The first step is to prepare a new hosting space. You will have to create a directory, so you can move your blog to your new hosting space. If you want to make the moving easier use the same directory name. Check if your new host can support multiple domains, if it does use the cPanel to put in an add-on domain.
The next step will be reinstalling the WordPress. Use the cPanel fantastic tool, or famous 5 minute install from your new host. You have to be sure of these things:
- The WordPress you are installing is higher or the same as your current WordPress release.
- You will be required to use the same login and password as your current one, which will simplify things for you.
- When you have to fill WordPress address, use a temporary WordPress installation. This will be found in WordPress admin>settings>general. In addition to that change the blog address to e.g. http://MyHostServerIPAddress/MyAccount/MyDomain.com
Using the blog address you have made, visit your blog. Make sure the WordPress you installed works fine before adding a theme or your blogs. If you want to be careful you can keep a backup of your WP-config. PHP.
Upgrade your old WordPress if you have installed a new version of WordPress on the new host. Check if you don’t or do require an upgrade, after that check all the plugins.
Before moving any further backup all your current data, you can use free filezilla FPT for this. Also keep a backup of your robot.txt, wp-config.php, .htaccess files and wp-config.php. When done with this, be sure to make a backup of all your other folders such as temp, junk, download etc.
Search for a tool called phpMyAdmin, it will be available in your cPanel. Make sure that you don’t use the export feature, only export your current WordPress database using phpMyAdmin. When using phpMyAdmin select the options as shown below:
- All WordPress tables, and SQL.
- Also add the option Drop Table/View/Procedure/Function.
- Then save as file. Once you click on the GO button you will be asked to save a database backup file on your disk.
To overwrite the new wp-content folder, use FTP to connect and backup the data done in step 4. Be sure that the .htaccesfiles are uploaded to the new directory.
To import your WordPress database go to cPanel, and open phpMyAdmin tool, select new WordPress database and click import. Then select the backup file created in step 5, so you can import data to WordPress table.
It’s time to test your new blog, but right before you do a few settings need to be changed. Like in step 2, change general settings again as URL can now be your actual domain name. You will not be required to upload wp-config.php file.
Before making it permanent, make sure you do two things:
- POP Download all mains from previous host.
- Copy all new comments, if any came during installation.
Change the name of the server from the old one to the one provided by the new host; and make sure everything works fine.
These are some simple sets for web hosting. Scott provides excellent solutions for effective marketing to his clients. He can be reached over at scotheron.me.