Backup Migration


Creating a backup of your site has never been easier!

Simply install the plugin, click on “Create backup now” – done.

Try it out on your free dummy site: Click here =>

You can also schedule backups, e.g. define that a backup should be taken automatically every week (or every day/month).

Use a wide choice of configuration options:

  • Define exactly which files / databases should be in the backup, which not
  • Define where the backup will be stored (as of now, only local option is available, but we’ll expand this soon)
  • Define what name your backup should have, in which instances you should receive a notification email, and much more

This plugin is all in one solution if you need to migrate your site to another host or just restore the local backup.

Note: This (free) version is limited to backups of 2GB in size. For unlimited sizes, please have a look at the Premium Plugin.

If any questions come up, please ask us in the Support Forum – we’re always happy to help!


  • Backup Migration plugin front
  • What will be backed up
  • Backup in progress
  • Backup finished
  • Manage & Restore backups
  • Restoring in progress
  • Restore finished


Admin Installer via search

  1. Visit the Add New plugin screen and select “Author” from the dropdown near search input
  2. Search for “Migrate”
  3. Find “Backup Migration” and click the “Install Now” button.
  4. Activate the plugin.
  5. The plugin should be shown below settings menu.

Admin Installer via zip

  1. Visit the Add New plugin screen and click the “Upload Plugin” button.
  2. Click the “Browse…” button and select the zip file of our plugin.
  3. Click “Install Now” button.
  4. Once uploading is done, activate Backup Migration.
  5. The plugin should be shown below the settings menu.


How do I create my first backup?

Click on “Create backup now” on the settings page of the Backup Migration plugin.

Backup Migration will by default create a backup that contains everything from your site, except the Backup Migration plugin’s own backups and WordPress installation – if you want to include the WordPress installation as well, tick the checkbox in the section “What will be backed up?”.

You can download backup or migrate your backup (use the plugin as a WordPress duplic’ator) immediately after the backup has been created.

How do I restore a backup?

  • If your backup is located on your site: Go to the Backup Migration plugin screen, then to the Manage & Restore Backup(s) tab where you have your backups list, click on the Restore button next to the backup you would like to restore.

  • If your backup is located on another site: Go to the Backup Migration plugin screen on site #1, then to the Manage & Restore Backup(s) tab where you have the backups list, click on the “Copy Link”-button in the “Actions”-column. Go to the Backup Migration plugin screen on site #2, then to the Manage & Restore Backup(s) tab, click on “Super-quick migration”, paste the copied link, and hit the “Restore now!” button. This process will first import backup then restore it, i.e. Backup Migrate also serves as backup importer.

  • If your backup is located on another device: Go to the Backup Migration plugin screen, then to the Manage & Restore Backup(s) tab, and click on the “Upload backup files” button. After the upload, click on the Restore button next to the backup you would like to restore.

How do I migrate or clone my site?

Migrate (or clone) a WordPress site by creating a full backup on the site that you want to migrate (clone) – site #1.

  • To transfer website directly from site #1 to site #2: Go to the Backup Migration plugin screen on site #1, then to the Manage & Restore Backup(s) tab where you have the backups list, click on the Copy Link button in the Actions column. Go to the Backup Migration plugin screen on site #1, then to the Manage & Restore Backup(s) tab, click on “Super-quick migration”, paste the copied link, and hit the “Restore now!” button. Make ’sure that the backup file on site #1 is accessible by setting “Accessible via direct link?” to “Yes” in the plugin section “Where shall the backup(s) be stored?”

  • To migrate the website indirectly: Go to the Backup Migration plugin screen, then to the Manage & Restore Backup(s) tab, and click on the “Upload backup files” button. After the upload, click on the Restore button next to the backup you would like to restore.

Where can I find my backups?

Backup Migration allows you to download backups, migrate backups, or delete backups directly from the plugin screen Manage & Restore Backup(s). By default, the migr’ator plugin will store a backup to /wordpress/wp-content/backup-migration but you can change the backup location to anywhere you please.

How to run automatic backups?

Enabling automatic backups is done on the Backup Migration plugin’s home screen, just next to the “Create backup now!” button. Auto backup can run on a monthly, weekly, or daily basis. You can set the exact time (and day) and how many automatic backups would you like to keep in the same Backup Migration plugin section. We recommend that you optimize the number of backups that will be kept according to available space.

How big are backup files?

Backup file size depends on the criteria you select on the “What will be backed up?” section of the Backup Migration plugin. There you can see file/folder size calculations as you Save your settings. U’sually, WordPress’ Uploads folder is the heaviest, while Databases are the lightest. If you are looking to save up space, you might want to deselect Plugins and WordPress installation folders, as you can u’sually download those anytime from WP sources.

Is the backup creation and site migration free?

Yes. You can create full site backups, automatic backups, and migrate your site (duplicate site) free of charge. Backup Migration Pro provides more sophisticated filters and selections of files that will be included/excluded from backups (affecting backup size), faster backup creation times, number of external backup storage locations, backup encryption, backup file compression methods, advanced backup triggers, additional backup notifications by email, priority ’support, and more.

Is cloud backup available?

Backup to cloud are some of the upcoming features, that will be available,
In Free version: Google Drive, FTP, Amazon S3, Rackspace, DreamObjects, Openstack and
In Premium version: Google cloud, SFTP/SCP, Microsoft Azure, OneDrive, Backblaze, and more.

How are you better than other backup/migration plugins?

Besides having the most intuitive interface and smoothest user experience, Backup Migration plugin will always strive to give you more than any competitor:
– Updraftplus: They charge for migration, with our plugin it’s free;
– All-in-One WP Migration: In the free version, compared to our plugin – they don’t have selective/partial backups; they lack advanced options and each external storage is on a separate extension plugin; they have no automatic backups;
– Duplic’ator: In the free version, compared to our plugin – they have no selective backups, exclusion rules, no automatic backups and no migration;
– WPvivid: In the free version, compared to our plugin – they don’t have selective/partial backups, exclusion rules, or automatic backups;
– BackWPup: In the free version, compared to our plugin – they lack restore options, backups are slower, automatic backups are dependant on wp cron;
– Backup Guard: In the free version, compared to our plugin – they have no selective backups, exclusion rules; no direct migration;
– XCloner: Automatic backups are dependant on wp cron; full restore not available on a local server;
– Total Upkeep: They lack the advanced selective backups and exclusion rules, lacks a monthly backup schedule


Zenâr 17, 2022
Clone by Migrate (or is it Migrate by Clone?) appears to have been excellent software. Unfortunately, I believed them (THEY DO write very well) when they said their NEW software was Much better. Not judging by the results. I followed their clear instructions - albeit ones with several big holes where you're forced to go with "They must have meant...."; got no error or warning messages but wound up WITHOUT the restore having any effect. Because (understandably) they provide no support to their non-premium customers AND to warn off anyone with my not very demanding requirement: I was with a single host but hoping to clone a simple WP site to a "new domain name." Yes, I know that's not as simple as back it up/now restore it either to the same or a different host where would resolve before the restore begins.... Still, the too brief documentation led me to believe it could handle it. It could not! When you work through the menus and see tons of "this feature is still on our drawing boards," um - that doesn't wash. I've heard "fake it 'til you make it," but not with a WP plugin. The only reason for a non-one-star rating is that I really believe this COULD BE good software - maybe, in a month; maybe, it'll take 6 months. It (the functionality) is VERY VALUABLE, so maybe they're en route to building "a better mousetrap." Alas, as of mid-Jan. 2022, it shouldn't even be in the WP "store."
Zenâr 15, 2022
Simply wonderful, easy to use, with just one click the backup is done. Also you can customize many aspects (already from the free version). Thanks a lot to the developers for this great product 🙂
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Contributors & Developers

“Backup Migration” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


“Backup Migration” has been translated into 22 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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  • Fixed compatibility is’sue with backups made before v1.1.7 (restoration)


  • Fixed is’sue with restoration due to bug in previous version


  • Tested up with WP Version 5.9 (up to beta 3)
  • Fixed restoration is’sues for Windows and Windows Server
  • Fixed notifications via e-mail – now you can receive max 1 e-mail per day
  • Adjusted cleanup of restoration files – GC processing
  • Fixed restore process request, after Super-Quick Migration (sometimes it was hanging)
  • Fixed restoration process via shell due to syntax error
  • Adjusted important parts to be compatible with Windows systems
  • Modified default value of query output to 300
  • By default SQL-Splitting will be enabled since this version (adjusted for all users)
  • Removed/fixed unnecessary notices in error log above PHP 7.4
  • Added new indic’ators in restore and backup logs
  • Now newly created backups saves WP version of source site
  • Restore and backup logs will display version of current backup
  • PHP CLI will be disabled by default for new users
  • Fixed some JavaScript is’sues of front-end process manager


  • Plugin tested with PHP 8.1
  • Plugin tested with WP Version 5.8.2
  • Fixed PHP CLI for sites above 2 GB (premium)
  • Modified default settings for new users, to solve most common is’sues
  • Modified default query output to 500 per batch, to solve most common database is’sue
  • Fixed undefined variables of zipping module (PHP 7.4+)
  • Fixed backups made with PHP CLI when the ZIP wasn’t closed correctly
  • Vi’sual updates for our cool banner
  • Super-Quick Migration now should work with PHP CLI
  • Now WordPress version will be displayed in the logs
  • Fixed English typo in logs “enginge” => “engine”
  • Added additional sanitization for e-mail, e-mail title and directory (Thank you @Vlad Visse (Patchstack))
  • Added version tag


  • Fixed typos in tooltip about queries
  • Modified default value of queries


  • Tested up to WordPress 5.8.1
  • Fixed warnings in PHP 8 and adjusted ob_clean functions (Thank you @jrevillini)
  • Added force stop for restoration and migration process
  • Added force stop for backup process (troubleshooting option)
  • Added splitting option for restore and migration process
  • Fixed STEP display in process window for restore and backup
  • Adjusted logs output for restore and backup process
  • Updated database engine for export and import using new technique
  • Added new option to specify export queries per file and restore batch
  • Implemented splitting n into CLI restoration (disabled by default)


  • Fixed PHP CLI migration process (in case of different table prefix)
  • Restricted access to global logs
  • Restricted access to backup logs
  • Added censor for backup name in all log files
  • Added censor for sensitive details in global log and others
  • Randomize folder name for each site, it will rename old directory as well
  • Backup hash name will be now extended up to 16 characters including A-z
  • Decreased default database batch size to 250 from 2500 queries
  • Added constant ABSPATH for exclusion rules
  • Tested up to WordPress 5.8


  • Added new option which allow to specify own PHP CLI path
  • Added possibility to disable PHP CLI for both restore and backup process
  • Fixed output data restore process – should not hang up on ’success
  • Fixed output data for backup process – should not hang up on ’success as well
  • Added batching for restore process, should extend execution time
  • Increased batch size for huge sites up to 40k files per batch
  • Increased default max size of batch from 60 MB to 96 MB
  • Fixed is’sues with PHP CLI when the output was not correct
  • Added possibility to download live log of restore process (useful when it hang up)
  • Restore process now can calculate file amount before extraction
  • Added secret keys for restore process – should be much more secure now
  • Added batching for database export, plugin should use maximum execution time now
  • Removed debug information in console log (should be in 1.1.1)
  • Added batching for files extraction during restore process
  • Restore process now shows extraction progress – the process is slower because of it but more stable
  • Fixed PHP CLI for premium users where the site is too large
  • Fixed SuperQuick Migration via PHP CLI – now the process should continue automatically
  • Added notice logging into restore process
  • Now restore process will continue on notice like uninitialized classname
  • Fixed is’sue when restore process hangs up (5.6 – 7.4 PHP versions) due to uninitialized classname


  • Modified restore safe limit calculation for better performance
  • Fixed is’sues with restore on PHP 8
  • Fixed database restore is’sues, when the database is damaged
  • Adjusted database parser for older MySQL versions
  • Updated storage front-end UX


  • Fully tested with WordPress 5.7.2
  • Fixed rare notices and warnings of PHP 8
  • New database engine for restore and backup process
  • Rewritten find and replace method for database migration
  • Changed default configuration settings
  • Added “insecure download” option for LiteSpeed Web Servers
  • Added possibility to run backup or restore process via shell (PHP CLI aka WP CLI)
  • Increased ’support for free users up to 2 GB size of site.
  • Final files now will be included in the last batch (for cURL and Browser method)
  • Update of ’success modals (restore & backup)
  • New smart PHP CLI detection tool, it will check for valid PHP executable binary file
  • Plugin now requires at least PHP CLI of 5.6 version – for older it will run legacy methods
  • Fixed automatic backup is’sue when it was impossible to disable with plugin’s options
  • Increased stability of hick-ups screens, false positives should not happen now
  • Added full ’support for ZipArchive add-on
  • Super-Quick Migration now can run as PHP CLI process (download can’t be aborted by Web Server now)
  • Backups created with this version are not ’supported by older versions of this plugin
  • Backups created with older versions can be restored with this version (1.1.0) and above
  • Newly created backups should not cause fatal errors if they were aborted / killed during restore
  • Hardly excluded wp-config.php from backup, can be restored only manually if needed
  • Fixed error “Tried to allocate xxx bytes” during migration & backup (tested up to 650 MB database size)
  • Excluded other plugins from Backup Migration plugin error log
  • Optimized logging for global logs of Backup Migration log – file should be smaller now
  • Added new settings in “Other Options” section
  • If restore fail the temporary files should be fully cleaned up now


  • Fixed is’sue of v1.0.8 [Automatic backups does not work]
  • Fixed is’sue of v1.0.8 [Download of backup does not work]


  • Added warnings for huge files (above 60 MB)
  • Increased timeout limit
  • Now plugin will ignore server abort command (should help in some cases)
  • Progress bar won’t show the counter if file count isn’t known
  • Increased default memory to (minimum: 384 MB)
  • Added smart chunker for bigger sites (now it’s possible to have chunks of 2500 files)
  • Improved performance of the backups (should be much faster for sites 3000+ files)
  • Database import is now memory friendly (database size can be really big, without error)
  • Database export is also chunked for better stability of the backup
  • Support for page builders – now cloned site should be perfect mirror
  • Quick Migration: Removed timeout for huge files (should download full file now)
  • Added better memory calcul’ator, mostly improvement for shared hostings.
  • Fixed is’sues on SunOS with free space calcul’ator.
  • Added ’support for installations not inside root (e.g. domain.tld, domain.tld/wordpress)
  • Fixed is’sue when your database contains ‘-‘ character (fetch() function)
  • Fixed PclZip is’sue i.e. “requires at least 18 bytes”
  • Fixed BMI\Plugin\Zipper\finfo_open() error
  • Premium: Replaced PclZip with more stable & dedicated edition of this module
  • Premium: Improved performance of the core overall (smaller size to decrypt)
  • Since now only site Administr’ator can manage backups by default
  • Added permission “do_backups” – users with this permissions
  • Added new option “Bypass server limits”
  • Added ’support for ZipArchive (only when some bypass function is enabled)
  • Added ’support for PHP Cli – it will be preferred option now


  • Hot fix – Restore process fixed when premium plugin is activated


  • Backup Support for WordPress 5.6
  • Backup Support for PHP 8.0
  • Fixed is’sue with completely empty backup files (0 bytes)
  • Fixed back up progress (NaN shouldn’t display anymore)
  • For better backup & network performance decreased amount of calls
  • Admin can bypass backup logs protection (File won’t expire for them)
  • Added update information to downloaded backup and restore logs
  • Added some server infos to backup / migration logs
  • Support for backup “front-end” errors – for easier debugging
  • Server back up errors should be also logged in (limited on LSWS)
  • Better back up error logging – global log will contain all errors
  • Added back up troubleshooting option: send test email
  • Added back up troubleshooting option: fix php_uname warning/error
  • Removed back up PHP Errors reports from log files


  • Premium relation
  • Translations adjustment
  • Load priority change (for better performance of entire website)


  • Removed included PclZip
  • Added ’support for WordPress 4.6
  • Support for PHP 5.6
  • Rephrased some tooltips to be more clear
  • Added ’support for custom wp-content folder
  • Changed excluded files by default


  • Created special htaccess for litespeed
  • Added dynamic counter of current file
  • Added more info in backup logs


  • Dedicated space checking with dummy file
  • Added smart memory manager
  • Fixed migration is’sues (database)
  • Fixed backup is’sues (litespeed users)
  • Progress won’t hide on front-end error (e.g. lost connection)
  • Added more error messages (backup)


  • Changed tooltips background color for better contrast
  • Updated some translation strings


  • Initial release