How to Migrate WordPress Installations

November 28, 2017Leron AminComments Open

In this tutorial you will learn how to quickly transfer an exact copy of an existing WordPress website to another WordPress installation. This tutorial will be helpful to you if you are planning to move your WordPress website to a cloud platform such as Azure, GCP, or AWS.

Using a WordPress Migration plugin is a great time saver when transferring your WordPress website between hosting providers.

To get started, follow along with the video above. If you get stuck, check below to see the steps listed individually with images.

Before starting this tutorial, you should have already deployed a new WordPress installation on the hosting provider (Azure, GCP, AWS) where you would like to migrate your existing WordPress website to.

1. Download WP Migration Plugin

migrate wordpress installation all-in-one wordpress migration plugin
From your existing WordPress website, head over to “Add Plugins” and download the All-in-One WP Migration plugin.

NOTE: The free version of All-in-One WP Migration plugin limits the WordPress upload file size to 512MB. If your WordPress file size is greater than 512MB, download the unlimited version of the plugin and upload it to your WordPress plugins library.

2. Export Website File

migrate wordpress installation export wordpress website to file
Activate the All-in-One WP Migration plugin, and access it by clicking the link in your WordPress sidebar column. From the All-in-One WP Migration dashboard, enter your existing website URL in the Find field, and your new website URL in the Replace with field. Finally, export your website by selecting Export To > File.

3. Import Website File

migrate wordpress installation import file
From your new WordPress Website installation, download the All-in-One WP Migration plugin and go to Import From > File. Choose the export file that you downloaded in the previous step.

4. Change Permalink Structure

migrate wordpress installation permalink dashboard
After you’ve successfully imported your WordPress website to Google Cloud, you will need to reset your permalink structure. From your WordPress dashboard go to Settings > Permalinks, and select the permalink structure that you prefer (I recommend Post name).

NOTE: After finishing with the WordPress migration, you can uninstall or deactivate the All-in-One WP Migration plugin.

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