How to Move WordPress from one Host to Another

Written by Jean Galea
Written by Jean Galea

Last updated on 31 Jul 2013

Moving house is always a pain, and in the eyes of most people moving a WordPress installation is seen in the same light. However it doesn't have to be a complicated and terrifying experience. Not with the right tools.

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Moving house is always a pain, and in the eyes of most people moving a WordPress installation is seen in the same light.

However it doesn’t have to be a complicated and terrifying experience. Not with the right tools.

With BackupBuddy, I do such migrations on a daily basis, with zero pain. Here’s what I use BackupBuddy for (apart from backups of course):

  • Migration of WordPress sites from a local server to a production server
  • Migration from development to production servers
  • Migrating WordPress sites from one host to another

So why is it so easy?

Well, here’s how it goes. I start from the website I want to move, installing the BackupBuddy plugin on it, and running a full backup.

With that done, I download the importbuddy script, and place it together with the compressed backup file onto the new host. Then it’s just a case of running the importbuddy script in the browser and following the steps in the wizard.

Job done! How bad was that?

Download BackupBuddy and do an easy migration

This is hands down the easiest method I know of for moving a WordPress installation. It works beautifully, and I’m honestly surprised that people still use the longer and riskier manual methods for moving their WordPress sites.

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<span style="font-weight: 400">Written by: </span>Jean Galea
Written by: Jean Galea

Jean Galea is an investor, entrepreneur, and blogger.

He is the founder of WP Mayor, the plugins WP RSS Aggregator and Spotlight, as well as the Mastermind.fm podcast.

His personal blog can be found at jeangalea.com.

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5 Responses

  1. Thanks for the quick reply.
    And for the reference to the WP DB Migrate Pro plugin. Have you ever come across ServerPress (“http://serverpress.com/”)? They seem to do something similar to this migrate plugin you mention.

    Furthermore, I do believe you think too easy on the issue I mention. Just copying or moving the database won’t solve the problem because the database will often contain both the site data as well as the settings stored by the theme and plugins used. In my experience, it is especially this combination of both sets of data that makes this issue cumbersome and not so easy to solve.

  2. Looks very simple indeed and would work when making a full duplicate copy of the source site.
    However, how about merging the development and production sites for next versions?

    Let me try to explain.
    Suppose I successfully created version 1.0 of my site and deployed it using this method.
    The site is running and collecting data as visitors and members and users add content and data to the production site.
    In the mean time, I developed the new version 1.1 on my development site, tested it and considered it worthwhile to take into production.
    Now, when I would just copy the development site to production, I would lose all newly added content and data, wouldn’t I?

    How do you go about in this situation? Merging ‘code’ and ‘content’ from different sites?

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