Support » Plugin: Widget Settings Importer/Exporter » Must have plugin

  • I cannot say enough good things about this plugin. When I am launching a site I have a set of rituals I go through, and using this plugin has become one of them.

    Widgets are, in my opinion, the weakest part of native WordPress. Whereas every other data type can be easily backed up, widgets are volatile and hard to transfer. The fact that the string length determines whether a widget “makes it” or not in a transfer is completely ridiculous…. when going from a sandbox server to a production server with a different URL, a “search and replace all” of the .SQL dump loses the widgets — they disappear into thin air. Very bad, short-sighted database architecture on WordPress’ part in my opinion.

    There have been elaborate workarounds to this problem with various PHP scripts but none of them are as efficient as exporting and importing widgets using this plugin. Great job team, and keep up the great work.

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  • Plugin Author Kevin Langley Jr.

    (@kevinlangleyjr)

    I’m glad you find the plugin useful and yes, that is exactly what we built the plugin with in mind. We actually use this, https://github.com/interconnectit/Search-Replace-DB, to do a search and replace in the db without invalidating serialized arrays which is the issue with widgets in a db export. We usually use the db find/replace when doing the entire db, but if just trying to import widgets only, we will use the plugin.

    Again, thanks for the feedback and glad you find it so useful!

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