WordPress migration: steps for a successful server migration

WordPress migration: steps for a successful server migration

Similar to shifting between mortar and brick locations, a virtual transfer between servers A and B is a grueling business that requires careful planning and perseverance. The reasons for changing servers can be varied: switching to a different provider installing a backup system, or simply conducting a test round. If you are looking to move to a different server for your WordPress website, then you may make use of a tool for migration. This step-by-step guide will outline some of the most effective techniques and tips to consider when carrying the process of a WordPress transfer.

  1. Contents Manually moving an existing WordPress account
  2. Migration to WordPress using plugins

Manually transferring an account to WordPress. WordPress account manually

Transferring your WordPress site to a new server and also a new domain is a doable task that any regular WordPress user will be able to accomplish with no trouble completing. Transferring all of your themes, plugins settings, plug-ins as well as settings, plug-ins and content (including comments) is the result of following a couple of basic steps. The requirements to transfer your blog are an FTP account on an existing website, phpMyAdmin access to the database of the website as well as a webhosting service that is provided by an internet service provider. In about an hour, your old data is backed up and exported, new accounts and a brand new database is created then the old data is transformed and transferred.

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Step 1: Backup the database and WordPress information

Backup and secure you data are the primary step prior to making a move. But the process of securing your data does not stop with the protection of your content. Other crucial settings, like plugins, should also be secured prior to the new WordPress server. The program PHPmyAdmin is an ideal choice for blogs that consume less than 2MB and is usually integrated into a variety of hosting services. For larger websites, it is recommended to use an external application, like mySQLDumper. Backups can be saved locally. In phpMyAdmin you must first choose the appropriate database when you run multiple web sites from the same server. Select Export and you’ll be presented with choices ‘ Quick or custom‘. This option lets you to control the export. This option is only suggested for those who are acquainted with MySQL. The reason you need to backup is that you need to move WordPress manually. It is therefore recommended to choose SQL for the file format again. Other formats can only be useful when you’re trying to reach different destinations for your export. Make sure you have the settings correct then save your file on your computer’s hard drive.

You can export your SQL Database to the WordPress website

If you’d like to know more about the most popular database management system, take a to this MySQL instruction for novices.

If you use an FTP client, such as FileZilla, the additional WordPress data will be saved locally. Select the appropriate website from the structure of the folder and save the information to the hard disk. Then you will have all your files, and you can transfer them using WordPress.

With FTP software, such as FileZilla, it is possible to transfer all your files onto your hard drive

Step 2: Create an entirely new database and access point

The next step is to create the database must be established using the new web hosting service provider. If you’re an IONOS customer, simply go to your Control Center in the MySQL database area and then create an account there. To create your new server, you’ll need FTP access that you usually make through the login section of your hosting service. Note down your username, password, and new login while creating FTP access so that you can keep the information for later reference. Keep track of the database’s name, hostname, hostname and database username and password.

Step 3. Uploading and aligning WordPress data

Next step aligning the data that is already in place. To do this, you need to open your file wp-config.php using a standard text editor. This file is located within the root folder of the freshly created backup. Make sure to create entries the DB_NAME, DB_USER the DB_PASSWORD and DB_PASSWORD.and the entries DB_NAME, DB_HOST, DB_ the DB_HOST. This information in your settings’ host. It is set to be transferred to a brand new WordPress host server. FileZilla, as well as similar programs, allow you to upload a backup of the entire set of WordPress files and folders to the root directory on this new host.

Before you can move to WordPress site, you must to set the settings correctly in the wp-config.php

Fourth step: domain changes

If you alter the website or blog’s address when you move, make note of this into your SQL file prior to uploading it. If you search the words ‘ siteurl‘ and ‘ home‘ using a text editor, the domain you used previously will be replaced with your new domain.

If the domain is changed in the course of WordPress Migration, you will need to modify it in your database

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  • .com
  • .us
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  • .org
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Step 5: Importing your database

To finish the WordPress migration, the database must be moved. In the administration area of your new provider you will be able to access the program PHPMyAdmin or, for more extensive project, MySQLDumper. In this program, you can transfer the exported SQL file once more. For phpMyAdmin, it’s essential to select the correct database on the left sidebar. If you don’t, the database won’t get selected and the import won’t succeed. Then, you’ll be able to navigate to the import tab, choose the database from your hard drive and begin the upload. If you did not alter any of the settings you have set during export, you are able to retain the default settings for the import.

Step 6: Completing and verifying WordPress migration

In this stage, your website should be functioning. There are some mistakes that may be made. Here’s a list of the most frequently made mistakes and the best way to fix these:

  • htaccess error This . htaccessfile allows webmasters to add links manually. When you migrate to a new server, it’s not unusual to find that there may be a handful of these links left. They are connected to your old domain, and result in an issue report to pop up when they are visited. Errors can be easily fixed by editing the .htaccess file.
  • Mod_Rewrite as well as Internal Error 50 This means that the server is unable to open . htaccess files when is the mod_rewrite module is enabled. Internal Error 500 appears when you attempt for access to a website when it is. You can disable this option by using”settings/permalink ” settings/permalink” function in the dashboard. If, after changing the settings of the permalink, everything goes smoothly and without errors, then restarting mod_rewrite shouldn’t cause any additional issues.


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