HELP: Move Wordpress Blog to New Hosting

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Hey Guys

Need some help please, ive been told in order to back up the best thing to do is download the public html folder on the current blog that way i have copied everything.

Is that correct??

Now the 2nd question - once i have downloaded that how do i move it to another hosting company??
#blog #hosting #move #wordpress
  • Profile picture of the author Kakashi
    I think you can find the tutorial in Youtube.
    A lot of tutorial...
    I'm still learning to to do the same thing.
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  • Profile picture of the author lucidica
    It really depends on your website (there might be some folders outside Public_html, that you may need), so in my opinion the best thing to connect to your web server's FTP, and copy everything (all the folders) - shouldn't be a lot anyway. You might also want to 'backup' your wordpress database, within wordpress itself so that you have a second copy just in case.

    With regards to the hosting move, are you only moving the hosting? or the domain as well? Moving the hosting is just a matter of putting these backed up folders in the new hosting space, and maybe configuring some quick things. Moving the domain might involve DNS, IPS tags etc.
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    • Profile picture of the author Captain_Morgan
      Originally Posted by lucidica View Post

      It really depends on your website (there might be some folders outside Public_html, that you may need), so in my opinion the best thing to connect to your web server's FTP, and copy everything (all the folders) - shouldn't be a lot anyway. You might also want to 'backup' your wordpress database, within wordpress itself so that you have a second copy just in case.

      With regards to the hosting move, are you only moving the hosting? or the domain as well? Moving the hosting is just a matter of putting these backed up folders in the new hosting space, and maybe configuring some quick things. Moving the domain might involve DNS, IPS tags etc.

      Thanks, Ive currently got the blog live with current hosting but since they are not reliable ive joined up with someone new and trying to learn how to move everything to them, so yes domain and site need to be moved
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      • Profile picture of the author lucidica
        Okay, it shouldn't be too complicated. To move a domain to a new provider, you'll need a password, usually called a 'IPS Tag', so, your current provider should have an option to 'start a domain transfer' or 'Request an IPS Tag', something like that (you should be able to contact their support and get this info from them). Essentially, you are trying to start a transfer request from your current hosting provider.

        Once this is done, you should be able to 'transfer the domain' onto the new registrar . The whole process takes about 2-3 days.

        (This does differ from company to company, but is more or less the same).

        Once you have moved the domain over, you'll have to buy some hosting space with the new provider (might come in a package, just like you bought your first domain), and restore all the backup in their respective folders.

        Hope this makes sense.
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        • Profile picture of the author Captain_Morgan
          Originally Posted by lucidica View Post

          Okay, it shouldn't be too complicated. To move a domain to a new provider, you'll need a password, usually called a 'IPS Tag', so, your current provider should have an option to 'start a domain transfer' or 'Request an IPS Tag', something like that (you should be able to contact their support and get this info from them). Essentially, you are trying to start a transfer request from your current hosting provider.

          Once this is done, you should be able to 'transfer the domain' onto the new registrar . The whole process takes about 2-3 days.

          (This does differ from company to company, but is more or less the same).

          Once you have moved the domain over, you'll have to buy some hosting space with the new provider (might come in a package, just like you bought your first domain), and restore all the backup in their respective folders.

          Hope this makes sense.
          so realistic speaking, i need to even change the namerservers to the new hosting company, once that is done then i need to replace the public html folder for new hosting with the one i have downloaded, correct???
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  • Profile picture of the author lucidica
    Correct. If you move the nameservers, make sure you create all the records beforehand. But you should try and move the whole domain if you don't like your current provider - the domain will still be registered with them...
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  • Profile picture of the author Captain_Morgan
    the domains i have register with go daddy all of them.

    the new hosting is a reseller hosting i have got, at the moment then is it just the public html i need to copy then cus they are all wordpress blogs
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    I didn't watch the videos (because for me it's just too much time...) but in the posts above that there is a lot of BS!

    Backing up a WP site has two [2] components:

    1. the files and directories from the directory where your WP is installed; if it's in the root (like example.com) then yes, you need the files and folders from public_html.
    NOTHING outside of it!!!
    if your blog is in a subfolder, like example.com/blog <-- you need to download/backup everything from that (blog) folder)

    2. The MySQL database where all your content is: posts, Pages, comments, settings etc.

    The steps:
    - save the files & folders
    - export the database

    and at the new location:
    - upload the files & folders
    - import the database
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  • Profile picture of the author mrmagos
    As stated, since you are using Wordpress for your sites, you need to move the DATABASES as well as the files to the new host. That is, if you expect your sites to appear as they do now. As usual, the Wordpresss Codex is the greatest resource in this instance: Moving WordPress « WordPress Codex

    If you need help/want someone to do it for you, see my sig.
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  • Profile picture of the author compassion23ph
    You can find few tutorials from Youtube!
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  • Profile picture of the author Captain_Morgan
    The problem is this.

    These blogs that i want to move to a different hosting is alread live and will be using the same domain names. ive had the domain names pushed to me but and the person who i brought the sites from has already got them on his hosting.

    he has given me the 2 files but how would i do this??
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    1. Domain.
    If the domains were pushed to you (your account at the registrar), you should change the DNS info to point them to your hosting. That's the usual procedure - unless you have a different agreement with the seller.

    2. WordPress move.
    What are those "2 files" you got? Are they some kind of compressed (zip) files?
    What you need from him (minimum):
    - the database file
    - the theme with all the images
    - plugins used
    - any media uploads
    (the latter 3 can be given to you in the wp-content directory)

    Ideally, you should get all the WP files, too... although you can always upload the WordPress files from a fresh download.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ahead-DESIGN
    Moving WordPress sites is not so easy, get something like BackupBuddy..
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  • Profile picture of the author Brukhar
    A lot of hosts are willing to handle the move for you, but if not, you can just log into cpanel, do a full backup, then go to your new site with cpanel and upload the backup.
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    • Profile picture of the author greerjb
      There's a WSO thread about WPTwin, which might help you with the process. I used it for three sites. Two went well, one was a bit of a fiasco. If your move is straightforward, WPTwin can help get it done in minimal time.
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