Have you ever wondered how to create a duplicate WordPress website with all of the identical settings and configurations?

This is where website cloning comes in. 

Website cloning is the process of creating an exact replica of an existing website. It’s a popular practice among website developers and designers to clone websites for both testing new features or designs, and building new websites faster.

In this article, we’ll provide you with an easy, step-by-step guide on how to clone a WordPress website. Whether you’re a web developer, designer, or simply curious about cloning your website, this guide will show you exactly how to achieve this.

How To Clone A WordPress Website

To clone your WordPress website on RunCloud, you don’t need to install any additional plugins. The entire process from cloning the database to setting up the domain can be done entirely from within the RunCloud dashboard itself – and all within 60 seconds!

Let’s see how to clone a WordPress site with RunCloud in under a minute.

Go to your RunCloud dashboard and open the menu of the website that you want to clone. In the left submenu, look for the “Cloning” button to make a duplicate copy of your website.

Cloning an application on RunCLoud

If you have more than one server connected to your RunCloud account, you can deploy the clone to a different server. In the “Clone Web Application” submenu, select the name of the server where you want to deploy your new application. 

Next, make sure you check the “Clone Database” option to create a new database with all of the posts and comments. Once you check it off, a new dropdown menu will appear asking you to select the database that you want to clone – select the database starting with the name of your existing application.

After selecting the database, you will need to give a descriptive name to it, and provide a suitable name for the web application (website).

Cloning a website using RunCloud utility

Once you have configured all the above settings, you’ll need to specify the owner of this new application. If this is a test website, we highly recommend you create a new user – this isolates the application in the event of a security breach – minimizing the exposure of other applications on the same server. 

Next, you need to configure the domain of your website. Specify the domain name that you want to use, and configure the DNS records for it. If you are using RunCloud’s Cloudflare integration, domain names can be configured automatically for your domain.

However, if you don’t have a registered domain name yet, you can use RunCloud’s test domain and follow along with this tutorial.

Configuring RunCloud cloning

After you have added all of the necessary details, click on the “Clone Webapp” button to create a duplicate application and deploy it. 

Once you have cloned the app, you will be redirected back to the dashboard of your original WordPress site. Navigate back to the “Web Applications” tab of your server to see your newly created app.

listing cloned applications on RunCloud

After Action Report

We hope this article on how to clone a WordPress website using RunCloud has been helpful to you. With our step-by-step instructions, you can easily clone any website and make changes to it without affecting the original site.

If you are interested in learning how to create a WordPress staging site to test new features, we recommend reading our article on How to Create a Staging WordPress Site.

We encourage you to start using RunCloud to manage your servers. With RunCloud, you don’t need the experience of a Linux administrator to manage your servers – you can easily clone websites, set up a staging environment, and launch your websites without ever needing to open up a Linux terminal. Start using RunCloud today!

We hope you found this article useful and informative. Don’t hesitate to leave a comment or reach out to us on Twitter if you have any questions or feedback.