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WordPress Move

Enables you to back up your installation to restore to at any time, change the domain name in use and migrate your installation to another server.

I am getting the "Could not activate the plugin because it generated a fatal error." error when I try to activate the plugin. Why?

WordPress Move needs php_sockets extension to be enabled, in order to work properly. If you are getting this error message, please enable php_sockets extension and restart your web server. Once you successfully enable the extension, you will be able to activate the plugin.

Do I need to install WordPress and WordPress Move on the new server as well, if I want to use WordPress Move for migration purposes?

Yes you do.

Is it possible to both migrate to another server and change the domain name?

Yes. You can choose whether you want to change your domain name or not on the migration screen. Note that it does not change the domain name used by the current installation, it just replaces instances of the old domain name with the new one on the fly while creating a database backup for migration.

Can I use WordPress Move to create backups of my installation?

Yes, you can. Click either "Create a Database Backup" button or "Create a Full Backup" button to create a backup. Your backup files will be stored under the backup directory. You can use Complete Migration mode whenever you want to use those files to revert to a former state of your installation.

Can I use WordPress Move to transfer my database backup only?

Yes, you can. All you need to do is selecting the Advanced Migration during the migration type selection page and not selecting any files when the file tree is displayed. Once you click the Start Migration button, the plugin will create a backup of your database only and transfer it to your new server. When you run WordPress Move on your new server in Complete Migration mode, the plugin will import the database backup created by your old WordPress installation.

Does WordPress Move take care of changing the whole domain name changing process?

No, it does not. WordPress Move just replaces instances of your old domain name in your database with the new domain name you provide. It is still your responsibility to point your domain name to the name servers used by your hosting company and make necessary configurations on the control panel provided by your hosting company. Before starting this process, please request assistance from your hosting company as some companies' systems erase all your data without creating backups when you change your domain name. Also, do not forget that it is always a good idea to have a backup of your files and the database before starting operations like these.

Plugin fails to create backup files because it says my backup directory is not writable. How can I fix this?

As the warning suggests, you need to make the backup directory writable by the plugin. Permission settings vary from server to server so there is no specific value to set the directory permissions to. The easiest way to fix this problem yourself is using an FTP client to alter permission settings of the backup directory until plugin successfully creates backup files. You may also prefer requesting assistance from your hosting company.

I am a pre-1.2 user, what will happen to the FTP Password that is already stored in my database?

Visiting the WordPress Move Settings page any time after updating the plugin will remove it from the database permanently.

Can I use the database backup files that WordPress Move generates with phpMyAdmin?

You can convert a database backup file using the Convert option in the Backup Manager to use it outside the plugin. So, yes, you can use the converted database backup files with phpMyAdmin or any other script.

Requires: 3.2 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.2
Last Updated: 2013-4-3
Active Installs: 20,000+


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