The Multisite Extension requires the All-in-One WP Migration plugin installed and activated.
For more information on installing the tool, go to: https://help.servmask.com/knowledgebase/install-instructions-for-multisite-extension/
This tutorial includes information on how to:
- Export and import processes steps common for all cases
- Export and import a WordPress multisite network
- Export a subsite from a multisite network and import it to a subsite
- Export and import several subsites from a WordPress multisite network, but not the whole network
- Export a subsite from a multisite network and import it to an existing standalone site
- Export a standalone WordPress website and import it into a multisite network
1. Export and Import process steps common for all cases
1.1 Export with WordPress Multisite installation
The Export option in the All-in-One WP Migration plugin menu starts the export process for either an entire multisite network or a selection of one or more:
Once you’ve decided which sites to export, you can create an export archive as a file in your Backups directory, or you can save it to the cloud if you’re using a cloud extension:
When the download is complete, you will receive a message with the option to download your file locally.
1.2 Import with WordPress Multisite installation
The import procedure begins by selecting the Import option from the All-in-One WP Migration plugin menu:
Alternatively, you can restore an archive directly from the Backups page:
When the import process is complete, you will receive a reminder to save your permalinks.
2. Export a WordPress multisite network and import it to an existing one
2.1 Export a multisite network
On the Export page, you can specify what you want to include in your export:
Choose the “network (all sites)” option to export the entire network of subsites, as shown in the screenshot. The archive will then contain the entire network, including all of your subsites’ data. You can then choose where you want to export the site and begin the export process.
2.2 Import a multisite network
The imported file will be overwritten on the entire network during the import. The process will overwrite your database, media, plugins, and themes. Before overwriting your existing site, we recommend that you make a backup.
After the import begins, you will need to confirm:
Press the Proceed button to confirm the import. This will start the import process and will require no further confirmations.
3. Export a subsite from a multisite network and import it to a subsite
3.1 Export a subsite from a multisite network
To export a single subsite from your WordPress multisite network, go to the All-in-One WP Migration plugin export page and select it. After that, carry on with the export as usual. The process will generate an archive that only contains the selected subset and its data.
3.2 Import a subsite to a subsite of a WordPress multisite network
The imported file will replace all existing subsite data on a subsite that you choose to overwrite, including the database, media, plugins, and themes. This import will not affect the rest of your multisite network. Before proceeding, we recommend that you have a backup of your subsite.
For confirmation, the following message will display:
Following the confirmation step, you will receive a prompt to enter the URL for the imported site:
In the URL, enter the name of your newly imported subsite. If you choose to import to a new subsite, one that did not previously exist in your multisite network, the new subsite will be added to the network. Press Continue with the import.
4. Export several subsites and import them into an existing WordPress multisite network
4.1 Export several subsites from a multisite network
To export more than one subsite, go to the All-in-One WP Migration Plugin’s Export page and select each one by URL:
The selected subsites’ data will be added to the archive. The exported archive will only contain the subset data (media, plugins, database, and themes) and will not include data from the multisite network.
4.2 Import several subsites, but not a whole network
The imported subsites will overwrite databases, themes, plugins, and media in the subsites into which they are imported. The process will only affect the subsites chosen, not the entire multisite network. Before importing new subsites, we recommend that you make a backup of your existing subsites.
The following confirmation will appear:
After pressing the proceed button, you will receive a prompt to enter the URL for the destination of each newly imported subsite, one at a time:
After entering the last subsite’s URL and clicking continue, the import will begin.
5. Export a subsite from a multisite network and import it to an existing standalone site
5.1 Export a subsite from WordPress multisite network
The process of exporting a single subsite from an existing WordPress multisite network is identical to that described in part 3.1 of this tutorial. The export will generate an archive that only contains the selected subset and its data.
Select the subsite to export and begin the export from the All-in-One WP Migration plugin Export page.
The process will generate an archive that only contains the selected subsite and its data.
5.2 Import a subsite into standalone WordPress website
When you import a subsite into a standalone WordPress website, the imported subsite’s database, media, plugins, and themes replace those of your website. We strongly advise that you create a backup of your website before beginning the import process.
To confirm and continue with the import, click Proceed.
The import replaces your entire website with a subsite.
6. Export a standalone WordPress website and import it into a multisite network
6.1 Export a standalone WordPress website
Exporting a standalone website is simple with the All-in-One WP Migration plugin; simply choose your destination on the Export page to begin the export:
The plugin initiates the export and sends the archive to the specified location.
6.2 Import a WordPress standalone website to a multisite network
Importing a standalone WordPress website into a network of sites has no effect on the rest of the network; only the subsite that you overwrite, if any, is affected.
Press the Proceed button to confirm the import.
You will receive a prompt to enter the newly imported website name, which will be used in the URL:
The standalone site import will only replace the subsite’s database, media, themes, and plugins. The process has no effect on the multisite network as a whole. If you choose to import to a new subsite, it will be created and added to your multisite network’s subsite count. No data on your existing sites will be overwritten if you create a new subsite.