In our task of migrating our WordPress site, the next item we need to do is migrate all of our WordPress application files. To do this, we'll use FTP. If you do not have your FTP credentials for your previous host, please be sure to contact them to obtain this information.

If you don't already have an FTP client, a program that will help you upload and download files, you'll want to download one. There are many free and paid versions available online. We recommend that you download Filezilla - it's free and works great.

Download a backup of your WordPress Application Files

Downloading a backup of your WordPress files is quite easy. Let's get started:

  1. Create a folder on your desktop where you will download the files to. In this example, we are using a folder named wp-files.
  2. Open Filezilla
  3. In the Quickconnect feature at the top, enter your Host, Username, and Password for your previous host. Click "Quickconnect".
  4. wordpress_lower_rightAfter you've connected, you will see a list of your files and folders in the lower right window. Navigate to the folder that contains all of your WordPress files. If you're not sure which directory this is, your current hosting company should be able to help. If you're in a folder that contains other folders like wp-admin and wp-content, you're most likely in the right place.

     

  5. wordpress_open_wp-filesIn the lower left window within Filezilla, open the the wp-files folder on your desktop that we created earlier. If you don't see it, click the "Desktop" link in the upper left window.
  6. wordpress_drag_dropDownload all of the files in the right window to the wp-files directory you opened in the left menu. An easy way to do this is to click anywhere in the bottom right window, press Ctrl + A, and then drag and drop the files to the lower left window.
  7. wordpress_files_downloadedDepending on the size of your site, this may take 15 minutes or more.

    You should now have a backup of your WordPress Application Files on your desktop. You can confirm by simply opening your wp-files folder on your desktop and ensuring there are files and folders in there.

Upload your WordPress Application Files

Now that you've downloaded a copy of your WordPress Application Files, It's now time to upload them to your Web Hosting Hub account. The steps below are very similar to those above.

  1. Open Filezilla
  2. In the lower left window within Filezilla, open the the wp-files folder on your desktop that we created earlier. If you don't see it, click the "Desktop" link in the upper left window.
  3. In the Quickconnect feature at the top, enter your Web Hostin Hub Host, Username, and Password. Your Username and Password is generally your cPanel Username and Password. Enter your temporary URL as the Host.
  4. After you've connected using Quickconnect, in the lower right window navigate to the folder where your WordPress site will be. If your WordPress site is the main domain on your account, then you'll want to navigate to your public_html folder.
  5. Upload all of the files from your wp-files folder on your desktop to the folder you opened in the bottom right of Filezilla. An easy way to do this is to click anywhere in the bottom left window, press Ctrl + A, and then drag and drop the files to the lower right window.
  6. Again, depending on the size of your site, this may take 15 or more minutes.

Congratulations! You've successfully migrated your WordPress files. We're almost done with the WordPress migration. Our next step is to update our WordPress Config, which we'll do in our next article.

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Comments

2013-09-15 2:20 am
If you are simply moving your wordpress within hub, for example, from a subdomain to a main domain or subfolder to another, I think that you can use Softaculous' new clone function. I have tried it out and it seems to work fine.
I cloned writingisdreaming.com to writingdreaming.albapages.net

Details are here:
http://www.softaculous.com/docs/Clone
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2013-09-16 5:04 pm
JacobN
Staff
Thanks for the update Joe_Shiki!

- Jacob
2013-09-17 1:14 am
No problem. It also looks like it is possible to move anything installed with Softaculous from one server to another. I have not tried it, but it might be useful for some people.
Basically, both hosting companies would have to be using Softaculous, but it seems mostly straightforward.
From Softaculous' wiki, How to install a backup on a new server
http://www.softaculous.com/docs/How_to_Restore_a_Backup_on_a_New_Server
2,247 Points
2013-09-17 10:56 am
JacobN
Staff
Thanks again Joe_Shiki!

We'll have to look further into these options so that we can write up some tutorials on our own on how to do this!

- Jacob

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