Cloning WordPress Blogs

WordPress has become the world’s most popular blogging platform in recent years. Software and script developers have been creating and releasing various products for use with WordPress, such as themes and plugins. Recently there have been a few products developed to clone existing WordPress blogs.

What is cloning a blog, and why would you want to do it? To put it simply, cloning equates to duplicating not just the appearance or the contents but the entire functional infrastructure of a blog. In other words, cloning re-creates a complete working blog, and lets you put it in another location on the internet.

When I say the clone is fully functional, I also mean that the database and all plugins – and their current configurations – are duplicated exactly and in working order.

Cloning could come in very handy for ensuring you have a functional copy of your blog in another location, perhaps another web hosting service, in the event of a disaster at its original location. A working copy in form, fit and function of your blog could be used almost instantly by simply changing the DNS info of your domain name to point to the new location.

While it’s true that you can create a backup of your blog at any time using the internal function provided by WordPress, cloning a blog differs in one important respect. A backup has to be re-installed, while a clone is already up and running. This can be a great time saver. For more details please visit these sites:-

If there is a drawback, it is in updating content on the clone to match the original. However, that should be a simple matter of copy and paste – as you add to the original, you can add to the clone. A backup would be only as current as the last time it was created, anyway.

There is another, perhaps more exciting, aspect to the concept of cloning, though. It lies in the possibility of creating multiple blogs with a single theme and a common set of elements. Think of it as being able to create one template, with your favorite theme and plugins installed and configured. Include other elements, like images and standard pages you want on all your blogs. Do this once, without any posts or topic-specific content, and save it as a clone. You can use that template-clone to install new WordPress blogs anytime you need, ready to fill with content, without re-installing and re-configuring all the common components.


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