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There are times when you may want to have a test copy of your WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, or other site. Or you may simply want to move your site from one folder to another. Doing either of these can be very involved with such things as copying files, databases, changing configurations, etc. Softaculous, however has a new clone feature that makes this process much simpler. Since it leaves the original site in place initially, you can also simply clone your site in order to use it as a test environment and then delete it when done. Below is a quick step by step guide on how to clone a site that was installed using the Softaculous tool.

The ability to clone certain software installations using Softaculous, is limited to the ones that are compatible. Click here for the full list of clonable scripts.

Cloning a site using the Softaculous clone tool

  1. Log into your cPanel
  2. Locate and click on the Softaculous tool icon located under the Software/Services category.
  3. Click on All Installations Once in the Softaculous tool, select the All Installations icon located in the upper right corner.
  4. Click on All InstallationsThis will list all the different program instances currently installed in your Softaculous. Locate the one you want to clone and click on the Clone icon.
  5. Click on All InstallationsOnce clicked, you will be brought to the Clone Installation page. From here you will need to fill out the details of where you want your clone to go. The image to the right displays a subfolder clone where we will be creating the new installation in a folder named "clone".
    Choose Protocol Unless you have specific reasons to use http://www or the https://, stick with the default http://
    Choose Domain If you are transferring to a subdomain or another main domain, select it here.
    In Directory If you are moving to a subfolder, enter that here. If not, delete anything here and make it blank.
    Database Name You can either name your database or leave it at the default.
  6. Once you have entered all the destination information for your clone, click on the Clone Installation button.
  7. List of all clonesAfter clicking on the button, Softaculous will install the clone to the new folder/domain/subdomain you selected. It also clones the database as well so that each copy has its own. (Be sure that you have enough room on your hosting plan for the databases or your clone will fail).

    Th screenshot to the right shows a list of clones including a subdomain, domain, and a subfolder clone.
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156 Points
2013-09-25 5:40 pm
In Directory -
most of my friends consider me way more technical than they are. i consider myself not very good. thus that's about 97% of americans still might not understand how to do this or get lucky and not write over files. one click easy software like Softaculous means more new customers signing up for inmotion accounts.
i think the instructions could have a real life example. i'm on the Pro Plan so i get 25 domains. 1 domain is
special (that's all i know about that) and 24 are add-ons. i have no idea what is considered a root, which are in subfolders or they all are in subfolders. it depends if you reference the Home, public_html, or add-on domain or primary account domain. right now i need to do "add on" domain to "add on" domain and i believe JeffMa answered me in another article. but i think it would be so simple if you had, as i see it 3 real life examples.
1. "add on" domain to "add on" domain (would take care of 95% of us whiners. jeffMA wrote to me "In Directory" blank. that's the only field ambiguous)
2. "add on" domain to "primary account" domain
3. "primary account" to "add on" domain
Staff
11,156 Points
2013-09-26 8:11 am
The process will be exactly the same for moving any site to anywhere else regardless of the status of the domain. The document root of the domain has no impact whatsoever on the clone function as Softaculous already knows your document root. Simply selecting the installation that you want to clone and then select the domain that you want it to go to in the next screen the same as you would during installation.
n/a Points
2014-12-31 1:02 am

how to clone a prestashop site??? Softaculous doesn't support prestashop

This is the list of supported scripts:

Clone Scripts

Overview

This page lists of scripts that can be cloned via Softaculous. The guide to Clone installation is available here : http://www.softaculous.com/docs/Clone

  • WordPress
  • Joomla 3
  • Joomla 2.5
  • OpenCart
  • phpBB
  • Zikula
  • Xoops
  • Dolphin
  • SMF
  • MyBB
  • MODx
  • AbanteCart
  • ImpressPages
  • 4images
  • Typo3
  • Drupal 6
  • qdPM -> 8.2
  • Sharetronix -> 3.1.1
  • Piwigo -> 2.5.3
  • Piwik -> 1.12
  • Gallery
  • Gallery 2
  • CubeCart
  • Coppermine
  • Crafty Syntax
  • Tiny Tiny RSS
  • ProjectSend
  • XMB
  • Traq
  • XCloner
  • todoyu
  • Arfooo
  • Form Tools
  • Jcow
  • SimpleInvoices
  • Impleo
  • Quick.CMS
  • Quick.Cart
  • SPIP
  • TaskFreak
  • TheHostingTool
  • Tine 2.0
  • Open Real Estate
  • Redaxscript
  • Roundcube
  • Prismotube Express -> 1.13
Staff
24,124 Points
2014-12-31 7:58 am
Hello Nassry,

Thanks for the clarification. This information is also noted in the article above in the highlighted note after the first paragraph. Softaculous does support PrestaShop, as it does include it as an option that can be selected for installation. It's just one of the programs that cannot be cloned through Softaculous.

Kindest regards,
Arnel C.
n/a Points
2015-01-04 12:13 pm

Hello Arnel,

Thank you for your reply.

I hope that you let us know soon ....how to proceed to clone your site with prestashop. it will be very helpful for the owners and developers who run prestashop stores hosted by Inmotion.

Best Regards,

Nassry

 

Staff
24,124 Points
2015-01-05 12:48 pm
Hello Nassry,

PrestaShop is based on a database and online files that make up the appearance of the site. So, if you wanted to duplicate an existing site, you would need to make a copy of the database AND all of the files that make up the PrestaShop site that you have created. You would have to create a new database name and also change the configuration settings referencing the database so that they are different from the old site. That's all that would really be needed in duplicating the site.

Copying the database would involve exporting the database and then importing it. You would then have to copy the files for the website using FTP or cPanel File manager and modify the configuration files so that the database reference is unique to the duplicate installation.

I hope that helps to answer your question. If you have any further questions or comments, please let us know.

Regards,
Arnel C.
n/a Points
2015-01-06 1:18 am

Thank you Arnel...I appreciate it. Everything now is completely clear.

Already I duplicate my site and work perfectly....Thanks again and keep sharing your knowledge.!

n/a Points
2015-04-24 10:52 am

Hi, I followed this steps but when I go into the new site it redirects me to my older domain.

Can you help me?

Regards, 

Eduardo.

Staff
24,124 Points
2015-04-24 4:17 pm
Hello Eduardo,

The step that requires you to select a domain , when you're creating the clone, should be a different domain name. Otherwise, the clone will still request your old domain. Are you selecting a different domain? If so, if you are a customer of InMotion, can you please provide the domain name for your account? We would need to look at your configuration files to figure out why its happening. You should also make sure to clear your browser cache.

Regards,
Arnel C.
n/a Points
2015-05-04 7:41 pm

Wont this act as Duplicate Content In Search Engines and get both sites Deindexed?

Staff
24,124 Points
2015-05-05 1:59 pm
Hello Blaek,

It depends on the content and how it's used. A large part of the internet is duplicate content, so it's not unheard of. However, you're correct, in that it could pose a negative to search engine results. Many people duplicate/clone sites in order to use the build as a template for another website. It's also often used for backups.

I hope this helps to answer your question, please let us know if you require any further assistance.

Regards,
Arnel C.

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