I've been going over a few things with my designer and we began talking about a site cloner so that he wouldn't have a huge work load. We're not going to use one, it was more of a joke saying we can easily clone facebook by using one of the paid website cloners lol
Now I know that when I started I tried cloning a few websites but I had no clue about site cloners that had a one time fee or like $25 to $100 for their software. I don't think it was that much per clone, just a one time fee for the software, but I could have been wrong lol. If I knew of these site cloners when I was younger I probably would have used them... a lot. I didn't know how to design or program anything when I was younger, I actually still suck at programming lol.
Some people see website cloners as a shady tactic only used by those who don't want to do the work themselves. But what if a person doesn't have enough money to get a website design made and opted to use the cloner and set everything up themselves? Obviously they would customize it slightly so that it showed their own branding, but even that seems a little shady.
When I was little I remember telling my teacher that someone was copying me. She then said something that opened up my eyes a bit, she said "Copying isn't right, but don't look at it as a bad thing. Look at it as a form of flattery. They liked your work so much that they wanted to do it themselves." (insert mind blown image here).
Do any of you use, or have used, a website cloner for your own website or a clients website?
Do you think website cloners are a good or bad thing?
If you didn't have the money to pay a designer, would you purchase a cloner and clone someone elses website?