgalleries, roktabs, links in aforementioned rokgalleries and/or widgetkits, it doesn't fix the absolute links that point to where the image is actually located. So if the original image source link was at http://www.example.com/wp-content/uploads/mypic.jpg, it'll be the same source link when you restore your site onto a different domain or even a directory on the same domain. If you have an image link in a widget, it misses that too. Menu items? Misses those as well. Images in posts? Can't get 'em right. Don't believe me? Just check the "code" and you'll see the image still points to the OLD domain. That also applies to logo links you have set in your theme's config file. It would be faster to export your database and do a find and replace in BBEdit after using this plugin.

FYI: If you have a large database, like over 50 mb, forget about using this. It'll say it's created a backup, but you can't restore a db that big on most servers. Plus, the 'flash-based' copy button for the restore link doesn't actually work. It adds in a space at the end so you have to manually highlight it and copy it. Funny thing is, it copies over all the stuff from the previous domain but for whatever reason just won't link to the image in question. And if you have a HUGE WordPress site with images on every post/page, find something else. This bullocks everything up and in the end it's just not worth the aggravation.

By , for WP 3.9.9

works great, make sure your php versions on both server are the same!

Can't even backup
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I try to backup it thinks for 30 seconds and goes to blank white screen. Nothing else.

By , for WP 4.3.1

This is the easiest, most hassle free plugin I've ever used. It took me less than 10 minutes to backup my live site and have it local on my computer. Most of that time was the back up loading and unloading. The actual process was just a few clicks. Now I'm theme developing with speed. Thanks !

Worked Very Well. Recommended
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I wanted to create the development environment for my client on new domain. Did the job in few minutes. Great plugin. All links were also updated to new domain. Recommended.

Worked with SELinux flag change
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I cloned my WP site from a Thecus n2310 (Fedora 16 on PPC) to CentOS 7 on an Asus x551m Intel N2315 netbook, using the url method, however this required use of "sudo setsebool -P httpd_unified 1" to relax CentOS 7 SEcure Linux (unify HTTPD handling of all content files - i.e. undo read only) in CentOS 7. Ref: http://www.certdepot.net/rhel7-how-to-deal-with-httpd-selinux-policy/ This policy was not the default in RHL 6. The policy can be restored by changing the 1 to 0 in the command.

Simple and works
By , for WP 4.3.1

I usually use Duplicator, but in some cases I encounter PHP timeout and other errors. If I can't fix them, I use WP Clone, as although it requires a few more steps (manual wordpress install), it doesn't need to fulfil so many requirements.

Simple and does the job even where others failed, thanks!

Fabulous - but be careful
By , for WP 4.3.1

This is a fabulous plugin. I have used it many times successfully. Please be careful & get a great backup of your site before attempting to use this plugin - as the developer has said, it fails in about 10-20% of installs. But when it works, it's a huge time saver, and very simple to use. LOVE it.

Constantly fails to RESTORE
By , for WP 4.3.1

Did the wbackups with no problem but tried on 2 domains to restore and each tkime we get this error :/

The plugin encountered an error while downloading the zip file,the following error message was returned:
Error Message : Internal Server Error

Temporary files created in /home/linweb23/s/**********.com-1067946190/user/htdocs/wp-content/wpclone-temp will be deleted.

Shame as it looked promising.

Works Great
By , for WP 4.3.1

Works great most of the time and relatively simple to use. (With some hosts I get an Out of Memory error)

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