The Google Cloud Storage Extension extends the functionality of the All-in-One WP migration plugin, connecting your website to your Google Cloud Storage account. This facilitates importing and exporting your website/network of sites directly between your Google Cloud space and your website.
The tool works as an extension to the plugin, so you must install the All-in-One WP Migration plugin for it to work.
Once you successfully install and activate the extension, the Google Cloud Storage settings appear in the dropdown of the All-in-One WP Migration plugin in WordPress.
For more details about installing the tool, you can visit: https://help.servmask.com/knowledgebase/install-instructions-for-google-cloud-storage-extension/
This tutorial contains details of:
- Available Google Cloud Storage Extension settings
- Export using Microsoft Google Cloud Storage Extension
- Import using Microsoft Google Cloud Storage Extension
1. Google Cloud Storage Extension Settings
Once you successfully install and activate the extension successfully, the Google Cloud Storage settings appear in the dropdown of the All-in-One WP Migration plugin in WordPress.
When clicking on ‘Google Cloud Storage Settings’, you will be redirected to the settings page. You will need to enter your Google Cloud Storage login details for the extension to connect to your account. You will not be able to use the extension if you do not connect with your account.
When you log in with your details, you will see the settings you can manage on the Settings page.
You can set a time for periodic automated backups of your website using one of the options – Every hour, Every day, Every week or Every month.
You can receive notifications for backup completion to the email address you entered in the ‘Notification Settings’ box on the Settings page.
By default, the extension creates a folder in your Google Cloud account named ‘[your-wordpress-site-name]-wordpress’. You can also set up a preferred destination folder in your Google Cloud account to store the backups.
You can select the number of backups that you want to keep on your Google Cloud storage and set the total size of backups that you store in your server – this is a very convenient option if you have limited space available.
After setting up your desired options, press the ‘Update’ button to save them.
Use the Transfer setting to increase upload and download speeds for Import to and Export from migrating sites to your preferred WordPress sites by moving from slow internet to fast internet.
2. Export Using Google Cloud Storage Extension
You can initiate the export process using Google Cloud Storage extension from the Export option in the All-in-One WP Migration plugin menu:
On the Export page, before you start the export process, there are some additional settings you can use for your backups:
Using the Find and Replace fields, you can have the text in your current site replaced in your backup. Please remember that this change can affect your user access details to the site. Be careful what you replace.
There are options to exclude items from your backups, such as spam comments, themes, inactive plugins and cache.
Once you have selected the Export from the above options, you can choose to create an archive using Google Cloud Storage from the dropdown menu:
Choosing one of the options starts the export process; you will see this window:
After you have created your export and it has been uploaded to your cloud successfully, you should see this message:
The extension creates a project and a bucket inside your Google Cloud Storage account named ‘[your-wordpress-site-name]-wordpress’. Inside that bucket, all your archives are created and stored using the All-in-One WP Migration plugin. Depending on your site name, the folder would look like this:
3. Import Using Google Cloud Storage Extension
You can start the import process from the Import option in the All-in-One WP Migration plugin menu:
Once you have chosen this option, a new ‘Import Site’ window opens. You can choose from where to import a backup from a dropdown menu:
Choosing Google Cloud Storage will open a window that shows your connected cloud files and folders. Choose the project from which you want to import the backup, then the folder that contains it. From there, you can select the backup you want to import, click the Import button to start the import process:
The Import has an additional step that warns you that your website will be overwritten by the new backup, including database, media, plugins and themes.
This is the last step from which you can cancel the process. After pressing ‘Proceed’, you cannot stop the import process.
When finished, a successful import will display this message: