You’ve spent weeks, if not months, designing an impeccable site for a client. The layout is your finest work yet—if it were a piece of fine art, you’d proudly display it in a gallery for all eyes to see. But what happens when your web development aesthetic is in high demand by others?
Instead of repeating the development process all over again, wouldn’t it be nice if you could save time and energy by repurposing the structural design of a former site for future clients’ needs?
With WP Engine’s Copy Site function, you can do exactly this, saving development time and increasing throughput when spinning up new client sites.
What is copy site?
Copy Site is a feature that eases the workflow for business owners and site developers alike. Rather than having to develop a site all over again from scratch, WP Engine’s Copy Site allows you to create multiple copies of your existing production sites. It’s like taking the exoskeleton off of your current site and transferring it over to a new (or copy it over an existing) install so that you’re not repetitively building the same design or setup over and over again.
Copy Site is all about scale. You can create site templates and code common builds, jumpstarting your development. Why start with a vacant lot, when you can start with a solid foundation and frame? With Copy Site, you can spin up a WordPress install that already has your favorite themes, plugins, permalink settings, custom code, and more already locked and loaded. It’s a massive productivity booster.
It’s also easy to use. You can copy one of your sites over to an existing site, or create a new install that is a replica of the current site. In addition, you can use this feature to create more than one testing environment before the finalized site goes live.
Want to get started? See here for detailed steps on how to use Copy Site.
For more on Copy Site and WP Engine’s suite of developer tools, check out our flexible development white paper.
Taylor McCaslin works as a Technical Product Manager at WP Engine. He speaks at WordCamps and WordPress events around the country. WordPress has been Taylor’s platform of choice for over 5 years, he even paid his way through college by freelancing as a WordPress developer! When not creating products that captivate and delight, you’ll find Taylor geeking out with the latest tech gadget or experiencing the rich Austin art scene. Follow Taylor on Twitter @Taylor4484.