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Migrating Wordpress

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Migrating Wordpress hosts is something I rarely do and generally procrastinated since messing with moving wordpress files, migrating mySQL DBs, and grep-ing to change domains all sounded like a pain.

Thankfully, with this Cloudron forum post and the All-In-One WP Migration plugin, it was painless and worked first try!


  • Use the All-In-One WP Migration plugin to export the site, being sure to check the boxes in advanced section that say "Do not export must-use plugins" (if you don't do this it will overwrite the must-used plugins for LDAP authentication in the Cloudron implementation of WordPress)

  • Setup a new base WordPress site in Cloudron, and add in the same All-In-One WP Migration plugin. Now import the site file that was created in step one above.

  • To import, you might need to increase the PHP upload size limits with the following changes to htaccess file to increase upload file size and execution time so it doesn't timeout. Alternatively you can update wp-config.php.

    php_value upload_max_filesize 4096M
    php_value post_max_size 128M
    php_value memory_limit 512M
    php_value max_execution_time 900
    php_value max_input_time 900
  • After it's done importing, restart the WordPress site in Cloudron so that it can re-connect it's must-use plugins (initially I find access is lost to the main LDAP admin user until a restart).

  • Once in using your LDAP admin user, remove any old admin user and replace with the new one if you wish, and clean-up any unnecessary plugins and themes that are there by default.

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