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Moving to a new server should always be simple and need no technical expertise. WP Engine teamed with BlogVault to produce an intelligent WordPress migration plugin to keep your transfer as easy as possible. This plugin will help you move WordPress website quickly, helps to focus on some other projects whereas the plugin takes care of the heavy work. You won’t have to bother with import the database or looking for/replacing domain values because the plugin will take care of everything.

Before You Migrate

  • Create a WordPress hosting account with WP Engine.
  • Create a new Website and Environment to move your current site to
  • Make sure you have access to your current website on another host

When the migration process is started, it copies your site ‘s  database and content to a WP Engine server.

Until you move DNS away from your former hosting provider, 2 copies of your website will actually exist. Once activating the plugin and working along either version of the website, double-check the domain till you’ve finished the entire “Going Live” step.

Please double-check that your website is compliant with the most recent PHP version.

Visit the Site Migration Page

The Website Migration webpage of the WP Engine User Portal contains all the information you’ll need to finish your migration.

Go to the WP Engine User Portal and sign in.

Choose Website Migration from inside the menu and make sure Automatic Migration (Preferred) is chosen at the top. Click on the name of the environment you’ll be transferring to.

Install The Migration Plugin

Make sure you’re doing this on the website you’ll be migrating from, which is hosted by your previous host.

  • Go to the wp-admin section of the site you’re transferring from and log in.
  • Select Plugins from the drop-down menu.
  • Click Add New Plugin
  • WP Engine Automated Migration can be search from here. You can also manually install the plugin by downloading it from the Site Migration page.
  • Install and activate the plugin.

You will be taken to the migration form after activating the plugin, which you will input information in the following steps.

And if you’re not instantly led to the migration form, go to your wp-admin dashboard’s lefthand admin menu and pick the WP Engine Migration option.

SFTP credentials can be generated

The Location URL and SFTP server/host address would be created for you instantly when you open the Site Migration section in the User Portal.

You must select Generate SFTP Password, which is placed just above “SFTP username,” to create an SFTP login and password.

These details must be pasted into migration plugin page in your previous host exactly as specified.

Each WP Engine setup will also have unique SFTP details and information.

Begin the migration process

Return to the migration plugin inside the wp-admin of the website you’re migrating from.

To agree to our Terms of Service, check the box.

Click Get started now.

The fields on the Site Migration page must be copied precisely as shown:

  • SFTP host/server address
  • URL destination
  • SFTP Password 
  • SFTP Password 

Optional menu  There are root directories I want to migrate

The plugin just transfers the files and database in the wp-content folder by default. Check this box if there are any folders in the website root which need to be transferred as well. After that, you’ll be asked to choose those folders from a lists.

Optional Password security information

If your existing host or WP Engine environment is password-protected, you’ll have to enter the password so that the migrating plugin can access your entire site.

  • This part is conditional; with most websites, it can be left at No.
  • This is not the place to place your wp-admin administrator credentials.
  • To initiate the automated migration to WP Engine, click Migrate.

On the next page, the information you supplied previously will be validated. This page should not be closed.

If the plugin discovers any problems with the data you’ve entered, you’ll be redirected to the migration form to address the errors.

BlogVault is in the process of migrating the website

The migration process will begin once the information you’ve entered has been validated, and you’ll be forwarded to a BlogVault migration status page.

If you want, you could exit this page; the migration will continue behind the scenes. If you need to find this tracking page later, the email address you supplied into the plugin at the start will be sent a link to it.

The Second Round of Migration

A search and replace on your domain is enabled by running the migration plugin a second time, ensuring that all website content has already been transferred to your WP Engine server.

Because it would only copy files that differ, the second transfer will indeed be quicker than the first. Even so, the database will be transferred in its entirety once more in order to execute a search and replace on your domain.

The second migration is a personal preference. If you made some changes to the WP Engine-hosted version of your website from the first migration, you might not want to migrate once more and overwrite these changes. Instead of conducting the second migration, you’ll need to point DNS and change your WordPress URL in this scenario.

  • Inside the User Portal, add your own domain. Do not continue with this section if you have been prompted to configure DNS automatically. 
  • Go to the wp-admin section of the site you’re transferring from and log in.
  • From the admin menu, select WP Engine Migration.
  • Replace the information from the last migration with the following:
  • Rather than the temporary domain, provide your live/custom domain as the destination site URL

The previous version of the website hosted by your prior host will be unreachable if you’ve already adjusted DNS to refer your live domain to WP Engine. When you move on to the second migration, you’ll have to point DNS back to the former host. 

Last Step On Migration Process

After you’ve finished the physical migration, you’ll need to complete the following steps to accomplish the going live procedure:

  • WP Engine’s DNS should be pointed to it.
  • SSL should be added (Optional)
  • CDN should be enabled (Optional)

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