What is a cloning website?

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Cloning website is the act of creating a duplicate of an existing website. Designers and developers may use website cloning for various purposes. It can be for creating backup of website, blueprints, test compatibility, or making any improvements and testing it before applying it on the live site. It looks same as the original site with only having minor changes. Cloning is mostly done by three types of people.

  1. Scammers:Scammers and cybercriminals clone websites to trick users into logging to these fake website and get access to their personal or financial information. Clone websites are often used by scammers for milalcious purposes.
  2. Hackers:Hackers create a clone website and may spread malware or engage in phishing attacks.
  3. Competitors:Some competitors may clone a website to trick visitors and steal web traffic.
  4. Website owner:A website owner clone their website for keeping backup as safety measure before doing something new in website.

There are major threats associated with malicious website cloning. Higher chances are there for the customers to share personal and financial information to the scammers. And for businesses, their brand reputation will be harmed along with the financial damage. Therefore cloned websites break the trust and fail to satisfy the customers. Cloned websites are becoming a biggest threat as it is difficult to distinguish the orginal website. So advancements made in digital environment had increased the practice of cloning websites as well. So you should be aware and familiar with the threats and how to protect them.

Website cloning doesn’t harm if used for good, but it can be harmful or a bad faith at some cases damaging the website. There are several risks to be considered when planning on a website cloning.

  • Duplicate content and affect SEO performance
  • A duplicate content issue occurs when your website content is copied in the cloned website without any permission of the owner. This could apparently affect your site’s SEO performance. Google and other search engines are advanced enough to recognize the original content. However, its not a complete solution indeed affecting the ranking of the website.

  • Affects brand reputation
  • Cybercriminal creating a website clone of a brand to scam the visitors who wants to visit the original site could affect the brand reputation so hard. This creates a negative image of your brand in the mind of visitors as a scam and will be difficult to retain their trust. So without identifying and managing it could be affecting reputation and the revenue.

  • Business lose their competitive advantage
  • Website cloning is really devastating for businesses that focus price-sensitive industry. It will be an unfair competition for businesses when competitors cloning your website. It would be a waste of time and resources you have invested in deciding a suitable price strategy. It is difficult to protect the brand from these attacks without proper website cloning protection.

Is cloning a website legal?

Website cloning is legal seeing that you are not breaching existing copyrights, IPs, trademarks or patents of the original website. Or else, legal action for copyright and trademark is taken for cloning website without permission. Clone script is completely safe to use legally if it contains the disclaimer notifying the legal owners has designed and developed and nothing else in the website is copied.

Is it possible to clone an entire website?

It is possible to clone an existing website or any page by copying using developer tools ion browser. This can be pasted into the text-editor. The cloned code can be customized according to your needs if needed. Technology used behind the website cannot be cloned for free.