So you’re looking for a way to migrate your WP website quickly and in a simple and safe way? Well, Prime Mover is just the tool for the job!
This incredibly versatile plugin will make that process a breeze, no matter what kind of migration you’re looking to execute. This is possible thanks to the numerous interesting features you get access to when using this product, but since there are a free and a PRO version to choose from, you may want to check the differences between them before you make your decision on which one you want to pick up.
While the free version is great, the PRO version is certainly worthy of consideration, too. And this is exactly where this Prime Mover review can help you out – read on and see what you can expect!
Prime Mover free version
Although on the market for just over a year, Prime Mover has already got a lot of praise (and plenty of downloads) in the WP community. It has been hailed as the simplest solution for website migration, and the word about it is still spreading.
Pretty much everyone who tries it is exceptionally pleased with what they get, especially since there are two versions to choose from, depending on what you need. Both of these versions will be analyzed here to show you exactly what you get with each one, and the free package is the first one to go under the microscope.
What can you do with the free version
So, what do you get with the free version of Prime Mover? Well, quite a lot, actually. First and foremost, this applies to the types of migrations you can do which encompass:
- single site to single site
- single site to multisite sub-site
- multisite sub-site to multisite sub-site
- multisite sub-site to single site
- the whole migration is done inside WP admin
Therefore, as you can see, all main options are pretty much covered and you can migrate your site(s) however you want. But that’s just the beginning – there are many other features included here.
Let’s stay with the migration types a bit longer, tough – what do all those options mean for you as the user?
First of all, the fact that you have the multisite migration option available to you as a part of the free version is a huge deal because other similar tools usually do not offer this unless you pay for it.
Furthermore, there are no restrictions in many respects, including the size of the package you’re moving, the number of websites included and the type of migration (of those listed above) you decide to execute. So, despite this being a free version, you won’t get the feeling that a large chunk of the product’s basic functions is hidden away from you.
Additionally, you don’t have to worry about hosting either because Prime Mover is compatible with literally every company in the business. Even the type of server doesn’t matter, so regardless if you’re dealing with a local host, live site, or dev site, it will all go through without the slightest glitch.
No fuss, no problems – get things done in a few clicks
But perhaps most importantly of all, Prime Mover is incredibly easy to use. There are no complicated settings you need to keep an eye on, you don’t have to uninstall your WordPress, don’t have to tackle databases, PHP configuration, or anything of the sort.
As mentioned earlier, everything is done from your WP admin, so anyone who has that kind of authority can get the job done in a matter of clicks. You don’t have to hire a specialist for this occasion, which can be quite beneficial to your overall budget. Even the users and their passwords will remain the same after the migration is complete and you won’t have to set them up all over again.
Last, but not least, you can easily manage the packages thanks to a very intuitive interface, and the options of saving and/or downloading them are bound to come in handy at some point.
It should also be pointed out that the risk of using this plugin is pretty much negligible – the RIPS static code analyzer gave it a RIPS CodeRisk rating of 1, which puts Prime Mover among the safest plugins of this kind anywhere in the world. In other words, it is perfectly safe to use and you can trust it with your data completely.
No doubt, this all sounds quite interesting and fairly attractive. The free version is an excellent product in and of itself and will serve you flawlessly whenever you need it. However, there is also a premium version that comes with significant upgrades and expands the number of options you have quite a bit.
These new options can be lifesavers in various situations, so let’s go and take a look at what they bring, shall we?
Prime Mover PRO version
The big question we have to answer here is the following: considering all the features the free version has to offer, is it worth it to invest money into acquiring Prime Mover PRO?
It should first be noted that the PRO version is meant to be used by professionals, so you should think about purchasing it if you’re a website developer, website designer, system admin, or something along those lines. If you’re a more casual user, the free version will suit your needs perfectly.
So what improvements does the PRO version offer? Well, for one thing, it allows you to complete the whole migration process much faster by using a remote URL.
However, you have much more control over the whole process here because you will also get to see a separate settings screen and adjust the parameters of the migration you’re performing as you see fit. It is also possible to get blog IDs when dealing with new sub-sites.
But the one thing that stood out for us the most was how much emphasis there is in this version on security and reliability. That is not to say that the free version is in any way flawed, but this is just a whole new level.
For example, AES 256-bit is applied to the database and all sorts of files: upload files, media files, plugin files, theme files… the lot!
It is also possible to take a snapshot of the package you’re moving and send it over to Dropbox for safekeeping. This gives the plugin so much more value because you can easily make sure you always have something to fall back on in case of any problems. Professional web developers will know to appreciate this.
Speaking of professionals, one other option that may be of immense importance to them is the migration log which can easily be turned on if the user so desires.
The information contained here gives you a detailed insight into the whole process which can then be presented to the client or used to pinpoint something in the process itself.
Finally, there are plenty of restoration options for your convenience, which rounds out the package pretty nicely.
As you can see, Codexonics (the company behind this product) have invested quite an effort to make sure anyone using their PRO version can always have the peace of mind that their work will not suddenly disappear or be ruined. The number of features dedicated to that is extremely impressive and serves Prime Mover well.
Even that’s not all, though, because you can go and check out some more advanced options when logged in as a WP admin. These are mostly composed of various logs that can be very handy to have, from the troubleshooting log all the way to export site info.
All of the features here are divided into two main categories – debugging tools and upload parameters – and there are really no problems finding what you’re looking for.
It is also possible to contact the customer support while you’re logged in, and this is done in a very efficient way because you can select between several big categories your problem belongs to before you start describing it. That way, your query reaches the right person right away.
And there you have it, that’s pretty much what you get with the PRO version. Reliability and security are the main themes here, and the features used to enhance them are so very useful and well-thought-out. Just what professionals need.
Obviously, whether or not you purchase this version will also depend a lot on the price you can get for it, so let’s talk a bit about that, too.
After all this, only one question remains – how much does the Prime Mover PRO version cost? Not a lot actually: for just 19.99 USD per year, you can get your license for a single site. Just keep in mind that this price is without VAT included, which can vary depending on where you’re buying from. Also, you can make the purchase as a business for some additional tax benefits.
However, it is recommended that you go for a package of licenses that will allow you to use this plugin on four websites. And should you need even greater flexibility, you can get yourself a license that’s good for 10 websites.
The thing about these two is that they offer huge discounts to those who want to buy them at the moment, with 49% (39.97 USD) and 54% (89.99 USD) off, respectively. That’s a huge deal, so if you’re a pro and need a product like this, you may want to hurry before this policy changes.
Finally, there is also the option of going all-in and purchasing a license that will allow you to use Prime Mover on an unlimited number of websites for a year – 129.99 USD per year seems like a very reasonable price for that.
Obviously, updates and customer support are both included in any of these prices.
You may also be interested to know that you can pay via PayPal, in addition to using credit cards like Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and/or Discover. A pretty fine selection.
Test it with a free trial
But before you decide to buy anything, you have the option of taking this plugin for a free 14-day run. This works exactly as you would expect: the trial begins immediately after you sign up, and you have two weeks to check out the PRO version and all of its features.
Once the trial period is over, the amount corresponding to the package you’ve chosen will be charged to you. Naturally, you can abandon the whole process with a simple e-mail if you see that this is not the plugin for you, and the company will even notify you that your trial is about to end two days before the deadline. So, you are in no way obligated to make a purchase if you just test Prime Mover for a while.
Simply put, Prime Mover is a fantastic product for anyone looking to migrate their WP website(s), no matter if they’re a pro or if they’re going to use the plugin one time only. Its great design makes it exceptionally easy to handle, so you’ll never have to hire somebody to do the work for you. Keep that money in your pocket and get things done in a matter of clicks.
There are no restrictions, no complicated settings to adjust, just a good and simple product that gets the job done. Oh, and it’s also demonstrably as safe and reliable as it can possibly be. Not bad for a free version of the product, huh?
Should you ever need something more, or if you’re someone who does this sort of thing for a living, just switch to the PRO version at a very affordable price, and you will get a whole lot more. Primarily, your migrations will be protected by encryption, and you will be able to use Prime Mover as a reliable backup solution if any troubles arise (which is highly unlikely with this product).
With all of that said, we can wrap this review up with a single sentence: if you need to migrate your website, this is the tool to do it with.
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