There are many situations you may need to create a duplication of your Weebly site. This could be for a backup purpose or testing a third party feature like placing advertisements. For example, when you have a client site it is not a good idea to test things on the live site. Basically you need to have a staging site where you can deploy testing codes and check the outcome. Fortunately Weebly allows to copy the complete site or only the individual pages within a site. In this article we will discuss how to copy Weebly site and page along with other considerations.
Copy Weebly Site
Login to your Weebly account and choose the site from the dashboard. Click on the button with three dots on the right side to see the drop-down option as below:
Click on the “Copy Site” option to create a copy of your live site. Based on the number of pages, it may take few minutes to copy the entire site. While copying the progress can be seen on the site list drop-down indicating the pages copied.
Once the copy is completed, you will find a new site with the suffix “Copy” added to the original site name.
Important Points When Copying Weebly Site
- The new copied site will be in “Not Published” status.
- If you have any third party apps connected to the original site then you may need to reconnect those apps again to the copied site for the relevant content to work as expected.
- Only pages will be copied to a new site.
- Blog posts will not be copied and products will also not be copied to a new site.
- When copying the site, your account should not exceed 10 sites. You will see error message like below if you have already 10 sites on your account. In such a case you need to delete any of the existing site to start the copying process.
- Templates are used as a central repository in Weebly, so do not modify any template files on the copied site. Basically you are modifying the base template which will also be effective on the live site. When you want to modify the template files, first create a new template and then start modifying the content.
Copying Weebly Page
Similar to copying a site, you can copy any standard page, blog index page and product page of your site without any restrictions. Navigate to the “Pages” menu and choose the page you want to copy. Click on the “Copy” button at the bottom to create a new copied page.
Important Points When Copying Weebly Site
- New copied page will be listed as a last page in the list.
- All advanced settings including header and footer code will be copied to a new page.
- If your original page is hidden from search engine then the copied page will also be hidden.
- The page name of the copied page will be same as the original page. For example, if you copy the page named “About” then the new page will also be available with the same name as “About”. But the actual URLs of the pages will be different – the original one will be having the URL “about.html” whereas the copied one will be with the URL “about1.html”.
- Once the page is copied, ensure to change the name or hide it from search engines.
- You can’t copy individual blog posts, only blog index page can be copied.
Is there a way to copy a page and move it between sites?
No way to move a page among sites, at max you can copy within a site.
On the dashboard: When I click on the three dots, all I get is “remove my access.” Since I only have one website, the pull-down next to my site name is a circled plus. Any hints on how to copy my website?
In this case you are not the owner of the site. You have been invited to access the site as editor or admin. Only the owner can see copy / delete site options in dashboard.
there are apps to copy the blog to move to word press for example. You can also download you site with sitesucker.
We do not see any apps work perfectly for the pages. At any cost you need download and upload images to your WordPress server otherwise they will be still fetched from Weebly’s server or pointing to 404 when they are deleted from Weebly.
This is a most important thing when modifying the theme. Unfortunately most of the users play around with the custom theme used on one site without knowing the same theme when used on other sites will screw up other sites also.
You mentioned do not modify the template or the live template will also be modified. I am glad you said that becsuse I had the unfortunate experience of learning the hard way except it wasn’t the template I was changing just elements. I almost destroyed my live site. This was in the early days of Weebly so I’m sure any problems would have been ironed out now but to this day I will would rather start a site from scratch…just to be sure