WP-Chats: A WordPress Video Tutorial Series

WP-Chats: A WordPress Video Tutorial Series2023-05-26T09:58:49-04:00

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How to move a WordPress website to a new host

Why would you want to move a WordPress website to a new host?  There are many reasons. The most common reason is that your website performance is sub-par and is loads too slowly. This can hurt your users’ experiences on your site, and thus affect your SEO as your ranking in Google will suffer. Other reasons are: your site’s form notifications have email delivery issues, or your paying too much, or you just don’t like the customer service from your existing host. 

Here are the steps to move your WordPress website to a new host.

Step 1 – Back up your files

Log into your website host’s cPanel and access the file manager. Find your root folder that holds your website files (usually called “public_html” or “htdocs” or “www.”) – you’ll see a lot of loose files along with wp-content, wp-admin, and wp-includes.

Select all the files and archive or zip them, and download the zipped folder. (.zip)

Step 2 – Export your website’s database

  • In your host’s cPanel go to PHPmyAdmin
  • Export your database as an SQL file

Step 3 –  Purchase a web hosting plan


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