Cloning a WordPress site for use in another location can be sometimes be a fairly involved process, requiring the use of an FTP client, phpMyAdmin, and multiple file edits. I’m excited about the Duplicator plugin, because it reduces this process to three easy steps:
1. Create a package
3. Install in the new location
Primary uses for the Duplicator plugin:
- Migrate a site from one location to another location
- Pull a production site down onto your local machine
- Push a local development to a production server
Watch how easy it is to export a package of a live site for development on your local machine:
The Duplicator plugin even has special options for working with larger WordPress installations. The options allow you to change the max execution time, max memory limit, exclude certain directories, and receive an email when the package creation is complete.
Another use for the plugin is to replicate a specially configured site template for mass site generation. Create a specialized site package and install it any time you need a new WordPress site with everything configured and ready to go.
The more you can automate site creation, duplication and migration, the more time you’ll save on tedious, routine processes. The Duplicator plugin is available for free from the WordPress plugin repository. Download it today to start streamlining some of your routine tasks.