If your objective is to use WordPress’ Multisite function to create exact replicas of a template site that you’ve already created, check out NS Cloner. If it checks out, follow their instructions for installation – the process is typical of WordPress Plugins.
Here’s the run-through on use.
This the main site of our WordPress Multisite Installation – serving as a “before” picture, I suppose:
Note, the domain is FlashShift.com.
Now, navigate to the Administrators Dashboard ( My Sites –> Network Admin –> Dashboard) and select “NS Cloner” from the “Sites” tab.
Here’s the NS Cloner page. There are very few decisions to make here. First, choose which site within your network that yo would like to duplicate (yes, it could be any site, not just your main site).
Second, input the name of your site ( depending on how your Multisite is setup, this will be either a subdomain – example.thesite.com – or a subfolder – thesite.com/example ).
Third, title the site.
A fourth step would be to consider upgrading to the pro version for more power, and to support the wonderful team that created this awesome tool for you (us!).
Note! The URL and the Title could each be changed later on – but bear in mind, changing the domain after a year would not be very good for your SEO.
Once you’ve filled out the form and click “Never Settle And Clone Away”, the NS Cloner page will reload. If your clone worked, you’ll see a happy status message (pictured below).
Now, if you navigate to Sites –> All Sites, you should see your new domain listed. Ours (“yourspirit”) is indeed in place.
When you go to your new site, you should see the exact same thing that you’d see looking at the original. Below, you can see yourspirit.flashshift.com. It except for the address, it is exactly the same as flashshift.com.