What is "cloning"?

What is "cloning"?
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#1

Hi,

Please forgive my ignorance, but what exactly is involved with “cloning” a web site?

Is it just getting the look and feel? Is it getting full functionality? Or is it getting a “fake” functionality?

For example, if I wasn’t to do a clone of Netflix:

  • Do I just get the layout and feel of the site?

  • Do I get some kind of fake functionality with my own API and data?

  • Do I have to get the data from their API so that it is fully functional?

I hear this term a lot but have never been clear on it. And it will soon be time to try it out.

Thanks.


#2

It really depends, most of the time what they mean with “clone” is just the layout, but it can also refer to simulate the functionality of the site.