In this KB
- Installation of WordPress Migrator Plugin
- Setting up WordPress Migrator Plugin
- Migrating website with plugin
- Purging Varnish cache post-migration
We will guide you on how to migrate your WordPress site from your old hosting provider to our platform by using Cloudways WordPress Migrator Plugin.
This plugin is also useful in case you are looking to migrate a WordPress Multisite or WooCommerce based website(s).
Step 1: Login to Your Site’s Admin Panel
- Enter your WordPress site’s admin username
- Enter your WordPress site’s admin password
- Click on Log In button to login into your site admin panel.
Step 2: Installation of Cloudways Migrator Plugin
Once you are logged in into your site’s admin dashboard, click on Plugins option at the left-hand side and click on Add New option.
Now enter Cloudways WordPress Migrator under search option and hit Enter.
You will be able to locate Cloudways WordPress Migrator in the search result. Click on Install Now to install it on your website.
Once it is installed, click on Activate Plugin to activate it.
Step 3: Settings of Cloudways Migrator Plugin
Click on Settings under Cloudways migrator plugin to enter the details to initiate migration process.
Step 4: Enter All the Required Information
Now, you will see Cloudways migrator plugin page where you will need to enter the following details:
- Enter any email address you own.
- Your destination site URL, which is hosted on your Cloudways server.
- Enter your Application Folder Name. You can find the Application Folder Name in the Application Management tab as explained in this support article.
- Enter your Server IP address.
- SFTP Username. This is your Master username that you can find in the Server tab (you can use Application credentials too to perform the migration if you are part of a team).
- SFTP Password. This is your Master password that you can find in the Server tab (you can use Application credentials too to perform the migration if you are part of a team).
- Click on Migrate button to start migrating your website.
Step 5: Migrate Your WordPress Website
Your migration process will begin once you click on Migrate. Please note that the normal time to complete the migration is between 1-4 hours for a small website housing a DB size of 500MB to 1GB.
Once the migration has completed successfully, the status will show Completed.
To ensure a successful migration, you can simply open a staging WordPress URL (as seen below).
Once you are satisfied with the results, you can take your website live from Cloudways. The process to do that is explained here.
Please remember to purge Varnish cache of your website from your console. Just navigate to Server Management > Manage Services > Varnish – and click on Purge button. To learn more about Server Settings, please read here.