There are several reasons why you might need to migrate your WordPress site. If you started development on a local server and you’re now ready to launch the site, you’ll have to copy it to the live server. Likewise if you work on client sites you’ll frequently need to copy across sites from your own server onto the client server. Or if you’re changing webhosts for whatever reason, you’ll also need to move your site over to the new host.
Moving your WordPress site manually is one option but it can be quite time consuming and there are several steps that need to be completed to ensure a successful migration. If you make a mistake at any stage, you can easily end up with a site that looks messed up or is missing content.
For a less stressful option, simply turn to one of the many WordPress migration plugins that are now available. These plugins take out the hard work of moving your WordPress site and ensure that all the steps are completed properly for a flawless migration without any data loss.
There are several options of both free and premium plugins and these plugins can all also be used to backup your site.
1. WordPress Duplicator
Duplicator is my personal favorite migration plugin as I find it straightforward to use and I rarely have any problems with it. You can find a full step-by-step guide on how to use it here.
Duplicator has an impressive 4.9 out of 5 stars rating on the WordPress repository and has been downloaded and installed over 900,000 times
However there is a little technical knowledge needed to set it up and get it working properly so if you prefer more of a visual step-by-step interface to walk you through the whole process, you might get along better with a different plugin.
Duplicator requires you to manually enter details about your host and database and runs several checks before building the archive of the site. If you have a very large database or large files on your site, you may need to do some fiddling before the site will backup properly.
Duplicator is a free plugin, although there is also a pro version available. You’ll need the pro version of the plugin if you want to move a WordPress multisite installation and it also has several additional features
This article was written by Rachel Adnyana and originally published on WPKube.