Need to migrate your WordPress site to a new host or domain name? WordPress migration plugins make the process a lot simpler and can save you a lot of time.
Instead of needing to manually migrate your site’s files and database, you can use a plugin so that you just need to upload a file or two. Or, with some plugins, you can even move your site just by entering the server details at your new host, which is especially effective for large sites.
In this post, I’ll share six of the best WordPress migration plugins, most of which are free to use.
In choosing a WordPress migration plugin, one important thing to keep in mind is the size of your site. For small sites (~under 500 MB), virtually any plugin will work. However, some plugins are better than others at moving large sites. As I describe each plugin, I’ll explain how they work and whether they do a good job of moving large sites.
Let’s get started…
Six Best WordPress Migration Plugins
1. Migrate Guru
Migrate Guru is a free WordPress migration plugin from the same team behind the popular BlogVault backup plugin and MalCare security plugin.
Migrate Guru has a very unique approach to WordPress migration, which makes it an especially good option for moving large WordPress sites.
Most of the other plugins work by exporting your site to one or two files and then having you upload those files to your new server. Migrate Guru doesn’t do that. Instead, all you need to do is install the plugin on the site that you want to migrate and enter the credentials at your new server. Migrate Guru has built-in integrations with many popular WordPress hosts, but there’s also a catch-all FTP option that will work with any host.
Once Migrate Guru verifies the connection with your new host, Migrate Guru’s servers will handle the work of moving all of your site’s files to the new destination. You never need to manually upload any files.
You can also have Migrate Guru run a search/replace on your database, which lets you also change domain names as part of the migration process.
Because there’s no manual uploading of files, you can avoid the problems that a lot of people encounter when trying to move large sites. Migrate Guru claims to work for sites up to 200 GB in size, though I’ve never tested a site that large.
Overall, if you want something that won’t get overloaded by a large site, Migrate Guru is definitely one of the best options.
Migrate Guru is 100% free – it’s essentially a marketing tool to encourage you to try out the BlogVault backup service – you can learn more about that in my BlogVault review.
2. All-in-One WP Migration
All-in-One WP Migration is the
This article was written by Harsh Agrawal and originally published on ShoutMeLoud.