WordPress Migration: The Basics Of Moving Site To New Web Host

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17/12/2015 by
Steve Martin

WordPress migration can seem to be a daunting task for a number of people; however, familiarity with the basics can help the users accomplish the task with ease. Taking the professional help is the last option that also pays you the worth for the investment you have made, but it is always in the favor to have familiarity with the steps that will be performed in migrating sites from one host to another.

Here is a brief explanation on all the steps!

Backing up website’s file

As the very first step of the migration, backing up every aspect of the site is very important. For the purpose, there are a number of plugins available that can easily be used for backing up the data of the website. However, the backup requires a more manual approach when it comes to using an FTP program, connecting to the web host, and copying all the files under the website’s directory to the selected folder.

Exporting the WordPress database

Exporting the WordPress database is much simpler. All you need to do is to login to the cPanel account of the web server to open the phpMyAdmin application. It is now time to select the database that has the WordPress installation. Once the database has been selected, you can now click on the Export tab on the navigation menu. By clicking the Go button, the database export process will start, which will finish after downloading a file to your local computer.

Creating WordPress database on new host server

It is now time to create an environment for WordPress installation. For accomplishing the task effectively, it now comes to create a database where SQL data can be imported. Users might use the MySQL database application as a guide. The steps for creating database go as:

  1. Opening MySQL Database & making a new database with a suitable name
  2. Creating the new user account
  3. Adding this user account to new database

Editing the wp-config.php File

Browse through the folder where you have downloaded the files in the previous steps. The folder will have a wp-config.php file, which controls the access in between the WordPress and your database. Copy the file and store it to another folder. This is done to restore the changes that are to be made. Now open the original file and edit the text with a text editor as per requirement. Changes can be done in the database name, username, and password.

Importing the database

Importing the database requires launching the phpMyAdmin from cPanel software on the new server and selecting the new database. From the list given on the left-hand side, open the database and select the import tab from the navigation menu. The time of importing the file may vary depending upon the size of the database.

Uploading WordPress files to new host

Uploading WordPress files is the next step. To begin the uploading, establish a connection to the new web host with the use of the FTP program. After this, you can browse the folder to upload the same on the website.

After performing all these steps, it is now time to define the links and linking the new URL to the website. In addition to this, the old domain name should also be replaced with the new one. The successful completion of all these steps ensures the perfect execution of WordPress migration service.

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Steve Martin has more than seven years of experience in WordPress development. He currently works at PSDtoWordPressExpert. He loves to write blogs on WordPress design and development . His main areas of interest are PSD to WordPress, WordPress theme development, WordPress plugin development and WordPress Migration.

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