Using Duplicator to Import a Live Website to DesktopServer

The Duplicator plugin serves as a simple backup utility and creates an archive that can be used by DesktopServer to be imported and made local. Duplicator is free and can be found in the WordPress repository.

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To get started login to your live WordPress dashboard. Go to Plugins > Add New. Type in the search Duplicator.

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Install and activate the plugin. After the activation you will see a Duplicator menu item in the left menu, click this menu item. Next click the [ Create New ] button on the top left.

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You are now on the Duplicator >> Packages option page. There are additional options available to you here, but we are going to stick with the defaults and click the [ Next ] button.

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This will present you with a scan confirming you can do a backup, click the [ Build ] button.

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Download the Archive file to your Desktop.

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Open DesktopServer

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Select the " Export, import or share a website." option and click the [ Next > ] button

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Select the " Import an existing WordPress website archive." option and click the [ Next > ] button

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Click the [ ... ] to browse and find the archive. Enter the "Site Name"

You can use the default "Site Root" or change it by clicking the [ Browse ] button

*Customize scrubbing options checkbox allows you to review the scrubbing rules and change them if you need too. This option can be skipped in most cases.

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Click the [ Next > ] to complete the import and [ Next > ] again to be presented with a link to the website.