A new version of DesktopServer (version 3.5.6) is now available in our downloads section. This version includes important updates to both our free DesktopServer Limited and DesktopServer Premium version.
Many hosting providers use cPanel as their control panel for website administration. You can use cPanel features alone to copy your WordPress website and run a mirror image locally on DesktopServer. In this article, I’ll show you how to copy your existing live WordPress website to your local computer. Note that this requires DesktopServer Premium. We are going to use DesktopServer’s import feature which will ask you for a zip archive file containing your WordPress website (plugin files, theme files, etc.) and a “database export” file that contains your posts, pages, configurations, and settings. You can create this zip archive file in a two step process that I will detail below. The first step will be to download all of your WordPress files and the second will be to obtain the database export file. Both can be done easily through cPanel. The third step will be to simply import the zip file as a new website in DesktopServer. Read more »
The latest version of DesktopServer version 3.2.8 for premium members includes the ability to import full backups from both iTheme’s BackupBuddy 2 and BackupBuddy Classic. BackupBuddy provides a convenient and clean method to easily backup your WordPress website and migrate it to another website or to your local desktop for development. Now DesktopServer makes local development even faster and easier with native support for BackupBuddy. In this article, I’ll show you how easy it is to use BackupBuddy to export your site and use DesktopServer to import and view a BackupBuddy archive. Read more »
DesktopServer for premium members includes a new import feature that is compatible with the Duplicator plugin. You can find Duplicator in the WordPress.org plugin directory. If you have a live site that you wish to import into DesktopServer, you can use the Duplicator plugin to do this quickly. In this post, I’ll walk you through an example of how to import your site into your localhost DesktopServer. Read more »
New to the unlimited edition of DesktopServer version 3.2.5 is the Import / Export menu option. This option will enable you to import and export your entire WordPress website as a single ZIP file archive.
Import and Export can be used for a variety of purposes, but most notable are:
- Sharing with co-workers or collaborating on a project.
- Archiving complete solutions and configurations.
- Import an existing website for redesign.
- Transport between workstations.
- Deploying to a live server.
Note: Existing users should use our update instructions below to preserve existing sites.
A new version of DesktopServer (version 3.2.5) is now available in our downloads section. This version includes important updates to both our free DesktopServer Limited and premium member access DesktopServer version. Read more »