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    I just moved my site and did search replace using a plugin to change the domain name and I lost all my theme settings.

    Is there a way I can get them back? They must be in the DB somewhere, right?



    Hi Alex,

    Yes, just login to your previous domain’s cpanel. And go to phpmyadmin and find the right database. :)




    What’s the best way to move a site powered by one of your themes to a new site?

    It would be handy if you could import/export theme settings.




    Actually there is an easy way of exporting wordpress websites.

    1. Go to Settings -> General page and change values in ‘WordPress Address (URL)’ and ‘Site Address (URL)’ from ‘’ to ‘’. Press ‘Save Changes’ and don’t pay attention to errors that may appear

    2. Connect to the server via FTP, create new folder in the root dir (ie. ‘oldsite’), put all files and folders from the root dir (except folder with wp) into this new folder.

    3. Move all files and folders from the wp folder to the root dir.

    Try to find someone who can do this for you if you’re not sure what to do. We cannot be certain that everything will go just fine. Always have a copy or backup of your database and theme files before doing so.




    Hi Ismael,

    Thanks for the reply.

    I’m ok with moving site around, do it all the time.

    The only problem i’ve found with Propulsion etc is that when you do a Find & Replace using a plugin to update references to the old domain with new domain Propulsion tends to forget all it’s settings..

    I guess they are linked to the domain name?


    Hi Alex,

    I believe this is actually a bug with the avia framework. As far as I know there isn’t an easy way to export and then import the theme settings from one installation to another.




    really? this is crazy! So you develop a site locally or on one dev domain then when you move it to live you lose all the theme settings – this is crap and i’ll be making sure everyone I know is aware how crap avia is and to avoid any themes using it!

    we use themes to save on development time and costs, but this means doing all the work twice!


    The problem is that the settings are saved as serialized data and if the domain name changes the serialized strings will break. You can use the WP MIGRATE DB plugin to migrate the database to another server.


    Hey all, I’m not sure but I think I may have an answer that will work in this case. I have a piece of paid software called “WP Twin.” It costs around $100 and there may be other alternatives out there for less or free.

    The software clones a site so you can move it to another domain whether it is on the same server or not. I have not tried it with Propulsion, but I know it has preserved theme options from another theme like heading, styles, etc. These were simple installations that I have cloned (niche blogs) with no where near the amount of customization as is found here, but it might be worth a test run.

    Hope that helps,




    Thanks for the hint. Another user reported that backupbuddy also works. However both plugins are not free and the WP MIGRATE DB plugin is a free alternative.


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