Web Hosting - Clone/Copy of WordPress sites

Below you will find examples of how to export, and import WordPress installations across environments.

||  Manually Export/Import  ||  Use a WordPress Plugin  ||  WordPress Toolkit  ||


  • Many entities on campus have been unable to consistently, perfectly copy a site from one environment to another regardless of which tools were used--your mileage can vary.
  • Need guidance with WordPress? Web Hosting - Wordpress Development

Option 1: Copy the File-systems, databases and update the base URL in WordPress:

Option 2: Use a WordPress Plugin:

Option 3: Using the built-in Plesk WordPress Toolkit for Copying Data or Cloning:

  • Plesk offers a built-in WordPress Toolkit, which can be used (or not used) by customers to move WP content and databases.
  • The Toolkit doesn’t create test, dev, qa, staging, etc. sites in Plesk.  This would be configured for the account by our team (setup in plesk, SSL, DNS, documentation, etc.) and then you can use the toolkit to migrate content around those environments.  Here you can request to add domains/environments to your account.

IMPORTANT:  We recommend cloning your sites first and then using the "Copy Data", which by default will move your files and databases from one site to another.  Clone first because it creates a new database in your other environment.  Then you'll primarily want to use Copy Data going forward.

Copy Data:

When Cloning your sites:

  • The default will be to place it in a sub-folder and use the existing domain.  It's recommended to use your dev, test, stage, etc. domains and only use sub-folders if you have WP installs in them.
  • The default will be to create a new MySQL every time unless you specify your existing MySQL database name.
  • This can create Back Ups and Restore Points, so you'll want to remove used resources. 
  • Vendor (Plesk) documentation cloning data

Any questions?  Please contact webhosting@doit.wisc.edu

Keywordsfilesystem, mysql, download, upload, files, mysqldump, export, import, archive, Secure FTP, Plesk, Wordpress database   Doc ID130066
OwnerJake S.GroupDoIT Web Hosting
Created2023-08-01 10:14:48Updated2024-05-07 08:23:32
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