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  • My laptop started running really slow so I bought a new one. I’m going to download XAMPP again but I need the content for my pages and media library that is on my other laptop.

    1. How do I download my database from the XAMPP phpmyadmin screen?
    2. How would I use that database when I install WP on my new laptop?

    A link to an article detailing all the steps would be great. Thanks!

    • This topic was modified 1 month, 3 weeks ago by James Huff. Reason: moved to Localhost Installs since this is a localhost install

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  • If you’re able to get phpMyAdmin running, then it’s as simple as selecting the right database, and clicking EXPORT => GO to export or “download” the database. On the new computer, it’s nearly identical… but IMPORT instead of EXPORT.

    Below are in-depth guides:

    Creating the backup: https://wordpress.org/support/article/backing-up-your-database/#using-phpmyadmin

    Restoring from backup: https://wordpress.org/support/article/restoring-your-database-from-backup/

    Another option is to use a WordPress Migration plugin to migrate the entire site (database and files) from the old computer to the new one.

    Thread Starter kernix

    (@kernix)

    Thanks. From my experience, the migration plugins don’t allow you to get everything unless you upgrade to a paid version. Once I import, how do I tie that DB to the WP install? Copy it into the DB that I get when I install WP?

    From my experience, the migration plugins don’t allow you to get everything unless you upgrade to a paid version.

    That may be true, but you certainly don’t need “everything” that these plugins offer 😀

    There are certainly several backup/migration plugins that will allow you to do a basic backup and restoration completely free of charge… if you’re not going to store your site’s backups on their servers or external services like Amazon S3, etc.

    I’ve had very good success with WPvivid.

    Once I import, how do I tie that DB to the WP install? Copy it into the DB that I get when I install WP?

    You import into the new WP site’s database. If you follow the instructions in the link above, the import should drop the existing database tables, and create new ones with your old data.

    NB: If the new WP installation’s database table prefix is different from the old one, after importing the old database, you’ll have to edit your new wp-config.php file and give it the old prefix (the one in the imported database).

    Thread Starter kernix

    (@kernix)

    I want all the pages and posts content including media library. I have the theme I build already. I would like to have the plugins like Theme Sniffer since that doesn’t seem to be available anymore, but there is a good chance I still have it in my downloads folder. I just figured a full DB copy would be best.

    By the way, if there a file option for “Export” and “Import” or is it a button?

    I just figured a full DB copy would be best.

    The WordPress database includes stuff like the pages/post you wrote, plus the configuration of WordPress, themes and plugins. A database backup does NOT include the WordPress/theme/plugin files or any media you uploaded.

    You’ll need to manually transfer the site’s files, in addition to exporting and importing the database.

    Here’s the official guide on moving a WordPress site: https://wordpress.org/support/article/moving-wordpress/

    By the way, if there a file option for “Export” and “Import” or is it a button?

    Is this question with respect to phpMyAdmin?

    If so, please review the official support articles I provided earlier, which have step-by-step instructions… along with screenshots.

    If your question was about transferring the files, no, you’ll have to copy the files and folders to some external storage media, and transfer them to the new computer… just as you normally work with files. Again, the migration articles mentioned above provide step-by-step instructions.

    Thread Starter kernix

    (@kernix)

    Got it. I can transfer the files because there are not a lot of them – thanks so much for all your help!

    Thread Starter kernix

    (@kernix)

    One last thing (maybe two).

    1. Given that it’s more work to get the images in my post, would using WPVivid be best?
    2. Do any of the links give more insight into manually working with the database? I would like to become more competent with working with the DB, but in a local environment so I can’t mess up a live site.

    Thread Starter kernix

    (@kernix)

    It didn’t work. I tried importing the db first as .sql and then as .zip and both times I got an error: #1046 - No database selected. Let me try WPVivid.

    It didn’t work. I tried importing the db first as .sql and then as .zip and both times I got an error: #1046 – No database selected.

    How are you importing the database?

    If you’re using phpMyAdmin, then you’re surely not following the step-by-step instructions outlined in the official support docs linked above… as step two of the instructions asks you to select the database BEFORE step 4 asks you to click the IMPORT tab.

    So if you’re following the instructions step-by-step, you shouldn’t be getting the error message you’re getting.

    Your previous post asking if the links give “insight into manually working with the database” also suggest you didn’t even bother checking out the links at all… for, if you did, you wouldn’t be wondering if the links contain this or that insight.

    And that’s a problem… because it’s going to be exceedingly difficult for us to help you if you’re not going to follow the specific instructions you’re given.

    Thread Starter kernix

    (@kernix)

    Why are you making the assumption that I did not read the docs? I made notes on both links:

    
    - Log into phpMyAdmin on your server (PW?):

    http://localhost/phpmyadmin/
    – From the left side window, select your WordPress database. In this example, the name of database is “wp”.
    – The right side window will show you all the tables inside your WordPress database.
    – Click the Export` tab on the top set of tabs.
    - Ensure that the Quick option is selected, and click ‘Go’ and you should be prompted for a file to download.
    - Save the file to your computer. Depending on the database size, this may take a few moments.

    **The Data creation options section**: Leave options as they are.

    - Now click ‘Go’ at the bottom of the window and you should be prompted for a file to download. Save the file to your computer. Depending on the database size, this may take a few moments.
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    I followed the instructions step by step. Are you angry for some reason: also suggest you didn’t even bother checking out the links at all?

    I did not see anything useful here: [Moving WordPress](https://wordpress.org/support/article/moving-wordpress/). However, here I did and these are the instructions I followed step-by-step: [Using phpMyAdmin](https://wordpress.org/support/article/backing-up-your-database/#using-phpmyadmin).

    You seem to think I did not read those docs. I seem to think that you are being rude. We can't both be right. IT DID NOT WORK! I'm working with an issue involving my post-thumbnails not displaying after using a migration plugin. I just thought I'd let you know but now I regret doing that. Do you want to mark this as resolved or should I?

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 3 weeks ago by kernix.
    • This reply was modified 1 month, 3 weeks ago by kernix.
    Thread Starter kernix

    (@kernix)

    Ok, some markdown is functional but not all…

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