First of all, a reminder
Plugins are easy, but they can also add a lot of bloat and insecurity to your site. We always recommend that you think about which plugins you install. Do you really need them? Or are they just nice to have? See Jonathan’s article on which plugins slow your site down.
Now back to the Duplicator plugin
A very easy method of moving your WordPress site is using the plugin called, Duplicator – WordPress Migration Plugin.
Time needed: 15 minutes
Follow these steps to create a duplicate of your site for staging or testing purposes:
- Create New
When you’re in Duplicator you will see a Create New button in the right-hand corner.
Click on that to create a
.zipfile of your site. Just click next, next, next to build your package (which are your files and a dump of your database). You can check the documentation on how to use Duplicator here if you want to know more.
- Download the installer and zip file
.zipof your site by clicking the One-Click Download button.
- Upload your files
Now you will need to use a file transfer program like FileZilla to upload your files.
- Create a new site on (new Bolt)
You will need to create a new site on your Bolt if you haven’t done so already. Remember to use SFTP when connecting to our servers.
- Prepare migration
Locate your installer.php and .zip file that you downloaded, and transfer them to the
~/publicfolder. You can find the path in your Control Panel.
- Start the migration
Go to your browser and type in your address with
/installer.phpat the end.
- Fill in the credentials
Click accept all terms & notices, and continue. On the next screen, you will be prompted to fill in the credentials for the database. You can find them in the email you received.
- Test database connection
Test the database connection and if that works, continue the installer script till the end.
- Log into the new site
Once the process is finished, you can log into your newly duplicated site. Make sure everything works as it should before you continue.
- Delete Duplicator files
Once you’ve verified everything is working as intended, you should navigate to the option provided by the Duplicator plugin to delete the
- Enjoy your duplicated site!
That’s it. Once you’ve completed this step, you have successfully duplicated your site to its new location.
If you’re looking to use the Duplicator plugin to create a staging version of your site, you can also use Servebolt’s
sitecopy script. This script allows you to migrate sites from one site to another site within a Bolt or from one Bolt to another.