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How to migrate your WordPress website from one WordPress cloud hosting to another

Migrating your website from one WordPress cloud hosting service to another can be an exhausting and confusing process for website owners. That’s why we developed an easy, intuitive, and fast Free Website Migration System for all our customers as part of our hosting service, to make it effortless to migrate to new WordPress cloud hosting. 

In this post, we’ll explain how to complete a request for your website to move from your previous WordPress cloud hosting server, using the uPress Admin Panel.

Note: You’ll need to be a uPress subscriber and have set up your uPress Admin Panel first.

1. Create a website

The first step is to create a new website on your new host. This website is going to serve as the infrastructure for the website you’re migrating from your previous WordPress cloud hosting server.

On your uPress Home Page, click “my websites.”

You’ll see the uPress Package you selected (Personal / Professional / Business / VPS Server), plus the package data. Package data includes used domains, disk space and monthly traffic.  Over time, this will also show how much of your storage package has been used.

To start migration, click  “Add new website,” as shown in the image below.

This brings you to a panel where you’ll select your URL: If you have a domain, click “Regular Domain” and enter your exact domain address in the field below.

If you don’t yet have a domain, don’t worry. Just select “uPress temp domain” and add a website name in this field. You’ll see an extension name appear. This will be added to your chosen website name and serve as your temporary domain address.

Choose your new WordPress cloud hosting server location and click “Add Website.”

Next, click the blue “Access new-website.com admin dashboard” button.

At the end of the process simply click “Login to Manage Domain”.

If you click “Close,” the next screen will show a gray square underneath your chosen site address. In the center, you’ll see “Management.” Click on it to reach the desired screen.

2. Fill out a request form for migration from a previous WordPress cloud hosting server

Next, it’s time to carry out the actual migration. Select “Migrate WordPress installation from another server” from the tabs on the screen, and complete the fields required.

You’ll need to have the following information readily available:

  • Login details for the previous storage which you want to migrate, namely the link to the storage management panel which includes your username and password. This is usually Cpanel, DirectAdmin, or Plesk.
  • Your WordPress login details for WordPress, i.e. your link, username, and password.

There are 4 steps to this migration request:

  • Step 1. Fill in the login information of your current WordPress cloud hosting server link, the one you’re migrating from. This is your hosting server, username, and password.
  • Step 2. Fill in login information for WordPress. This is your website url, username, and password.
  • Step 3. Submit a request and add comments if necessary.
  • Step 4. Perform the WordPress migration.

If it all goes correctly, you’ll see this screen.

You should receive an email confirming that your request was received. We’ll send your request to the correct department to be checked, and then complete it within one business day.

Once we have completely and successfully migrated your website from your previous WordPress cloud hosting server, we’ll send you a confirmation  email. FYI – it’s very important to check that the website files have been stored in the previous storage.

Important note

Migrating from your old WordPress cloud hosting server should be smooth and fast, so we take these requests seriously. It is important that you check your email throughout the day, in case we need to ask you about any missing details that we need for proper migration.

3. Set up DNS forwarding to uPress servers

Once your WordPress migration has been completed and you’ve checked that all the website files have been transferred correctly, you need to replace your DNS addresses with new uPress WordPress cloud hosting addresses.

You can cancel your previous domain storage approximately 72 hours from when DNS was fully updated, in order to keep your site active for users who are still arriving at the previous WordPress cloud hosting server.

uPress server DNS addresses are:

ns1.upress.io
ns2.upress.io

If you need help completing this process, please don’t hesitate to contact uPress Support. Fill in your support ticket with all the necessary information, including your domain registrar access information and the domain address you wish to update. uPress is here to serve you 24/7.

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