Before you begin, ensure that your destination server has ample disk space. This means that should you have at least double enough for all your sites, with space left over.
Cloning one server to another is quite easy. Go to Tools in the top menu bar, select the Server Clone in the Tools. Select your Origin server and your Destination server, and click start task.
Once the process completes, check your sites, and flip DNS to the new server. As a recommendation, we would suggest keeping your old servers for two weeks to ensure that everything is good before decommissioning them.
The Cloning Process
The server cloning process follows the same procedure as cloning a site with the same URL from one server to another. You can read our full article here:
Specifically, it will copy all production websites across, including the following settings: –
- WordPress Core
- WordPress Database structure
- System User (this will be created if it doesn’t already exist)
- PHP version and settings
- All General customizer settings including caching
- All Security customizer settings
- Routing (www or none/root)
We will also duplicate your site-specific PHP in settings and PHP process manager settings that GP-CLI manages, alongside the GP-CLI adjusted site-specific Nginx settings and any includes in your site level Nginx directory.
There are 2 things that don’t currently transfer over when cloning. These are: –
- HTTP Auth
Please ensure that all of your sites have cloned correctly before deleting your origin server, and consider keeping all of the original sites for 1-2 weeks while backups have time to take place.