Moving your website from one web host to another can be a very time consuming and frustrating task. If you don’t do it right, you might interfere with the coding and mess up your site. The good news is that WordPress offers several free and premium plugins that make migration an easy and relatively hassle free process.
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With over one million downloads, this is one of the most popular WordPress plugins for site migration. It allows you to clone, backup, transfer, move and duplicate an entire site from one location to another. WordPress Duplicator works with both base64 and serialized string replacement. However, this plugin comes with a disclaimer that it requires above average technical knowledge. Users who are new to WordPress are advised to seek professional help.
With just one click, this plugin allows you to copy your database from one WordPress install to another. It is ideal for developers who would want to synch a live site with a locally developed site. The premium version comes with features such as multisite support, video tutorials, media files migration, frequent bug fixes and fire migrations.
This amazing plugin developed by ithemes offers a safe and easy way of backing up and migrating your site. It can be easily integrated with offsite storage services such as Dropbox, Amazon S3 and Rackspace. BackupBuddy allows you to schedule your backups to any of these destinations according to your preference.
With almost 2 million downloads, UpdraftPlus is probably the highest ranking WordPress backup plugin. It supports WordPress backups to Dropbox, Google Cloud Storage, Amazon S3, FTP, OpenStack, email, Google Drive and Rackspace Cloud Files. This plugin not only allows you to back up your site, but also to restore it. You can choose which specific files to backup (for example content, themes or plugins) and which files of a backup to restore. UpdraftPlus also enables you to copy sites and shift them to new locations. Large sites are divided into several archives for easier migration. The premium version comes with additional features such as site cloning, encryption for database backups and professional support.
This plugin allows you to copy or move your site to a different hosting server or domain. In addition, you can use it to back up your site, create copies of your site for development purposes or install pre-configured versions of WordPress. WP Clone does not backup or restore WordPress system files, thus ensuring the security of your site. In addition, it does not need FTP access to the destination or source site. This plugin is compatible with all the major web hosts.
All-in-One WP Migration allows you to export your plugins, themes, media files and databases. It comes with a wide range of replace and find operations that you can apply to your database. This plugin also helps you fix any serialization problems that arise during the operations.
When it comes to migrating your site, you cannot afford to take chances. Choose one of the plugins above to ensure a smooth move. Don’t forget to share your experiences in the comment section below...