Although there are several tools available to move content from one account or server to another, occasionally this has to be done manually. One example might be where a domain expired and is no longer available.
The following guide will cover moving a WordPress installation.
1. Log into the cPanel account needing to be moved and click on File Manager.
2. Navigate to the directory containing the install and click Settings in the upper right corner.
5. You’ll be given some options for the type of compression. Typically unless there’s a specific need for a different type of file, Zip Archive is a good choice.
6. You can choose where the files will be compressed. The default location is in the same directory as the site you are archiving. Finally you can select a name (or use the preassigned) and then click Compress File(s).
7. Download the file.
You’ll now want to export the database using phpMyAdmin. This is covered in our separate guide, phpMyAdmin — How to Backup or Export a Database or Table.
Uploading Backup to New Location
We have the two pieces needed to move a WordPress site to a different account or server. Let’s look at how the files are put into place at the new location.
1. Log into the account where the site will be and navigate to the File Manager.
Usually the files will go under public_html unless a different location has been specified such as for an addon or subdomain.
2. Using the File Upload option, we can upload both of the files we obtained from the previous installation.
3. Once the files have been uploaded, you can extract the backup archive by clicking Extract in the cPanel File Manager and then clicking Extract File(s) in the window.
We can import the database file into phpMyAdmin which is covered in our guide on phpMyAdmin — How to Import or Restore a Database or Table.
Changing Primary Domain Name
If the site is now located under a different domain, there are a few additional steps needed to be completed. Reach out to Reclaim Support for help changing the primary domain name for your account!
Finally we should have the site moved and ready under the new location.