Cloning a website with Softaculous

If you are looking to create a staging or development site - where you would like to be able to push file & database changes back to a live site then Softaculous also has a Staging facility that may be more appropriate than cloning for this purpose.

Cloning in Softaculous allows you to quickly make copies of your applications. It can also be used to alter those copies, for example:

Clone to - to move a site from a sub-directory/folder to the web root.

With little work it can be used to help you switch from http to https (as long as you have the SSL certificate in place), for example:

Clone to - remove the original site and then clone back from to

In this article we are going to clone a WordPress site to create a staging version. Prior to starting this clone I have setup the sub-domain 'clone' to receive the cloned site. This cloning process is similar for all other Softaculous managed applications.

You can only clone sites that are already managed within you local Softaculous Apps Installer. We have a separate guide on Importing applications in to Softaculous.

We also have guides for Importing a website in to Installatron and Cloning a website with Installatron.

Always make sure you have a good backup of your site before making any changes - so you can roll-back if anything goes wrong.

  1. Open the Softaculous Apps Installer from the Software section of cPanel
  2. Click either the All Installations icon or the Installations button.
  3. From your installed applications list, click the Clone icon next to the site you'd like to work with.
  4. Select the appropriate options from the drop-downs for:

    Clone Installation URL - Protocol, Domain and optional directory

    Database Name - can be changed here if necessary
    Click the Clone Installation button to complete the process.
  5. You'll see a success notice once the clone has completed.
    Click Return to Overview to get back to the WordPress installations dashboard.
  6. You'll see the newly cloned site under Current Installations.

    - The URL under the Link column will take you to the site homepage (if you've updated your DNS). See our article on viewing your website before updating DNS to test the new site.

    - The person icon under the Admin column is a one-click link to the WordPress admin dashboard - you will be automatically logged in.

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