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Transfer your WordPress Blog from one server to another

in: Web Hosting,WordPress

I have just transferred my blog from GoHindi to HostGator.com as now I need world class hosting for my blog. Many a time bloggers think that changing server for the blog is a complicated process and it requires high technical support and server skills. But believe me it is just a matter of following some steps. In this article I am going to mention the steps that you need to transfer your blog from one hosting to another.. especially cpanel hosting as I have got experience with moving blogs on servers powered by cpanel.

Step 1: Upgrade your WordPress blog with the latest wordpress version — It is very simple as if you are using cpanel hosting then you can use fantastico to upgrade your blog. The condition is that you have used it for the initial installation of the wordpress script.
Step 2: Take the Files BackUp — Now download the wp-content folder on your pc or laptop from your existing server. For this you can use any FTP client like ws_ftp professional, cuteftp etc.
Step 3: Take the DataBase BackUp — You have two ways to backup your database. First one to use PhPMyAdmin or you can use backup facility of cpanel for taking the backup of your database.
Step 4: Change the nameservers for your Blog Domain — Now you have to change the nameserver of your domain to the name servers provided by your new web hosting company using the control panel of your domain name. Now DNS propogation may take 24-48 hours.
Step 5: Install WordPress using Fantastico — Now do a fresh installation of WordPress on your new server for your blog.
Step 6: Replace wp-content of new installation with your wp-content. This will transfer all your files, templates and images on your new server.
Step 7: Import your DataBase Backup to the new database — For this you need PhpMyAdmin. You have to select the database and then there is a option for import in it. Now just you have to browse the database backup and click the submit button.

Hey you are done.. Now you can see you blog on your new server. Happy blogging !!!

if you have any doubts feel free to post your comments and queries.

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    Hi
    Abhishek nice info i am also planning to change my blog server..

    Ajay Pathak on December 18th, 2007
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  • 6

    Well you tell me, is there any need of copying whole wordpress folder or just wp_content will do the trick…

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    Well my post and comments page wont come up. It sends the error page instead.

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    Thank for the good source! At first i though to download the whole wordpress, and upload on another place. That’s time consuming!

    smtihveg on September 25th, 2008
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    Thank for the good source! At first i though to download the whole wordpress, and upload on another place. That’s time consuming!

    Adspotlive on May 18th, 2009
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    this includes a few more steps, including editing the database to stop problems like getting redirected back to the old host/ domain in case it was a transfer between domain names too and not just domain. Check out the steps to fix it here:

    http://tech.nabtron.com/how-to-transfer-wordpress-from-one-server-to-another/488/

    Nabeel on September 27th, 2009
  • 13

    thanks a lot for this article. clearly explained, only after reading this i was able to transfer my wordpress site successfully.

    kumaran on April 6th, 2010
  • 14

    thanks for the article. i followed every step you mentioned. after transferring my site to new server my wordpress thumb images are not showing up. instead showing a big into mark. please reply to my email

    senthil on May 18th, 2010
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    this includes a few more steps, including editing the database to stop problems like getting redirected back to the old host/ domain in case it was a transfer between domain names too and not just domain. Check out the steps to fix it here:

    http://nabtron.com/how-to-transfer-wordpress-from-one-server-to-another/488/

    @senthil, u will get your query answered too

    Nabeel on June 29th, 2010
  • 16

    Nice stuff to server migration. Keep it up.

    Sam on September 25th, 2010
  • 17

    this is just what i need to move my relationship blog

    Dermasolve on October 26th, 2010
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    Tai Laney on January 19th, 2011
  • 19

    Thanks , i am planning to change my host for long time but now after reading this blog i m going to do now….i hope everything will be just fine…i will write abt my experience as soon as my transfer will be over….
    BTW nice post !!!

    Ravi on March 2nd, 2011
  • 20

    Hey, Thanks for this article, I was searching to migrate wordpress blog from 1 server to another server and I found your article and used the tips as you have mentioned. Initially, I had a bit problem but after reading again and used your steps I did.
    Thanks so much

    Upni Duniya on March 29th, 2011
  • 21

    thanks i am planning to change my web host…

    Chetan on July 11th, 2012
  • 22

    Thanks for This post.
    I was searching for how to migrate wordpress blog from one server to another.

    Thanks

    Manoj on October 26th, 2012
  • 23

    Great :)

    Gagan on October 27th, 2012