This project was done in frames of Google Summer of Code 2009.
Project Blog can be found at http://community.joomla.org/gsoc2009/edvard-ananyan.html
If you find issues, please report them: http://code.google.com/p/jwcp/issues/list
Keywords: development sandbox, clone, development copy
NOTE: On large sites, where PHP safe mode is enabled you may experience PHP time outs. It is a known issue and I plan to fix it soon.
Please do not use the reviews to post support requests or bug reports.
To make it work well I did have to modify configuration.php in the child directory to point to the child site. This was not mentioned in the documention or on the developer's Webinar. They also don't make it clear when you are suppose to edit the component in the live site or the child site. The Webinar is okay but I found the documentation for this extension lacking.
If you get it installed, it works great!
(I had to do manual file move using SSH (SFTP)) Moving manually files take time. However, it is easy to test extensions and then move them to the production site. I have been looking for such a tool, that does not require deep MYSQL database knowledge.
I hope that developer will add a support forum functionality. An instructions on how to create a manual move/set up, it would benefit the user community.
Conclusion: this tool is worth contributing to.
I have not been able to fully test it because it times out on me and the copy it creates is incomplete. If the developer gets to finding the right solution then I would be very enthusiastic to test it.
Keep up the awesome work on this component.
In just 1 clic you create a clone of your site, and can play with it to test a new release of Joomla, a new extension, a new design, or your own developments.
Thanks a lot for it... now I'm sleeping better !
Gives you the change to test new options on the same server.
..when making a child, not all the files were copied. I think it's because the PHP-routine got out-of-time. So with a large site, files should be copied manually :-(
When creating a child site, there is an option to copy files manually, or if you have big folders, you can select to copy them after manually, if you read the help it is described there.