9 Best Migration Plugins WordPress (2021 Guide)

Have you just decided to migrate to a new Hosting? Maybe one that’s part of our guide to the best hosting. You will almost certainly need one of these 10 Best WordPress Migration Plugins.

Why did I say almost? If you have decided to migrate to Kinsta then their professionals will do all of this for free for you.

Best Migration Plugins WordPress

On SiteGround instead you can find their Plugin called SiteGround Migrator that will do all the dirty work for you in a few seconds. Other hosts also have their own plugins:

If, on the other hand, you want to switch to some other hosting that does not have a built-in migration function or you want to switch from a site created on the local server to online mode, then you must read the entire guide.

How did we choose the best migration plugins?

We have not only tested them, but we have also checked (as usual) if:

  • They had a high rating : the opinion of users is always an important thing.
  • Always-on support : time is money, if the support is slow and useless, it’s not worth buying.
  • A high refresh rate : Hackers often exploit vulnerabilities in outdated plugins.

Duplicator

Duplicator

Duplicator is one of the most popular migration plugins among WordPress users due to its versatility and flexibility. In fact, it has been downloaded by over 1 million users! In addition to migrating your WordPress site, Duplicator can also backup your site to prevent data loss.

Duplicator is quite easy to use. It is above all compatible with practically all Hosting on the market. Know that if you have internal links, Duplicator changes them automatically when the domain is changed.

Once this plugin is installed, you can decide right away if you want to migrate your website from a localHost or from another website. The process is quite quick, it also depends on the size of a website.

It took us about 2 minutes to migrate some of our customers’ sites. There are also hundreds of tutorials on YouTube that show you how to duplicate your site via this plugin.

Another really useful function is that of daily backups which can be saved on Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive or many other platforms. All this, however, can be done in the Pro version.

Unique features:

  • You can migrate the site from localhost
  • You can migrate the site from one hosting to another
  • Daily backups
  • Email notifications
  • Cloud storage with Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Amazon S3 and FTP / SFTP.
  • Duplicator updates all site URLs, making it easy to edit domain links.
  • Backup of a Multisite

Best for: Most novice users, especially for the free version which already offers everything.

Price : free, the Pro version costs 59 $ and can be used on 3 sites.

VaultPress

vaultpress

This plugin was created by Automatic, the company behind WordPress.com. VaultPress is a premium migration and backup plugin that uses its own server to back up your site.

While their $ 10 per month price might scare you at first, you can only subscribe for one month. This plugin is really useful because it checks if there are Malware on our site.

Making a backup or migration is quite simple, in fact as already mentioned above, they are the same WordPress developers so compatibility is very high.

Unique features:

  • Simple migration
  • Virus protection
  • Automated daily backups
  • Brute Force attack protection
  • Spam protection

Ideal for: businesses, due to its high price. Or if you create websites for your clients, it might be a good choice.

Price : $ 10 a month, in my opinion it’s worth it for a company that changes its site every day, in fact keeping backups on their servers allows you to reset everything more easily even if the site is hacked.

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WP Migrate DB

WP Migrate DB

WP Migrate DB copies your database from one WordPress installation to another in seconds. But it doesn’t stop there.

You can also replace all internal URLs and even links. The database can also be saved on the PC (perhaps to be restored later).

One useful feature is the compatibility with WordPress Multisite, not all plugins have it, trust me. We have a Multisite site and therefore it would be better for us to migrate with this plugin.

Unique features:

  • You can migrate your database
  • Automatically rewrite URLs in your database
  • Find and replace data
  • Filter post types
  • Stores migration profiles
  • Multisite support

Ideal for: beginners, in fact it is the most intuitive plugin on the list, the main problem is that the most interesting functions are available in the pro version.

Price : Free, the pro version starts at $ 99.

UpdraftPlus Migrator

UpdraftPlus Migrator

It is one of the most trusted WordPress Migration Plugins. If you are a Blogger you will surely have come into contact with their Wp-Optimize database cleanup plugin .

The plugin not only allows you to migrate websites in an expressly simple way and with attractive graphics, but also allows you to make backups.

A very special feature is the ability to decide what to restore: a theme? Maybe some changes made to a particular plugin? An article? You can restore anything you want.

Unique features:

  • 1 GB of cloud storage
  • You can decide whether to restore the backup of a theme or plugin
  • It can perform backups for certain plugins
  • Website migration
  • Provides multi-site support
  • The Pro license is for unlimited sites
  • Advanced reporting features

Ideal for: Those who want to spend very little and get the most!

Price : Free, Pro version costs $ 30 instead.

XCloner

XCloner

XCloner is a totally free WordPress backup and migration plugin. Personally, however, I have not found myself very well. He does what he must but there are too many steps to take.

Of course, if you want to save money, it’s a great choice. In fact, it allows you to create backups daily and migrate as and when you want.

Like the previous plugin, you can migrate for example only the theme, the settings of some plugins etc.

Unique features:

  • Fast migration
  • You can define the backup location and select which files to save
  • Before each WordPress update, a Backup will be done 
  • Backups can be downloaded in zip format
  • Compatible with Google Drive, Amazon S3 and Dropbox

Best for: Those who only need one migration and want to spend 0.

Price : free

All-in-One WP Migration

All-in-One WP Migration

All-in-One WP Migration is the most downloaded Migration Plugin on WordPress. You can migrate a complete website, including media files, themes and plugins.

It also comes with a search / replace feature which makes it easier for people to repair all broken links and files after the site has been moved. 

Before doing any migration, you can save a backup both on your PC and on Dropbox, Google drive or Amazon S3.

Graphically speaking it is beautiful and it is also very simple to use. It took me a few minutes to do a test migration. I have not encountered any errors.

Unique features:

  • Automatically rewrite all URLs
  • You can gradually migrate every part of the site in blocks (useful function for Multisite sites), but it also does it to circumvent the upload limits set by your host
  • Backup can be performed from the FTP server or from the cloud storage

Ideal for: Those who love a modern design with all the essential functions.

Price: Free, Pro version costs 59 $ instead.

You may need some re -routing plugins to do a good migration.

BlogVault

BlogVault

BlogVault is the fastest and most reliable migration plugin on the market. It has been around for nearly a decade, has performed over a million successful WordPress migrations to date.

Unlike other migration plugins, it also has the function of checking for Malware, but it doesn’t stop there, it also deletes the viruses that are inside your site.

This feature alone is enough to justify the price. Furthermore, it is suitable for beginners because it comes with a step by step guide where it helps the user to migrate the site.

It is really useful especially for very large sites, in fact it guarantees 0 uptime. Which is a great thing for huge sites. The flaw I found, however, is that it does not allow you to migrate from a localHost, hopefully for now. Although I am not surprised, the plugin is solved for migrating medium to large sites and not in the process of being created.

It is equipped with many functions and it would take me hours to illustrate them all, think that the backups in the pro version keeps for 365 days. For some it may be useless, but for some sites it is essential.

Unique features:

  • Backup storage for 90 days
  • Automatic URL re-enrollment
  • BlogVault is compatible with over 10,000 hosting services
  • It supports large websites
  • It supports WooCommerce and Multisite
  • Automatic URL rewriting
  • Uptime check

Ideal for: everyone! No really for this price and for the features it has it is really the best for everyone.

Price : $ 8 per month.

Migrate Guru

Migrate Guru

This plugin is used a lot especially by famous hosts. Especially for your speed and its very simple interface.

Allows you to move a site 80% faster, a 1GB site could migrate in less than 30 minutes.

Its features allow you to ensure that there is no overload on large websites even in the busiest moments. You can also edit all URLs on the site.

It is compatible with: WPEngine, Pantheon, FlyWheel, LiquidWeb, Cloudways, Savvii, DigitalOcean, Hostgator, Godaddy, Bluehost, SiteGround , Kinsta , AWS, Pressable, Webhostingtalk, Inmotion Hosting, Softlayer, Reverbnation, Homestead, Site5, Linode, Fatcow, Dreamhost , Liquid Web, Rackspace, etc.

It also features software that recognizes when the site has problems or has gone down and will notify you via email.

Unique features:

  • Compatible with many hosting
  • Very fast in making migrations
  • E-mail alerts in case of problems
  • Automatically replace URLs

Ideal for: migrating a website from one hosting to another on the list.

Price: free

Staging WP

Staging WP

WP Staging is a fantastic plugin especially for those who have a Multisite site, it is really convenient to be able to move an existing site to a subfolder.

The thing that struck me most is the speed with which it does the migrations, it takes very little time.

However, I don’t recommend it for migrating from one domain to another, because it is less professional and with fewer features than some I have shown before.

Returning to Multisite, know that you can move a folder from Multisite to single WordPress. This feature is really useful if a particular site receives a very elegant amount of traffic.

Unique features:

  • WordPress Multisite
  • You can import backups from Dropbox, Amazon S3, Google Drive, local site.
  • WordPress website backup
  • No FTP access required

Conclusions

All the migration plugins on this list are good, the choice depends only on your preferences.

For novice users , I think Migrate Guru is a great place to start as it requires the least amount of technical steps.

I also recommend Duplicator and All-in-One WP Migration. Both are popular and well-rated – they just use slightly different approaches to migrating your site.

The our 2 favorite plugins though are: UpdraftPlus and BlogVault. One for the ease of use, the other for the security it offers.

If you still have any doubts, do not hesitate to write in the comments!