This post is part of a series focussing on the main changes and improvements made at WP Engine throughout 2015.
Taking your site over to WP Engine is now much easier than it was before, with the launch in June 2015 of their new WP Engine Automated Migration plugin. Just install the plugin, enter a few details, and the whole migration process is fully automated.
The plugin means that the time and effort of migrating your site over to WP Engine. Normally, with migration, you have the choice of paying a contractor to do the migration, or you have to perform it yourself, and deal with the technical knowledge needed, and the complexity and responsibility.
- Provides you with a quick way to migrate sites, allowing you to work on your other projects and not waste time.
- No need to worry about searching/ replacing values in the database, the plugin does it for you
- Migration is easy and requires minimum technical knowledge
- The plugin keeps all links the same, making sure you don’t lose any SEO.
- No need to hire a third party migration team.
It’s easy to use the Automated Migration plugin. It should be noted that the plugin can only migrate your WordPress site to WP Engine, not other hosting providers. Also, this will only migrate from WordPress.com hosted WordPress sites.
We have summarized the various steps of the migration process below:
1. Obtain WP Engine SFTP credentials (this normally takes place when you received an automatic email from WP Engine linking you to the User Portal page, where you’ll receive the auto-generated FTP credentials.)
2. Log in to WordPress.
3. Install the WP Engine Automated Migration plugin.
4. Provide your email, your temporary .wpengine.com URL, and your SFTP credentials to start the migration.
5. Check on the Blog Vault progress tab whether your site is migrating without issues.
6. Go away and do your own thing, nap or get lunch with a friend; just keep yourself busy while your files migrate.
7. Receive an email telling you the migration is complete and also check this on the Blog Vault tab.
8. Verify your site is working by going to the sitename.wpengine.com URL.
9. If everything is working, use the same plugin again, with the same email and SFTP credentials but provide your live URL also (this will pick up any remaining pieces of the site which were not added since the last migration and set up your domain name to work with WP Engine.) Check this again with Blog Vault, (you will also receive an email). This migration will be much faster.
After this, your site will be fully migrated to the WP Engine platform – without you having to hire someone, or spend extended amounts of time doing it yourself. The length of time a migration takes is, of course, always down to how much data needs transferring, and how complex the website is which is being migrated over.
The average time for a migration is less than an hour; for sites that have only a small amount of data, the migration could take as little time as only 30 minutes. However, if you have an extensive website that contains a lot of data, then your migration to WP Engine could take up to 2 hours. Even if the migration takes this long, the amount of work you have had to do adds up to about two minutes.
WP Engine also has a support team ready to talk you through anything that you don’t understand, and you can call them with any questions. The WP Engine Automated Migration plugin promises to make many customers’ lives easier, as they avoid the hassle of the migration process. This development has once again showed WP Engine listening to customer feedback and building on what their users have said.