If you’re a premium member of Wealthy Affiliate and the time has come when you need figure out how to transfer your websites to another hosting company. This post and tutorial will help you complete the whole process.
Wealthy Affiliate is a great place that I recommend to everyone, but people come and go all the time for many different reasons. For many members, transferring the websites they’ve built and been working on for several months is something that must be performed or all their hard work goes offline and is lost if they don’t perform a wordpress backup.
Let My Help You Transfer Your Site
If you know me, you’ll be aware that I like to help people whenever I can, that’s one reason I created this video tutorial and I’m creating this post.
I’ve helped many members move sites from one host to another, but a few days ago while helping a WA member move 4 of her websites I many a note to create a tutorial covering how to that would help others.
If you’re good at following video tutorials, I would recommend that you watch the video below from start to finish. If it’s something you feel comfortable doing, then go for it, should you run into problems, just contact me and I’ll help.
Want me to transfer everything for you?
For anyone that wants to move their sites over to Hostgator and uses my affiliate coupon codes. I’ll gladly complete the website transfer for you in return for the hosting commission that I’ll make during the signup.
If you want to take advantage of this offer, please use one of the following two coupon codes during checkout and then contact me via this site or send a PM inside WA. I’ll then let you know what details I need to complete the process.
Coupon code: HowToVideo =$9.94 OFF Checkout total. (best when paying month to month)
Coupon code: HowToVideo25 =25% OFF Checkout total. (best when paying every 6 months or yearly)
How To Video Tutorial
Here is the step by step video tutorial that will show you how to move a WordPress from Wealthy Affiliate to Hostgator. Below I’m going to include each step you need to take, but the instructions will be brief. If you run into any problems, feel free to contact me.
Moving A Site From Wealthy Affiliate To HostgatorAbove is the step by step video tutorial that will show you how to move a WordPress from Wealthy Affiliate to Hostgator. Below I'm going to include each step you need to take, but the instructions will be brief. If you run into any problems, feel free to contact me.
Step 1 – Backup & Clone Your Site
The first and most important thing you should do is create a backup of your site. To do this, you need to install a plugin called: “WP Clone by WP Academy”. Install and activate the plugin, then via left side menu, click on WP Clone.
On the plugin settings page click on the “Create Backup” button. Several seconds later you should see a message saying: “Backup Successful”. Click on the link and download the backup zip file to your computer.
Step 2 – Purchase & Setup New Hosting
You need hosting, so if you haven’t already purchased hosting outside of Wealthy Affiliate. Now is the time to purchase a hosting package. If you’re going with Hostgator consider using the coupon code in this post to save money during the checkout.
Step 3 – Change Domain DNS Nameserver
After signing up for a new hosting service, you should be given some custom nameserver that you need to point your domains to the new hosting. You’ll need these so locate them first, likely in a welcome email or often times found inside your hosting Cpanel.
You now need to login to the site you purchased your site domain from, in the video you can see that I used Godaddy. Locate your domain option and change the nameserver so that it points to the new hosting.
All sites are different so it’s hard for my to give instructions. If you can’t complete this step please contact me or the domain provider support.
Step 4 – Add Domain
This step is going to be different depending on who you selected as the hosting company. Plus if you enter the domain (you already own) when signing up for Hostgator, it’s going to be the primary domain for your account and already added to your Cpanel.
If you entered a different domain when signing up or perhaps purchased a new domain with the hosting, you will need to use the “Addon Domain” feature inside the Cpanel to add your domain. (Please see video above if confused on how to)
If you went with another hosting company like Bluehost, you’ll not be able to add the domain to your account until the domain nameserver is pointing to your new hosting.
Step 5 – Check Domain DNS
It can take several hours for a domain nameserver to change, but from my experience it normally only takes an hour or so. While creating the video above, it had switched over in under 10 minutes. The correct term for this is “DNS Propagation”.
If you visit you site/domain in your browser and just press refresh or F5, you’ll not be able to see when the domain DNS changes as your browser cache and computer local DNS has stored details for your domain.
Head over to my favorite site: https://www.whatsmydns.net
Enter in your domain and change the drop down menu option from A to NS and press search. This will then check different location across the globe to see what the current nameserver details are for your domain. If you see you new nameserver details you’re ready to move on. Still see the old Wealthy Affiliate nameservers, give it another 15 minutes and try again.
If you went with Hostgator you can actually complete step 6 while waiting for the nameserver to change.
Step 6 – New WordPress Installation
We next need to install a new installation of WordPress on the domain. Hostgator has a program inside the Cpanel called “Quick Install“, again I would recommend referring to the video to see how I install WordPress if you’ve never done this before.
After a successful install, you’ll be given your new login details. BUT odds are when you visit your domain you’ll find that it’s loading the original site and not the new installation you just installed. – DON’T PANIC
Step 7 – Flush Local DNS & Clear Browser Cache
You only need to complete this step if you do not see the new WordPress installation or have trouble logging into the new site.
Please refer to Google’s answer and article at top of the page here: https://www.google.ca/search?q=flush+dns+cache
Open “Run” or “CMD” and run the following command: ipconfig /flushdns
I’m running Windows 8.1 and right click my Windows button/icon in the lower left corner, then select RUN or Command Prompt, then type in ipconfig /flushdns.
Step 8 – Upload Backup Zip File
If you watched the video already you’ll understand why I recommend renaming the backup ZIP file you downloaded.
It’s because the file name is huge, one I’ve just found in my download folder is wpclone_backup_27th_Jan_2015_02-50PM_Vid_gBAjAUiLCI.zip Shortly you’ll need to enter the file name into your website, so if it’s named to a short filename like sitebackup.zip it will be easier to type. (Keep in mind this is totally optional)
Uploading the backup file: Either via the Cpanel File Manager or an FTP program like FileZilla you need to connect to the root of your domain.
File Manage is the easiest option because you can select the domain and it will open the root directory, all you’ll need to do then is click the upload button and then select the .zip file to upload, this is covered in the video.
Step 9 – Restore Backup Clone
Almost done, using your new WordPress login details, login and search/install/activate the plugin “WP Clone by WP Academy”.
On the WP Clone settings page select “Restore for URL”, enter into the field your domain and full zip file name, for example, domain.com/filebackup.zip
Select agree and then click the orange button. A few seconds later you should get a “Restore Successful” message.
Please note that your login details will now be the old login details used on Wealthy Affiliate hosting. I would recommend that you check out different pages on your site to confirm everything is working.
If you completed all of the above steps and haven’t run into any errors, congrats, you’ve just successfully moved your site from Wealthy Affiliate to Hostgator.
Error Message – What Does It Mean?
If for some reason you run into error messages or need help, post a comment below and I’ll get back to you ASAP. Please try to include exact error message if possible.
Some people who have large WordPress sites have problems creating backups due to file size and timeouts. Excluding a few selected folders often fixes this problem.