Migrate WordPress site in (almost) manual way

One of the issues that generates more frustration around WordPress is the process of migration or transfer of a site from one server to another.

There are some very good plugins that promise to do this process very simple and reduce it to only a few clicks, but, either due to bad configurations or because of limitations in the hostings, it is quite frequent that they fail.

This is why I have personally chosen to carry out this process manually and in each case I have obtained a positive result.

I hope that this simple tutorial has been useful to you and if you have a different method to obtain the same result, share it in the comments 🙂

PS: If it has I liked this tutorial and want to see more of this type, I will be doing 30 of them (one a day) throughout October. More information about the WP1030 project on this link .

How to migrate your WordPress hosting using Duplicator


This post is aimed at people who have a blog in WordPress and want to change it from one hosting to another. You may have taken this decision for many reasons: because your web hosting does not offer you good technical support, because it is expensive, either because it goes too slow or falls too often. Probably, you will ask: what can be done? How to change all the content in the process of server migration from a WordPress blog to another hosting?

In this article we will try to answer your questions. You will discover that it is very easy to do. You will not lose information during the process in which you move your blog from one hosting to another and you will be able to access without problems or worries. For this, we will use the plugin Duplicator . Although there are other plugins to make backup copies, sometimes they are not quite perfect to make a complete transfer of the blog and some things are lost along the way. Let's see in 4 simple steps how the process can be carried out.

  1. Make a backup with the Duplicator plugin

Before starting to make the smallest change, if you do not want to take any risk, what It corresponds now is to carry out a backup of the blog. Therefore, go to the control panel of your blog, enter your username and password, and first install the plugin.

  • Click on> Plugins> Add new> Duplicator 0.5.6> Install> Activate plugin [19659009] Next, click on "Create new" to create a duplicate package.
  • Finally, download the file "installer.php" on your desktop, as well as the package.

If you have followed these three steps, you will have a copy of your blog on your desktop, which we will use later

  1. Create a DB in your hosting

Now, if you are going to create a new web hosting account, You will have to do some things to move your WordPress blog here.

  • Enter the control panel of the new hosting you are going to.
  • Enter the database and MSQL part.
  • Make a new database.
  • Put a new user and password.

You must be very clear about what you want to do with your web domain. If you want to keep it in your old hosting, or maybe you prefer to pass it to your account in your new hosting. If you decide on the first, you must point the domain to the IP of the new server you have hired (get in touch with technical support to get it if you can not find it). If you buy a new domain in the domain registrar of the hosting, you will not have to do anything and everything will be much simpler.

You can also keep the domain, but send it from one server to another. Contact technical support if you have questions, that's what they are for. By the time you have your domain prepared in the control panel, you can continue with the next point.

  1. Upload your backup to your new hosting

Once you have made the backup, there is only that upload it to the new hosting to leave everything on your site. You can place it better by FTP using the free software Filezilla Client or you can also do it from the file manager that will be in the hosting panel.

If you decide to upload the file with Fillezilla Client, you need to know the minus three important data of your FTP account, that you will have created first from the control panel:

  • Server: you must write the name of your domain without the www
  • Username: write the same one that you have put on the panel control when doing your FTP.
  • Password: the same.

When you have written these three data, put them in the boxes, click on "fast connection" and you will be in your new hosting. That's where you have to upload the file installer.php .

  1. Restore the backup copy in the new hosting

Is all the above already? Then type yourdomainname.com/installer.php substituting "yourdomainname" for your actual address. You will get a window with the information of the restoration assistant of the backup that you created before.

  • Deploy: you will see information of the hosting, user and password and the name of the bbdd.
  • Update: you will find the name of the old domain and the path where your blog was, as well as the new where it will be installed.
  • Test: the last point is to check if your blog works well, delete files and save the permanent links.

If everything is fine, you will have finished migrating your server to WordPress quickly and easily. Consider that sometimes the configuration of the DNS may take some time, maybe up to 48 hours. Many times it will happen much faster and your blog will be ready to be seen from the new hosting.

I trust that this article has helped you to make your hosting migration. For any questions you may have, leave us a comment here.

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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Hundreds of thousands of blogs migrate from Tumblr to WordPress • WordPress Help

At a rate of more than 70,000 migrations per hour the announcement of Tumblr's sale to Yahoo seems to have caused a massive flight of Tumblr users towards WordPress .

The recent purchase of Tumblr microblogging service by Yahoo one of the most expensive in history, does not seem to have convinced many users who, in a massive way, seem to be migrating towards WordPress as an alternative to continue posting on their blogs.

Fortunately migrating from Tumblr to WordPress is extremely simple, since every installation of WordPress incorporates an importer from Tumblr that effectively migrates the content:
 ] migrate from tumblr to wordpress

All this makes the migration painless after which the Tumblr user just has to choose a theme to his liking from the thousands that there are available in WordPress.

Emergency data sheet of the owner of a WordPress website

The other day I found a fact sheet that I thought was a great idea and also with several possible uses. The approach is to provide a page where to enter the basic connection and access data that any WordPress web owner may need at some time.

The basic situations for which this sheet would serve would be, for example …

The idea is to have that sheet, print it, complete the data of it and keep it safe, for the day you might need it.

Of course I have translated it into Spanish , passed to Excel in case you want it adapt and modify to your liking and here you have it in PDF and XLS format for you to use. I already have a good one for each web that I have, which are a few.

From iWeb to WordPress • WordPress Help

It's true that I already explained quite a while ago how to export from iWeb to WordPress but as grandparents say " ] the sciences advance that is a barbarity "and today there is already a simpler and more elegant solution to convert a site created with iWeb the application of Apple WordPress.

iWeb to WordPress from Rage Software, is an application (paid for that) that for $ 39.95, about € 29 today, makes it much easier to migrate from iWeb to WordPress. [19659004Maybeyouaskyourself" and why am I going to do this migration, spending money, if in fact the blog that I set up with iWeb is beautiful and it works? ", then look where, because Apple abandoned the MobileMe project something that is falling, the comments are going to stop f unitar just for that reason it's worth it because in these times there is no sense in a blog without comments, without user interaction, do not you think?

Well that, if you have something done with iWeb you better go migrating it because it will largely stop working as before.

Going back to iWeb for WordPress it's a application for Mac OSX that, after installing it, is to sew and sing. Opening the main window you just have to do the following to export your iWeb to WordPress:

  1. Open iWeb and export your site to a local folder
  2. You must enter the URL of your site in MobileME in the URL field of the site export it to iWeb. If you do not do this the comments will not be exported
  3. Then open (or drag it to the window) the folder of your site exported in iWeb for WordPress
  4. That's it! The application generates everything you need to set up your site in WordPress, or add it to an existing installation

In this video you have the process, so you can see how simple it is …

You can download the application but only the export of tickets will work and comments to WordPress if you pay for the software.

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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Migration from Live Spaces to WordPress, complete guide and FAQ

 Windows Live Spaces + WordPress.com

Good, as it was a few days ago that was announced the migration of Spaces from Microsoft Live to WordPress.com and, given that the information is somewhat scattered and not very clear, in front of the questions of the new users that are already coming here and the forum I have decided to gather all the available information about the [19659004] migration of Live Spaces to WordPress .

I hope it helps you, especially since in the official WordPress.com Spanish forums for the moment they send you closing the strings and going to contact form (in English) and in the official blog send you to the post from Microsoft and, back to the WordPress.com forums, which give you back here, creating an infinite loop (sic). Come on, a show of how to dizzy the user and not give an answer to so much concern.

Let's go to it …

1. What is the reason for the migration of Live Spaces to WordPress.com ?

La official explanation is that with this agreement Microsoft has decided to offer a better blog publishing platform to Live users, something with what we agree (in which WordPress is better), what has not been said are the final strategic reasons for this action, if Microsoft wants to go further in its relationship with Automattic or even if it intends to "sponsor" other services such as Gravatar or even Intense Debate, and almost prefer not or may soon have to have Live account to access our blog, knowing the tendency of Microsoft to try to control everything (just like Apple but above without dazzling the user). In short, and as good Marcelino points me is that Microsoft leaves Live Spaces period.

2. Migration, step by step

Step 0: Start migration in Live Spaces

  1. Go to your space and sign in.
  2. Click on First steps. Update my blog to WordPress.com
  3. Click on Continue
  4. The main page of WordPress.com will appear.

  5. Follow the instructions on the screen, which we detail below …

Step 1: Connection [19659018] The first thing we have to do is connect everything together in the update process. If you already have an account on WordPress.com you can enter your information there if you prefer to bring your Live Space to the existing account. If not, create a new account at http://es.wordpress.com before you begin.

To start the migration, click on the "Connect" button

If you did not see the button is that WordPress.com has not detected that you already have an account on the site, you just have to sign in and you'll see it.

Once you click on the "Connect" you will be asked to connect to your Microsoft Live account if you have not already done so, in order to connect your Live Space to WordPress.com. It would be a screen like this …

If you had not accessed before, fill in the access information to your Windows Live account and, in both cases, click on the "Connect" button or "Connect", as it appears.

Of course, if you do not agree to make the connection, you can end the process right here by clicking on the "No, thanks" or "No, thanks" button.

Step 2: User account

If you already have an account on WordPress.com you are ready to start, otherwise you will be asked to create a new one …

No you get scared if you already see the data filled out in the form with your Live ID information, that's because these data are known – and used – in the connection process. Of course, if you want you can change the data at this time for which you want. It is important that you choose a password as secure as possible, for this you will see an indicator that changes color as you type.

Read the conditions of service, check the box that indicates that you agree with them (if so ) and you click on the "Next" button.

If you had already accessed your WordPress account or as I recommended in the previous step, you will not have to fill in anything, just choose if you want your Live Space to be integrate in a site already created or you prefer to create a new one (usually the most usual choice if the content is different from other sites you already have).

If you choose a site already existing one will be asked if you want to allow notices of your new posts to be sent to your Windows Live Messenger account.

In any case, after doing the above, click on "Next" (next)

Step 3: Create your site on WordPress.com

This we have already covered on several occasions and, almost the best, is that you see the following presentation (from slide 15) that shows you all the steps to take, it is just a matter of filling in information, in a couple of screens you will have your created site.

Step 4: The update

Once you have completed the information of your new site, such as the URL it will have and the name of it, we have already started the migration of the content from your Live Space to WordPress. The first thing you will see will be a confirmation screen before starting the process …

While the migration is taking place, you will receive a WordPress email welcoming you, so you will be entertained in the process . When you have finished you will see a screen like this …

And is already you have finished the migration itself, now it is possible that some fringes have been left, let's see them.

3. I do not trust the migration, I want to download my Space

You can keep a copy of your current Spaces blog and decide later (be careful, before March 16, 2011) if you want to move it to WordPress.com or another service blog

  1. Go to your space and log in.
  2. Click on Download my blog to my PC (Download my blog on the computer).
  3. In the File Download dialog box, click on Save. Select the location where you want to save the file, then click Save.

The blog will be saved in HTML format and organized into folders so you can easily store and review it.

4. Step, you pissed me off, I erase my Space

Nothing, you'll come back (to WordPress), if you want to delete your space:

  1. Go to your space and log in.
  2. Click on Continue and delete my space.
  3. Remember that you can not undo this action, it is irreversible, if you doubt better make a copy before.

  4. Click on Continue

5. I have lost my Lists after having migrated to WordPress.com

Microsoft has designed a temporary solution for users who have lost their Lists after having migrated their blog to WordPress. If you are one of those users who wish to retrieve access to your Lists information, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your Windows Live Profile ( http://profile.live.com )
  2. At the top of your browser (where you'll see the address: http: // {cid} .profile.live.com – Add the word "lists" without the quotes at the end of the URL. it will look like this: http: // {cid} .profile.live.com / lists
  3. Click on Enter.

You will then have access to all the lists that were previously available in your Space.

Note: This solution will only be available until March, 2011 so you better copy and save them on your computer because then you will not be able to recover them

In WordPress, of course, you can create lists. but my advice is as follows:

  1. Create a new entry
  2. Form your list as you want, you can even add links to each element of it
  3. Switch to the HTML editor and copy the generated code (control + co command + c on your keyboard)
  4. Add a text widget to "Appearance -> Widgets"
  5. Put the title you want and in the text box paste (control + vo command + v) the code that you copied before
  6. Click on save to be save the changes in the widget and your list will appear in the chosen sidebar of your site
  7. The entry you used can delete it or save it (without publishing it) and use it to generate codes whenever you want to use this trick to paste HTML in your text widgets

5. FAQ (frequently asked questions)

What happened to my photos?
If you have a photo module in your space, you can continue organizing, storing and sharing photos in Windows LiveSkyDrive. But it will not be migrated to WordPress.com, only that multimedia content integrated to the blog entries will be moved.

Can I move my theme?
No, you can not move your theme but on WordPress.com you will find More than 100 to choose from.

Can I move lists, guestbooks or notes?
No, WordPress offers you a lot of similar functionalities in some cases, in addition to many that you did not know, such as statistics in Real time, icons to share your posts on social networks, polls, buttons to vote comments and much more. Take a tour of the administration desk of your site and you'll see.

If you had lists of links to friendly blogs, modules and things like that save everything you can in HTML or even by hand, then you can add it in the widgets of text (not always because WordPress.com restricts certain codes by security issues) and links in the links section, and then add the link widget.

My Spaces blog was private, is it also after migrate to WordPress?
In the migration this configuration is saved, however you can change it at any time in the privacy options of the WordPress administration desktop.

If you had friends who allowed you to see your private blog this information it does not matter so you'll have to mark your site in WordPress so that only the people you choose will see it. Then, in the user configuration page you can add them to the site (they are required to open an account in WordPress.com even if they do not create a site).

What about the drafts?
They do not migrate like this what better to publish before the migration. Then, if you want, you can have them go back to being drafts in the publishing options of the WordPress ticket editor.

Are the comments migrated?
Yes, the comments of your posts will be migrated to WordPress

What about my photo albums?
If you did not have the images inserted in your blog posts in Spaces, they will not be migrated. You can insert them in the right place before migration. However, your albums will still be available at Windows Live Photos .

Where are my friends and groups?
WordPress.com does not have a "group" or "friends" system as you know it in Live Spaces so you can not migrate that part. If you remember the detailed migration process before there is a step where you can choose to have your entries sent to Messenger Connect, so your contacts will know when you publish something new.

From there you can use the WordPress systems of tags, site discovery and subscriptions to find new friends and blogs to read.

Where do I find help?
You have several main sources of WordPress help:

NOTICE : this post is two or more years ago. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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