Flippa Experts Needed! - Wordpress Transfer

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Hey Warriors,

I decided to give Flippa a shot this week and sold a few of my little Adsense sites! So I have a quick question for those of you that have sold a site on flippa and transfered a wordpress blog to a new owner.

I downloaded all of my Wordpress content, zipped the files, and now ready to send it to the new owner. Before I do that...

Do I have to change anything in the Wordpress contents itself to hide any of my account information? Does Wordpress store any of my FPT information, hosting information,etc. Do you think I should change the user name and password before I sent it over?

I just want to make sure that I don't send any private information to the new owner.

Thanks In Advance!
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  • Profile picture of the author Dwight Anthony
    Yes, change your admin to the site to something generic for the password and tell the new user what it is. Using hostgator you can backup the content straight from Cpanel, not sure if that is what you did. Keep the new user happy until your files have been transferred and the site is up on there end with no issues. Missing pics can sometimes be the norm on transfers at time.
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  • Profile picture of the author peritreo
    All your info should be encrypted in the wp database but if you want to be extra safe you can just change the admin login username and or password before compressing the db and sending it over. Nothing else should pose a security risk.

    All the wp db has in it is a list of all of your posts/pages/tags/categories etc. and users.

    I would think the bigger risk would be in blanket zipping your files and sending it (incase you ever uploaded something there and forgot about it? - who knows, this is more user driven whereas the wp db process is almost 100% autopilot).

    Either way, I think you should be fine in just sending files to the new owner. Wordpress doesn't store any hosting information or FTP logins, that is all done at the cPanel level or hosting level.
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  • Profile picture of the author aymen99
    yeah he can see your informations in the config file
    change those you find in the config file and then send him the file also change your admin pass if you use the same pass with other sites.


    Cheers
    Aymen
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    • Profile picture of the author Jdub2104
      Originally Posted by aymen99 View Post

      yeah he can see your informations in the config file
      change those you find in the config file and then send him the file also change your admin pass if you use the same pass with other sites.


      Cheers
      Aymen
      So you think I should change the DB_Password along with the password to sign into the blog? What about the DB_Host? Can they access any information with that?
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      • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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        Originally Posted by Jdub2104 View Post

        So you think I should change the DB_Password along with the password to sign into the blog? What about the DB_Host? Can they access any information with that?
        If you change the database info, the site won't work unless you create a new database. Leave the database info alone. There's nothing in there that he can use in any way except to access the site.

        You don't need to change the password and login for Wordpress, unless you used your social security number as password. There's nothing secret in it.

        Here's what I do ... I transfer the site myself for my customers.
        http://domainingdiva.com/transfer.pdf
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  • Profile picture of the author Jdub2104
    Thanks for the quick response! I actually have a Godaddy hosting account so I'm using my Dreamweaver FTP to transfer the files to my computer. I'll change my password to something Generic and then transfer the site.

    peritreo, what do you mean by blanket zipping the files? Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author peritreo
      You send 2 things when you transfer a site:
      1. wordpress database (already discussed)
      2. html and php files which have the plugins/themes/wordpress files

      I am referring to #2 as most users just click on the root folder, compress, then send the zip over so it has everything in there. So anything you ever uploaded there is caught in the blanket Shouldn't be anything to worry about.. just take it into consideration and ask yourself whether you ever uploaded anything you don't want anyone else to have in there, perhaps images, any other files.. etc.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jdub2104
        Originally Posted by peritreo View Post

        You send 2 things when you transfer a site:
        1. wordpress database (already discussed)
        2. html and php files which have the plugins/themes/wordpress files

        I am referring to #2 as most users just click on the root folder, compress, then send the zip over so it has everything in there. So anything you ever uploaded there is caught in the blanket Shouldn't be anything to worry about.. just take it into consideration and ask yourself whether you ever uploaded anything you don't want anyone else to have in there, perhaps images, any other files.. etc.
        Thanks! So like I said before, I should just change the DB_Password along with my passoword to login into the site and I should be all set, correct?

        I'll also double check to see if I have any files that I don't want sent over (Adsense & Amazon links etc.)
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        • Profile picture of the author Hanz
          I have an HTML site hosted on GoDaddy and was looking for a step by step on how to transfer it over to a customer after a flip.:confused:
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          • Profile picture of the author paulie888
            Originally Posted by Hanz View Post

            I have an HTML site hosted on GoDaddy and was looking for a step by step on how to transfer it over to a customer after a flip.:confused:
            If it's a static HTML site, that's the easiest of all to transfer. You basically just need to copy all the site files and folders in the root directory for the domain, and then FTP it over to the customer's hosting account.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jdub2104
    Hey Hanz,

    Godaddy can make it tough sometimes. I would just download FileZilla or something and login to your hosting account from there. I've been told now to make sure you change your Wordpress DB password and also login password. Once that is done, download the DB and the files (Zipped) and send them on over to the new owner. After that, you just have to transfer the domain name. Sorry, I'm not the expert in this field, but that's just a basic summery. I am sure someone can give you a better explanation.

    Hope this helps.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by Jdub2104 View Post

      Hey Hanz,

      Godaddy can make it tough sometimes. I would just download FileZilla or something and login to your hosting account from there. I've been told now to make sure you change your Wordpress DB password and also login password. Once that is done, download the DB and the files (Zipped) and send them on over to the new owner. After that, you just have to transfer the domain name. Sorry, I'm not the expert in this field, but that's just a basic summery. I am sure someone can give you a better explanation.

      Hope this helps.
      Jared, I think Hanz only needs to know how to transfer a basic HTML site, not one with Wordpress installed on it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jdub2104
    Ha! paulie888, I noticed that right when you posted. Yeah, that's a lot easier and a lot less files if your site isn't that big. Just make sure you grab the CSS with it too when you transfer it over.
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  • Profile picture of the author zulfnore
    The only thing you need change is the email id and admin name if you used your own personal info, otherwise leave well alone and just transfer it as it is. It will be upto the new owner to change what they want.
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    • Profile picture of the author howdab2
      Definitely change the email, or you will continue to receive emails to approve comments, etc, well after you have sold the site. You may have to twist the buyers arm in order to get them to chnage that after they have bought the site, espcecially if they don't do anything with it immediately.

      I have sold 3 wordpress sites on flippa, and only 1 of the buyers actually did something with the site they bought, the other 2 sites were never even changed after the sale, and I still receive an occassional adsense click or an affiliate sale... woo hoo!

      So you may want to change or not chnage any affiliate links, you can always tell the buyer they need to change that asap, and if they don't, well, thats not your problem


      hth,
      Howard
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