Since I couldn’t get any proper information on this from anyone, I sat down and worked it out for myself. Most of the tutorials and help on this require masses of steps or lots of configuration, but my method is a lot simpler. If you have paid for plugins or themes, then this method will be best for you because you won’t have to purchase thingsÂ again.
- First install UPDRAFT (or UPDRAFT PLUS) on the source and target sites from the WordPress Dashboard (yes, this means you have to prepare the target site with a basic one entry blog first).
- From the source site, do an Updraft backup and download the 5 backup files that UpdraftÂ offers you; Database, Plugins, Themes, Uploads,Â Others.
- On the targetÂ site, make ONE backup with Updraft. Make a note of the folder they are in. You will need to overwrite these 5 backup files with your source backup files, but keeping theÂ names.
- Copy the source backup files to theÂ updraft folder as above, renaming them so they fool Updraft into thinking they are the same files.
- Now do an Updraft Restore.
- You now have to ACTIVATE all the various plugins that have been restored.
- ACTIVATE the theme you are using on the source.
- Finally,Â DO THE RESTORE AGAIN.