Migrate your WordPress site – All In One WP Migration

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This article describes how to migrate (move) your site from one host to another (or from your local installation in your computer to your web host). This will be done with the All In One WP Migration plugin which is free to use and can be downloaded from the WordPress Repository.

All In One WP Migration will import files up to 520MB in size, anything bigger and you will have to purchase their unlimited extension. If your site is image heavy this could be the case. To check how big your site is create a backup with this plugin and it will tell you the size.
You can view the video guide or read the article which has a few more details.
Use the All in One WP Migration Plugin to move your site!

Install the plugin

First of all, login to your WordPress dashboard for the “new site” you want to move. Then go to Plugins -> Add New and search the WordPress repository for the right plugin “All in one WP Migration”.

Searching the WordPress Repository

Once you find the right plugin, click on the “Install Now” button.

Install the All in one WP Migration plugin
Install the All in one WP Migration plugin

WordPress will install the plugin but you need to activate it. You should install the plugin in your destination site as well (the site that you want to replace).

Activating the installed plugin
Activating the installed plugin

Export your site

If what you want is to move your site from one host to another or from your computer to your web host you first need to export the site into an All-in-One WP Migration compatible format.

Exporting your site
Exporting your site

Once the export action is finished you can click to save the file that was generated.

Download the created file
Download the created file

Import the site archive

Go to the destination site and make sure All-in-One WP Migration is installed, then click on “Import” on the dashboard menu and then choose “IMPORT FROM” – FILE.

Import your file
Import your file

You will get several messages while the file is being processed. This might take some time depending on the size of your file. Remember All-in-One WP Migration has an import limit of 520MB, anything bigger you will need their unlimited extension.

Messages
Messages

Finally you will get this message warning you that all files and the database will be overwritten. This is your chance to back out if you have changed your mind. If not, click on “PROCEED >” to continue.

Proceed to overwrite all site files and database
Proceed to overwrite all site files and database

The success message will show up and give you some options. After you click “FINISH >” and try to do something else in your dashboard, WordPress might ask you to log in again.

Your site has been imported!
Your site has been imported!

Check your site!

This is actually the most important step. When I recorded the demo for this article I realized at the end I had not checked my site and when I did, OH BOY! My site was a mess. Thankfully it was NOT due to the migration but to the child theme I was using (I had made a lot of customizations). Once I changed the Child theme to a new one the site was perfect.

Conclusion

I really like the All-in-One WP Migration plugin mainly because I don’t have to get my hands dirty like you have to do in a manual move (for example having to replace all the siteA.com references to siteB.com in the database). There are some other options to move/migrate your site like with Duplicator, which I will write about in a future article.

Thank you for reading.

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