Cloning a Child Website Fails

I am trying to use the Clone Extension to make a copy of a client’s WP website (hosted on a different server) so that we can create a “Staging” copy of their website.

I have followed all the instruction and the Unique Client ID has been setup and synced.

However, I keep getting an error message that says:

Child plugin is disabled or the security key is incorrect. Please resync with your main installation.

I have created a video recording showing exactly how everything is setup and exactly what is happening when I try to clone the source website.

Hopefully someone will have seen this error message before and let me know how to solve this problem.

( Video Corrected )

Hi @tony2476

Are you able to perform sync for those two sites in the MainWP Dashboard?

Please keep in mind that Unique Client ID is completely optional not just for Clone extension but for MainWP overall.

And can you please post the community system report from your MainWP Dashboard for review? The report is located in your Dashboard under Info → Server, on the top right of the page.

Be sure to use the button like the one below; this button hides all your private information:


Pressing the button auto-copies the report to your clipboard then just paste it in a reply here.

### WordPress Check                Required                                               Detected                                     Status   ###

FileSystem Method                  = direct                                               direct                                       Pass        
MultiSite Disabled                 =true                                                  true                                         Pass        
WordPress Memory Limit             >=64M                                                  40M                                          Warning     
WordPress Version                  >=3.6                                                  6.3.1                                        Pass        

### PHP                            Required                                               Detected                                     Status   ###

cURL Extension Enabled             =true                                                  true                                         Pass        
cURL Timeout                       >=300 seconds                                          60                                           Warning     
cURL Version                       >=7.29.0                                               7.74.0                                       Pass        
OpenSSL Version                    >=OpenSSL/1.1.0                                        OpenSSL/1.1.1n                               Pass        
OpenSSL Working Status             Yes                                                    Yes                                          Pass        
PCRE Backtracking Limit            >=10000                                                1000000                                      Pass        
PHP Allow URL fopen                N/A                                                    YES                                                      
PHP Disabled Functions             N/A                                                    opcache_get_status,                                      
PHP Exif Support                   N/A                                                    YES                                                      
PHP IPTC Support                   N/A                                                    YES                                                      
PHP Loaded Extensions              N/A                                                    Core, PDO, PDO_ODBC, Phar, Reflection, SPL, SimpleXML, Zend OPcache, bcmath, bz2, calendar, cgi-fcgi, ctype, curl, date, dba, dom, enchant, exif, fileinfo, filter, ftp, gd, gettext, gmp, hash, iconv, imagick, imap, intl, json, ldap, libxml, mbstring, mysqli, mysqlnd, odbc, openssl, pcre, pdo_mysql, pdo_pgsql, pdo_sqlite, pgsql, posix, pspell, random, redis, session, soap, sockets, sodium, sqlite3, standard, sysvmsg, sysvsem, sysvshm, tidy, tokenizer, xml, xmlreader, xmlwriter, xsl, zip, zlib            
PHP Max Execution Time             >=30 seconds                                           60                                           Pass        
PHP Max Input Time                 >=30 seconds                                           60                                           Pass        
PHP Memory Limit                   >=128M                                                 256M                                         Pass        
PHP Post Max Size                  >=2M                                                   25M                                          Pass        
PHP Safe Mode Disabled             =true                                                  true                                         Pass        
PHP Upload Max Filesize            >=2M                                                   25M                                          Pass        
PHP Version                        >=7.4                                                  8.2.11                                       Pass        
PHP XML Support                    N/A                                                    YES                                                      
SSL Extension Enabled              =true                                                  true                                         Pass        
SSL Warnings                       = empty                                                                                             Pass        

### MySQL                          Required                                               Detected                                     Status   ###

MySQL Client Encoding              N/A                                                    utf8                                                     
MySQL Mode                         N/A                                                    ERROR_FOR_DIVISION_BY_ZERO,NO_AUTO_CREATE_USER,NO_ENGINE_SUBSTITUTION            
MySQL Version                      >=5.0                                                  10.5.19-MariaDB-0+deb11u2                    Pass        

### Server Configuration           Detected Value                                      ###

Accept Content                     text/html,application/xhtml+xml,application/xml;q=0.9,image/avif,image/webp,image/apng,*/*;q=0.8,application/signed-exchange;v=b3;q=0.7
Accept-Charset Content             N/A                                                    
Architecture                       64		 bit                                               
Gateway Interface                  CGI/1.1                                                
HTTPS                              ON                                                     
Memory Usage                       6.05 MB                                                
Operating System                   Linux                                                  
Request Time                       1696550002                                             
Server Protocol                    HTTP/1.0                                               
Server self connect                Not expected HTTP response body:                       
Server Software                    Apache                                                 
User Agent                         Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/ Safari/537.36

### MainWP Dashboard Settings      Detected Value                                      ###

Abandoned plugins/themes tolerance 365                                                    
Basic uptime monitoring enabled    Yes                                                    
MainWP Dashboard Version           Latest: | Detected: Pass               
MainWP legacy backups enabled      No                                                     
Maximum number of pages to return  50                                                     
Maximum number of posts to return  50                                                     
Maximum simultaneous install and update requests3                                                      
Maximum simultaneous requests      4                                                      
Maximum simultaneous requests per ip1                                                      
Maximum simultaneous sync requests 8                                                      
Minimum delay between requests     200                                                    
Minimum delay between requests to the same ip1000                                                   
Number of child sites              6                                                      
Optimize for shared hosting or big networksNo                                                     
Plugin advanced automatic updates enabledYes                                                    
Primary Backup System              MainWP Buddy Extension                                 
REST API enabled                   No                                                     
Site health monitoring enabled     Yes                                                    
Theme advanced automatic updates enabledYes                                                    
Use WP Cron                        Yes                                                    
WP Core advanced automatic updates enabledYes                                                    

### Extensions                     Version                                                License                                      Status   ###

Boilerplate Extension              4.1.3                                                  Active                                       Pass        
Dashboard Lock                     4.0.2                                                  Active                                       Pass        
MainWP Buddy Extension             4.0.5                                                  Inactive                                     Warning     
MainWP Bulk Settings Manager Extension4.0.5                                                  Inactive                                     Warning     
MainWP Cache Control Extension     4.0.3                                                  Inactive                                     Warning     
MainWP Clone Extension             4.0.3                                                  Active                                       Pass        
MainWP Custom Post Type            4.0.4                                                  Active                                       Pass        
MainWP Database Updater Extension  4.0.4                                                  Inactive                                     Warning     
MainWP File Uploader Extension     4.1.2                                                  Inactive                                     Warning     
MainWP Google Analytics Extension  4.1.4                                                  Inactive                                     Warning     
MainWP iThemes Security Extension  4.1.4                                                  Inactive                                     Warning     
MainWP Jetpack Protect Extension   4.0.5                                                  Inactive                                     Warning     
MainWP Lighthouse Extension        4.0.5                                                  Inactive                                     Warning     
MainWP Maintenance Extension       4.1.2                                                  Inactive                                     Warning     
MainWP Post Dripper Extension      4.0.7                                                  Inactive                                     Warning     
MainWP Pro Reports Extension       4.1.3                                                  Inactive                                     Warning     
MainWP SSL Monitor Extension       4.0.5                                                  Inactive                                     Warning     
MainWP Staging Extension           4.0.4                                                  Inactive                                     Warning     
MainWP Team Control                4.0.4                                                  Active                                       Pass        
MainWP Time Capsule Extension      4.0.5                                                  Inactive                                     Warning     
MainWP Vulnerability Checker Extension4.1.6                                                  Inactive                                     Warning     
MainWP White Label Extension       4.1.3                                                  Inactive                                     Warning     
MainWP Wordfence Extension         4.0.10                                                 Inactive                                     Warning     

### Plugin                         Version                                                Status                                    ###

Akismet Anti-spam: Spam Protection 5.3                                                    Inactive                                     
Contact Form 7                     5.8.1                                                  Active                                       
Limit Login Attempts Reloaded      2.25.25                                                Active                                       
MainWP Dashboard                                                         Active                                       
Members                            3.2.8                                                  Active                                       
WP Super Cache                     1.10.0                                                 Active                                       

Yes we are able to SYNC both child websites ( clone Source and clone Destination) to the Main WP Dashboard.

Thanks for the system report.

Your version of Clone extension is out of date, so let’s get that updated first and see if that helps.
And make sure you’re using the latest version of the MainWP Child plugin on both child sites.

I’ve also noticed that the license for it is inactive (and for other extensions as well), which is why you aren’t receiving automatic updates.

You can find information about activating and updating extensions in these KBs:

I have activated and updated all of the extensions.

My server admin has been doing tests with different WP website and I think that he has narrowed the failure down to a settings mismatch.

I believe that the WP hosting (storage) settings on the destination server MAY be set too low related to the size of the WP site that we are attempting to migrate.

We were able to successfully clone a WP site that was already on our server.

Hopefully with some additional testing we will be able to discover the true cause of this problem and then provide you with a final update.

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My Server Admin has been running tests on the Clone Extension using his own personal WP website.

  1. We have been successful at creating a backup file.
  2. We have been successful at downloading the backup from the Clone Source to our Clone Destination
  3. When we try to extract the backup file we get the error message shown below:

Thanks for updating the extensions and I’m glad we’re seeing some progress.

However, that is an unusual issue you’re facing right now.

If the MainWP Child plugin is up to date on both sites (source and destination) and you are still seeing this issue, would you mind opening a private Help Desk ticket so we can collect some additional information & investigate further?

And please refer to this Managers thread by its URL in the ticket.

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