Scope: Prime Mover Free / Pro version

IMPORTANT : If you are using Prime Mover Pro for the first-time , please read this get started guide first.

This tutorial applies for both Prime Mover Free and Pro Version. This teach you how to migrate your WordPress single-site installation to another single-site installation. The target site installation could reside in a different server or your localhost.

Exporting a package

  • Activate Prime Mover Plugin
  • Optionally opt-in to Freemius notifcations.
  • Go to Migration Tools.
  • Click “Export“, export options dialog will show.
  • Select appropriate export options. In this tutorial , we select the complete export mode (export database + media + plugins/themes).
  • Click Export Now.
  • Wait until this process is completed, this can take time for very big sites.
  • When the export process is completed, the zip will be downloaded to your Downloads directory.

Importing/Restoring a Package

  • Now go to the target single-site where you want to migrate the package. Make sure you install exactly the same version of Prime Mover used to generate the export.

Tip: It is recommended to clean the target site before restoring another site with Prime Mover. But this is a not a requirement. Cleaning before restoration will keep your site size under manageable levels as it does not contain any files or data that will not belong to the current site.

To clean a site, you need to do two things: reset the WordPress database or delete all files in uploads directory except prime-mover-export-files.

  • Activate Prime Mover version and opt-in to Freemius notifications.
  • Go to Migration Tools.
  • Click Import.
  • Browse to the uploaded package, select it.
  • A confirmation dialog will pop-up. Make sure to read the details and make sure its correct. Use this info to verify if you have the correct site to be imported and other details.
  • Wait until you see “Import done“.
  • Go to Settings – Permalinks.
  • Without changing any settings , just click “Save changes


  • Export/Import will not complete – if you think the process won’t complete, you can do any of the following things that works for you.
  1. Clear your browser cache and repeat the process.
  2. Restart PHP/Apache/Nginx/ Microsoft IIS server (depending on what you are using)
  3. After you’ve done above, repeat the export/import process.

There is a detailed guide on troubleshooting this issue here.

If it is a temporary glitch, it should resolve all issues found. Otherwise if after troubleshooting the issue is still reproducible.

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