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Top WordPress Migration Plugins Compared

21 September 2021 | 0 comments | Posted by Lucy Manole in Industry Experts

Website migration plugins for WP

WordPress is inarguably the most popular CMS in the world. It powers more than 39.7% of the websites over the internet. Since its inception in 2003, it has evolved into a platform that can be used for anything ranging from small personal blogs to businesses with complex eCommerce requirements.

So if you are planning to move your website to WordPress from a different CMS, you are on the right track. While the end result of this migration will undoubtedly be great, the process can be a bit complex. This is where migration plugins can simplify things for you.

WordPress migration plugins are tools that help you move your site from one platform to another. All of them have similarities but have specific features that make them unique. In this post, various WP migration plugins are compared to help you opt for the ideal one for your migration process.

FG Drupal to WordPress

The FG Drupal to WordPress plugin is ideal for migrating your website content from Drupal to WordPress. The plugin works well with the latest version of WordPress and Drupal 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. It saves the user's time by carrying out a quick migration of complex websites. The plugin offers a free as well as a paid version, and you can choose one that best fits your requirements.

The free version can migrate articles, pages, images, categories, and tags from Drupal to WordPress. The plugin is compatible with MySQL, PostgreSQL, and SQLite. You can observe a smooth transition as it modifies the internal links and posts and retains the media links seamlessly.

On the other hand, the premium version contains extra features like migrating the authors, comments, taxonomies, and other custom properties. Furthermore, you can get add-ons like meta tags, location custom fields, and domain access when you opt for the premium version by paying €39.99.

FG Drupal To WP Plugin

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Migrate Guru

Migrate Guru makes it on this list as it is known to be the best free plugin to migrate large sites or a multisite network. The features of this plugin include one-click migration, no storage space requirement of any sort, and is suitable for sites up to 200GB in size.

Migrate Guru WordPress Plugin

The transfers conducted through this plugin do not put much pressure on your website, so there's no risk of it crashing. You receive real-time progress reports and email alerts. This is an advantage as you can know how long the process will take and whether everything is in order while your website is migrating.

WP Migrate DB

If you are looking for a plugin that gives you more control over the migration process, WP Migrate DB is the one for you. But beware — it does make the entire process a little more complicated.

The plugin works by exporting your WordPress database as a MySQL data dump. Then, it automates the "find and replace" on URLs, and file paths and tackles serialized data. The last step is to save it as a SQL file. You'll need to use a database administration tool like phpMyAdmin to manually import this SQL file.

This plugin is best suited for developers and professionals who are familiar with working in the WordPress backend. You can hire a WordPress expert as it is more technical and "hands-on" than some other migrating plugins. Rather than producing an exact clone of the original site, it's a wonderful solution for individuals who want more control over migration and backups.

You can buy the pro plugin for a few additional features. A personal license supporting 12 installs costs $89, and an agency license with unlimited sites and user support costs $999.

WP Migrate DB Plugin

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All-in-one WP Migration

All-in-one WP Migration is the easiest to use amongst all the candidates on this list. The All-in-One WP Migration plugin was created to make the process of exporting your WordPress database, media files, plugins, and themes et al., much simpler. You can fix the broken links through the find/replace database tool once the migration is done.

The plugin bypasses webserver upload size restrictions up to 512MB (5GB in the pro version) and works with the majority of popular WordPress hosting providers, including Bluehost and WordPress VIP. WordPress migration to cloud services such as OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, and others is also built-in. It is a free plugin but has a lifetime premium option available for just $69.

All In one WP database migration plugin

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Parting thoughts

There are many reasons why people are switching to WordPress from other platforms. The vast number of functionalities that it offers, the ease of use, and the ever-expanding support community are some of the major reasons. If the arduous task of migrating your current website is holding you back, get the right support using the plugins mentioned here or by simply having an expert to drive your performance.

About the author

Lucy is a creative content writer and strategist at Marketing Digest. She specializes in writing about digital marketing, technology, entrepreneurship, and education. When she is not writing or editing, she spends time reading books, cooking and travelling.

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