I moved servers. I exported DB on old, imported to new. Kept getting syntax error on import until I tried no compression. Weird, but it worked. I was skeptical so I compared the two carefully and noticed total file size was 51.7 megs (new) vs 51.4 (old). Looks more carefully and noticed at the bottom under "type" it shows myisam (new) where it was innodb (old). In both cases, each and every table is listed as innodb.
If I'm looking at a problem here, I'd rather know now than later. Thanks.
ps. I noticed during SQL errors that it was referencing mariadb (never heard of that before) where old would always say "mysql". Checked versions of both. Old was NEWER 5.6 while new server is 5.5. Is that a problem?