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[Resolved] Site login lost after using Backup Buddy to migrate to new site on same server

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  • All fixed. Problem was Better WP Security plugin.

    I went back to the old site, deactivated BWS and made a new backup.

    I then ftp’d into my new website, deleted all the file, deleted the database, recreated the database and then ran the BackupBuddy import and still didn’t work.

    Checked the htaccess file on the new website and I had forgotten to delete that one ( duh ). Deleted it and logged in to my newly migrated website. Woohoo.

    First thing I did on the new website was download and reactive Better WP Security. All running smoothly. Hope this helps someone else ….

    Fought this all day myself and have a 2nd solution.

    1. I have my BWS set to basic settings, nothing too crazy.
    2. Keep BWS enabled and run your backups as normal. I do manual; haven’t tried scheduled.
    3. Download the backup and importbuddy.php file. Upload them on your server (MAMP in my case.)
    4. When the ImportBuddy process throws an error, then go into your (now extracted) files and 1) go to /wp-content and create “plugins-x” (or whatever you want) and move the “better-wp-security” to the new folder which basically deactivates it and 2) change the permissions on your .htaccess file (in the main folder) to allow User to Write ( more if necessary) and 3) delete all the BWS code from that .htaccess file.
    5. Keep running ImportBuddy.
    6. Log into your site using Mysite.com/wp-admin (the standard link).
    7. Go to Settings > Permalinks and click save. You don’t have to change the settings, just save it. (You’ll find you need to do this for a a host of errors on WP, almost for sure when you can’t access any page but the home page).
    8. Hope that saves time for others!

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