Can You Clone A Wordpress Layout From One Website To Another Without Importing Posts

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I am looking to clone the look and feel of a wordpress website (navigation, layout, sidebar widgets etc) to another. However I don't want the existing content of the new website (that needs to be cloned) to be disturbed nor do I want the posts imported from the original website.

Is this possible?

Can you guide me through the best way to do it?
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  • Profile picture of the author OrangeBull
    Yes and no.

    WordPress › Duplicator « WordPress Plugins

    This will clone the whole site for you, but you would need to manually delete the posts and pages you don't want, then duplicate that.
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    • Profile picture of the author yourreviewer
      Originally Posted by OrangeBull View Post

      Yes and no.

      WordPress › Duplicator « WordPress Plugins

      This will clone the whole site for you, but you would need to manually delete the posts and pages you don't want, then duplicate that.
      Thanks for sharing. Or can I import those posts from the original site and then delete them once they are on the new website? I don't want to delete the posts from the original website since it has close to a 1000 posts.
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      • Profile picture of the author OrangeBull
        Originally Posted by yourreviewer View Post

        Thanks for sharing. Or can I import those posts from the original site and then delete them once they are on the new website? I don't want to delete the posts from the original website since it has close to a 1000 posts.
        It will let you clone everything, then on your new site you can delete.
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        • Profile picture of the author bt
          All the posts are In your WP database. Once you have cloned the site, you could go Into your WP database and delete the posts there, but you have to know a little about databases.
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          • Profile picture of the author yourreviewer
            Originally Posted by bt View Post

            All the posts are In your WP database. Once you have cloned the site, you could go Into your WP database and delete the posts there, but you have to know a little about databases.
            Thanks, I didn't know this. And I am certainly not a technical person, so I will rather let my team handle this one.
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    • Profile picture of the author magiclouie
      Originally Posted by OrangeBull View Post

      Yes and no.

      WordPress › Duplicator « WordPress Plugins

      This will clone the whole site for you, but you would need to manually delete the posts and pages you don't want, then duplicate that.
      Another option is WP Twin - Clone & Backup WordPress Blogs In Seconds

      Pro: Everything on your WordPress site will be completely cloned. Not only your installed plugins and themes, but their configurations, as well as posts, pages, comments, permalinks, etc. Absolutely EVERYTHING!

      Con: It's not FREE!

      Hope that helps!

      Cheers,
      Louie Tugas
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      • Profile picture of the author OrangeBull
        Originally Posted by magiclouie View Post

        Another option is WP Twin - Clone & Backup WordPress Blogs In Seconds

        Pro: Everything on your WordPress site will be completely cloned. Not only your installed plugins and themes, but their configurations, as well as posts, pages, comments, permalinks, etc. Absolutely EVERYTHING!

        Con: It's not FREE!

        Hope that helps!

        Cheers,
        Louie Tugas
        As I understand it, the pros of Duplicator are that it does the same, AND IT'S FREE!
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  • Profile picture of the author Manjhwaqs
    You could export everything, then import everything and delete the imported posts. Straighforward but should work.
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  • Profile picture of the author rontheitguy
    I've got 1 paid plugin, but for the most part I use a free one called Automatic Wordpress Backup. It' has to connect to an Amazon S3 account, but it's a great plugin that's worked well for me.

    It's also possible to move a Wordpress site manually as well. Not something I ever wanted to learn until I had to, and it's actually not as bad as I thought it would be!
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