WordPress is not the easiest to move or migrate from development to production environment or from one server to another. One can come across a whole host of roadblocks such as database import/export errors, file or database permission errors, path errors, and many more while migrating a WordPress blog or site. The traditional solution of backing up everything works well most of the times, but is tedious and challenging, and requires lots of time and attention.
There are plenty of plugins available out there that can help ease this migration process, as well as minimize challenges and risks involved. These plugins copy, backup, move, migrate, clone and/or duplicate entire blogs or websites from one server to another as well as from local installation to the production server without distorting their content or functionality.
They prove helpful for network administrators who manage multiple blogs and sites, and require to use a blog as template to build new blogs from old installations or move blogs within the network. Let’s check them out.
Duplicator allows developers to backup, copy, duplicate, and transfer the blogs or websites. It can move and clone a website in 3 simple steps: create the package on source server, download the package, and install it on the destination server.
This plugin creates two separate files for your website: an archive file of your site data and MySQL database, and an installer file – a PHP script that allows you to extract and install the contents of the archive on a new location.
Dropbox Backup & Restore allows users to create full site backups on local storage as well as via their Dropbox account. It can create full backups of web pages (database as well as files) and store them locally or upload to Dropbox storage. You can easily restore your website or blog any time.
Hence, it allows you to move your blog or website by creating backup at the source server and restoring the same backup on the destination server. It even allows managing all the backups from all of your websites in a single place using the WPAdm.com portal.
NS Cloner is one of the fastest and easiest methods to clone fully configured websites in a multi-site environment. It can clone your existing website on WordPress multi-site network to a new but identical blog or website. The content, pictures, videos, themes, configurations, plugins, and settings on the destination installation is identical to the source installation.
Its ability to clone the same website saves a lot of time and stress, and frees you from installing the themes and plugins again or from reconfiguring the settings again for a duplicated site.
ManagerWP Worker can perform scheduled backups of your websites to remote destinations like Dropbox, Amazon S3, and Google Drive. It allows quick migration of websites and blogs. Its automated backup facility makes sure that you always have an updated backup copy of your website that’s ready to be restored in just one click.
ManageWP Worker automates website management and compiles all your websites in a single easy-to-use dashboard, allowing you to quickly manage all your websites from a single place.
UpdraftPlus is a plugin equipped with a strong WordPress migration mechanism that makes backup and restoration of websites extremely easy. The plugin allows you to clone the entire websites and save them locally on your computer or various cloud storage facilities like Google Drive, Amazon S3, Dropbox, Rackspace, FTP, Email, and others.
Its ability to copy sites and blogs and to move them to new locations (using an add-on) lets you clone and migrate WordPress websites easily.
WP Migrate DB makes it easy to export the database, change the URLs and file paths to a completely new WordPress environment with just a single click. It’s an amazing tool to migrate locally installed WordPress blog or site to the client or production server.
It exports the database of the websites as MySQL data dump, which allows you the easily change the file paths and URLs of the web pages. The push and pull options make all the migrations to run without a hassle.
WordPress Move is a migration assistant that makes it easy to change the domain name or migrate the WordPress installation to another server. The plugin allows moving the database and other files in a hassle free manner.
WordPress Move simplifies the whole migration process and even allows you to make advance migrations wherein you can choose what to move or migrate between the installations. Moreover, its easy installation and activation makes it suitable for the entry level WordPress users.
Backup by Supsystic allows quick and easy backup and restore of the blogs or websites to Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon S3, and others. It can make backup archives of whole website (including core files, posts’ files, themes, plugins and configuration) or specified parts of the WordPress installation for quick restoration as well as migration to other server.
It can automate the whole backup process and even create secure and encrypted backup archives.
SitePush allows the developers to copy the code and data of their WordPress website, and transfer them to another server or in between two websites. It proves to be very helpful when you need to test new themes and plugins, and keep the original content safe from errors.
It simplifies the process of code deployments – one can write code or install new plugin on the development site, test the changes and then push new code to the live website.
Backup and Move Plugin allows administrators to create a backup of their blog, and restore it to a different server location or domain. This plugin eases and automates the complete migration process of completing a full backup of first site and restoring the same on second site.
It can send backups to user’s email and even allows the user to manage the created backups.
Which is your favorite among the above listed migration plugins? Do you know any other such plugins? Please let us know through the comments.