Can you copy a Blog?

by Chris Freville 18 replies
Hi everyone,

Is it possible to create a blog with all the content on it you want and laid out the way you want it to look... and then somehow export and re-import the blog on to another domain? (or several other domains?)

i.e. can you copy or transfer a blog to another domain(s)?

if so, how?

Thanks!
Chris
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrick
    Yes..if you are using Wordpress..then

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      • Profile picture of the author Piper Anderson
        I do use the import/export function on WordPress when transferring sites I've flipped, but there are still other steps in that process that take some time. WP Twin is on my wishlist of things I intend to get very soon. It will make my flipping business more efficient in so many ways (I've looked at several WordPress cloners, and WP Twin seems to be the easiest to use and with the best ability to clone a site exactly....I expect to be buying it in the next couple of weeks, and I know it will pay for itself over and over again).
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        • Originally Posted by Piper Anderson View Post

          I do use the import/export function on WordPress when transferring sites I've flipped, but there are still other steps in that process that take some time. WP Twin is on my wishlist of things I intend to get very soon. It will make my flipping business more efficient in so many ways (I've looked at several WordPress cloners, and WP Twin seems to be the easiest to use and with the best ability to clone a site exactly....I expect to be buying it in the next couple of weeks, and I know it will pay for itself over and over again).
          Oh yes, that's what I recommended one post above yours. Definitely comes the closest to a "push-button software", as hyped-up as that always sounds but it's true for this one. no more mysql database back up or any other stuff. your whole blog, incl. installed plugins, settings, posts, whole mysql database, theme etc., it's all just in a single file and you just have to upload it, click a button or 2 and bam, your clone is done.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    Yes.. There is am import/export option inside wp admin..

    Just go on tools > import/export
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  • Profile picture of the author AD25
    Use Backup Buddy. It will allow you to copy everything including content, images, themes, plugins and all their settings.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adam Sussman
    Chris,

    Jason Fladleins WP Twin will do the trick.
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  • Profile picture of the author steveduval
    I use Backup buddy, to move my blogs from one domain to another..
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  • Profile picture of the author BlondieWrites
    You can easily backup and clone your Wordpress sites with WP Twin. It does everything... themes, posts, comments, colors, etc.... totally easy and cool.


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  • Profile picture of the author alamest
    Is that blog is your or someone else..If it is your blog than I use backup buddy..for wordpress to wordpress..

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  • Profile picture of the author theseowork
    use export and import facility for copy the blog..
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Freville
    It looks like there are 3 options:

    1. WP Dashboard export/import
    2. WP Twin
    3. Backup Buddy

    However, I'm looking for a solution where I create a blog and give it / sell it to someone else. That person then needs to install it on their server. How can they do it?

    1. WP Dashboard export/import - I assume the 2nd user (my customer) has to install WP on their server first to create the default blog, and then they can import the file I give them? Will this method contain everything that was in my blog? themes, plugins, content etc.

    2. WP Twin - this copies it all seamlessly but I assume the downside is the 2nd user (my customer) has to purchase WP Twin in order for them to complete the process?

    3. Backup Buddy - this copies it all seamlessly but the 2nd user (my customer) still needs to have Backup Buddy in order for them to complete the process? If I purchase a Developer license of Backup Buddy, can I give that software to my 2nd user so they can complete the job on their own without my involvement?

    Any other ways?

    Thanks
    Chris
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    #1 will not have the themes, plugins... only the content: posts, Pages, comments, uploads.

    For selling/giving:

    #2
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    a manual backup of the files AND of the MySQL database. > Packed both in a zip file (or two) and handed over. The buyer needs to:
    - unzip
    - import the .sql file into the database
    -- edit 2 lines in the database IF it will be installed on a different domain!
    - edit the config file (new database info)
    - upload the files via ftp to the server

    Nothing will ever work in such an "automatic" way that the buyer/receiver doesn't have to do anything. Sorry.

    EDIT. Actually, writing it down and explaining it takes almost longer time than doing it
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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Freville
      ok thanks, so I now need to understand the steps you listed...

      - unzip - OK
      - import the .sql file into the database - Do they need to create a DB first? (what about installing WP, is that necessary?)
      -- edit 2 lines in the database IF it will be installed on a different domain! - Which lines do they edit? And to say what?
      - edit the config file (new database info) - Which config file?
      - upload the files via ftp to the server - OK

      Thanks again
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    db - yes, they need to create an empty database with an user that has all the privileges
    (in this case as I described the manual transfer, they do NOT need to install WP)

    edit db - after importing the .sql file into the new database, in the table wp_options find the rows
    home
    site_url

    Both should contain the URL where the blog lives, e.g.
    HTML Code:
    http://example.com  <-- no slash!
    config - every WP installation has a wp-config.php file in its root directory. The file contains 4 [four] basic pieces of information that let the WP files/engine to connect and operate the database:
    - database name
    - database user
    - database user password
    - database server
    You get ALL of them in your cPanel when creating the new DB...
    (optional: the database tables prefix - the default = wp_)

    Once the database has been imported (and corrected if necessary) AND the files were uploaded to the right location - the WP based site should work. <-- that's why you don't need to "install": the installation means populating an empty database with the Hello,World default post and comment and About Page. However, by importing the database you have all the database tables populated... hence no need for install.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    Hey Chris,

    I'm so glad Istvan got there before me. It sounds quite complicated but it's VERY quick and very easy and you can clone your blog really easily whenever you want.

    It's basically the same thing all the paid scripts are doing but they know lots of people get scared when you say "create a database" and don't realise it's one click of a mouse and choosing an admin name and password - i.e 5 seconds and very easy.

    So - in summary, what Istvan said

    The only thing you might want to check is if you've used absolute paths for anything rather than relative or they'll still point to the old domain.

    Unless you're using any funky extra scripts that have been configured after installation on the blog - it shouldn't happen but it's worth bearing in mind, especially if you're using membership scripts etc.

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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    The only thing you might want to check is if you've used absolute paths for anything rather than relative or they'll still point to the old domain.
    There is a smart plugin called "Search and replace" - I always run it after moving a blog to another domain and set it to replace the old domain with the new one in posts, title, image path... you can select a lot of options.
    Works like a Swiss watch - as we say at home, LOL
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