It used to take me a massive amount of time to install WordPress on as many domains as I have. If you look at the time taken to install the software, create the SQL database, and customise with the right plugins and themes, this would very quickly add up to around 2 hours or more of work, and with my time value rising, this was not time well spent. What I wanted to learn was how to clone wordpress installations, and I needed to do it fast.
My dad once told me that if you want to get the job done, you are going to need to do it right. The problem with taking shortcuts when it comes to WordPress is that there is so much that can go wrong. That said, for some time now, I have had the perfect installation of WordPress saved locally on my computer, however, to install it is a huge task in itself, and risky at that. To put it simple, I needed to find an alternative that got the job done in little time, but better than I was getting it done already.
The problem is that there is a multitude of these so called WordPress Cloners available online, and not even 80% of them work as stated. Some clone only based on some hosting configurations, some don't transfer over settings, and others just don't work at all.
To list just some of the errors that I have seen, I have seen mySQL errors, database connection errors, I have seen problems with file permissions, directory structure, and WPconfig file errors. These are all errors that you probably don't care too much about, nor do you need to worry about.
Now, I have gone on long enough about this already, but the real question here is why I do this in the first place? The idea is simple time management.
If I can reduce time spent on these kinds of tasks, then this means that I am better using my time value. Installing blogs is not exactly a money oriented task, the real income is derived from when the sales copy goes on that blog, or when content is written, as such, this is the kind of task that can warrant valued time to be spent on it.
Time is an asset that needs to be protected. The more that you have, the more power that you have within your business. If it is at all possible to get time consuming tasks done in either less time, or for less time value (eg, outsourcing), then it is always going to be an avenue to follow. This exact same principal will most definitely apply when it comes to deploying clone wordpress installations. As such, I can not recommend the idea of using software that actually works to deploy wordpress blogs any more if I tried.