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How to Upload WordPress Website to WordPress Hosting

Migration plugins on WordPress are conveniently used to transfer a WordPress website from one hosting to another but errors might occur if the size of the website files are bigger than what the plugin can handle. If this happens, simply follow the instructions provided in this article. This is also another way if Transfer Existing Site option is not working on Vodien Account Manager. Follow the steps below on how to upload your WordPress website manually via SFTP. 

1. Download all necessary WordPress backup: 

Step 1. Back up your website files from your previous hosting account. Check the related articles below to be guided on how to back up your website files based on your previous hosting platform. 

Step 2. Export the database from phpMyAdmin for you to have a copy. 

2. Synchronize the database details of the WordPress hosting to your website backup.

Step 1. Access your current website files on WordPress hosting. 

Step 2. View/Edit the wp-config.php file. 

View or Edit wp-config.php File

Step 3. Take note of the details on line 22 to line 29. 

WpConfig File Details

Step 4. Access your backup files and open the wp-config.php file. 

Step 5. Replace line 22 to line 29 with the copied information from step 3. 

Step 6. Save the changes made on the wp-config.php file of your backup. 

3. Upload your WordPress backup files.  

Step 1. On an FTP client, your computer’s files are on the left side of the window.  Highlight all backup files. 

Step 2. Right-click on the highlighted area. 

Step 3. Choose Upload. 

Upload Files via FileZilla

Step 4. Since the WordPress hosting files would have the same file names with your  backup files, a window will pop up where you need to choose Overwrite. 

Step 5. For the pop up to not show each time, put a check in the boxes for Always use  this action and Apply to current queue only for FileZilla 

Overwrite Files FileZilla

Step 6. Wait for the upload to finish. This is usually indicated with empty Queued files in FileZilla.  

FileZilla Progress Bar

4. Delete the tables on WordPress hosting database.  

Step 1. Access WordPress hosting database 

Step 2. Click on the database on the left for its tables to show.  

Vodien phpMyAdmin Page

Step 3. Check the Check All box for all tables to be highlighted.  

phpMyAdmin Check All Button

Step 4. Click Drop on the With selected drop-down options 

phpMyAdmin Drop Tables Button

Step 5. Click Yes to confirm the deletion of tables.  

phpMyAdmin Drop Tables Confirmation

5. Import database backup.  

Step 1. Access WordPress hosting database. 

Step 2. Import the database in phpMyAdmin.  

6. Update site URL and home URL in the database.  

Step 1. Access WordPress hosting database. 

Step 2. Click on the database on the left for its tables to show. 

Step 3. Click on wp_options table. 

Step 4. Click the Edit link that corresponds to siteurl and home one at a time.   

Edit URL WordPress Site

Step 5Enter the new URL in the option_value field and click on Go. Make sure to make the same changes for siteurl and home.  

7. Access the website on a browser to check if the transfer is complete.  

Please do not hesitate to contact our 24/7 Singapore or Australia Support Team if you have further questions. 

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Updated on March 18, 2021

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