BackupBuddy: Magic Migration

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Magic Migration allows you to migrate your site without leaving your WordPress dashboard.


Step 1: Select Backup to Migrate

To get started, visit the Restore/Migrate page in BackupBuddy and select the backup that you'd like to migrate. Hover over the backup and select the Migrate to remote server link.


Select Backup Destination


Next, you'll select where you would like to send the backup.

With Magic Migration, your choices are:

  • FTP
  • Local Directory.

If you have not already created a Local Directory or FTP location (BackupBuddy > Remote Destinations) , you can do so now in this window by clicking the destination type you'd like to use.

Adding a Local Directory

Adding an FTP Location

Begin Migration

Once you've selected where you'd like to migrate your file to, you'll begin the migration process.


The 6 ImportBuddy Steps for Magic Migrations

ImportBuddy will now walk you through the 6 migration steps.

Step 1: Choose your backup file

Step 1 allows you to select the backup file that you'd like to use. Since you've selected this backup from your dashboard, you don't need to select a file to use for your migration.


On Step 1 is where you'll find the Advanced Options. Select any optional advanced options if needed or directed by technical support. Once you've selected your Advanced Options or if you do not need to select any of these options, click Next Step


Step 2: Unzipping Backup File

Step 2 unzips the backup file. There is nothing you need to do for this step. Just select Next Step once the extraction has completed.


Step 3: URL and Database Settings

Step 3 is where you will enter all the database settings for the new location.


If you haven't set up a database for the new location, but have access to cPanel for the new site, you can create your new database in ImportBuddy's Step 3.



Once you've entered all the new database information or created your new database, you will need to test the settings before you can move on to the next step.


If the test is successful, you will be able to move on to Step 4. If the test fails, however, verify all of your database settings are correct and run the test again.

Step 4: Database Import

Step 4 imports the database information into the database of your new site. Once the import is completed, click the Next Step button.


Step 5: Database Migration

Step 5 updates all of the URLs, paths, etc. on your site to match your new site. Before you move to the final step, be sure to go to your new site and check all of your links to ensure they have changed. Once you've tested your new site, you can move to the final step.


Step 6: Final Cleanup

Step 6 removes any temporary files from your new site that were used for the migration.


Magic Migration Tutorial

Migrating Using a Database Backup


The only difference between migrating a site with a Complete (Full) Backup and a Database Only Backup is that in your new location, you'll go ahead and install WordPress to the new location.

  1. Place a copy of importbuddy.php and your Database Only Backup file in the new location via any of the methods listed in the manual migration steps.
  2. Go to and follow the 6 ImportBuddy steps.

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