WP Migrate DB Pro review

Migrating a WordPress database can be a painful task, with a lot of potential for something to go wrong. WP Migrate DB Pro is a WordPress migration plugin that eliminates this pain and gets the job done smartly, securely, and in a fraction of the time the process takes normally. This is a particularly useful tool for vendors providing database migration, as it can allow them to handle many more projects within the same timeframe, increasing their effective hourly income.

WP Migrate DB Pro makes pushing and pulling your databases across two locations a breeze. If you are developing a database locally but need the latest data from a live database, the plugin lets you pull the live database to replace the local database. Once your work is done, just push your local database up to replace the staging database. Easy-peasy.

The plugin also resolves the issue of replacement applied to data that uses PHP serialization. Normally, this can corrupt the serialization, but WP Migrate DB Pro detects serialized data and runs a special find and replace on it to ensure the data is not corrupted.

Another extremely useful feature is the ability to backup the data before running a migration. This keeps your data secure and allows you to go back in time and recover things that have changed but shouldn’t have during the migration.

The plugin lets you exercise complete control on the migration process through the pause/resume and cancel options. Pausing and resuming doesn’t affect the live site, as the process operates on temporary tables until the very last stage of the migration. There’s a progress bar to let you track the migration at all times, saving you any guesswork.

There are also a few addons for enhanced functions like pushing and pulling media files, pushing and pulling theme and plugin files, and integrating with WP-CLI.

backup features
  • database search/replace
  • make automatic backups
  • make manual backups
  • staging
  • store backups as ZIP files
backup method
  • database-only backup
  • differential backup(add-on)
  • exclude files / directories
  • files-only backup
  • full backup
restore method
  • one-click restore
  • single file restore
cloning & migration
  • clone multisite(add-on)
  • clone plugins, themes or settings(add-on)
  • clone single website(add-on)
  • migrate website to a new host(add-on)
misc. features
  • GDPR compliance
  • import/export
  • multisite support
  • WP-CLI support(add-on)

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