Whether you are moving to a new domain, redesigning your website or moving to a new WordPress Hosting plan, you will need to prepare yourself to migrate your website. Even a small mistake while migrating your website can lead to loss of data, dissatisfied users, and even a drop in search rankings. Hence, it is important to install the WordPress plugin properly and use the right tools for WP migration. Today, we will look at 5 such plugins which can help you migrate your WordPress website efficiently.
Duplicator is a migration and backup plugin created by Snap Creek. Using the plugin, you can clone, backup, duplicate, and migrate your website with zero downtime. Duplicator adds the database along with all themes, plugins, content, and files to a ZIP file. Once zipped, you can move the file wherever you want.
It is available in free and premium versions.
WordPress Migrate Database
WP Migrate DB is a useful plugin for WordPress migration. It exports your database as a MySQL data dump and by using the ‘Find and Replace’ on URLs and file paths, it allows you to save you to save the database as an SQL file on your computer.
Once this is done, you can import the SQL file into your database and replace the existing one using a database management tool.
It is available in free and pro versions.
UpDraftPlus Migrator Extension
UpdraftPlus has been ranked as the world’s most popular scheduled backup plugin which allows you to backup and restore your files on the cloud (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.) directly. Backup and restoration are possible with a single click! The Migrator extension, available as an add-on in the premium package, allows you to use the Updraftplus dashboard and clone or migrate your website within minutes.
All in One Migration
The All in One Migration plugin by ServMask allows you to export your WordPress site to another host, domain, or sub-directory. It includes your database and all other files like themes, plugins, media, content, etc. You can fix any serializing issues easily and use the unlimited ‘find and replace’ feature. With a basic drag-and-drop model, you don’t need to be technically adept to run the plugin.
VaultPress by Automattic is primarily a security and backup plugin. The free version allows you to backup and synchronize your site. However, for migration, you need to purchase a premium version. VaultPress is now a part of Jetpack, hence the subscription payment allows you access to other premium Jetpack features as well. With VaultPress, once you have backed up your website, all you need to do is select the tool ‘Restore to a Different Site’ and clone your site to a new location.
These are the 5 tools and plugins that can help you migrate your WordPress blog and website. If you have used these tools, then do share your experience in the comments below. Also, if you would like to recommend some other tools/plugins, you can share them too.