How do I transfer WordPress from my old provider to Hostpoint?

To migrate your WordPress installation to Hostpoint, several steps are necessary. These instructions will guide you step-by-step.
Of course, plug-ins that can make a backup by themself exist, but this article is focused on the classic migration.

Save data

For a successful migration you need a complete backup of your WordPress website. The backup consists of a database-backup, which is usually a .sql file.

In addition, you need the files from WordPress, which you can transfer from the server to your computer by using an FTP client such as FileZilla.

If you need help creating the backup, please contact the support of your current provider.

Once you have finished the backup of the database and files, you can start setting them up in the Control Panel.

Creating the Database

Log on to the Hostpoint Control Panel with your login credentials and navigate to "Databases" on the server overview.

Create a new database with a new database user and write down the following information:

  • Database-Host
  • Database-Name
  • Database-User
  • Database-Password

These information are needed later on to successfully connect the database with the WordPress files.

Importing the database

In the overview of your databases you should now find the database you just created.

Click on the button «phpMyAdmin» to connect to the database.

In the upper menu click on «Import», select the database saved in step 1 (.sql file) and confirm the import with «OK».

When the database has been imported successfully, proceed to the next step.

Creating the website

For the website to be accessible in the Internet, you must create a new website with the desired domain in the Control Panel under «Websites».

The document root, i.e. the main directory for your WordPress, is also created at the same time the website is created.

Upload data

If you haven't yet created a FTP account in the Hostpoint Control Panel, you have to create one now.
The instructions «How do I create a FTP account?» and «How do I connect to my server via FTP/SFTP?» help you to establish a connection to your Hostpoint hosting.

Once the connection to the server has been established, you can start uploading the data.

In your FTP client you should now see the folder "www" on the server. The folder "www" contains subfolders with the names of the corresponding domains.

Load the WordPress files into the corresponding directory which has been created when the website was created.

When all files are uploaded, move on to the next step.

Customize the wp-config.php

Now you need the database information you wrote down before.

Open the file wp-config.php with a text editor of your choice and overwrite the following values:

  • DB_NAME
  • DB_USER
  • DB_PASSWORD
  • DB_HOST

Save the wp-config.php and upload it to the server via FTP.

Your domain should now be able to successfully access the WordPress website.

 

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