Designing and developing a new website from scratch is very time consuming and tedious task for the designers, especially when the basic design is similar and just a few modifications are supposed to do. So as to remove this overhead on a website designer, the concept of website cloning is introduced. Website cloning means just duplicating or modifying an existing website design or script to create a new website.
For this purpose, different companies offer variety cloning tools knows as “website cloners” to allow clients rapid development of a website with lower costs. Web designers can select any of the existing websites to clone wholly or can choose desired elements of that website to copy.
Website cloners are also called as website downloaders because of it downloads webpages of the existing web site to the local drive. Then the user just has to perform the modifications required. There are many website cloners out there each with their pros and cons. So, choosing the best website cloner is crucial. Some of the popular cloners are listed below:
- Website Extractor: This is a very useful tool with consists of a user-friendly control panel which allows viewing the structure of website using the online or offline sitemap to create an exact copy of the website or you can copy just a few pages by skipping other parts that are unnecessary.
- SiteSucker: SiteSucker automatically downloads websites and changes to them from the internet along with images, styles sheets, PDFs, pages and other elements to a local drive. This is available only for Mac systems.
- SurfOffline: SurfOffline is the Windows-compatible website downloader software which allows fast copying of website with the ability to download more than 100 files simultaneously. It can also be used to download password-protected webpages along with HTTP or FTP authentication.
- OfflineExplorer: This is feature-packed website cloner which provides powerful features such as setting download priority, management of multiple sites and control on size and speed of download.
There are two types of cloning performed by developers:
- Design cloning
- Script cloning
Web clone scripts are simply the web scripts which mimics the functionalities existing popular websites or in terms of features, internal structure, design, UI, everything. There are lots of web clone scripts are available on the internet for each area such as social networking, commercial, appointments, booking, traveling, searching, shopping, informative, streaming and others.
Clone scripts of websites of every successful business out there are available to download or purchase by clone script companies for each of the above-mentioned areas. You just have to decide which type of website you required among these areas. For example, if we want to develop shopping portal – clone scrips of Alibaba, Amazon, eBay or social networking such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp or it can be search engines like google or yahoo or a streaming app like YouTube, all can be cloned using these readymade clone scripts.