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How to Transfer WordPress Manually

This tutorial explains how to make a WordPress transfer to a new hosting platform. Whether you’re transferring from WordPress.com or from another regular hosting provider, here you will find detailed instructions on how to migrate WordPress to a new host.

Make a full WordPress Transfer

A WordPress migration from one hosting provider to another is an easy task if performed properly. It consists of three parts – moving the files, moving the database and reconfiguration (if needed).

Transfer WordPress Files

To move your files from one host to another you can use your favorite FTP client. For more information on how to use FTP, check this FTP Tutorial. It explains how to move the files of the application first to your local computer and then to upload them on the new account.

Migrate the WordPress Database

The second step is to move your database. First, you need to export your database from the old hosting account. If it uses phpMyAdmin you can follow these instructions. If not, contact the support team of your previous hosting company in order to receive more information on how to export your database. After you have your data exported, create a new database on your new hosting account and import the migrated content in it.

Reconfigure WordPress to work from the new server

Next, reconfigure your WordPress application to work from the new place. To do this, open the wp-config.php file in the WordPress root folder and locate the following lines:

define('DB_NAME', 'user_wrdp1');
/** MySQL database username */
define('DB_USER', 'user_wrdp1');
/** MySQL database password */
define('DB_PASSWORD', 'password');
/** MySQL hostname */
define('DB_HOST', 'hostname');

Replace those values with your actual database, database username and password for it. The hostname should be replaced with localhost. Then save the file and your WordPress site should be up and running from your new hosting account!

If the domain name used by WordPress is changed on the new server, then additional reconfiguration is required. You can check this article on how to do that.

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