Duplicate site

Hi



I’m working with a client that will have several sites.



Is there any issue with me exporting the database from one and importing it to another new installation



The domains will be different, and products will be changed, but all information such as VAT, Shipping, Locations, Terms & conditions, payments etc will all be the same, even addons etc. I may change the template but I guess thats not a real issue anyway



I could just use PHP my admin to change the domains after an import?



Does anyone have any advice or suggestions on how best to do this?





Thanks in advance





Lee

Well if cart version are same on both sites this may be done even from admin panel of the cart (database backup)

Personally I think you should create a test site for the client in question. Then when work needs to be completed in the future it will all be available through the same domain.



I’m getting work completed on my site and I’d have a problem with you taking my database and injecting it into another site. I see the efficiency in your logic, but just create a test site.



Documentation is in the knowledge base somewhere for creating the test site.



Stu

Hi, I realise I can export the database, I just wondered if anyone had actually done this before and if they had hit any issues. Banners missing for example, I can of course delete the banners so they don’t reference the missing jpegs, I guess the logos etc are the same



TO cut it back is there a way to export shipping, tax, address data etc, that would be ideal, no content as such





@Stu



I think you misunderstood?



Its one client, why would he have an issue with me not manually entering all the same admin data, I can save hours of work and potential glitches by duplicating all the shipping settings etc



It’s not copying it for another client, it’s another site for him







Lee

Yea I see where you comin from, This would be for instance a friend of mine has 4 stores,for his business all same skin but tweaked, he created the first with all products and categories for everything he does then created smaller sattelite sites which specialise in certain elements from the big site.

He duplicated the big site then started to remove categories and products so he was just left with what he wanted then tweaked the look from there.

He sells motor parts and his main site has the lot, wipers, electrics, audio, etc, but his sattelite sites are just dedicated to certain aspects i.e. just wipers. or just audio parts.out the penalties if any ? perhaps it is easy to just slighly alter descriptions and titles etc but Im no expert on SEO

Not a bad idea if you dont mind 4 admins and 4 updating products etc for each site blah blah blah.



If its all in the same company I can see the reasoning but dunno about the ins and outs.

I was wondering whether he would get penalised in the rankings for duplicate content on the specialised sites.





JOhn

It’s done all the time. Generally an export via phpMyAdmin to a local file and a zip of the current site. Then, unzip in the new location and restore into a clean db. Modify config.local.php with new domain info and db info and you’d be pretty much set to go.

[quote name=‘tbirnseth’]It’s done all the time. Generally an export via phpMyAdmin to a local file and a zip of the current site. Then, unzip in the new location and restore into a clean db. Modify config.local.php with new domain info and db info and you’d be pretty much set to go.[/QUOTE]



Ah thats the kind of info I was looking for



So do it outside of CS Cart



Is the domain info only kept in config local (i know any entries in the page content can be changed in phpmyadmin)



hmmm





That may be the way to go, my host is also very helpful and would likely do an internal copy of all the data so I wouldnt need to download upload!



Thanks for that I may go this way





Lee

John



This site is a very different product range so I don’t see any clash with Google/Content



There will be about 4 sites with this same client, all in slightly different markets but all with the same shipping etc



It will be a pain administering 4 sites but I guess it’s the nature of the beast, I tried magento several times, which would handle multiple stores, but the server load is not acceptable unless dedicated (cscart runs fine) and the template system makes CS Cart look a piece of cake (even though its a pig, maybe pice of pork). The support is non existent on the open source version (dur, it’s free, what do people expect)



Ok as a hobby site or for a specialist but no good for someone who has a life (and business) to get on with



Lee