Duplicator: How to Guide


Ok, this is going to be fun.

I`ll guide you step-by-step to get Duplicator up and running in no time.

You should have the Duplicator Plugin installed.

Once installed, go and create a NEW PACKAGE

Then Next

and Duplicator will scan the site

And it will show you the results

Then click BUILD

It will take some time

And then you are ready for downloading the packages.

DOWNLOAD BOTH, Installer and Archive

You’ll get a zip file and an installer (PHP)

Now we have the “cloned” site we need to use FTP to upload files to your live Website

Use ANY FTP client (suggested Filezilla).

Open FileZilla and login to your FTP account.

You just need to copy the installer and archive files into the folder that contains your current WordPress installation (usually the folder public_html). Remember that you just need to find these two files on the left panel and drag them into the right one (in the correct folder.

While these files are being copied, we will create a database for our website.

Go to your webhosting (BlueHost?), if so:

  • Go to your hosting cPanel –> Databases and create the database there.
  • Name it whatever you want, for example, rankfollow, (please remember the name).
  • Next, create a new user using the same database name, like rankfollow, and add it a password.
  • Go to Add user to the database and add your new user to your new database. Select all privileges and click on Make changes.

By this time, the installer and archive files should be up on your server. Before closing the FileZilla, delete the file wp-config.php in your live server WordPress folder.

: We are going to install a full WordPress site in the same location as your previous site. This means that when we finish this installation, we will delete all the contents on the installer.php folder and place the new ones there. So make sure you want to upload the local website into your live server! 

Go to your website URL and add it /installer.php. It should be something like rankfollow.com/installer.php.

You will be asked to write your database credentials:

  • Host: localhost
  • Name: rankfollow (database name)
  • User: rankfollow (user name)
  • Password: your password

Click on Test Connection to see if everything works, check the warning and notices box and click on Run Deployment.

Next, you’ll see your old URL and Path settings and the new ones. Check that are ok, and change your Site name if you want to. When you’re done, click on Run Update.

On the resulting page, you should see something like Errors: Deploy (0), Update (0), Warnings: (0). Click on Save Permalinks to update your permalink configuration and click Save Changes.

Click on Test Site to open your new website and check that it works!

And finally, click on File Cleanup to remove the Duplicator installation files.

That`s it! you have done it! Congrats!

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