How do I copy a one-click WordPress install to run a second site on the same Droplet?

Posted February 28, 2019 4.2k views
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Can anyone point me to instructions on how to copy/clone a one-click WordPress install to another folder so I can run a second site on my Droplet? The one-click install includes some security settings and plugins enabled by default, and I hope to avoid doing the second WordPress installation manually.

I’ve found a tutorial on how to modify a VirtualHosts file to allow multiple domains/sites to be hosted on a single Droplet so can do that part.


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Hey friend,

Let’s say is a Wordpress at /var/www/html and you want to host a copy of the same installation. Let’s also say these values are true for’s Wordpress instance, all of which can be found in wp-config.php:

Database name: wordpress
Database user: wordpress
Database pass: 12345

Here’s what I’d do:

mkdir /var/www/domain2
cp -R /var/www/html/* /var/www/domain2

create database domain2;
grant all on domain2.* to domain2 identified by '54321';

mysqldump wordpress > /root/wordpress.sql
mysql domain2 < /root/wordpress.sql
chown -R www-data. /var/www/domain2

In this example I set these values for you to change in /var/www/domain2/wp-config.php:

Database name: domain2
Database user: domain2
Database pass: 54321

Obviously use better passwords than I did in this example. Next you have to change to in the Wordpress configuration, and you can find a few different ways to do that here:

You already mentioned that you have no problem configuring the virtual hosts, but just a quick reference for anyone else reading later:

Hope that helps :)


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Plesk (now free on reinstalled DO droplets?) had a one click button to do it.