Migrating your WordPress Website

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Osian Jones

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Osian Jones

Osian Jones

Osian is a Full-Stack Developer at The Website Marketing Group who really loves getting his hands dirty with JavaScript & CSS. He's the UX guru around here.

What is WordPress Migration?

Migrating your WordPress website means to transfer it from one hosting platform to another. For example, often after the website development process is complete, the website will be transferred (migrated) to a new hosting platform to make it live. Also if you switch to a new website host, you will need to migrate your website to the new hosting server. It can seem like a daunting task, but it can be quite simple.

How can I migrate my WordPress Website?

There are multiple different ways to migrate your WordPress site. You can do it yourself manually with 2 methods. First being installing and using a WordPress migration plugin on your website. Second being downloading all website files via ftp and reuploading them to the new website location. But if you don’t want to do it yourself, there are a lot of people to hire to do it for you.

Method #1 – Plugins

There are various plugins available to download your website files and databases, and upload them to the new hosting platform.

One of the most popular plugins is UpdraftPlus. After installing this plugin onto your site you can create a full backup and then download the backup to your computer. After this you can go to your new blank WordPress website and install UpdraftPlus there also, and restore the website using the backup stored on your computer.

Method #2 – Manual Download & Upload

For this you need to access your website files and database manually via FTP, then download them to your pc, and upload them to the new website.

You need to access both hosts with FTP(FileZilla), as well as access to the databases(phpMyAdmin).

You will need to download all files within the website directory to your system, and use phpMyAdmin to access the database and export that to your PC. Once you have everything downloaded, you have to repeat this process in reverse, to your new host. Uploading all files downloaded from the old host website directory to the new website directory, and importing the database into phpMyAdmin.

Method #3 – Hire a Developer  

Hiring an expert to migrate your website can be a lot more efficient and less stressful.

Finding someone to complete this process for you is the simplest method. WordPress is the most popular CMS, so finding someone to complete the task is easy. We offer a website migration service, if you need your website migrating you can contact us here.

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