Moving Web Content to another Domain

Installing a piece of software like WordPress in a cPanel account is a very simple process, but it’s not always clear how one might move an installation to a different URL. A lot of folks get tricked into thinking they can just move the files to a new folder and it will work, but in fact, WordPress stores URLs in a database that will break your site if you just move the files around. A much easier way to move a site to a new location is using the Clone Tool in Installatron. You’ll find it by clicking on your install in cPanel and click the icon that has two arrows pointing down:

Installatron will read the existing install and prompt you to choose a location for the new copy. If you’ve set up a subdomain ahead of time you can choose it from the drop-down menu for the domain. Alternatively, you could put it in a subfolder like in the screenshot below:

Installatron handles all the work of migrating databases and files behind the scenes, so all you have to do to is scroll down and click Clone.

In just a few short seconds, depending on the size of the install, you’ll have a complete copy of the site at a shiny new URL.

Once you’ve verified that everything migrated properly, you can delete the former install by just clicking the X next to it. Alternatively, I think the Clone Tool is an excellent way of setting up quick development spaces to test new plugins and themes, so feel free to use it to quickly fire up a copy of your site to a development space and play around. With just a few clicks you can have a carbon copy of your site ready to go.

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