Adding a Second WordPress Installation

July 22, 2020

One way to make a copy of some WordPress blogs is to simply install a fresh copy of WordPress and copy content from one blog to the other. This can be done by going to each post or page one at a time and using the edit feature. Go to the HTML view and copy the HTML code then paste it into the HTML view of the other blog while creating a new post or page. Easy as pie! However, this method is only practical if you only have half a dozen posts or less. Also, if you have a customized blog with many plugins and custom theme work, this method is probably out of the questions. I only mentioned this option for cases where someone might have a simple theme and installation of WordPress with only a few posts or pages in it. If your needs are greater, read on and I will describe some much more practical ways to clone a WordPress blog or website.

Another more advanced way to clone your WordPress installation manually is to follow the following eight steps which I have done several times when there was a need to clone a WordPress site exactly as it was.

  1. The first thing you want to do is create a new database for the new WordPress installation. Each WordPress installation requires its own database. Simply go to your hosting account or server and log in to your PHPMyAdmin and create the new database naming it whatever you like. We named ours “WPS”.
  2. Download a fresh WordPress installation to your desktop.
  3. Unzip the installation and place just the files in a new folder and name is something different than your other WordPress installation uses. We have decided to use WPS for our new WordPress folder on our server because our other WordPress installation was in a folder named “wordpress”.
  4. Upload your new folder, WPS in our case, to your server via your favorite FTP client. Put it in the same parent folder as your other installation if you like. Just make sure both installation of WordPress are completely independent of one another and no two installations share folders with one another other than the same parent folder.
  5. Open your favorite web browser, we used Firefox. Then go to Replace with your URL of course. When the web address resolves, it should take you to a page that says simply:
    “There doesn’t seem to be a wp-config.php file. I need this before we can get started.
    Need more help? We got it.
    You can create a wp-config.php file through a web interface, but this doesn’t work for all server setups. The safest way is to manually create the file.”
  6. After the above statement, there will be a button that says “Create a configuration file”. Click on that button. You will need to have the following information ready:
    • Database host
    • Database name
    • Database username
    • Database password 
  7. Click the button to proceed and enter your database information then click the button at the bottom of that page. It will take you to a new page with a button that says to begin the installation. Go ahead and click on that button after you enter your database details.
  8. Fill out your site name, username, password and other basic info then click on the “Install WordPress” button to proceed.

That’s it! You should now have a second working WordPress installation. 

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