Best Way To Transfer WordPress to A Different Server?

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Hey guys.

I need to transfer my Wordpress website from Rackspace to NO-NO-NO-NO-NO-NO-NO-. I can do this via FTP, but then I have to reactivate stuff, change things around and so on.

I also know I have to export the Wordpress DB and then import it.

Is there a better way?
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  • Profile picture of the author viescripts
    Originally Posted by EndTheTrendNow View Post

    Hey guys.

    I need to transfer my Wordpress website from Rackspace to NO-NO-NO-NO-NO-NO-NO-. I can do this via FTP, but then I have to reactivate stuff, change things around and so on.

    I also know I have to export the Wordpress DB and then import it.

    Is there a better way?
    more than that, you will have to modify configuration, otherwise your blog won't work in the new place.

    You could consider packing/unpacking into archive, but not sure what this will save you, if many records may save time.
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  • Profile picture of the author SteveJohnson
    Originally Posted by EndTheTrendNow View Post

    Hey guys.

    I need to transfer my Wordpress website from Rackspace to NO-NO-NO-NO-NO-NO-NO-. I can do this via FTP, but then I have to reactivate stuff, change things around and so on.

    I also know I have to export the Wordpress DB and then import it.

    Is there a better way?
    You could use one of the popular 'mover' plugins, but it sounds like you know your way around a little.

    A WP site is two things: the wp-content folder, and the database. You have those two things, you can move the site anywhere.

    Here's how I do it:
    # start downloading the original wp-content folder to my machine
    # grab the database dump

    # set up the new db on the new server
    # import the database dump
    # grab fresh copy of WP and install (I use SSH on the new server, getting, unzipping, etc. takes all of 2 minutes)
    # start uploading the original wp-content folder
    # while that's working, update the new wp-config.php file with new db info and new salts

    Depending on how big the original wp-content folder is, manually moving a WP site, if you have your duckies in a row, usually takes less than 15 minutes. Also, if you do it this way (rather than the way some people try - new WP install and export/import posts/pages/etc.), all of the original settings from themes and plugins are intact.
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    • Profile picture of the author EndTheTrendNow
      I got most of it back up but I had to muck around with a bunch of settings. The only thing left to do is point the domain.

      There seems to be a little bit of censorship going on here. I wrote G o D a D D Y, but it was replaced with No-No-No... I haven't had any issues dealing with them. Super easy to setup a server and work with domain names.

      I have one site that has over 10K visitors and I don't see any performance issues.
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  • Profile picture of the author topnichewebsites
    Actually really only takes a few minutes to transfer from host to host. I am guessing you have it all compete ?
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  • Profile picture of the author EndTheTrendNow
    The hard part was I had to install a bunch of the paid plug-ins and change other settings, even though I did a complete FTP copy. I used WP's built in Exporter, but that obviously didn't export the entire database's content. I would be nice if WordPress could do a full backup / restore where all the settings/data would be copied.
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  • Profile picture of the author Glen Barnhardt
    Yes you can do it manually but the best tool for this is Backup Buddy. It's simple and even allows you to move to different domains. One of the best tools in my arsenal.

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    • Profile picture of the author Sumit thakur
      if you want to transfer the website on different server but on same domain then follow the steps below .

      STEP 1 - install wordpress on the new server using same domain name

      STEP 2 - go to your old server and take backup of entire folder where you had installed wordpress previously using ftp

      STEP 3 - upload this backup folder on new server at the location where you have installed wordpress there .it will ask you weather to replace existing files and directories ,then click on replace all .

      if the domain name is same then this will work fine for you .

      if you need any other help then PM
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  • Profile picture of the author adjmpw
    If you have WHM access in both server, It is very easy,,all posts,db,users everything can be transferred in 1 step.
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  • Profile picture of the author magicplumbers
    To transfer your website from Wordpress to another, you have to install a template and create other files like joomla, php, drupal etc. It is not a difficult task but it need little knowledge or you can find results in Google also.
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