How to Clone a WordPress Website in SPanel

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.

At ScalaHosting, 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.

We also want to give users more control over their WordPress installations, however, which is why clients who go for our shared and managed VPS hosting solutions will get access to SWordPress – a unique, in-house developed WordPress management platform.

With it, 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 SWordPress

To clone a website, you need to log into your SPanel’s User Interface (by default, it’s located at https://[your domain name]/spanel/) 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, SWordPress will create it for you. After you’ve picked the exact URL, click Clone to initiate the process. SWordPress 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.



Working in the web hosting industry for over 13 years, Rado has inevitably got some insight into the industry. A digital marketer by education, Rado is always putting himself in the client's shoes, trying to see what's best for THEM first. A man of the fine detail, you can often find him spending 10+ minutes wondering over a missing comma or slightly skewed design.

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