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What you must know about WordPress Migrations

WordPress migrations today

WordPress migrations are an essential yet frustrating part of every WordPress site’s lifecycle. Every migration method that exists today needs manual work, or time, or both. The point of contention though is that most processes, products, and methods today are built (some would say, thanks to Apple’s efforts with the iPod) to make technology intuitive for users. Both hardware and software today are minimalistic, i.e. they require the least effort from the user’s side. And yet, while WordPress itself is 14 years old, the philosophy of intuitiveness hasn’t reached its migrations. Unlike the case of vinyl records, there is no sense in holding onto fond nostalgia for keeping this process still irrelevant in today’s world. This begs the question – So, why hasn’t it changed?

What’s keeping WordPress migrations from intuitive design?

The problem is that the process of WordPress migration is inherently tricky. Moreover, the available tools/WordPress migration plugins built-in to make the process easier eliminate just a couple of manual steps, instead of approaching the problem from a different, a more holistic angle.

WordPress migration factors

If we are to simplify the WordPress migration process, it has to be built on 4 key tenets (which are what make every app and product relevant today):

1. Ease of use

Everything, from everyday processes like grocery shopping to activities with more long-term goals like financial planning etc., is expected to be easy these days. But WordPress migration in its current state is deeply rooted in DIY.

Manual migrations are…well, manual. WordPress migration plugins are slightly better, but only because they attempt to shorten and automate a couple of steps while leaving the rest of the process AS-IS for you to perform offline (manually). Managed WordPress migrations, in contrast, are much easier, since they do the work for you, but this too is not devoid of its inherent challenges. This takes us to the next key tenet.

2. Speed

Speed is paramount when productivity is measured by how many tasks can be done efficiently within a specified time. With WordPress migrations, however, the entire task is like building a house of cards. Even if you know how to, it takes time and hurrying only increases the probability of the process failing. Managed WordPress migrations are not as fast as you’d need them to be. In fact, the process takes up to 72 hours which can be annoying if your hosting account has been suspended in the meantime and you can’t afford your site going down.

3. Accuracy

The ease of performing an action means nothing without accuracy. Just imagine what would happen if you depended on a website to help you transfer funds easily, only to find out that it messed up the process! WordPress migrations are complex, so accuracy and intelligence in the field are vital. The roadblock here, however, is tied to the amount of manual work needed with a proportionate increase in the probability of human errors.

4. Trackability

Everything today is trackable (yes, even your near and dear one’s pacemaker data). Tracking data is essential today because it helps people manage their time and focus better. It also lets them have an idea of their productivity and progress. In the field of WordPress migrations, most plugins don’t let you know of the progress of migration for free, while most managed WordPress migration avenues do. However, it’s not done with the intent for you to see how much of the process is to be completed… instead, it’s to let you know when it started, and when it’s completed.

Where do Migration plugins come in?

Now if you’re doing migrations for the first time, you might have a checklist of things to do before you start the process. But if a migration tool actually had the above four qualities, wouldn’t it trump your migration procedure checklist?

  1. Ease of use in a migration tool would mean a reduction in the number of things you have to do. As a result, you wouldn’t really need a checklist of actions to perform.
  2. Intelligence and accuracy would translate into crash-proofing your WordPress migrations bypassing ‘WordPress migration failed’ errors.
  3. Having a fast migration tool would also free up time so you could get more done.
  4. Migration notifications would help keep you stress-free and avoid you spending time worrying and impulsively checking up on your site’s migration progress. Who wouldn’t want that?

Apart from the principles that should be implemented to make the process more intuitive, another aspect to be considered is whether they can simplify the constants in the WordPress migration process. Any WordPress migration process should:

  1. Utilize a copy (or a backup) of the site.
  2. Make use of FTP, since is the safest way to move, edit, or copy files.
  3. Make sure that the site being moved adheres to the requirements of certain hosts (e.g. GoDaddy recommends that you disable firewalls before a migration).
  4. Take care of Find and Replace, especially if you’re changing the URL of your site
  5. Include DNS repointing, since it’s what makes your site accessible.

Current WordPress migration plugins don’t really take care of anything except the first (and sometimes the fourth) constant. This means that the rest of the process is left for manual work. Not just that, WordPress migration plugins work on your site, leaving it susceptible to disruptions and occasionally jeopardizing your site’s availability.

How can we fix WordPress migrations?

Fixing WordPress migrations would mean:

  1. Making sure that the copy or backup made of the site isn’t performed using the live site’s resources
  2. Using FTP to transfer the site, but without needing the user to do any of the work related to it (i.e. performing this process behind the scenes so the user doesn’t have to deal with it)
  3. Making use of the overall prerequisites of at least the major web hosts and implementing them on the user’s behalf
  4. Implementing Find and Replace accurately, so the user has a functional site
  5. Making sure that the user understands how to, and why to perform the DNS repointing

The complete WordPress migration solution

The good news is that all these requirements are no longer outside your reach. There is one such plugin called Migrate Guru that has taken proper steps in the direction of hassle-free WP migration. It is your one-stop shop and the best part is that it is completely FREE. And it can transfer your site from any WordPress host to any other hosting service.

Most migration tools available to the WordPress community right now are for those who have the level of technical expertise required to handle the complexities involved in a migration. These tools need users to perform a number of tasks and configuration changes before they can actually move their sites. In addition to these hurdles, migration solutions like these plugins also need add-ons (especially in the case of large sites or WordPress multisite networks).

While this is a step up from complete manual migration, with Migrate Guru you finally have a truly one-click system to take your WordPress site to any web hosting platform in the world.

The team behind BlogVault have perfected the technology for flawless migrations. BlogVault itself has been a successful endeavor and continues to wow the WordPress community. The backup, security, migration, staging and all-in-one dashboard bring in another dimension of reliability and intuitiveness into the system. With Migrate Guru they have executed over 500,000 migrations with a success rate of 99.99%!

What makes Migrate Guru truly unique?

Migrate Guru sets itself apart from the rest of the plugins by ensuring the following:

  1. Guaranteed Crash Proof Migrations: Zero troubleshooting required. Absolutely no collateral damage.  Can it get any better?
  2. Three steps – One click model: With this WordPress Migration plugin, you have a site migrated within minutes. The effort you invest in here is less than that of shopping for a new pair of jeans!
  3. Off-site Storage: User Servers are not used at all. Instead, Migrate Guru servers are used. This makes your data completely safe. Don’t worry, it will all be wiped out of their servers once your migration is completed.
  4. Real-time progress display and email alerts: Keep track of your site and oversee its quick migration! That’s how transparent this system is.
  5. 80% faster than your usual migration methods: Migrate Guru offers unlimited site size migrations. But just for reference, here’s an example – a site of the size 500MB will take less than 12 minutes. Now compare that to manual migrations which take over 72 hours. Whew!
  6. 100% free: Migrate Guru is truly a blessing in disguise for us in the WordPress community. It is completely free and works perfectly.

How to migrate websites using Migrate Guru?

Simply put, it is a Three steps – One click model. To migrate a website with Migrate Guru, all you need to do is following:

1. Select a destination web host: You can migrate to any web host out there, so you have a lot of choices.

2. Enter the details into the form: These are the destination site credentials you would have noted down when you had acquired the new site from the web host.

3. Click Migrate: And that’s it! Bid your old site farewell and greet your new site. In the meantime, you can follow the migration progress with the real-time progress screen.

You also receive emails for when the migration begins and ends.

Additional references

Watch Migrate Guru in action here:

In leaving

With Migrate Guru, we know the revamp in WordPress Migrations is happening right now. The redundant, archaic migration tools are on their way out and paving the way for the new.

So, are you ready to usher in the new?

Please do tell us more in the comments section below about your experiences with manual migration and Migrate Guru.

Happy WordPress Moving Day!

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