WP Migrate DB Pro 1.3 & Media Files Addon Released


It’s been a little while since our last major release but we’re very excited to announce the release of WP Migrate DB Pro 1.3. This update brings a slew of improvements and features, the more notable changes are outlined in both the video above and the written sections below.


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In a previous post we announced that addon support was coming to WP Migrate DB Pro.

Our first addon focuses on migrating your website’s media files from one WordPress installation to another. To quote our initial post:

In a nutshell, this update will allow you to pull down the media files from your remote WordPress installation into your local environment. To accomplish this we compare the attachment posts found within your remote database to the ones in your local database and only pull updated or missing media files.

The initial release of this addon supports pull migrations only. We’re currently working on the push functionality and should have it out soon.

The Media Files addon is included with the Developer license and better. If you currently have a Personal or Business license and would like to get the Media Files addon, you can easily upgrade your license from the My Account page.

You may want to check out our documentation for a bit more details on addons as well.

WordPress 3.8 Styling

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WordPress 3.8 was released yesterday with some nice new dashboard styles and we’re proud to say that we’ve added a whole layer of styling on top of our existing styles to accommodate it. So although we encourage everyone to upgrade to latest version of WordPress as soon as possible, WP Migrate DB Pro will look great whether you’re using WordPress 3.7 or 3.8.

In 3.8, you’ll notice a condensed the header, with the title and tabs on a single line, saving lots of vertical space. All of the text in the plugin has been bumped up to be consistent with the rest of the dashboard. We’re also making use of the icon font that comes bundled with 3.8 as well as the styles for error and warning messages.

Select Post Types

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Since our first release we’ve had the option of selecting which tables to include when performing a migration. To add to this we’ve now added the ability to select which post types to include.

This is a feature that many customers have been requesting for a while. Let’s pretend you have a website that catalogs books. You have a custom post type for these books and have over 100,000 records. You decide you want to make a small change to the website and need to pull it’s data into a local development environment.

But the change you need to make does not involve the book custom post type. When pulling from the live site into your local environment, you can choose all post types except book, greatly reduce the migration time.

License Key Masking

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Previously we displayed your license key in plain text on the Settings tab. Some customers were concerned about this and suggested to mask the license key. And although we added the ability to define your license key in the wp-config.php, we agreed that masking was a good idea as well. Now once your license has been validated, it will be masked and only the last portion of the license will be visible.

Subtle Improvements

Although not as exciting, we’ve also made a fair number of subtle improvements that should result in less headaches.

As of this release, WordPress transients are excluded from exports and migrations by default. They have caused trouble for a number of customers and we felt there is really no reason to transfer them in the migration. This should also reduce the chance of seeing outdated or irrelevant update notices in your WordPress dashboard. If for some reason you do want transients migrated, then you can override this behavior with a filter.

Also as of 1.3, we now flush the rewrite rules after each push and pull migration. Some customers were reporting 404 errors on all their pages immediately after a successful migration and this fix was always to simply re-save their permalink settings which flushes the rewrite rules.

We’ve also made a number of changes to the way WordPress multisite migrations work. We’ll leave the details for another post, but rest assured that multisite migrations are now more reliable and cover more edge cases than before.

Version 1.3 Change Log

  • New: Addons – reworked lots of code to support addons
  • New: Styles for WordPress 3.8
  • New: Media Files addon now available
  • New: Post type filter option
  • New: Automatic updates for beta versions
  • Improvement: License key is now masked
  • Improvement: Automatically flush rewrite rules on migration completion
  • Improvement: Exclude transients from all migrations
  • Improvement: Show error message when uploads folder is not writable
  • Improvement: Cleaned up code to have briefer, clearer functions
  • Improvement: wpmdb_tables and wpmdb_table_sizes filters for tables shown in select box
  • Bug fix: You have an error in your SQL syntax…near ‘1’ at line 1
  • Bug fix: Unselected tables being migrated
  • Bug fix: Database encoding issue with Export feature
  • Bug fix: Uppercase table prefixes fail
  • Bug fix: Errors trying to clone some PHP classes
  • Bug fix: Suhosin values assumed to be numeric

About the Author

Brad Touesnard

As founder of Delicious Brains Inc., Brad wears many hats; from coding and design, to marketing and partnerships. Before starting Delicious Brains, Brad was a busy freelance web developer, specializing in front-end development.

  • John Wooten

    If I currently have a Developer license, and I want to keep the Developer license but have the Media Files option, what do I need to do? I upgraded the plugin in my test site but I’m not seeing the Media Files option.

    Also, if there is sound on the video, I can’t hear it. Just fyi…

    Thanks for a GREAT plugin!!! =)

    • I also have the Developer license and just installed the Media Files addon. In WP, go to Tools > Migrate DB Pro > Addons.

      • John Wooten

        Yes. I did that and Installed & Activated the Media Files plugin. How do I get to that checkbox that says “Migrate Files”?

        • It only appears in the options for push and pull migrations. Are you looking there?

          • I had to activate it first (it adds it as a separate plugin). The checkbox then appears.

  • channeleaton

    Thank you so much for this. I’ve been anxiously waiting for this ever since you told me about this at Pressnomics.

  • How does the media files add-on determine which images to push/pull? For example does it check if an image exists or not, or does it check the creation date of images to determine whether an existing image was updated?

  • I was wondering yesterday: How to migrate media?

    Oh my god, thanks so much!

  • Great plugin, thanks so much !

  • Very nice! Just to clarify, the files includes the library only, correct? If we added an image to a theme we were developing, would that need to be migrated manually?

  • powderflask

    I’ve been using wp-migrate-db for a long time, but I think it’s time to upgrade to PRO version – looks like a real time-saver – nice work.
    One beef with your marketing idea:
    Some quick math… let’s say you charge $50 per hour.
    This tool only needs to save you 48 minutes
    and a Personal license has paid for itself!

    Ummmm, if I save 48 minutes, that actually COSTS me $40, since that’s 48 minutes I can’t bill 🙂

    Nonetheless – I get it – time is precious, and we should offer our clients the best service at lowest cost – the PRO version WILL save my clients money and make me look good! Guess I’ll just have to up my rates a little 😉

  • Dave Navarro

    Thanks for the update, looks great. I really wish you’d spend more time on multisite to/from non-multisite migration. I am moving our company’s sites to a multisite install from many individual sites and it would be nice to use this.

  • Mike Vila

    The Media Files addon is amazing! Great job, this is the truly the best plugin in my toolbox. Anxiously waiting for the the ability to PUSH Media Files, please!!!! Thanks again for a great product, and great support.

  • this is amazing! you dont know how much did I stuck in my problems! With this, everything will be ok, thank you so much!

  • Thank you very much. I really wish you’d spend more time on multisite to/from non-multisite migration. I am moving our company’s sites to a multisite install from many individual sites and it would be nice to use this.

  • Thanks for the update, looks great!