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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.

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avoid at all costs - no seriously
By , for WP 4.3.1

So, first you opt to backup your existing site, then go to your new site, install the same plug-in there and then import the old files via the backup you just did.


Firstly, you're lucky if it backs it up in the first place. It may take several attempts with random luck as to whether it does so without error.

But secondly and worst of all, is that when restoring, it can just wipe out your new site's wordpress install, meaning you have to re-install it from scratch. And it's fairly likely to happen.

Doesn't work
By , for WP 4.3.1

Simply would not work. Could not even get it to create a backup, let alone an install. Left 1.1GB of junk files in the uploads folder that required time to manually remove.

Doesn't work for anything that's worth doing.
By , for WP 4.3.1

I've used this plugin successfully to clone WP sites with nothing or almost nothing in them. Once the sites are even slightly populated with content and media, this plugin pretty much doesn't work.

Destroyed my ORIGIN site. BE AWARE!
By , for WP 4.3.1

This has completely destroyed my origin site! DO NOT USE this plugin.

It also didn't work on my destination site as all the links were still pointing back to the origin site domain. I am now unable to access my original site at all it would seem. I don't know what this plugin did but it has ruined weeks of work!

Doesn't work and lack of help
By , for WP 4.3.1

White screen, no url or zip file returned.
Installation and WordPress site point to plugin website FAQ page, but video and links there are broken.

Causes 500 internal server error after clone
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I am going do reinstall wordpress, since it caused 500 internal server error, ti would also be nice to make clear, if plugins are migrated or have to be installed one by one before importing clone.zip

Don't bother.
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Doesn't work. Waste of time.

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.

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.

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.

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