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AIO WP Migration: Import stuck on “done preparing blogs” or “done preparing plugins”

The awesome AIO WP Migration is a fantastic tool for backing up and moving WP sites. It doesn’t come cheap for Multisites, but if it’s a single site, it’s hard to find a plugin that does a better job. Do yourself a favour and buy the unlimited extension, and literally give yourself back hours and hours of your life!

Anyway with that being said, large crazy plugin-heavy sites can explode when you are trying to move them. Here’s how I usually get around the issue.

Firstly, are you using WAMP or MAMP? If so, and your wpress file is large, go to


and update the php_admin_value max_execution_time (to something big, like 99999) so that the server doesn’t give up while the job is done.

Alias /phpmyadmin "c:/wamp64/apps/phpmyadmin4.7.4/"

<Directory "c:/wamp64/apps/phpmyadmin4.7.4/">
	Options +Indexes +FollowSymLinks +MultiViews
  AllowOverride all
  <ifDefine APACHE24>
		Require local
	<ifDefine !APACHE24>
		Order Deny,Allow
    Deny from all
    Allow from localhost ::1

# To import big file you can increase values
  php_admin_value upload_max_filesize 128M
  php_admin_value post_max_size 128M
  php_admin_value max_execution_time 360            << change 360 to 99999
  php_admin_value max_input_time 360

Then try the upload again.

Change wp_debug to “true” in your wp-config file if still having an issue

Finally, if still not getting anywhere, check if anything has been uploaded. Is the uploads folder loaded with folders, are there plugins now in the plugins folder? If so, just change the plugins folder name to ‘plugins1’ or something….then run the site. It may work for you, if it does, you have a plugin error somehwhere. If this is the case, rename all the plugin folders so that they are disabled, then go back and rename the plugins folder back to ‘plugins’. Then, go through each plugin and revert back to it’s correct name and see which one causes the error. Then simply kill or reinstall that plugin and you should be right as rain!


Hope that helps someone!

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