After we first got down to construct a migration plugin, we reached for the celebs. We in all probability shouldn’t have.

We didn’t wish to construct your common ‘zip this up and switch it throughout’ plugin that failed on most shared hosts or any form of first rate sized website.

And we wished 100% success charges. One thing model new. File by file. Heck yeah!

Which was an excellent thought, and a lofty idea that was going to alter the WordPress World. Till it wasn’t.

As a result of whereas Shipper was terribly thorough and dependable, it, nicely, tended to take a medium dimension website on the very least a couple of hours… and a big website, let’s say, the higher a part of every week emigrate.

And it seems whereas customers actually actually would really like steady and profitable migrations, they often would really like them finished throughout the calendar month. Fancy that!

However that’s cool… as a result of we figured let’s put all we’ve discovered into a fully glorious ‘bundle’ (yep, zipping it up) migration that isn’t crap.

And we did! The one downside was we kinda forgot to, erm, change the design to let !

So, whereas it’s been nice for ages… it’s been exhausting to see this in motion.

Which you didn’t hesitate to level out at size within the current 2020 survey.

“I need it to work however it doesn’t!”

“Shipper all the time fails”

“2 AND A HALF DAYS???!!!”

“However we’ve mounted him” we cried, “he works fantastically now” we plaintively wailed into the ether.

As of Shipper’s newest launch (1.1.5) his interface has been fully revamped.

His migration capabilities are actually absolutely on show, and he’s additionally added one other essential safety characteristic that was extremely requested.

So with out additional ado…

Presenting: Shipper’s Excessive [Plugin] Makeover.

Shipper looking rather nervous about his extreme plugin makeover
Shipper received’t know himself after this excessive plugin makeover.

Take a look at Shipper’s new look beneath and tell us if it floats your boat.

Right here’s a fast breakdown of among the notable UI and UX adjustments:

1.Shipper not appears to be like like he has a foul case of sea illness.

This wasn’t a difficulty that affected everybody, however we had studies that some customers had been nonetheless seeing the outdated Shipper character design.

Now whereas we love him, I’m fairly positive even Shipper himself must admit he isn’t wanting his finest within the body beneath.

Earlier than:

Shipper was looking rather seasick before his new updated look
Shipper strikes so many websites, no marvel he was affected by movement illness.

Protected to say he’s wanting loads happier now. 🙂


After his update, Shipper is looking a lot happier
Shipper feeling model new.

2.He’s bought a brand new dashboard that enables quick access and explains each types of migration.

Earlier than:

A look at Shipper's dash before the new update
Shipper actually wasn’t messing round earlier than. Leaping straight right into a migration many won’t be prepared for.

There have been a few issues with this:

  1. Customers had been just about thrown into pondering an API migration was their solely possibility, except they occurred to be paying shut consideration to the WP dashboard sidebar.
  2. Customers got little to no context as to what was concerned in each of Shipper’s migration choices and what to anticipate.

Because the “After” screenshot beneath reveals, you not have fear about this stuff, as our satisfied captain has been outfitted with a slick new dashboard.

Together with an outline of earlier migrations, in addition to particulars about each types of migration, and what’s concerned with every course of. Scroll down additional and it’s also possible to straight entry extra useful Shipper settings and instruments.


A look at Shipper's new and improved WordPress dashboard
Every thing it’s essential know concerning the migration course of on one central dashboard.

3. Shipper now presents up some useful hints earlier than persevering with together with your migration.

Though earlier variations of Shipper did run pre-flight checks, the newly upgraded UI takes issues a step additional.

Before you proceed with your migration, Shipper will point out some possible issues and point out solutions
API migration wanting prefer it’s going to take too lengthy? Strive a Bundle Migration!

Together with alerting you of any vacation spot server points, Shipper now additionally presents up some useful ideas to assist velocity up your migration course of.

This consists of letting customers know they’ve the choice of a Bundle Migration, which could in any other case have been ignored up to now.

4. ETA’s and calculated web site sizes are actually extra correct.

One other problem with the migration course of up to now has been the readability of bundle sizes and ETAs.

Principally as a result of in lots of instances ETA’s merely weren’t correct, and migrations had been loads faster than displayed. However sadly the described time frames ended up deterring most customers.

Earlier than:

An old look at the Shipper migration screen
Migrations really took loads much less time than really said!

In Shipper’s new “Migration in progress” modal you may see that the ETA and bundle dimension are clearly said, and have been upgraded to be extra correct.


A look at the brand new and improved Shipper migration in progress screen
Setting clear and correct expectations like a real captain.

Bonus Function: Shield your linked websites from hackers with password affirmation.

For increased security, Shipper now asks for a password confirmation before you continue with your migration
Password affirmation helps to guard your linked websites from hackers.

Together with Shipper’s new excessive plugin-makeover, he’s additionally acquired an essential new safety replace.

When working an API migration, Shipper routinely offers you entry to the entire websites you may have linked to The Hub.

Usually this wouldn’t be a difficulty, nonetheless, if considered one of your websites had been to get hacked, the hacker would in-turn have entry to your different linked websites, and will wreak havoc by working migrations and breaking them.

To assist stop this, Shipper now asks to your WPMU DEV password earlier than fetching the linked websites within the API migration.

This acts as a second degree of safety, so even when somebody had been to realize entry to considered one of your websites, they’ll nonetheless want your WPMU DEV password to start a migration.

So, what do you consider Shipper’s new makeover?

The reality is, Shipper’s been a brand new [sea] man for some time now.

It simply took a fast minimize and polish to disclose what our migration grasp might actually do beneath all of the boat rust.

Should you do just like the look of Shipper’s new fashion and time-saving migration options, we invite you to hop aboard. Simply consider Shipper is considered one of our premium-only plugins.

Should you’re already a member make sure you take a look at his new appears to be like for your self… Should you’re NOT a member, you’ll must turn out to be one to hitch the migration get together…

The excellent news is, there’s by no means been a greater time to take a WPMU DEV membership for a free 7-day trial.

As a result of together with Shipper Professional… you additionally get entry to all of our different premium plugins, our world-beating WP internet hosting, our final web site administration platform The Hub, 24/7 skilled help, and an entire group of like-minded WP buffs.

Simply tell us while you’re able to set sail.