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How to transfer WordPress site from other server

Posted on 24/07/2014 by

When you move your WordPress website from one server to another, you need to perform 3 tasks:

1. Copy the files
2. Copy the database
3. Reconfigure (optional)

Copy the files

There are many ways you can copy files:

Via FTP (FileZilla) – slower option:

1. Open FileZilla
2. In left window navigate to destination folder (left click to create new one
3a. If you created your site the you can press CTRL + S to enter Site Manager and then choose your source server
3b. If you haven’t created site in Site Manager go to upper part enter Host, Username and Password and click on Quickconnect
4. In right window locate your public_html directory
5. Right clickDownload
6. When it finishes go to your destination server
7. Upload your files (you downloaded earlier) from your computer b

More info about using FileZilla you can find here FileZilla client tutorial

Via cPanel – faster option:

1. Open your cPanel on source server
2. Go to File ManagerWeb Root (public_html/www)Go
3. Click on Select AllGZipped Tar ArchiveCompress File(s)
4. Download to your computer
5. Upload to new server (or use SSH to transfer Server to Server)

More info about File Manager in cPanel you can find here Working with File Manager in cPanel


Exporting the database

Best way to transfer Database would be via phpMyAdmin.
1. Login to your cPanel account on source server
2. Go to phpMyAdmin
3. Locate your WP database
4. Click on Export

5. Click on Custom – display all possible option

6. Check Add DROP TABLE / VIEW / PROCEDURE – Click Go

7. Download window will pop-up (if everything is ok) and you can choose where to save your database. It will be file with .sql extension

Importing the database

1. Login into your destination server’s cPanel
2. Create database via MySQL Database Wizard (if you’re not sure how, refer to How to install WordPress script manually)
3. Login to your phpMyAdmin
4. Select newly created database and click on Import

5. Click on BrowseChoose you *.sql file – Click Go

6. If phpMyAdmin report some error it may be false-positive. Check your database to see if your tables are there


If something is wrong with your connection to Database you can easily fix that in wp-config.php in your public_html directory because all of your database logins (DB name, DB user and DB password) are located there.


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