Trouble migrating "customize" settings from local to remote server


I’m using the Sydney Pro theme. After working on the site in my local dev environment, I’m running into an issue migrating it to a staging server for my client. The problem is that none of the settings in Appearance -> Customize made it over in the import.

I exported the data using Tools -> Export (xml), and imported on the remote using the WordPress Importer plugin. Manually recreating all of those settings is not an option. I searched these forums and looked through the documentation for about 30 minutes, but I didn’t find anything helpful. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Hello Peter,

Thank you for reaching out to us here.

The customization data is separated from XML export. To export/import it, you’ll need to use other plugin; it is Customizer Export/Import plugin.

You might need to update your site URL after importing. The Velvet Blues Update URLs could help you doing so.