Our Ultimate Checklist for WordPress Websites Migration

Table of Contents

Exporting Checking Importing

Exporting

Content is the heart of any website. It will let both users and search engines know what your site is about. It’s important to get content right from the start. The following points will help you do so.

Export Site Database

The database is the mind of a site. Login to Cpanel and from PHPMyAdmin carefully select the database of the site and export it.

Download the required files and folders

The website contains important data and structure files that need to be moved. The followings are the core files that are essential for migration.

→ Plugins → Uploads
→ Themes → htaccess
→ Wpconfig

Importing

Good design ensures that web content is presented in the best way possible across different devices and user setups. This can often mean a lot more work, but it’s definitely worth it.

Create database from the new domain cpanel

Login to the new domain Cpanel and create a database from MySQL Database Wizard.

Create database user & password

Create the username and a strong password for that newly created database.

Assign user privileges

It’s an important step as the user that is assigned to the database should have the right to access & modify the database. If the user is admin then all privileges should be assigned to it.

Import database

Login to the new domain PhpMyAdmin and select the database which was created. Import the backup of the old database into it and make sure it’s successfully imported.

Upload fresh WordPress copy

Download the latest WordPress installation from wordpress.org and upload it into the public_html folder of Cpanel File Manager.

Replace the required files

Upload the downloaded data files which are mentioned above and replace them.

Edit & Save Wp-config file

Last but not least, edit the Wp-config file and change the following values:

→ DB_NAME
→ DB_USER
→ DB_USER
→ table_prefix (if changed)

Checking

Content is the heart of any website. It will let both users and search engines know what your site is about. It’s important to get content right from the start. The following points will help you do so.

Error Checking

Open the website on the browser and check if it opens as usual. If found any issues while opening the site or some specific content of the site then further troubleshoot it.

Open site on famous browsers

Open the website on multiple popular web browsers to check the browser-compatibility issue and responsiveness.