We know that WordPress site transfers can sound painful or might be to much of a headache. but with backup buddy it very simple. If you follow our steps you can do a manual migration in no time. At the end we will also be leaving our option of backup buddy with our experiences.
The BackupBuddy/ImportBuddy Codex provides awesome detailed step by step instructions on Manual Migration. Here is a super fast break down of Manual Migration steps in ImportBuddy.
From your WordPress dashboard, click Restore / Migrate when hovering over BackupBuddy on the left nav.
After you’ve selected a backup to restore, downloaded ImportBuddy or sent it to a preferred destination you can then upload the files to your chosen directory via FTP.
Then you’ll navigate to http://your.com/importbuddy.php to begin the 6 migration steps.
The ImportBuddy on-screen wizard will prompt you to enter your ImportBuddy password. This password was set when you ran ImportBuddy from your BackupBuddy dashboard.
Don’t remember your ImportBuddy password? No problem. Just reset in your BackupBuddy Settings under the General Settings tab.
Step 1: Select the backup you’d like to restore from. You can upload your own backup file, restore from Stash or select your latest backup in BackupBuddy.
Step 2: ImportBuddy runs your restore files.
Step 3: Configure your database settings.
Step 4: Restore your database.
Step 5: Configure your URL settings. Here BackupBuddy pre-populates which URL your backup is coming from. All you have to do is fill in the New URL. If you’re restoring on the same site, just copy/paste the Old URL in the New URL field.
Step 6: Verify you site and finish. In this step, check out your site and make sure everything looks like it should. This means ImportBuddy ran successfully during your manual migration or restore.
Lastly, BackupBuddy cleans (deletes) the import and temporary migration files so you don’t have to worry about it. Select which files you’d like deleted, click Finish Cleanup then your site ready to go.
This is a great wordpress plugin very useful and it even work but with all thing there is a con which with backup if your site is over 250MB + that when you start running into problems. Moreover if you are on a budget/cheap hosting it will case problems when zipping your site up so be aware.