Do you want to make your website more attractive and add some more interesting features? Do you want to set up a new testing environment to try out new stuff, change it a bit, and then improve as much as you can?
You can absolutely do that if you can clone your website and keep a copy safely. You can recover it later and use it anew if you need. Copy your whole website including folders, files, database, etc. before making changes. This is called cloning or duplicating your website.
To be frank, though – manually copying a WordPress site could be a pain in the neck. Today we’ll look at a handful of essential plugins that make cloning your WordPress site faster, easier, and much more convenient.
Duplicator is a free plugin with over 15 million downloads. Duplicator successfully gives WordPress users the ability to migrate, copy, move or clone a site from one location to another and also serves as a simple backup utility. The free version includes the necessary migration tools.
There are many features to focus on, with some of my favorites including:
- Move, migrate or clone a WordPress site between domains or hosts with zero downtime
- Pull down a live site to localhost for development
- Transfer a WordPress site from one host to another
- Manually backup a WordPress site or parts of a site
- Duplicate a live site to a staging area or vice versa
You can move your files and folders to a new location and pull them from there. With a matter of few clicks, the plugin will scan the entire website and put it neatly into packages.
If you want to migrate and back-up multiple sites, you can upgrade to the premium version of this plugin. It allows you to custom search, and back-up to additional storage services like Google Drive or Dropbox.
2. Updraft Plus
The next member in our today’s list is Updraft Plus which simplifies backups and restoration. It is the world’s highest ranking and most popular scheduled backup plugin, with over two million currently-active installs. Backup your files and database backups into the cloud and restore with a single click!
Its feature list is well worth checking out because it’s unlike any other plugins:
- Restores, as well as backing up
- Backs up to more cloud options than any others
- Allows you to set up automatic backup schedules, for the ultimate in convenience
- Is faster, using up fewer server resources
- Has been tested on over 1 million sites
In order to move your website to another location, you need to restore a saved backup in an already existing site.
Fill in the new address and the file path in the plugin installed in the current website. The files will then be zipped and saved on your computer, ready for export.
If you want to clone your entire website, you will have to upgrade to the premium versions of this plugin. These come with support for multiple sites, priority email support, and updates for a year.
3. Backup Buddy
The next plugin in our today’s collection is Backup Buddy which is only a premium plugin in our list. It is an easy-to-use migration tool that doubles nicely as a cloning tool and gives you a complete version of your whole WordPress site in a zip file format.
There is also no trial or free version available, so if you’re interested in using the plugin, you’ll have to jump in with both feet.
You need to back up just the database or run a complete backup, then make a schedule for automatic backups. Plus, you can set up different profiles for different backups, so you can work with the version you want.
With Backup Buddy, you can push and pull files easily between the staging environment and the productions site. This is specially handy for developers. However, it doesn’t support multiple sites.
4. All-in-one WP Migration
Next up is All-in-one WP Migration. Like most plugins on today’s list, All-in-One WP Migration can create a simple backup of your files. The plugin also clones your website and installs it at a new location.
You will need to install a WordPress plugin at both ends before starting migration process. The plugin interface is easy to navigate and minimal, and you can clone everything on your website like files, database, themes, and plugins.
Once you have done this, you have to sit back and wait for the completion of the import process. At the end of the creation process, you can then download the backup file immediately.
5. Migrate Guru
If you would like to migrate or clone your WordPress website no matter what advanced structure or size, Migrate Guru is the plugin that you should consider using. It guarantees safe and secure migration of your page without the need to risk anything and simplifies difficult WordPress migrations (e.g. multi-site networks, 200 GB sites, etc.).
Primary features of Migrate Guru are one-click migration, no overload on site, no add-ons, no storage space necessary, as well as compatibility with every web hosting provider.
Migrate Guru’s real-time status will also keep you updated with alerts and notifications about the migration or cloning process. In conclusion and to simplify the method, all it takes are four simple steps and the migration process begins.
- Install Migrate Guru on the site you want to clone.
- Install WordPress on the destination.
- Choose the destination web host that you want to clone your website to, enter details.
- Click ‘Migrate’.
6. Super Backup & Clone
Working on your site is always a lengthy and cumbersome process, and it would be a pity for all your hard work to go to waste because of a misconfiguration or error that’s perhaps not even your fault!
Having a trustworthy backup solution in place can help you prevent that. This is where Super Backup & Clone comes into play.
One striking feature of this plugin is that it allows you to migrate part of a WordPress Multisite install to a single site install.
You can also go in reverse, and migrate multiple single site installs into a single Multisite install.
While those are definitely particular type of uses, if you ever find yourself needing to blend the lines between Multisite and single site installs, then Super Backup & Clone is for you.
7. WP Staging – DB & File Duplicator & Migration
This duplicator plugin allows you to create an staging or development environment in seconds.
It creates a clone of your website into a subfolder of your main WordPress installation including an entire copy of your database.
All you need to do is create a fresh WordPress install at the location where you want to clone your WordPress site.
Some of the things that I like about this plugin include:
- Easy: Staging migration applicable for everyone. No configuration needed!
- Fast: Migration process takes only a few minutes, depending on the site’s size and server I/O power
- Safe: Only administrators have access to the staging website
XCloner is a Backup and Restore plugin that is perfectly integrated with WordPress. It is able to create complete and differentials backups of your site, manually or automatically through the built-in scheduler.
XCloner design was specifically created to generate custom backups of any WordPress website through custom admin inputs, and to be able to Restore the backup on any other location with the help of the automatic Restore script we provide!
Its feature list is well worth checking out:
- Backup and Restore your WordPress site easily
- Received email notifications of created backups
- Upload your backups to Remote Storage locations supporting FTP, SFTP, Dropbox, Azure Blob, Google Drive and many more
- Ability to split backups into multiple smaller parts if a certain size limit is reached
- Generate automatic backups before a WordPress automatic update
- GDPR compliant by added encryption data
You can restore the backup almost anywhere with the help of an automatic restore script.
Migrating and producing an exact copy of a WordPress site to a new location is kinda stuff that any WordPress users will absolutely do multiple times in their career. While it’s possible to do the whole thing manually, it quickly gets too problematic (not to mention time-consuming) when done on a regular basis.
The plugins in today’s collection aim to help developers make this task a whole lot easier. As you’ve seen, their approaches and price ranges are quite different, with special benefits and drawbacks to each one.
Do you have any experience with the plugins we have written about? What is your favorite? Any say about these? Please leave your comments down below.