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WordPress Migration Tutorials: The Safest Ways to Move Your Stuff

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There are times when you have to move your WordPress-based website within your server, or from one server to another. Luckily for you there is no need to reinstall the engine and recreate your sit.

WordPress is flexible enough to handle such situations. In this blog post we are going to unite WordPress migration tutorials that will help you move safely from one host or server to another.

First of all we are going to consider two cases: when your domain name changes and when you preserve your domain name.

Domain Name is Preserved

Moving your site without changing URLs is very easy. As a rule, all you need is to move your files from one place to another, as well as database. When you do it, all URLs will be preserved as well as the content. In case when database name or user changes, you need to correct values in wp-config.php.

If you want to make some tests before switching, you need to change "siteurl" and "home" in the database table "wp_options" (through phpMyAdmin or similar). When doing any possible rewrites (permalinks), .htaccess has to be disabled, and when site goes live you need to reconfigure permalinks.

If you are moving to another server preserving your domain, you need to edit wp-config.php with new database/user information and upload everything as it is to your new server.

Domain Name Changes

When changing your domain name and URLs, there is a number of additional concerns. When moving files to the new server, all references will remain to your old domain name. This will definitely cause issues with links and theme display. If you replace URLs in your database, this may cause issues with data serialization (some themes and widgets store values with the length of your URL marked.) When changing this, everything will fall apart. To avoid serialization, there are two options:

  • Perform a search and replace on the wp_posts table.
  • Use the Search and Replace for WordPress Databases Script to change safely all instances.

This was the most important information concerning WordPress site transfer, now we are going to have a look at tutorials we've promised to share with you.

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How to move a site from WordPress.com

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Lots of people start exploring this platform from WordPress.com site. But there comes a time when it feels too small for you. In this tutorial you will find how to move safely from WordPress.com to some other place.

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Migrating WordPress Across Hosts, Servers and URLs

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In this detailed tutorial you will find out how to move your WordPress site when changing your host.

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Blogger to WordPress Migration Tutorial

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Here you will discover some helpful tips on how to move your site from Blogger platform to WordPress.

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Move WordPress to The New Server

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There is another tutorial that will help you change your site's "dwelling" in the safest possible way.

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How to Transfer WordPress Completely

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

This is a guide that will help you painlessly move your WordPress site.

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How to Migrate a WordPress Site

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This is a guide provided by Bluehost company.

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Migrate WordPress site to Drupal

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Migrate WordPress blog to Drupal using the Migrate module. With its help you'll be able to import posts, pages, comments, attachments, tags and categories. Imports can be rolled back completely.

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WordPress Migration in 5 Minutes

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In this guide you will reveal how to move your WordPress site to another server in 5 minutes.

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WordPress Site URL Migration Generator

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Generate a simple MySQL script to help you easily migrate your WordPress site from one URL to another.

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WP Engine Support Garage: Migration Process

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6-step guide on how to move safely your WordPress site.