One of the things I have been doing a lot of at Reclaim Hosting these days while the US sleeps is migrating accounts. We have a steady flow of fine folks moving to Reclaim, and one of the things we do is help them bring their content and domains along smoothly.
The other morning I ran into a situation wherein I couldn’t access either the database or core files of a WordPress site I was migrating so I went looking for a solution.* And while I was considering the Duplicator plugin, I was a bit wary given the recent exploit. Tim and Lauren pointed me to the All-in-One WP Migration plugin which was exactly what I needed.
The free version allows you to move both database and files of a site up to 515 MB. This worked for one of the two sites I was migrating, but the second was 518MB so I needed to access a premium addon plugin to finish the job. The add-on plugin allows for unlimited size downloads, and also allows you to upload the backup file the plugin creates via FTP so you can restore it directly from the plugin interface. I preferred this method because uploading the file via the web often runs in PHP upload size errors and timeout issues that often draw out the process unnecessarily, whereas the unlimited add-on plugin simplifies the process for big sites saving me a fair amount of time.
The All-in-One WP Migration plugin is a good plugin to have in your WordPress tool belt if you want a clean migration that takes all database settings, plugins, and themes and seamlessly migrates them to another WordPress site hosted elsewhere. I usually default to doing this with a MySQL export and an archive of core files, but if you find yourself without access to either (or not sure on how that process works manually), this plugin is an excellent option. I have not tried it on a WPMS site, yet but I think that would be the next logical step given getting core files and a database export for WPMS is far more involved process than a stand alone WordPress site. Anyone have experience on that front? Either way, it might be a good weekend experiment as I prepare for the #reclaimWP March madness..
*Although truth be told I could–but that is another story.