It is essential that you exactly know how many licenses do you need when you are planning to purchase Prime Mover or subscribe to a free trial to test first.
This quick guide will show you how.
It’s the number of sites that matters
Prime Mover license keys comes in two flavors:
- Single-site license
- Multisite site license ( starts at 4-site licenses, 10-site licenses and unlimited site licenses)
Single site license will only work in one site. This should not be used with a WordPress multisite environment as it requires more than one site licenses to work properly.
Multisite site licenses allows you to use the license in more than one sites. Currently Prime Mover supports 4-site license, 10-site licenses and unlimited site licenses.
Does localhost also require license?
PRO license is not required for the localhost. If you have a single site license activated in your remote host, you can use the same license in localhost without needing to buy one ! Please read this specification for details (by Freemius Inc.) on how this is implemented.
How to use multisite licenses?
Say for example you have 4-site licenses. You can activate this license in 4 different WordPress single sites. Or, one multisite with license activated on the main site and 3 sub-sites.
If you have 10-site licenses, you can activate this license on 10 different WordPress single site installations. Or, one multisite with license activated on the main site and 9 subsites.
Or, if you have two different multisite installations with these license key activation plans:
First multisite: Main site + 4 subsites. (5 sites activated on first multisite)
Second multisite: Main site + 4 subsites. (5 sites activated on second multisite)
So a total of 10 sites (5 sites + 5 sites) activated for two multisites.
Now if you purchase unlimited site licenses. You can activate the licenses in any number of single sites and multisites. No restriction.
This is the most flexible and worry-free license plan. If you have the budget, we would recommend getting the unlimited license.
It’s also the most cost effective because you can use this on any number of sites and obviously the least $ cost per site. (in terms of licenses).
What sites to activate if I have a WordPress Multisite network?
If you have a WordPress multisite network, then you should use a multisite license for Prime Mover. It should not be a single-site license.
Supposing you now have a multisite license, you need to activate it on the following sites:
- Your main site or root domain of multisite (it is a strict requirement that license should be activated on the main site).
- Any subsite you wish the license to be activated (it’s up to you).
Why single-site license won’t work properly in WordPress multisite?
On WordPress multisite, Prime Mover is network activated. This is done on the network administration panel that is found on the main site domain. Prime Mover Pro version has a network settings menu that is loaded also on the network administration panel.
Prime Mover Pro checks if you have license activated on the main site to load some of its features (e.g. authorization and clipboard URL downloading for packages).
Therefore, the number of license required > 1 (one for main site and the other for the subsite). This is a requirement for Prime Mover Pro version to work properly and load all its multisite features. That is why single-site license won’t work properly in multisite.
At a minimum if you want to avail Free trial on a multisite, you should purchase at least a 4-site license. If you already have a single-site license, you can still test that in multisite using this procedure.
How to deactivate license and use that license somewhere else?
Yes this is possible. If you have a single-site license, simply login to your WordPress site and go to Prime Mover – Account. And then deactivate the license. This will deactivate the license for that site only. Your subscription and account will still be active.
And then download Prime Mover Pro copy and activate it on another single site installation you wish to migrate the license. And activate the license key on that site. It will work since you already deactivated the license on the first site.
If you are on a Free Trial, you might not see the deactivate license on the WordPress admin (at Prime Mover – Account). You should login to your Freemius account (using the login credentials sent to you via email when subscribe to Free trial). And then deactivate license there.
Same thing will work with multisite, you can deactivate licenses on some subsites and then re-use that to different multisites or even single site installations.
An important note on using Remote URL restore feature
One of key features of the Pro version is remote URL restore. This saves a lot of time since you can directly migrate one site to another site without needing to download it to your Desktop (as it was in Free version). See this Youtube video for details on this feature: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHU2_rusZ_A
If you want to implement remote URL restore feature, it is required that you have active licenses in both sites (target and the source site of the migration). Otherwise the remote URL feature will not be possible or not very efficient.
Alternatively if you only have single site license, you can still use Remote URL feature as follows:
- At source site, export/download package to your Desktop
- Upload the zip package to your source site WordPress root directory.
- Once uploaded, the restore URL will now be like: http://yoursite.com/yourpackage.zip (replace yoursite.com with your domain name and yourpackage.zip with the name of the package.)
- Deactivate the single site license at source site.
- Activate the single site license at the target site.
- Go to Tools -> Migration Tools and then restore using that URL.