How To Clone A WordPress Blog Step By Step

Clone  WordPress

Hi Guy’s this post is following on from a comment I received in my last post ” The Top Three Ways To Secure Your WordPress Blog ”ย  so here goes !

The Top Three Ways To Secure Your WordPress Blog
The Top Three Ways To Secure Your WordPress Blog
The Top Three Ways To Secure Your WordPress Blog

If you’re setting up a WordPress blog more than once, you shouldn’t repeat the same steps you are taking before. You should setup WordPress the way you want, back it up, and restore it somewhere else. This process is called cloning. You’re taking your WordPress blog and setting an exact copy up in a new location.

The steps are, first of all, set it up the way you want, use a backup plugin to generate a backup file and restore that backup file somewhere new. It is in fact that simple. The first thing you should do is either install a new fresh WordPress in your control panel Fantastico or something similar or use a WordPress blog you already have setup. It doesn’t matter if you already have post, content, if it’s made in a certain way, just back it up as is because it’s way easier in the future to restore it somewhere else and delete that content that is already there.

Therefore, you set it exactly the way you want it as far as the themes, the settings, the plugins, the content, all that. Even if aren’t concerned about the content yet, that’s fine. We will deal with that later. Setup your site exactly the way you want and use a backup plugin to back it up. You should already be using a backup plugin but in case you aren’t, that’s fine. Go get one and back up your site.

What a backup is, is a dump of your entire WordPress database which means your settings, your customizations, your content and all your files and it will wrap it all into one giant zip file that you can download to your computer and put somewhere else, put on a new website. Backing up means that it will create basically a zip file for you, you’ll save it to your hard drive and put it somewhere else.

Different backup plugins work in different ways but the best ones you setup a new blank, empty WordPress blog on your own. This way, you can in a few clicks setup WordPress. You don’t have to worry about making a new database, setting up files and folders. Go into you cPanel which means go to your website,, click on the link for Fantastico and click on the link for WordPress and you can setup a brand new blank, empty WordPress blog right there on your new site.

Go to that new site and install WordPress and install your backup plugin. With your backup plugin, you’ll be able to put your restore file, put your backup file right in there. There’s your backup plugin and your backup file. Put the backup file which contains the original WordPress site and when you restore it, it will duplicate everything that was on the old site including all the content, the members, the plugins, all that stuff.

If you don’t want to keep the content, that’s fine. Just use a plugin called Bulk Delete and it will delete all the content in your site, so you can start with an exact fresh copy of your original site minus all the content.

Now that you’ve restored the backup plugin where you want, now you have a completely cloned WordPress blog. If someone is paying you a certain amount of money to setup a membership site, take your membership site, copy it and now they have a fully functioning membership site as well. If someone’s paying you to setup a blog with all of the social media, all the security, all the tweaks and settings, just clone your blog and now you’ve been paid the same amount of money but you didn’t have to repeat all the same steps you had to go through originally.

Use this amazing plugin to backup and clone your WordPress blog,


  • Dan Tredo

    Reply Reply March 2, 2014


    You are becoming a blogging monster! This is a great post. I didn’t know how to do this so I appreciate the recommendation to BackupCreator. I wonder how often we should backup our wordpress sites, not for cloning, but just for safety? I’m not sure what John will recommend on that.

    Thanks dude!
    Dan Tredo

    • darrenhudson

      Reply Reply March 3, 2014

      Hi Dan ,
      Really you should back it up after everything you do , as you don’t know when the inevitible will happen and it would save losing any information .

      Thanks for your comments


  • Dave Thomas

    Reply Reply March 3, 2014


    I must be walking a WordPress tightrope as, to date, have never backed up my site, but have so far not been affected. I’m thinking that this is something I should make every effort to do and soon.

    This is now on my To Do list this week to find the best method for backup

    Many Thanks


    • darrenhudson

      Reply Reply March 4, 2014

      Hi Dave ,

      You really do need to back it up mate , saves you losing all the hard work your putting in if the inevitable does happen. Use the product I have on my post Backup Creator as its easy to use . It was Sue Worthington who told me about it so itd well recommended .



  • Jon Crimes

    Reply Reply March 3, 2014

    Another great post Darren.

    I’ve seen this plugin recommended by some other P2S members as well, looks like a brilliant way to backup your hardwork.

    I must take action on this.

    Keep up the good work Darren! love your blog.



    • darrenhudson

      Reply Reply March 4, 2014

      Hi Jon ,

      Thanks for your comment , As for the plugin it’s easy to use mate and it’s great for cloning your websites too .



  • Sky Nealon

    Reply Reply March 4, 2014

    Hi Darren,

    Thank you for such another informative post about wordpress blog security and how to back up our blogs. It’s amazing how much one can achieve, and like many have said, you are definitely becoming a WordPress expert especially as I think you hit upon a really cool money making idea with the cloning/flipping blogs and membership sites for sale.

    Now I just wanted to ask, does cloning also work with paid wordpress blog themes, and how would licensing work?

    I look forward to your next blog post and keep them great post coming.


    • darrenhudson

      Reply Reply March 5, 2014

      Hi Sky ,
      I can’t see why it wouldn’t work with paid wordpress blog themes , as far as licensing would work I would summize that it’s like most other stuff you either pay for 1 site , a few sites or unlimited i’m not really sure would need to look into it further to be honest. But I think it opens up a few avenues to go down .



  • Gill Potter

    Reply Reply March 7, 2014

    Hi Darren

    Thank you taking notice of my comment from one of your previous posts and taking the time to explaining the cloning process to me.

    As mentioned by others, you are showing real expertise on WordPress and it’s good to know that you are ready, willing and able to help us newbies to WordPress.


  • Glen Dahilan

    Reply Reply April 1, 2014

    Hi Darren,

    This is a very helpful post about backing up and cloning WP Site. I actually have not cloned any of my sites yet but I might give it a try. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Cheers! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • darrenhudson

      Reply Reply April 9, 2014

      Hi Glen ,

      It saves retyping and re-doing everything again , just a few clicks and its done .

  • Wealth Generals

    Reply Reply March 22, 2015

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