Learn How to Move a Wordpress Website

Move a Wordpress website between web hosts or to a different domain name, in easy to follow, over-the-shoulder steps
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  • Lectures 25
  • Length 1.5 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 9/2015 English

Course Description

With standard HTML sites, moving from one webhost to another, or from one domain to another was simple. Copy and paste the files.

WIth Wordpress, things are a little more complicated. Wordpress is a script, that stores your web content (web pages) in a database. Moving a Wordpress website requires not only moving the Wordpress script files from one place to another, but also a database. And you are not finished there. Even after moving both of these, your site won't work. You need to get the Wordpress script talking to the database.

This course will take you step-by-step through the process of moving a Wordpress website. In fact, I'll use a real site that I own to demonstrate the entire process. You can follow along, watching over-my-shoulder and repeating the steps yourself as you move your own site.

Apart from the obvious web hosting and Wordpress site that needs moving, everything else you need is entirely free.

This course will show you:

  1. The main reasons why a move is necessary.
  2. An overview of the steps involved, followed by a detailed step-by-step series of video tutorials showing the entire process.
  3. How to move the Wordpress script files from one domain (and/or webhost) to another.
  4. You'll also copy the Wordpress database from one site, and import it into another. The copying process with replace references to the domain name (and server locations) of the site you are moving, with the domain and location of the site you are moving it to.
  5. How to edit the Wordpress configuration file to get your Wordpress script and database talking together.
  6. How to create redirects so that your old website automatically redirects visitors to the new site when they try to land on a webpage.
  7. How to check to make sure the site move was successful.

This course is a complete step-by-step guide to moving your Wordpress website from one domain to another, and/or one web host to another.

What are the requirements?

  • No prior knowledge is required for taking this course.
  • All instructions are given in an over-the-shoulder way, so students can follow along.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Move a Wordpress website from one domain and/or web host, to another.
  • Know various reasons why you need to move a website from one domain or host to another.
  • Understand the main steps involved in the move.
  • Install Wordpress on a web host using automated installers.
  • Download Wordpress script files from one website and upload them to another.
  • Download the Wordpress Database from one website and import them into another.
  • Use a text editor to edit the wp-config.php file, allowing Wordpress to communicate with a database.
  • Setup redirects in an htaccess file so that one website will redirect automatically to another, preserving web page rankings as far as possible.
  • Know what to check on the new website to make sure the move was 100% successful.

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone that needs or wants to move a Wordpress website from one host to another, or one domain name to another.
  • Anyone interested in learning more about Wordpress.
  • This course is only for Wordpress websites, so is not for people wanting to move other types of sites.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introductions

Please watch this video before you begin the course. It has important information relating to Udemy courses in general. Specifically, how to adjust sound, video resolution and find course resources.


Before we start the course, let me briefly introduce myself, and the course material.

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This course has two main sections. Each section addresses a slightly different need, so read this document to make sure you are following the correct section for your needs.

Section 2: Planning a Move

This lecture explores the reasons why you might want to move a website.


This lecture provides an overview of the steps involved in moving a website from one domain to another (or just form one webhost to another).

Section 3: Moving a Site to a New Domain (and New Host)

We need to install Wordpress on the new domain before we begin the move. This gives us a working Wordpress and database file that we can import the site into.


We need to grab the Wordpress script files, plus theme, plugins etc from the original website. We'll use those to build the same Wordpress on the new domain.


Next up, we need to download the original Wordpress database. This contains user information, website content etc. We'll import these into Wordpress installation on the new domain.


Time to upload the original Wordpress site files onto the new domain.


Now we can import the database file into the new installation.


To get the Wordpress script talking to the database, we need to edit the wp-config.php file.


Finally, we need to cut off the old website. However, if you want to, you can setup redirects from the site to the new. This will mean that if anyone clicks on a link to the old site, they are redirected to the appropriate page on the new site. Also, any backlinks you may have to the site will also be redirected, so rankings should be maintained. However, if your site was penalized by Google, any penalty can also be redirected.


Checking the new site is important. We need to make sure images are loading properly (and they are loading from the new domain, not the old), and all internal pages are correctly loading.


If you want to notify Google that your domain has moved, you can do so inside Google's Search Console.


This lecture shows the overview of using the Google's Move of Address feature, allowing me to inform Google that my site has moved domains.

Section 4: Moving a Domain to a New Host

This lecture introduces the idea of moving a site from one web host to another, but keeping the same domain name.


First step is to register the domain name with the new host.


We now need to grab the original Wordpress files so we can upload them to the new host.


Wordpress stores content and other data in a database. We need to export the original database.


To import the old site into the new, we need a working Wordpress site. The easiest way to achieve this is to install Wordpress on the new hosting.


Now we can upload the original site's Wordpress files.


Using PHPMyAdmin, we can easily import the original database into the new Wordpress install.


To get the Wordpress files talking to the Wordpress Database, we need to edit the WP-Config file.


Finally we can modify the DNS, so that our registrar now points to the new web hosting.


It's always a good idea to check the domain after the move is complete. This is how I check a domain.

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Instructor Biography

Andrew Williams, SEO and Wordpress Expert, teacher and author

I run a website called ezSEONews, where I teach my visitors search engine optimization (SEO) skills, and the art of building websites with Wordpress. I have also written and published a number of books that are available on Amazon Kindle and as paperbacks, including best selling books on Wordpress ("Wordpress for Beginners") and SEO ("SEO 2014 & Beyond").

As an ex-schoolteacher, I hope I can make complicated topics simple to understand. I certainly enjoy trying!

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