Install duplicator plugin on live site
create new package
go through all the steps
download the installer and the package
ON LOCAL WEB SERVER
turn on WAMP / MAMP
go to phpMyAdmin
create a new database for this duplicated site… name it appropriately. Best practice all lowercase with _
go to local web directory
create a new folder for this duplicated site.
Name the folder appropriately e.g. sitename_DEV
Now, in a browser go to localhost/sitename_DEV
click to open the installer file.
follow the steps
** MAKE SURE YOU ENTER THE CORRECT DATABASE NAME
Go to the localhost/sitename_DEV and login with whatever login you use on the live site
Go to settings > permalinks
it should be…POSTNAME:
even if it’s already set like this. Save settings to refresh the Permalinks.
visit localhost/sitename_DEV in the browser. Check that everything fine.
YAY REJOICE YOU DID IT.
Now experiment and break your site to your hearts content!
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