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Is there a proper way of exporting and importing a big WordPress MySQL database to a new database?

When I tried to do that in the standard way I run into 2 issues:

  1. All widgets disappeared and I had to create them from scratch

  2. I had issues with special characters such as ' and I had to search and replace the gibberish letters

This is quite important as I need to move to a managed server from shared hosting. All apache, php, MySQL versions will be the same.

Ps: this will have to be SSH commands as phpadmin times out due to the database size.

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I normally use mysqldump and sed:

on old server:

mysqldump -u user -p OldWpdatabase > wpdb.sql

sed -i 's/oldurl/newurl/g' wpdb.sql

on new server:

mysql -u user -p NewWpdatabase < wpdb.sql

sed is used to search and replace all the hard coded occurrences of the website if needed.

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ok, but for text widget you can have problems, have a look here http://wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/9076/why-is-my-database-import-los‌​ing-text-widget-data –  Glasnhost Nov 15 '12 at 9:13

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