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10:32 am on Jul 25, 2017 (gmt 0)

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I have been asked to transfer a WordPress website to another host. I have no logins for their current hosting (they are awkward), but I do have logins for their WordPress admin. In this circumstance, how would you do it please?
2:42 pm on July 25, 2017 (gmt 0)

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See if you can install a backup plugin like Updraft Plus, take a full backup and download it. That should do the trick.
3:01 pm on July 25, 2017 (gmt 0)

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In that case you are limited to exporting the database, the .sql file. The normal routine these days is that most new hosts will just gzip.tar the old site and move it for you - they will need the log-in for the current hosting. If you can't even get to CP you can't move their theme or uploaded media files. There are plugins that claim to let you export, download and then upload, but they can only export the .sql without hosting login privileges.

I would ask that the owner go to CP/FileManager and at the root directory, gzip the entire directory. Thing is that they will need to go in prior to uploading and unzipping at the new host - and recreate the sql account with the same settings as they currently have or it won't work. IF they can handle it to that point, it can be made to work, but not without hosting logins to deal with getting the settings in config to match up with a new or existing database account.

Without hosting login credentials, I would explain that you cannot move their site and they should ask that the new host move the domain. Sounds lame, but you can't work without tools.
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If your website is large, I would suggest WP VaultPress backup plugin - It's very easy to use, and it offers real-time accumulative backups. It creates a backup of what has been updated literally within minutes of the update. If your site is medium size or small, I would suggest the BackupBuddy plugin, which has its own cloud storage. Other rewarding WP backup plugins are Updraft Plus or BackUpWordPress. Whatever you choose, just make sure you don't store your backups on the same server as your website.
3:00 am on July 27, 2017 (gmt 0)

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UpdraftPlus as mentioned should do the trick. Make sure you set it to backup everything and store the backup offsite, eg on DropBox or Amazon S3. It has to be set to offsite as you don't have access to cPanel to download the backup otherwise. I'm not 100% sure what offsite options they offer with the free version, but the premium version has many options. Then install WordPress on the other host with UpdraftPlus installed and restore the backup.

If you're using a theme and plugins that you can easily reinstall the other option is to use the Wordpress export plugin, export everything from the one site and import it into the other. It will only transfer content, not themes, plugins or settingss
11:22 am on July 27, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Do you have FTP access to your site? You could use FTP to copy your theme, plugins, images down to your computer, all which will help you move to your new host.
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Thanks to you all. Truthfully, I found it confusing, so paid someone to do it.
8:10 pm on Aug 14, 2017 (gmt 0)

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I hope you got it sorted. I'm in the process of transferring a Wordpress install... which would be easy if not for the many gigabytes of media!
11:33 am on Nov 24, 2017 (gmt 0)

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If your server allows you to create backup within the server and transfer files or database to your email, you can use it. And another thing you can do to backup your database and files take a backup using updraft plus plugin and use the same backup after setup your new web server. Hope, it will be enough to move your website to another host.



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