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How to Move your WordPress Site to a New Server

A number of individuals think twice before changing their hosting provider. Loss of data and excess downtime are two of the main reasons why people stick to existing hosting plans, even though they might not be completely satisfied with the service. Cheaper and better hosting is always an alluring factor, and you should know how to move your WordPress site to a new server.

In order to get started you should know the basics of moving your WordPress site in the right manner. Here are a few easy steps that you should keep in mind while making the switch.

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Downloading important WP folders and files:

The first step is quite straightforward and involves downloading the entire wp-content folder as well as the wp-config.php file to your PC. This contains all the customizations that you had done on WordPress. Log in using your ftp client.


Back up for WordPress database:

Check in to your original site server and visit the Control Panel. From here, launch phpMyAdmin. From here, locating your WordPress database is a breeze and you need to click on ‘Export’. Ensure that you’ve checked the “Save as File” option at the bottom. This means you now have your entire WordPress database backed up and ready to upload on the new server.

Creating a New My SQL database:

This process will be a little different depending on the hosting company you are currently linked to. However, you need to pick out information such as host name, database name and username as well as the database password. This information will come in handy when you’re running the import script on a new domain. This step can get pretty technical, so you should leave it up to the experts.

Importing your database to new server:

From the new server’s Control Panel, launch phpMyAdmin. Then click on the new database name and find the Import Tab. This means you have to locate the recently downloaded database backup file. Once you find it, click GO and wait for the import to end.

Changing the imported database:

By running a few SQL Queries, modification of the imported database can take place. This is a crucial step if you want the database to function properly on the new server. Updating the database using SQL Query is a must.

WordPress on the new server:

Copy-paste the wp-content folder and also edit the wp-config.php file. Here’s where the database information will come in handy.

Testing your site after you complete all these steps is an important move. This way you can check whether everything is in working condition. Make sure you peruse through each and every page carefully.

Don’t forget to update your DNS records, as well. For an individual who has moderate knowledge about databases and site maintenance, making the switch will not be too much of a hassle. If you feel a little lost while switching to a new server, you can always hire a professional to see the process through. Moving your WordPress site to a new server is not a very long process.

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