How To Backup Or Clone Your WordPress Website Using Bluehost Cpanel

#bluehost Misleads You. I was with #bluehost for a few months. I set up an account, along with the Certificate, that certifies your website virus free, and uploaded my site. Within a month, I received an email, saying my account/domain had been suspended for a Terms of Use violation, and contact them within 15 days I contacted support, and they said it was in fact not a TOS Violation, but a chargeback. I tried logging in to my account, after is was suspended, because on support they told me, to log into my account, to renew it, and it wouldn’t let me log in. So scratch that. 2 weeks ago, I received an email, saying the chargeback is complete, and another email to contact them/log into my account, renew my account, or it will be deleted in 5 days. My tip is, if you ever get an email, saying your account/domain was suspended for a TOS Violation, contact them, cause the email is lying. I’m now with a host in the BETA Stage of hosting. Great support, and .tk domains. Don’t believe #bluehost emails! They lie!

This tutorial will show you how to manually backup or clone your wordpress website or blog. This is done by using Bluehost Cpanel – File Manager and PHPMyAdmin.

You need to copy, paste and then EDIT the following two lines in your wp_config.php file

define (‘WP_HOME’, ‘http:///’);
define (‘WP_SITEURL’, ‘http:///’);

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Michelle Eaton

  • Ed Wait
    Posted at 13:58h, 30 March

    Watching this video now and I'm on the part of "Why would you want to do this?" My reason, and what I was searching for, is so I can redesign my site without messing up my current website.. Once I get the redesign done, I'll then replace files. Is this a good way to do that??


  • Michelle Eaton
    Posted at 14:06h, 01 April

    Hi Ed
    Yes this is an ideal way to do that.
    You can create a subdomain to use for resdesign and testing, when you are happy with it, you can follow the same procedure to copy it back over to your original site.
    Be sure to use a seperate domain or a subdomain – not just a subdirectory.
    Hope that helps 🙂

  • Zsigmond Gábor Seres
    Posted at 10:20h, 04 April

    Very useful video, thanks for you create it! I could do the second blog on the same account. Thanks a lot again! 🙂

  • Michelle Eaton
    Posted at 18:21h, 05 April

    You're welcome, glad to be of help! 🙂

  • Surrey DJ
    Posted at 13:51h, 12 June

    Hi Michelle, than you so much for your video it has helped alot! I am however having problems I am following all the steps in your video and 2 of the 3 sites I keep trying to clone looses all the links and comes up with 404 error the requested url was not found on this server. Also when I create new pages it comes up with 404 page not found when you try and view the pages. I have tryed to repeated the step 3 times on each site with no luck. Can you help please? Thanks!

  • inusitadoonline
    Posted at 19:14h, 24 June


  • Oks Na Oks
    Posted at 13:10h, 17 July

    Try to change your permalinks into a default postname. If this will not work try disabling the plugins one by one to check what plugins might cause the error. Hope this will help. Try it.

  • Michelle Eaton
    Posted at 19:30h, 27 July

    Make sure that you when you are cloning the site, you are installing to an add on domain, or a subdomain. If you try to install to a subdirectory the links will not work.
    Let me know if you find out the problem thanks 🙂

  • Michelle Eaton
    Posted at 19:30h, 27 July

    Thanks for helping out, I appreciate that 🙂

  • Surrey DJ
    Posted at 11:54h, 15 August

    Thank you so much! This worked a treat! 😀

  • Ruth Alvarez
    Posted at 16:11h, 13 September

    Great Video!

  • Michelle Eaton
    Posted at 20:01h, 15 September

    Thank you Ruth, glad you liked it 🙂

  • Ruth Alvarez
    Posted at 04:10h, 16 September

    Just out of curiosity, did you lose any of your settings, images, etc. during the change?

  • Michelle Eaton
    Posted at 15:53h, 29 September

    Hi Ruth
    I didn't notice any problems during the process.
    I will be transferring a client's site to a new domain in the next week or so using this process, so I will post an update if I encounter any problems.

  • Mike Barnes
    Posted at 20:43h, 30 October

    Thanks, this is excellent! I shared it on my blog @ seo-alien

  • Michelle Eaton
    Posted at 17:49h, 05 November

    Glad you liked it, thanks so much for sharing Mike 🙂

  • Zac Shaw
    Posted at 15:28h, 29 January

    Very helpful video. I'd recommend this to anyone creating a WP staging site on Bluehost.

  • Michelle Eaton
    Posted at 20:18h, 04 February

    I recently tried this process on a very large website, I encountered a problem.
    I couldn't compress (zip) the file, I got onto Bluehost Live Chat and they did it for me – problem sorted within 10 minutes. Remember you can ask your webhost for help if you need it!

  • Napoleon Lopez
    Posted at 05:01h, 18 February

    Thank you for your wonderful explanation. I found this resource very useful in migrating my site to  -:)

  • Antony Wilson
    Posted at 12:11h, 06 March

    Thanks Michelle very useful. Saves me reinventing the wheel! 
    I also had a problem with 404 errors and it turned out the problem was Yoasts SEO plugin. So if anyone else has the same problem look to see if you have that activated! 

  • Cedric Bourdais
    Posted at 18:40h, 11 April

    I hate your voice but your video is pretty helpful .. 

  • Adam R
    Posted at 11:08h, 20 May

    Hi Michelle, thank you for your video its been really helpful, however I cannot seem to login to the cloned website I have tried to edit the username and password in the my sql database section but it didnt work. Is there anything else that you could suggest? Thanks 😀

  • gagnonorama
    Posted at 01:51h, 02 June

    It worked and it was easy! Thank you! 

  • Changjie Wu
    Posted at 15:06h, 01 September

    Dear Michelle,

    I really appreciate your step-by-step video, very clear and works perfectly for me, saving me a lot of time.

    I get a question here and hope you can share your advice:
    Following your approach, I "cloned" my first website "" to "". Now when I modify a page on "",  identical change is automatically made to "". Is there any way that I can separte the two websites from each other… so I can make slight changes to "" for different purpose while keep "" unchanged?

    Sunyear Watson Wu
    Toronto, Canada

  • Dawn Doe
    Posted at 20:19h, 10 January

    Hi Michelle!

    If I just want a back-up of my site to protect me from losing info when I upgrade WordPress, do I just download the zip and the sql and save those? And if my site does crash, then I can upload those files for a full restore? Is that how it works? I don't want to create a 2nd site, but just have the files on hand.



  • Captain Castile
    Posted at 19:05h, 26 January

    Michelle, as regards Cedric and his rude comment, I love your voice. You might consider narrating books; children's books in particular. You're very easy to listen to.

    Thanks very much for this great tutorial. I tried about a dozen others, plugins and all, until I found yours – the ONE that works. I'm very grateful that you have taken the time to share your knowledge. I'm still learning, so I'll subscribe and I'll be back.

    Just a thought: On the problem with large websites, you might consider breaking it up into two or three zip files. As long as you install all of them on the new site, it shouldn't make any difference; right?  Thanks again.

  • Traffic Monsoon Pro
    Posted at 20:28h, 07 July

    How do I access my wordpress admin from my cpanel?

    For example if I forget my WP password or even what email it is linked to (and I cant use the 'forgot password' option) but I have the WP website installed in my cpanel.

    How would I reset administrator login details?

  • Peaky Nights
    Posted at 17:25h, 19 July

    Thank you   Michelle for putting this great video to us all on the WWW

  • Matt Richard
    Posted at 19:42h, 20 July

    Perfect, thank you so much.

  • DragoVids
    Posted at 16:05h, 06 August

    Worked like a champ….thanks.

  • Moin Shaikh
    Posted at 19:22h, 10 September

    Thanks Michelle. this is gem of a video. Loved it.

  • Moin Shaikh
    Posted at 11:10h, 25 September

    hi michele, though the website has been clone i wanted to update some of my content, when i uploaded a new image in media library it simply shows up as a broken file with the thumbnail of corrupted file. do you know what could be the reason for that and how to get rid of that.


    Posted at 17:13h, 23 October

    Thanks for nice video, It was helpful to install wordpress on my Cpanel server bought from datasoft

  • cynthia carey
    Posted at 02:04h, 11 November

    Hi Michelle, I've purchased a new domain and am in the process of transferring my old site. Does your information still hold true for 2016?

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