I intend to do the move in three stages:-
- Export and download the current site – files and DB
- Prepare the new platform
- Upload and Import the content and DB
- Alter domain details to point to the correct nameservers
First up Satiricalblog.com – which on first look at the admin section reminds me how infrequently I use this blog, kill the spam from the comments section (243 waiting approval) or update things (20 updates pending).
So pre-step 1 is getting it all updated so everything it going across clean.
Export and download the current site
- Grab a WordPress export of the site
- Export the MySQL Database
- Download all WordPress files via SFTP
Grab a WordPress export of the site
Time to grab an export of the site which will contain the posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, and tags
- Log into the admin section -> Tools -> Export
- Select ‘All content’
- Click ‘Download Export File
Doing this just highlights my frustration with my current hosting package as several times I ran into ‘502 bad gateway’ error messages. However I still ended up with a fairly hefty xml file.
The above phase isn’t 100% necessary as I’m going to take an extract of the database but I like the ‘belt and braces’ approach.
Export the MySQL Database
So onto the database extract and for this I need to log into cPanel.
- From the home screen > Database section > phpMyAdmin
This step again highlighted an important lesson I need to bear in mind on the new platform – keeping database naming conventions in mind and relevant to the site/project. Fortunately I had named this sites DB something relevant – more by luck than judgement.
- In phpMyAdmin select the database from the left-hand panel
- Then in the right-hand panel click ‘export’
- Select the option ‘Quick – display only the minimal options’
- Select the ‘SQL format’
- Click ‘OK’
This downloads an sql file with all the DB content.
Download all WordPress files via SFTP
Now it’s time to grab the files from my current host via good old ftp.
For this I chose to use WinSCP, having not used ftp clients in many years it seemed to have the best reviews and least malware.
One thing to note here, I grabbed everything rather than getting picky over which files I might need.
So while that transfers I’m going to get some sleep.