How to Safely Copy and Move Your WordPress Website
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Learn how to duplicate and transfer your entire WordPress site from one location to another — like a pro!
In this course, we'll talk about how WordPress migration works, how to prepare your existing site and your site's destination, and what tools you need to clone and move your entire WordPress site.
Whether you plan to migrate your own WordPress website from one web host to another, from your local computer to a web server, or from a web server to your own local computer — understanding how WordPress migration works will help you feel more confident and secure about the process!
HOW IS THIS COURSE DIFFERENT?
My name is Kathleen, and I've been teaching technology to beginners under the moniker Robobunnyattack! since 2009. I believe that with the right approach, anyone can learn anything.
My goal is to help you develop an intuitive understanding of web technologies, and how to make them work for YOU.
The lessons in this course are perfect for "advanced beginners" who:
If this describes you, then you're ready to learn how to migrate your own WordPress website!
In this course, we'll copy and move a pre-existing WordPress website from one web server to another. As we work together, I'll explain what each step means and WHY we do it, so you can learn more quickly and with more confidence. We'll cover:
By the end of this course, you'll be able to copy and move an entire WordPress website from one location to another, following best practices every step of the way!
Here's a sample of what my students have to say about my other WordPress courses on Udemy:
"Love, love, love. . . LUUURVE RoboBunny's online lectures. I've worked a bit with WordPress here and there over the years, but RoboBunny certainly has filled in many of the missing parts and I have a much better understanding." —Kimberly M.
"This helped build my confidence to go ahead and take action. Tutor has a passion and super knowledge of her subject." —Tania Y.
"Course was just the right amount of information at the right price. A clean and concise format. Thank you." —Lori J.
"Kathleen's instruction is clear, down-to-earth, and spot on. Her style is devoid of geek-speak and enthusiastic." —Leslie S.
"Thank you Kathleen for sharing this information. ... My working life is now a lot easier thanks to your clear, concise and illuminating presentation here." —Paul B.
BONUS: I've also included a FREE bonus section ("SECTION 6: FTP Basics") explaining how FTP (File Transfer Protocol) works. Understanding how to use FTP software is essential in order to move WordPress sites. If you aren't already familiar with FTP or you need a quick refresher, you can start there!
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME?
I'm confident you'll LOVE this course, and I'm excited to help you learn. Enrol now and add this essential skill to your WordPress toolbox today!
—Kathleen Farley (aka Robobunnyattack!)
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|Section 1: Introduction|
|In this course, we'll talk about how WordPress migration works, how to prepare your existing site and your site's destination, and what tools you need to clone and move your entire WordPress site. If you have any questions, please post a discussion in the course dashboard! I'm happy to answer your questions to the best of my ability. Happy learning!|
|Is this the right course for you? Learn more about who this course is for, and what you need to get started.|
|Moving a WordPress site involves more than just copying files to a new location. In this lecture, I explain a bit more about how WordPress works, and what potential challenges can come up when migrating an existing WordPress website to a new location.|
|Uh-oh — it's an official Robobunnyattack disclaimer! But please don't let this discourage you. I just put this in here to make sure you're 100% informed about any potential issues you might have to deal with when moving a WordPress site.|
|Section 2: Getting started|
|In this lecture, we review our example migration scenario: Moving an existing WordPress website from one web server to another.|
|Before we attempt a migration, let's prepare our website. We need to make sure that (1) we're running the latest stable version of WordPress; (2) all our plugins and themes are up-to-date; and (3) our existing site is fully backed up (just in case!)|
|Next, let's install the tools we'll use to automate some of the migration process for us.|
|Finally, we need to build our website package and download it to a safe location on our computer.|
|Section 3: Next steps: The destination|
Are you moving your WordPress site to a new webhost, but keeping the same domain name? Read this before proceeding!
Setting up your database at the destination location requires some behind-the-scenes configuration. This is typically the step that confuses the most people. Never fear! While the process can seem intimidating at first, it's actually very straightforward once you wrap your head around what's happening. (Your web hosting provider can provide you with additional assistance here too if you need it.) PS Don't forget to write down the hostname, username, database name, and the password you chose when creating your database!
|Here's a written overview of the last step, in case you need further guidance.|
|Finally — it's time to upload our files! We'll use our favourite FTP software (Cyberduck) to upload our installer file and our archive file to the destination directory. (Make sure you're uploading to the correct directory — if you're unsure, consult your web hosting provider for further guidance.)|
|Section 4: Let's do it!|
|Now comes the fun part — running the installer. We'll use a web browser to run the installer we just uploaded. Make sure to copy your new database credentials correctly and test your connection before running the deployment.|
|You're almost done! All that's left to do now is to save permalinks, test your site thoroughly, and clean up the installer and archive files.|
|Lecture 15||1 page|
|Here's a handy one-page WordPress Website Migration Checklist to print out and keep by your desk.|
|Section 5: (EXTRA CONTENT) FTP Basics|
What is FTP, and how do you use it? In this lesson, you'll learn:
How do you upload and download files to and from a web server using FTP (File Transfer Protocol)? In this lesson, you'll learn:
How can you edit files directly on a server using FTP (File Transfer Protocol) and a plain text editor? In this lesson, you'll learn:
|Section 6: In conclusion...|
|Yay, you did it! Thanks for taking this course, and I hope you enjoyed it! If you did, please consider writing a review for this course — it helps me become a better teacher, and it helps other Udemy students discover courses that best suit their learning style. And as always, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to post a discussion. Happy learning!|
This bonus lecture provides additional resources and links to my other courses on Udemy so you can continue your learning.
Kathleen Farley is a computer geek, teacher, learner, vinyl junkie, hockey fan, and recovering non-profit executive. Occasionally she breaks (and fixes) computers. Not necessarily in that order.
The Montreal-born technologist trained as an audio engineer before moving to Hamilton, Canada in 2007. She now runs Maisonneuve Music, a Hamilton-based independent record label.
Kathleen teaches technology and management skills at a music industry school in Toronto, Canada. She's also the co-founder of Audiohackr, a startup that helps indie musicians, producers, and DIY labels make the most of technology.
Kathleen produces technology training videos under the moniker Robobunnyattack!