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NS Cloner Pro

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The easiest, fastest, and most user-friendly way you will ever create and copy a fully configured sites on your WordPress multisite networks. The NS Cloner Pro comes with a new set of premium features, and
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This premium WordPress Plugin takes the repetitive and time consuming task of setting up and configuring new sites and reduces it to a very simple operation that happens in a few seconds with a few clicks. Configure a template site (or sites) and copy them to new sites in seconds. All theme and plugin settings are preserved as well as existing users, upload files, and even content. Everything is preserved and intelligent replacements are made to make sure the new site works exactly the same way as if you had taken the time to set it all up manually. It is a substantial leap ahead in WordPress Multisite technology and you will wonder how you managed before you could clone WordPress sites with the NS Cloner.

There are options to control each component of the clone and even advanced features like smart search and replace to automatically update things in the new site. Make sure you click “Go back to Never Settle LLC” if you check out through PayPal to return and get your download link immediately. It will also be sent to you via email on your receipt.

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How does the NS Cloner Plugin clone WordPress sites?

Free Version Features

  1. Copy entire sites in seconds
  2. Works in subdomain or subdirectory modes and auto-detects which is in use
  3. Copies ALL theme and plugin settings
  4. Copies ALL content including custom post types and taxonomies
  5. Copies ALL site settings and configurations
  6. Copies ALL media files uploaded to the original site
  7. Intelligently replaces subdomain and subdirectory names to ensure that everything works in the context of the new site

Pro Version Features

  1. New Cloning Modes (clone over existing & search/replace only)
  2. Global serialized-safe search and replace in ALL tables
  3. Option to preserve or ignore posts on Clone Over Existing Mode
  4. Option to copy all existing users to target site
  5. Option to copy all media files to target site or not
  6. Option to add Detailed debug info to logging
  7. Create / Add new admin to the target site at clone-time

How to Install NS Cloner Pro:

  1. Log in to your WordPress network as a multisite super admin and go to /wp-admin/network
  2. Use the built-in Plugins tools to upload and install NS Cloner Pro
  3. Network Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in the Network Admin area of WordPress Multisite
  4. Access the NS Cloner Pro tool under the Network Sites Menu (It is ONLY available here and will never be visible on a Single Site WordPress install or on an individual site admin dashboard)

Multisite Network Admin Menu Item

Multisite Site Dashboard Menu Item

Standard Precautions and Notes:

  1. This plugin ONLY works on WordPress Multisite and is not for use on single site installations
  2. It now supports both subdomain and subdirectory mode! It will auto-detect and auto-render appropriate UI.
  3. It might have unpredictable results on multisite networks installed in a subdirectory of a domain. If your root network site lives at domain.com/wordpress or something similar, you might experience issues. More info here.
  4. Use only lower case in step #2 for the target site name field
  5. Make sure that the name of the site that you are cloning is NOT the same as its title. For example, if you select a master source site to clone that is site1.domain.com or domain.com/site1 you need to make sure that its title in Settings > General is NOT “Site1″ or “site1″ [without quotes of course]
  6. Also make sure that the name of the source site is not contained in the name of the target site
  7. We have used the NS Cloner on production systems for months and months without issue. That doesn’t mean your scenario won’t find some new condition that could cause you some headaches. Unlikely, but always possible. We recommend getting familiar with it on a test system before you deploy it to a critical network.
  8. And for the love – backup your data. This plugin operates at the database level to work its magic. We’ve run it hundreds of times on our own sites and client sites, and tested it thoroughly. It’s safe. But don’t take our word for it.

Documentation

Documentation is built into the NS Cloner. We tried to design it’s UI/UX to be simple and self-explanatory. The interface itself will walk you through how to use it. Remember, you must be a super admin logged into the Network Admin dashboard in order to find the NS Cloner Pro menu item under the Sites main menu. This will give you an idea of how the Cloner works:

Typical Workflow for using the NS Cloner:

  1. Set up 1 or more “template” sites exactly the way you want your clones to start out
  2. Go to your Network Dashboard > Sites > NS Cloner
  3. Select the “template” site you that want to clone, type the name of the new site, and put in it’s Title
  4. Clone Away!
  5. Yes, it really is that easy.

Primary Use Cases:

  1. Developers who host and manage multiple client sites in their own multisite environment – this will allow you to rapidly roll out new baseline sites with all your favorite standard plugins and configurations in place – no more tedious manual repetitive entry.
  2. Organizations which provide “member” sites and want to be able to reduce the site spin up time to almost nothing.
  3. Affiliates that host numerous sites through Multisite and are looking for a way to increase reach and decrease deployment times.
  4. Designers who want to be able to create several versions of sites to test and play with different theme designs in parallel without having to re-install all the same plugins and base themes over and over.

How the NS Cloner Works


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Having trouble finding the Cloner in the Dashboard?

Multisite Network Admin Menu Item

Multisite Site Dashboard Menu Item

Can I clone the main site / root site (ID:1)?
YES – as of version 2.1.5.4 we have added this complex capability. The Multisite database structure does not lend itself to automating cloning on the main site. All subsites create new tables that are numbered with the site ID. However, the main site’s tables are not numbered and are mixed in with other global network tables. It gets even more complicated when other plugins install their own tables. There’s no simple way to know what tables in the database should be cloned or not for the main site whereas it is very straight forward for subsites because they are numbered with the site ID. However, we have implemented a way to do this.

Does the NS Cloner work on subdomain networks as well as subfolder networks?
YES!

Why do I get a white screen after cloning a site?
Usually this means that the clone operation did not complete successfully. The most common cause for this is a script timeout. By default, PHP script execution for a single script is set to 30 seconds. This might not be enough time for larger sites with numerous posts, pages, and users to complete cloning – especially since the Cloner runs advanced search and replace operations against every table cloned to the new site to make sure that it reflects the new site url and title throughout all its data. Try increasing the max_execution_time in php.ini or wherever your host supports updating PHP configuration settings.

Does the NS Cloner work in multi-db environments (multi-db is NOT the same as multisite – multi-db is a special plugin that spreads the WordPress installation across several databases rather than a single database)?
No – sorry, not at this time.

Does the NS Cloner work for cloning from one server to another?
This feature is also not currently available, but an addon for server-to-server cloning is on the roadmap for future release.

When I click the “Clone Away” submit button, the new site is created, but the response generates a 404 page not found?
Check with your host. They probably have an agressive mod_security configuration and might need to add or modify some rules for you. For example, rule 1234234 needs to be present which allows dots in querystring parameters.

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5.00 out of 5

7 reviews for NS Cloner Pro

  1. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner) – :

    This plugin was worth every dollar. It has literally saved me days when needing to create new sites, and it’s perfect for creating test sites. Great job.

  2. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner) – :

    This is a great plugin. It made the cloning process very easy and when I had a problem (cause by a setting on my WP installation) they were extremely helpful. Thanks for a great plugin and great service!

  3. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner) – :

    I literally built my business by using this plugin. I create many websites per week and cloning them saves me hours.

    The REPLACE feature is priceless.

    AHHHH thank you thank you.

  4. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner) – :

    This plugin is amazing and such a life saver, I have developed a network for a big company that makes Remote Control cars and they have over 50 countries currently as distributors, so a blog for each country was daunting.

    Enter NS Cloner Pro :-) I created a default site and cloned away with no issues at all.

    Thanks Andrew and Never Settle

  5. 5 out of 5

    :

    In the Lite Version on Line 417:

    $dst_blogs_dir = str_replace($source_id, $target_id, $src_blogs_dir );

    change this to:

    $dst_blogs_dir = str_replace( “/” . $source_id, “/” . $target_id, $src_blogs_dir );

    — — —

    $source_id is 4 and $target_id is 8 and the pathname is:

    /www/htdocs/w00f3b9f/depesche2 “4″ /wp-content/blogs.dir/4

    changed to

    /www/htdocs/w00f3b9f/depesche2 “8″ /wp-content/blogs.dir/8

    All Numbers in the pathname changed… Not only the $source_id.

    • out of 5

      (verified owner) – :

      Thanks, Christian! Great catch. It isn’t a perfect solution because there could still be path names that have /# in them before the end where the IDs come in. But your fix is far better than the way it was, and we’ve updated both the Free version and the Pro version and commented to your credit. Please check your email for a coupon code for a discount on the Pro version as our way of saying thanks for the contribution!

      All the best!
      NS

  6. 5 out of 5

    :

    WOW what a great plugin, this has saved me so much time thank you! Fantastic plugin and brilliant support.

  7. 5 out of 5

    :

    This plugin saves me SO MUCH TIME when setting up a new site based on another site. It does everything that I expected it to do. This is a great investment!

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