As many of my readers have figured out by now I am a big fan of WordPress. The number of available plugins and the ease to take any design and overlay make it a good option for most small and medium size business web needs. In most cases a WordPress site will be built on a test server and then moved live after the client has approved. The traditional way to migrate a WordPress site is to install the theme, add the plugins and then move content. This method of deployment is less efficient than using a “Duplicator Tool” that is specifically built for the migration of WordPress. I have found that this tool works most consistently across the most hosting companies.
Benefits of Using a Duplicator Tool:
This is the biggest selling point of using the duplicator tool. If I have the correct hosting information, I can do an A-Z migration using the duplicator tool in around 5 minutes. This would be a hard claim to make using the traditional method. This make it easier to price a WordPress site as the migration process will be easier to nail down.
Outside of the time savings, saving bandwidth is a big consideration. This is especially true for the individual / company located outside a developed country where internet can costs and available bandwidth can be a big cost of development. A small custom built WordPress site will create a 25 MB zip file. Doing loading the file and re-uploading it VIA FTP will create less havoc on a network then migrating a site the traditional way.
Ensure the Copy is Exact:
One of the biggest issues when migrating a WordPress site using the traditional method is that things will get missed. This may be content or missing plugins. If the Duplicator tool runs successfully it should be an exact copy of the testing site. It will still be important to make sure that not absolute link did not exist on the test site, but I have found that using this tool aids in the process of site development.
By setting the parameters of the migration using the Duplicator tool, it is easier to estimate costs associated with a WordPress site build. The total cost might include the migration of the site and any server that does support the Duplicator tool could be an additional charge. Understanding the hosting setup is critical as a migration can be 5 minutes to many hours. This is important to discuss with the client upfront.
Using the WordPress Duplicator tool in conjunctions with many of the available file storage programs such as Drop Box or Google Drive can be an efficient mechanism for creating backups.
Determine the Hosting Company:
Most of the hosting companies support the Duplicator tool. I have found that the one that do not will be the smaller companies that have security features that will prevent the Duplicator tool from completing its process. I have found that the Duplicator tool will work on GoDaddy, Host Gator, Host Monster, Blue Host, One and One and most of the major hosting plans.