When it comes to migrating your WordPress websites, trust me it becomes very tedious, requires hell lot of patience & not to forget those unexpected errors which starts appearing during the migration process. But there are many WordPress plugins that help in migration process. These plugins copy, backup, move, migrate, clone and/or duplicate entire blogs or websites from one server to another.
Some of the best WordPress plugins which help in migrating WordPress websites are:
The Duplicator gives WordPress administrators the ability to migrate, copy or clone a site from one location to another. The plugin also serves as a simple backup utility. The Duplicator supports both serialized and base64 serialized string replacement. If you need to move WordPress or backup WordPress this plugin can help simplify the process.
WordPress Move is a migration assistant for WordPress that is capable of changing the domain name in use and/or migrating your installation to another server either as is or based on your choices. In addition to these, you can use WordPress Move to transfer your database or create backups of your installation.
This plugin ONLY works with WordPress Multisite, will NOT work in single site mode, and MUST be Network Activated. You will find it's menu in your network administration dashboard (wp-content/network). The NS Cloner will take any existing site on your WordPress multisite network and clone it into a new site that is completely identical in theme & theme settings, plugins & plugin configurations, content, pictures, videos, and site settings.
ManageWP helps you save time and nerves by automating your workflow, so you could focus on things that matter. It is fast, secure and free for an unlimited number of websites. With ManageWP the data from all of your websites is compiled and shown on a single easy to use dashboard, allowing you to check up on your websites in a single glance.
UpdraftPlus simplifies backups (and restoration). Backup into the cloud (Amazon S3 (or compatible), Dropbox, Google Drive, Rackspace Cloud, DreamObjects, FTP, Openstack Swift, UpdraftPlus Vault and email) and restore with a single click. Backups of files and database can have separate schedules. The paid version also backs up to Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Storage, SFTP, SCP, and WebDAV.
WP Migrate DB exports your database as a MySQL data dump (much like phpMyAdmin), does a find and replace on URLs and file paths, handles serialized data, then allows you to save it to your computer as an SQL file. To complete the migration, you need to use a database management tool (e.g. phpMyAdmin) to import the SQL file to your database, replacing your existing database. It is perfect for developers who need to migrate fresh data from the production site to their local install, or migrate their locally developed site to a staging or production server.
Tried any of these plugins? Which is your favorite among the above listed plugins? If you have tried any other migration plugins, feel free to let me know.