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Plesk Onyx - Cloning WordPress Tool

Difficulty: Beginner


Access to Plesk and a website you wish to clone.


The Plesk clone tool allows you to clone a WordPress site to another domain or sub-domain managed by Plesk. The clone tool will automatically update absolute paths, url's and configuration files, which would normally need to be done manually for other systems.

This means that once migration is complete no further action is required for the site to work.


  1. Create a new subscription or sub-domain within Plesk if one doesn't already exist.
  2. Navigate to the WordPress plan you wish to clone from and click 'Clone':
    Clone button
  3. Select ' Existing domain/Subdomain:
    Existing Domain
  4. Type in the name of the subscription we created earlier.

  5. Rename the database so that it is easily identifiable. This will help with identifying the database later when troubleshooting.

  6. Click 'OK'.
  7. A popup will show the clone progress.

  8. Once the clone is complete, you'll be able to access your newly cloned WordPress site with the new URL.

    Note: If you have just created the subscription, make sure you have allowed sufficient time for DNS to propagate.

  9. To stop bots crawling/indexing a staging site you can disable/block bots using the Plesk WordPress Toolkit.

    Click on WordPress in the righthand nav
  10. Next Click on the Staging Site Name.
  11. Under the Developer Tools section there will be an option for Search engine indexing
    The below image shows the Search engine indexing has been disabled stopping bots from crawling/indexing.
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