Using BackupBuddy to Import a Live Website

The BackupBuddy plugin serves as an amazing backup utility and creates an archive that can be used by DesktopServer to be imported and made local. BackupBuddy is a premium plugin that can be purchased at iThemes.

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Since BackupBuddy is a premium plugin you will have downloaded it from iThemes to your computer. Click the Plugins menu item and the "Add New" link. Then the "Upload Plugin" button and browse to find the plugin.

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Install and activate the plugin. After the activation you will see a BackupBuddy menu item in the left menu, click this menu item. Then the "Backup" link and the Complete Backup button.

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This will create an archive for you to download 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.