How to Migrate your Site with All-in-One WP Migration
Migrating WordPress sites is a common and annoying task. Whether that’s between two different remote web servers, between a development server and production, or from production to local, there are lots of directions your WordPress site migration might flow. All-in-One WP Migration remains the tool of choice for us at WPShout most of the time. It’s certainly one of the best free ways to move a WordPress site.
Video Guide to Migrating Your WordPress Site with All-in-One WP Migration
If you recently switched over to a new host (perhaps because of a great deal from SiteGround, our favorite web host) you’ll need to move your existing site. We’ll detail how to quickly move all the information from your old site on to your new host’s WordPress install (i.e. “migration”) using All in One WP Migration from ServMask. In this tutorial, we’re assuming that your old hosting hasn’t yet expired, and that you’ve already purchased a new plan and installed WordPress on your new host.
As usual, we’ve got a video version for those who prefer that. This one shows David moving a site from production to local (for development) using AiOWPM:
And for those who prefer written step-by-step directions (we totally get it!), they’re right down here. But first…
Looking to Move Your Web Host?
As we said, there are lots of reasons to use All-in-One WP Migration, and we use it in all of them.
But if you’re looking to migrate yourself to a new host, we hope you’ll move to a good one. It can be hard to find the right one though (people lie about “good hosting” a lot). If you’re still shopping around, or for the next time you are, please consider our guide to the best WordPress hosting. We’re not satisfied with fuzzy and flaky data, instead we collated many disparate sources into a great and useful resource. Figuring out how that data should match up with our hard-won experiences working with lots of different WordPress hosts was a colossal effort. But I think we succeeding on really answering “What’s the best WordPress hosting.” Here’s a big clickable jump to it:
Move a WordPress Site to a New Host with All in One WP Migration
Back on track. If you prefer written tutorials for things like using All in One WP Migration, we totally get it. So here it is:
- Log in to the administration area of your existing site (the site you’re moving from), if you aren’t already.
- Select “Plugins > Add New” from the left side menu.
- Search for “All in one WP Migration” in the top right hand search field, then click “Install Now” when you find the correct plugin from ServMask.
- Click “Activate” to tun on the plugin.
- Find the menu for “All-in-One WP Migration” (under “Tool” in the left sidebar) and select “Export”.
- Click “Export To” and then select the option for “File“.
- After the plugin has run, click the button in the pop-up window to download your file. The file that downloads will end in an extension
.wpress. Changing this extension name will cause the migration to fail, so leave it as is.
- Repeat steps 1-4 on your new WordPress install that’s supported by your new host. (In short, make sure you have the plugin installed on the receiving site.)
- On your new WordPress site (the to one), select “Import” under the menu for “All in One WP Migration”.
- Drag the
.wpressfile you downloaded from your original site into the drag and drop window to start the import.
- Once the file has finished importing click “Continue”. Since this is a new install, you don’t need to worry about anything being overwritten.
- Once you receive confirmation that that your import has been successful, logout of your dashboard, then log back in. Don’t forget, you’ve imported all the data from your old site, which includes your old password.
- On the left side menu, select “Settings > Permalinks”, then click “Save Changes”. It’s unnecessary to edit any of the default permalink structure information.
- That’s it! Check your new site to make sure everything looks correct.