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I’ve been trying to export my development site to a live server and have had terrible luck doing so. I’ve done this 5 or 6 times before with no trouble, so I went searching through this forum for some help. I found these instructions from kriesi in an old post:
You can use the undocumented export function for now that I use to create the settings for my dummy importer:
When in your admin backend (any page) simply append the this to the url ?avia_export, like: http://flyingstartonline.co.uk/fs/wp-admin/?avia_export
this generates a base64 encoded option set that you can simply copy and then save to the dummy.php file in includes/admin/dummy.php of your theme. then you either need to delete the dummy.xml file or create a wordpress XML export file rename it and replace it as well.
Not you have backed up your installation so that you could create a clone, simply by pressing the “import dummy data” button in your themes backend….
I’ve read through it a few times and I’m still a bit confused. Please please please can someone explain the process to me as though I were a complete imbecile (which I sometime am!)
The problem is that the settings are saved as serialized data and if the domain name changes the serialized strings (often) will break because of the different number of characters. You can use the migrate plugin: WP MIGRATE DB to migrate the database to another server.
I was attempting to use DesktopServer’s professional migration plug-in. I will contact them for support.
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