How to Move a Website to a New Host
If you’ve decided to change your website’s hosting company you’ll need to move your website. So let’s go through securely backing up your site before you change the DNS (Domain Name Servers).
I’ll walk you through the entire process from the steps before you back up, right through to restoring your website after the move and checking that the move went smoothly. We’ll do this step-by-step so just watch the videos and follow along.
- Before You Backup
- Choose Your New Host
- Change the Domain Nameservers (DNS)
- Install WordPress
- Restore Your Website
- Check List
Before You Backup
In this video you’ll learn how to prepare your website before you move it. Don’t skip this as you’ll need to be able to find everything to do with your website in one place on your computer.
You’ll want to make sure you have your website completely backed up and saved on your computer before you change the domain nameservers (DNS).
- Tools > Export
- WP Clone
- FTP (File Transfer Protocol)
You may not need all these backups but if you hit a snag then you’ll be able to proceed using another method. Otherwise you would need to change the DNS back to Wealthy Affiliate and have your website offline for the extra time it takes. And we all know that when your website is offline it’s not earning you any money.
Tools > Export
In this video you’re going to learn how to use Tools > Export to backup your posts, pages, comments and other text based content. It’s quick and easy but it may not back up your images and other media files. I recommend using Tools > Export every time you publish a new post.
In this video you’ll learn how to install, activate and use the WP Clone backup plugin.
WP-DB-Backup by Austin Matzko
Choose Your New Host
To help you decide which hosting company you’re going to use I’ve reviewed some of the most popular hosts which support WordPress.
- DreamHost [link to review pages]
Change the Domain Nameservers (DNS)
Restore Your Website
If you get stuck at any time then leave me a message in the comments below and I’ll get back to you as quickly as I can. Your question and my answer will not only help you but also other people who have the same question.