Plugins to clone wordpress site and move to another url

The question:

Are there any possible plugins that could clone an entire WordPress site and install it in another location?

I build sites on one url, then to show the client and move it to another url to show it.

At the moment copying the files and database and re-uploading everything and changing urls is a bit of a nightmare!

I want them to run off two different databases.

The Solutions:

Below are the methods you can try. The first solution is probably the best. Try others if the first one doesn’t work. Senior developers aren’t just copying/pasting – they read the methods carefully & apply them wisely to each case.

Method 1

There is extensive question/answers for moving from development to produciton in general Easily Move a WordPress Install from Development to Production?

However for your specific question best plugin that I know is commercial BackupBuddy. It packs whole site (including WP itself) and can restore it to different URL.

Method 2

In this years Google Summer Of Code at WordPress, there is a project called WordPress Move. The WordPress team is working with the student on developing this new function (now as a plugin, maybe someday in core code). It appears to work already, but it is still in development.

Check out the posts tagged with ‘wordpress move’ on the WordPress GSoC 2011 blog, for more info on this project.

Method 3

I tried duplicator and it worked out great. A 25min process condensed down into 5mins, really simple to use and has now worked several times for several sites, great plugin!!

Method 4

I agree on using the Duplicator plugin. I tried it recently and it worked without a hitch. the instructions were a little lacking but I was able to figure it out.

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