Duplicator For WordPress – Quick Start

Duplicator For WordPress – Quick Start

For Duplicator Lite & Pro*

Create Backups

 Back up Site (create package)

The following describes how to restore a site in the same or new location using a Duplicator package (installer/archive). It’s assumed you’ve created a package as described in the “Back up Site” section above and plan to install all files and the database contained in the package. * Items in green apply only to Duplicator Pro users.

1. Download package files to local computer

After creating a package download the installer and archive files from any one of the locations below to your local computer:

  • Default: Click on the “Installer” and “Archive” buttons from the main packages screen to download.
  • Dropbox*: Go to dropbox.com or use Dropbox client on your PC/MAC.
  • Google Drive*: Go to drive.google.com or use Google client on your PC/MAC.
  • Amazon S3*: Go to your Amazon AWS account
  • FTP: This option is the least common and should only be used if your having issues with the “Default” option.
    FTP ❯ website root directory ❯ open “wp-snapshots” folder ❯ find matching [hash-code]_installer.php with [hash-code]_archive.zip and download.
    Note: With the FTP option you will need to rename the installer file from [hash-code]_installer.php to just “installer.php”. The hash-code is simply a random series of number and letters to provide security on the file so it can’t be downloaded by a random user.

2. Upload package files to target location

Place the installer.php and archive.zip files in a directory where you would like to install/duplicate the WordPress site.

ON A HOSTED SITE

INSTALLING IN AN EMPTY DIRECTORY (LITE AND PRO)
Use FTP or cPanel to upload both the archive.zip and installer.php to your host provider. Place the files in a new empty directory under your host’s webroot where they are accessible from a valid url such as http://your-domain/installer.php or http://your-domain/your-wp-directory/installer.php. On some hosts the root directory will be a something like public_html  -or- www. If you’re not sure what your root directory is then contact your hosting provider.

Important: Since the archive contains site customizations as well as core WordPress, WordPress shouldn’t be in the directory beforehand. The only files in the directory should be the installer.php and archive before you run the installer.

OVERWRITING EXISTING SITE (PRO ONLY)
Duplicator Pro is capable of much faster installs when it’s used to overwrite an existing site and reuses that site’s database.

Use FTP or cPanel to upload both the archive.zip and installer.php to your host provider (place the installer.php and archive.php in the directory containing the existing site). The installer should be accessible from a valid url such as http://{existing-site-domain}/installer.php or http://{existing site-domain}/{your-wp-directory}/installer.php. On some hosts the root directory will be a something like public_html  -or- www. If you’re not sure what your root directory is then contact your hosting provider.

If you haven’t chosen a hosting provider yet please see host recommendations.


3. Browse to installer.php and install

  1. Open a web browser (i.e Chrome, Firefox, IE) and browse to the ‘installer.php’ file such as:
    http(s)://your-domain/installer.php or http(s)://your-domain/your-wp-directory/installer.php.
  2. On Step 1 ❯ Click the next button
  3. On Step 2 ❯ Enter database setup info ❯ test connection ❯ click next
  4. On Step 3 ❯ Click the next button
  5. On Step 4 ❯ Login remove installer files
  6. Your site has been migrated

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