I use WP Migrate DB (https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-migrate-db/) to sometimes migrate a DB. Now I just want to migrate the posts from one site to another.

Is this the right way? - migrate wp_posts - migrate wp_postmeta

It should only get those entries in wp_posts with post_type = post?

That's all? For pages I do the same, but I select post_type = pages?


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use WordPress export option and after that use import on the second site

How to Export and Import a Wordpress Blog

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    Yeah I did that, but some pictures have not been transferred. :/ Especially the ones which are set up as the posts picture.
    – Torben
    Jul 13, 2015 at 18:18
  • @Torben the featured image depends on theme support. Maybe thats the problem? Another possible cause is that post thumbnails are generated when media uploaded, and might not match up with the current theme`s settings. To fix that you can use the Regenerate Thumbnails plugin Jan 17, 2017 at 18:49

It is not simple, nor hard task. You need to know:

===1) For migrating entries ===

It is not enough to export wp_posts and wp_post_meta tables. Posts are linked to categories (wp_terms, wp_term_taxonomy and wp_term_relationship tables..). So, at least (if it is pure Wordpress install, without any extra plugins and functionalities), to migrate those 5 tables. (for pages, it is somehow simpler - only wp_posts is enough, using post_type=>pages.)

===2) For migrating attachments ===

If you want to migrate pictures/attachments too, then you have to copy contents from /wp-content/uploads to target site (be careful not to overwrite some files in target site, in case there already exists same name files).

===3) database correction ! ===

you should replace paths and strings ACCURATELY:

a) for example, if old path is '/home/user385247/public_html` , you should replace that with Target site's path.

b) you should replace oldsite.com with newsite.com...

You'd better to use tools like this: https://itask.software/tools/wordpress-migrator

=== Summary ===

Wordpress built-in option is good for automatization, but (in case it matters to you): - Bad side: It doesnt keep the same ID's of posts from old site.
- Good side: It automatically tries to import images too. (however, dont know it if do 100% accurately in some cases.. However, try it).

p.s. You can also search for 3rd party plugins to do this PARTIAL migration (if any exists).

NOTE, ALWAYS MAKE BACKUP before doing such things.

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