Learn How to Move a Wordpress Website
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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
4.3 (31 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
515 students enrolled
Created by Andrew Williams
Last updated 4/2016
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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.
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  • No prior knowledge is required for taking this course.
  • All instructions are given in an over-the-shoulder way, so students can follow along.

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.

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.
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Curriculum For This Course
25 Lectures
3 Lectures 17:26

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.

Preview 14:16

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

Preview 03:10

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.

Using the Course
3 pages
Planning a Move
2 Lectures 06:38

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

Preview 02:53

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).

The steps involved
Moving a Site to a New Domain (and New Host)
10 Lectures 39:54

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.

STEP 1. Installing Wordpress on the new domain

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.

STEP 2. Download the Wordpress files from the Original Site.

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.

STEP 3. Download the Wordpress Database from the Original Site.

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

STEP 4. Upload the Original Wordpress files to the new domain.

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

STEP 5. Import the original Wordpress database into the new domain.

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

STEP 6. Edit the new 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.

STEP 7 - Setup redirects

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.

Step 8 - Checking the new site

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

Use Google's Change of Address

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.

Google's Move of Address is working again
Moving a Domain to a New Host
10 Lectures 22:41

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

Introduction to the Domain Move

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

STEP 1 - Register the Domain Name at the New Host

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

Step 2 - Download the Original Site Wordpress Files

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

STEP 3 - Download the Original Site Wordpress 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.

STEP 4 - Install Wordpress on the New Domain

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

STEP 5 - Upload the Original Files to the New Host

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

STEP 6 - Import the Original Database into the New Host site

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

STEP 7 - Edit the WP-Config site

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

STEP 8 - Modify the DNS to Point to the Domain on the New Host

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

Preview 03:23
About the Instructor
Andrew Williams
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Wordpress & SEO Expert, teacher and author

I have written and published a number of books that are available on Amazon, including best selling books on Wordpress ("Wordpress for Beginners 2017") and search engine optimization ("SEO 2017 & Beyond").  I also run a website called ezSEONews, where I teach my visitors and newsletter subscribers a number of skills required for running a successful website.

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