How to Move WordPress Hosting

Hey guys, Harsh here and in this video, I will be showing you how you can move WordPress, migrate your WordPress site from one server from another.

Move WordPress with DuplicatorInstead of doing it manually, this time, we are taking advantage of one very good plugin and it’s a free plugin called Duplicator.

Let me show you how this plugin works and how you can migrate your site. In this case I am making an example of one site that is hosted on HostGator and I’m moving it to Siteground. The process should not take more than 10 minutes and let’s go ahead and do the process.

The very first thing that we will be doing is we’ll be installing the plugin. It’s a free plugin available on WordPress plugin so you can simply search for the plugin and install and activate it. Once the plugin is activated, the very first thing that we need to do is to create
a package. This package file contains the entire required file which you would need on the new hosting server and your database file.

Before we create the package file, we might like to do a few things. We might want to fine-tune our WordPress by updating everything which is not updated, removing all unnecessary plugin and maybe you would like to optimize your database so that the package size is less which makes it easier to migrate. Also make a website backup.

I have added a link in the description, you can go through that, it’s a good way for you to optimize your WordPress data base. Once that is done, click on ‘Create New’ and this is where all the magic will happen. This should be the name of the file, you can keep any name that you like, not a problem. the most important thing that you might like to make changes here is the on the database, in case if you don’t want to take any particular table from your existing database or want to exclude certain file or directory, you can enable this filter and exclude it from here. We are not doing that, so we will simply click on next and this will scan your WordPress site and will show you report like is it ready to be migrated or not.

So far everything looks good, my file size is 62mb and my database is 2. 84mb so it’s not much. Click on ‘Build’ and that’s it. It will start building the archive file and the installer file. These are the two files that we need on the new server to migrate our site and the whole process is quite easy. The best thing is that you don’t need to install WordPress on your new server, just with the help of this package file and the installer file, everything will be done.

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The next thing is to download this installer file and the archive file which will take few seconds. So while its downloading these two files let me also show you need to do on your new hosting.

In this case, I am migrating, just changing the web hosting server and keeping the same domain name. One and the most import anything that I need to do here is, I need to add ad-on domain, so my new domain name islet’s say. So here are the few things that
you need to do on your existing new web server. You need to add a new ad-on domain; you need to add your domain as a new domain or the main domain, whatever applies in your case.

Second, you need to create a database manually, you need to create a database, you need to create a user and associate that user with all the privilege to that database. The process is quite easy. I have added a link in the description which shows how to do that with the Cpanel hosting and most of the web hosting is especially Shared hosting or cPanel hosting, so it won’t be of any problem. when you are doing that, just keep in mind that you might like to write down the database username, database name and database password because that is something which you’ll need while doing the transfer.

Now you can see the file has been downloaded,now the next thing I will be doing, I will be making the changes in my host file so thatI can do need to do on my new server and my existing user won’t be affected. Once I am done migrating the site, I can simply go and change the new server and the entire world can see the new site.

This is where I will be making changes, I will be adding my new server IP over here and so there is different process for Windows and Mac systems, I have added links in the description for both the operating systems; you might like to make changes according to your wish.

Once that is done, next step is to upload both zip files and installer file on my new server, so what I will be doing, I will be using FileZilla, so as you can see, the file is being uploaded, it would take few minutes for file to be uploaded. Once that is done,
we will go ahead and do the rest of the stuff which is again very easy.

Now once your file has been uploaded, the very first thing that you would like to do on your new web server, you can start browsing the site based on IP. So this is my site on the IP, now I click on my website on which I want to migrate, I click on installer.php, this is where more magic will happen and from here, everything is quite easy.

The most important thing is that you need to add your new MySQL database username, password and then test the connection. This is quite easy step. Once that is done, you need to select this and click on Run Deployment. So click on ‘Next’ and you will see a screen like this. This may take a few seconds for these changes to take effect and few changes that I would be making. One of them is; since the changes are not happening on the live site, so I might like to change the URL setting to it was using the temporary
address that is one thing and similarly, I will change the site URL here, that’s it and click on Run Update and this will do all the magic. My new website will be migrated just after this.

You can see there’s no error and now my existing WordPress site is migrated to the new web server. So you might like to go ahead and check if everything is migrated properly or not. Once you are satisfied, go ahead and change your domain name server. So let me quickly go ahead and check my site. So pretty much that’s it, my site is migrated,now I just need to go ahead and change the
name server.

Now You Know How To Move WordPress

Well, that was the tutorial for WP Duplicator plugin. You can use the same plugin to migrate your live site to local server, deploy your local server to the live server. Overall, as a free plugin, this is an awesome plugin which you would love to try. Pretty much that’s it, if you have any question regarding this plugin or have any query, feel free to ask me via email or a support ticket. (916) 661-8422

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