I want to do some work on a WP, but not on the live version (www.mysite.com), so I cloned it to a subdirectory www.mysite.com/new. Now I am trying to access it, but I get redirected to www.mysite.com/news/ - news page of the original WP.

Here are the steps I took:

  • copied index.php and wp folder to /new folder
  • created new database and imported everything from the original one
  • changed wp_config.php of the cloned WP to reflect database changes (different DB name and hostname, different password)
  • now, when trying to access www.mysite.com/new, I get redirected to www.mysite.com/news/, which is the news page of the original WP

Here is the root directory of FTP:

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and here is the new directory:

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I know I might need to replace the permalinks with database search and replace script, but at this stage I am at least expecting to see the cloned WP with links pointing to the original WP, not a redirect to news page.. What am I doing wrong and how do I fix it?

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Remove the htaccess file and then regenerate it by hitting save at settings->permalinks

Also make sure to change site_url and home (options table), to reflect the updated path.

P.S.: You should really have a local dev env.

  • Where do I find Settings->Permalinks? At the original WP control panel? Please note that the original WP must stay the same.
    – c0dehunter
    Dec 1, 2017 at 14:29
  • No, go into "new/wp/" and delete htaccess. Then try accessing yourdomain.com/new/wp/wp-admin ... you'll probably be able to login. Also don't forget to set the new database url to yourdomain.com/new/wp Dec 1, 2017 at 14:31
  • I was able to access /new/wp/wp-login.php, but after logging in, I get redirected to the original admin panel (www.mysite.com/wp/wp-admin/).
    – c0dehunter
    Dec 1, 2017 at 14:36
  • Ok, that means you didn't update your database (wp_options table) site_url and home to your updated url as I've instructed. Dec 1, 2017 at 14:38
  • wp_options table didn't have these entries, but I did put define('WP_HOME','siteurlbutSOisblockingit/new/'); (same for WP_SITEURL) in wp-config.php. Now I can access the cloned WP but it is without any styles. Sorry to bother so much, but do you have any clue?
    – c0dehunter
    Dec 1, 2017 at 14:58

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