WordPress is the go-to solution for many users who are still getting to grips with the idea of creating and managing a website. Because of its ease of use and versatility, it powers more than a third of the world’s websites, and its popularity continues to grow.

We know that many of our clients also use WordPress, and we have optimized our servers to provide the best possible hosting environment for projects based on the world’s most popular content management system.

You can install WordPress in a couple of clicks and perform a variety of other tasks through an intuitive interface. Cloning an entire website is just one of the functionalities you get access to.

Cloning a WordPress website through your control panel

To clone a website, you need to log into your control panel (by default, it’s located at https://[your domain name]/hostpanel/) and click WordPress Manager.

 At the bottom, you’ll see a list of your current WordPress installations. Click the Actions drop-down menu next to the website you want to clone and select Clone.

The next step is to specify the URL of the cloned website. From the drop-down menu that appears, you can select your main domain name, one of the addon domains, or a subdomain that will host the clone. If you want to put it in a subdirectory, you need to enter it into the field. If the folder doesn’t exist, WordPress manager will create it for you. After you’ve picked the exact URL, click Clone to initiate the process. WordPress manager  will automatically copy the files of your website in the specified location, and it will also duplicate the databases associated with it.

Why might you want to clone a WordPress website?

There are more than a few scenarios that might require a clone of an entire website. If, for example, it needs some development work, but you want to make sure that the updates work before you apply them to your live website, having a copy stored in a subfolder that acts as a test bed is your best bet. Even the installation of themes and plugins can cause problems, so testing them before they go live is always a good idea.