Migrating a WordPress site involves moving your website files, database, and domain name (if applicable) from one location to another. Here are the general steps to migrate a WordPress site:
- Backup your website files and database: You can use a plugin like UpdraftPlus or Duplicator Migration to back up your website files and database.
- Create a staging site: If possible, create a staging site where you can test the migration before making the changes to your live site.
- Transfer your website files: You can transfer your website files using an FTP client like FileZilla or through your website host’s control panel.
- Export your database: You can export your database using phpMyAdmin or a plugin like WP Migrate DB.
- Import your database: On your new host, create a new database and import the exported database using phpMyAdmin or a plugin like WP Migrate DB.
- Update the wp-config.php file: Update the wp-config.php file on your new host with the new database information.
- Update the URLs in the database: If you’re changing your domain name, you’ll need to update the URLs in the database to reflect the new domain name. You can use a plugin like Velvet Blues Update URLs to do this.
- Update your DNS: If you’re changing your domain name, you’ll need to update your DNS settings to point to your new host.
- Test your site: Test your site to ensure everything is working correctly and all links are working as expected.
It’s important to be careful when migrating a site as even small mistakes can cause your site to break or lose data. It’s always a good idea to consult with a professional if you’re not comfortable with these steps.
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