Microsoft Azure Storage Extension extends the functionality of the All-in-One WP migration plugin, connecting it to your Microsoft Azure Storage account. This facilitates importing and exporting your website/network of sites directly between your Microsoft Azure space and your website.
The tool works as an extension to the plugin, so the All-in-One WP Migration plugin is required to be installed in order to work.
Microsoft Azure Storage settings appear in the dropdown of the All-in-One WP Migration plugin in WordPress once the extension is successfully installed and activated:
For more details about installing the tool, you can visit: https://help.servmask.com/knowledgebase/install-instructions-for-microsoft-azure-storage-extension/
This tutorial contains details of:
- Details about available Microsoft Azure Storage Extension settings
- Export using Microsoft Azure Storage Extension
- Import using Microsoft Azure Storage Extension
1. Microsoft Azure Storage Extension Settings
Microsoft Azure Storage settings page appears in the list of pages of All-in-One WP Migration plugin after the extension is installed and successfully activated:
When clicking on it you will be redirected to the settings page. You will be asked to enter your Microsoft Azure Storage login details in order the extension to connect to your account. You will not be able to use the extension if you do not connect with your account from here.
Once you are logged in with your details, on the Settings page you will see the available settings you can manage.
You can set a time range for periodic automated backups of your website using one of the options – Every hour, Every day, Every week or Every month. Notifications for a backup completion or a failure can be sent to an e-mail address you enter in the ‘Notification Settings’ box in the Settings page.
The extension creates a folder in your Microsoft Azure account named “[your-wordpress-site-name]-wordpress” by default. You can also set up your preferred destination folder in your Microsoft Azure account to store the backups.
Another option you can use is setting the number of most recent backups that are to be kept on your Microsoft Azure Storage space. Additional to this, you can set the total size of backups you store in the storage – a very convenient option if you have limited space available.
After setting up your desired options, press the ‘Update’ button in order to save them.
2. Export Using Microsoft Azure Storage Extension
The export process using Microsoft Azure Storage extension is initiated from the Export option in the All-in-One WP Migration plugin menu:
On the Export page, before you start the export, there are some additional settings you can use for your backups:
Using Find and Replace fields, you can have text in your current site replaced in your backup. Please bear in mind 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 backup – spam comments, themes, inactive plugins, cache, etc.
Once you have selected the Export from the above options, you can choose to create an archive using Microsoft Azure Storage from the dropdown menu:
Choosing one of the options starts the export process, you will see this window:
And after your export is created successfully and uploaded to you cloud you should see this message:
The extension creates a folder/share in your Microsoft Azure Storage account named “[your-wordpress-site-name]-wordpress”. Inside that folder, all your archives created using All-in-One WP Migration plugin are stored. Depending on your site name, the folder and contained backups would look like this:
3. Import Using Microsoft Azure Storage Extension
The import process starts from the Import option in the All-in-One WP Migration plugin menu:
Once you have chosen this option, a new window is opened – Import and you can chose from where to import a backup from a dropdown menu:
When choosing Microsoft Azure Storage, the extension will open a window showing your connected cloud files and folders. From there you can choose the backup you want to import and press the Import button. This will start the import process:
The import has an additional step which 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 anymore.
When finished, a successful import will display this message: