Cloning Sites with Pagely Sync

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NOTE:This article covers utilizing the Pagely Sync command. it is a useful tool for one time copies of a single site application, to another. For more granular, repetitive, or multisite cloning processes, we recommend using the Pagely Cloning Tool.

The team at pagely has built a great tool called pagely sync for cloning and syncing sites with ease on your VPS. 

SSH into your home directory.

To see a list of available commands run

$ pagely sync --help

You should now see a description of usage along with a list basic commands.

 sync [--ignore-table[="..."]] [--ignore-path[="..."]] [--target-host="..."] [--ssh-identity="..."] [--dry-run] [--skip-file] [--skip-db] [--rename] source target

 source                The source directory
 target                The target directory

 --ignore-table        Ignore this table while syncing db (multiple values allowed)
 --ignore-path         Ignore this path, rsync rules (multiple values allowed)
 --target-host         Remote host to use in rsync target
 --ssh-identity        ssh identity file to use with rsync
 --dry-run             Print what you would do
 --skip-file           Don't sync files
 --skip-db             Don't sync db
 --rename              Update wp_options/wp_blogs and search/replace at target, with targets origin name (on multisite only renames the primary domain)
 --help (-h)           Display this help message.
 --quiet (-q)          Do not output any message.
 --verbose (-v|vv|vvv) Increase the verbosity of messages: 1 for normal output, 2 for more verbose output and 3 for debug
 --version (-V)        Display this application version.
 --ansi                Force ANSI output.
 --no-ansi             Disable ANSI output.
 --no-interaction (-n) Do not ask any interactive question.

If you recently created a sandbox/staging area and would like to clone your production over you can run the following from your home directory:

IMPORTANT: If your source site is using a prefix other than wp_, please be sure you update the target site's wp-config.php with the same table prefix.

Note: You may want to use the --dry-run paremeter first to view which actions will happen without actually running the command.

$ pagely sync ~/sites/production-domain-name ~/sites/sandbox-domain-name

This will clone your existing production site to your specified sandbox domain name, along with importing the database and updating the "home" and "siteurl" in the database.

It a good idea to use the wp-cli search-replace function afterwards to clean up any old url references.

You can also review this article from our friends over at SkyVerge with further details using the pagely sync cloning process.

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