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10 Best WordPress Migration Plugins

Best WordPress Migration Plugins
Written by Martins D. Okoi

Before the widespread adoption of WordPress, transferring web data between websites was more than a painstaking task for any beginner developer because it typically required using scripts and several terminal commands to SSH files around.

Things got a lot better when WordPress came along and developers created plugins that can help even beginners to the content management system move existing website data such as plugins, themes, customizations, databases, etc. from an old site tp a new one, for example.

Today’s article is a compilation of the best WordPress migration plugins for your WordPress websites. That is to say that they feature a beautiful modern UI, reasonable prices, easy of use, and support from both their developers and certified users.

Nothing in this world is perfect, though, so allow me to highlight the pros and cons of each plugin as that will further simplify the choice you have to make when making your decision.

1. Duplicator

Duplicator Pro is one of the most popular migration plugins for WordPress and it is my personal favorite because of its simplicity. It uses an easy-to-follow wizard that guides you through the processing of backing up the web files that you select and recovering them on your target site in minutes.

Duplicator is free to use on small websites but it has a pro plan that starts from $59/year for up to 3 websites.

Duplicator Pro - WordPress Site Migration Plugin

Duplicator Pro – WordPress Site Migration Plugin

Pros:
  • An easy-to-follow wizard
  • Works on a domain name, local server, or live site
  • Connects with cPanel dashboard for automatic database and user creation
  • It can be used to schedule remote storage backups to Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.
Cons:
  • Requires a reliable Internet connection for transferring large data.
  • Requires knowledge about FTP servers.

2. UpdraftPlus

UpdraftPlus is a top-tier migration plugin created to enable users to migrate from one website to another conveniently and in style. It is available as a free version but for advanced user features you’ll need to purchase the Migrator Add-on for $30 or purchase UpdraftPlus for $70.

UpdraftPlus - WordPress Backup Restore and Clone Plugin

UpdraftPlus – WordPress Backup Restore and Clone Plugin

Pros:
  • Supports incremental backups
  • An easy-to-use UI with one-click restore
  • Schedule backups to remote locations e.g. Google Drive, Dropbox
Cons:
  • WordPress must be installed on the target website

3. JetPack

JetPack is a plugin created to optimize security and performance on WordPress websites as well as to provide users with management tools that include a powerful backup feature. The backup feature is bundled as JetPack Backups and it is designed for migrating website data to new servers. JetPack’s pricing plan starts at $39/year.

Jetpack — Essential Security & Performance for WordPress

Jetpack — Essential Security & Performance for WordPress

Pros:
  • Easy to use
  • Supports incremental backups
  • 1-click data restore
  • Includes security features
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Cons:
  • Requires a JetPack subscription.
  • Not all features in a JetPack subscription may be necessary to you.
  • Setup is tricky as it requires two separate plugins.

4. BackupBuddy

BackupBuddy is a renowned backup plugin for WordPress with over 1 million active installations since its appearance on the scene in 2010. It is currently offering a 40% holiday discount which makes its pricing plan start from a one-time fee of $48 instead of $80.

BackupBuddy - WordPress Backu Plugin

BackupBuddy –
WordPress Backu Plugin

Pros:
  • Comes bundled with automated scheduled backup, restore, and migration features.
  • Supports storage on remote locations such as Amazon S3, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.
  • 1-click feature for deploying a WordPress staging site.
Cons:
  • Does not support multisite WordPress migration.
  • The migration and restoration workflow has room for improvement.

5. Migrate Guru

Migrate Guru is a free and open-source plugin developed by the same developers of the popular Blog Vault backup plugin for WordPress with a specialty in migrating websites to a new host and has become the self-proclaimed fastest way to effect difficult migrations such as multi-site networks, 200GB sites, etc.

Migrate Guru - WordPress Migrate Plugin

Migrate Guru – WordPress Migrate Plugin

Pros:
  • Supports all WordPress hosting companies
  • Easy setup for migration as it requires only the target host’s cPanel or FTP credentials
  • Does not negatively affect server performance of even large websites
Cons:
  • Does not support transfers between localhosts and live servers
  • Multisite migration has room for improvement

6. Migrate DB Pro

Migrate DB Pro is a backup plugin created to enable users to push and pull their WordPress site with ease. Unlike most of the plugins on this list, users here refers to tech-savvy clients. The cheapest price starts at $99 but the most popular and ‘non-limiting’ license is the developer license which costs $199.

Migrate DB Pro - WordPress Database Migrate Plugin

Migrate DB Pro – WordPress Database Migrate Plugin

Pros:
  • Find and replace text in databases
  • Efficient for large websites
  • Rapid database copy between WordPress websites
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Cons:
  • Backup and migration procedures are not beginner-friendly
  • Requires 2 add-ons available only to developers (and higher license owners) for complete migrations

7. All-in-one WP Migration

All-in-one WP Migration is a migration-specific WordPress plugin for users who may not have technical knowledge about WordPress. It uses drag and drop, a fund and replace function, and the ability to fix serialization problems during find/replace operations, among others.

To be able to import more than 512MB at a time and to run multiple export operations, the premium version costs a one-time fee of $69.

All in One WordPress Migration Plugin

All in One WordPress Migration Plugin

Pros:
  • Doesn’t require technical knowledge
  • Zero dependencies on PHP extensions
  • Supports older WordPress versions
  • Imports data in chunks and ignores the host’s file size limits
Cons:
  • The free version is limited to 512MB imports
  • The free version is limited to single exports

8. Super Backup and Clone

Super Backup and Clone is an automatic backup and migration plugin with a speedy secure cloud connection and other features such as incremental backups, several backup destinations, snapshot logs, etc. Its pricing starts at $35.

Super Backup - Migration WordPress Plugin

Super Backup – Migration WordPress Plugin

Pros:
  • Easy to set up
  • Cloud synchronization
  • Periodic backups
  • Built-in dashboard
Cons:
  • Doesn’t work with multisite WordPress

9. SiteGround Migrator

SiteGround is one of the most reliable web hosting providers today and it offers a free dedicated plugin in the form of SiteGround Migrator for its users to conveniently migrate website data between servers.

SiteGround WordPress Migrator

SiteGround WordPress Migrator

Pros:
  • Created specifically for SiteGround migrations thus it is efficient
  • Easy to set up as it requires only a cPanel token
  • Automatically creates a temporary domain during migration in the case of an unchanged domain name
Cons:
  • Doesn’t work for transfers between localhost and live servers
  • Does not support WordPress multisite

10. Backup Guard

Backup Guard is an advanced backup and restore plugin for easily making backups of websites and transferring them to new locations.

Among its several features include the ability to handle permalink errors, image load problems, incorrect URLs, etc. It offers a free but limited model and its cheapest plan costs $16.25 instead of $25 thanks to its 35% Christmas discount.

BackupGuard - WordPress Backup Plugin

BackupGuard – WordPress Backup Plugin

Pros:
  • 1-click backup
  • Remote storage locations e.g. Dropbox, Google Drive
  • Scheduled automatic backups
  • Supports WordPress multisite
Cons:
  • The free version is too limited

Well, there you have it, folks. My list of the top-tier migration plugins available for WordPress in 2019. Are there any recommendations you will like to see added to the list? Share your thoughts with us in the discussion section below.

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About the author

Martins D. Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and programmer.