The Complete Guide To Moving Your Site Out Of WA

Last Update: June 08, 2015

Due to some limitations that I ran into with not having direct access to the database and a few other technical issues, I decided to move my website out of Wealthy Affiliate and over to a hosting account that I already had.

Following are all the steps I went through to move my site. The following video is extremely easy to follow and will show you most of the steps I followed :)

1. You'll need the new Domain Name Servers (DNS) information for your new web host. I then logged in to my domain account, and added the new DNS info. NOTE: I did not remove the WA DNS info, but just added the new servers to the account.

2. I installed a plugin called WordPress Duplicator: https://wordpress.org/plugins/duplicator/

Watch this video tutorial on how to move your site with Duplicator:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aNK4P4mzBY

3. I followed the instructions in the video above and downloaded the installer.php file and the archive (.zip) file.

4. On my NEW server, I created an add-on domain through cPanel.

5. On my NEW server, I created a new database (instructions are also included in the above video) through cPanel.

5. Uploaded the installer & archive that I previously downloaded to my new websites root folder.

6. In a new browser tab, I navigated to the installer.php file and followed the instructions to install the archive by adding the database information that I'd just created. I then let the program do it's thing..

7. I tested the website in its new home.

8. Finished by cleaning up all of Duplicator's files - instructions are all included.

9. Went back to my domain name registrar and removed the Wealthy Affiliate DNS information. Keep in mind it can take up to 24 hours for the new DNS info to fully resolve.

Final note: I did have to go into the general settings and change the URL of the site after moving it. WordPress was showing it as a subdomain, and not the actual domain. I then reset the Permalinks :)

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axemanjoe Premium
I want to move my wbsite, the one that I actually paid for the domain but I am so confused. Alot of what is said on the video goes completly over my head. lol
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MarineMom Premium
Simplifying this process is extremely helpful to those who want to move on from WA hosting. Thank you for taking the time to put this all together.
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DianneF Premium
My pleasure :)
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DynamicDavid Premium
Excellent information. I like your style of presenting the information.

Two questions jumped to my mind. They are more curiosity questions and do not really require an answer.

1. Is your new WP site running as a sub-domain within your domain?

2. If you had emails associated with your domain name, have you set up new email accounts with your new web hosting?

One thing I have done in the past when moving hosting and emails, is to set up the email accounts at the old web host to forward all email to another unrelated domain email address. This ensures that emails do not get lost in the process. Then set up the email accounts at the new web host to also forwarding email to another unrelated domain email address. Then a few days later, after dns entries have being updated worldwide, I set up proper email addresses at the new web host so that I can grab the emails from those email accounts.
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DianneF Premium
Hi David.. excellent questions. There is a slight difference between an Addon Domain and a Subdomain, though essentially they are the same thing. As I'm sure you know a subdomain would look like

http://subdomain.mydomain.com - Siterubix sites are all subdomains for example.

An addon domain resides in the same spot as a subdomain, but doesn't look like a subdomain. It virtually looks like a regular website domain. No one can tell that my site doesn't have it's own hosting, that it's running through another website.

As for the email, that is one thing I didn't cover. I set up the same email address at my new host right away (another bonus of using Addon domains is being able to have site emails too). As soon as the dns changed, the emails stopped coming in to my WA account and started coming in to my new account, so I didn't lose anything.

Hope that helps explain things :)
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DynamicDavid Premium
Got you.

Thanks.

Watch the dns entries associated with emails. Although it may appear to you it is updated, it can take some time for other email servers to see that, and the other email servers could be sending emails to your 'old email server'.
Simple example: old dns entry points to 1.2.3.4
A New York email server grabs 1.2.3.4 and sends email there.
Person A changes the dns entry to point to 9.8.7.6
It takes a while for this revised entry to be updated for all applicable servers.
Person A thinks it has updated everywhere applicable. But this has not happened yet.
A London email server sees that and uses the 9.8.7.6
Meanwhile the new York email server still see the 1.2.3.4 (so it sends email there).
3 or 4 hours later, the new York email refreshes its dns entries, than it sends emails to 9.8.7.6
But any email that New York email server sends in between are sent to email server at 1.2.3.4
Those are the 'possible emails' that may get mislaid....
So you may need to go into the 'old email' server and grab them if there are any important ones.

Cheers,
David
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DianneF Premium
excellent example :) And you are correct, though in my case I wasn't receiving much in the way of email to that address, so no big concern for me, but for others, yes, it can be a problem!
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glycogen Premium
Nice techie information, thanks!
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DianneF Premium
You're welcome :)
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JewelCarol Premium
Dianne, you are kind to share this, thanks so much!! :)
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DianneF Premium
It's my pleasure :)
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Christabelle Premium
Wow! I am sure there are others who will benefit form this very thorough and well done
post Dianne! :)
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DianneF Premium
Thanks Cristabelle :)
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Christabelle Premium
You're welcome! :)
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JeanL Premium
Way to go, Dianne!
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DianneF Premium
Thanks Jean :)
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JAHBOBCLATO Premium
Genius work. I did not even understand that procedure quite completely.
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DianneF Premium
LOL! Yah, I spent a few hours trying to figure it out without having cPanel access on this end.
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JAHBOBCLATO Premium
I am aboutto go to go-daddy myself.
So.. I support your move.
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lindon11 Premium
Thank You.
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DianneF Premium
Happy to help out :)
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jvranjes Premium
Bookmarked, thanks. Jovo
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DianneF Premium
You're welcome :)
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bsmith1222 Premium
Thanks for sharing
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DianneF Premium
My pleasure!
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bsmith1222 Premium
bookmarked it
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Loes Premium
Thanks, I have tagged it and shared it with you:)))
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DianneF Premium
Thanks Loes!
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Gordon-D Premium
Very good tutorial, I will know how to do it properly if there is a next time :-)
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DianneF Premium
Thanks!
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MarineMom Premium
This information will be very helpful to many members. Thanks.
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DianneF Premium
Always happy to help.. and figured if I was stuck, then others would be having trouble too!
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Prestones Premium
Great job! Duplicator is a great way to move a site. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other, and you'll get it done.

I used it a while ago to create a local copy of a web site on my computer so I could thrash out the details of making the site mobile friendly, then uploaded the modified site again. No muss, no fuss.

Good share!

Dennis
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DianneF Premium
Thanks Dennis! I'll change this into training and expand on it once my 3 months as premium are up lol :)
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ShirleyWoon Premium
Whew, this is going to take me a while to assimilate. Still very useful information. I've saved this into my database and also bookmarked for future use.

Thank you Dianne. God bless........
Shirley
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DianneF Premium
I was thankful my host provided the video and the easy way to do everything lol.
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kirkW Premium
Good to know. Thanks
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DianneF Premium
You're welcome Kirk :)
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Lazyblogger Premium
Great information. Thank you Dianne.
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DianneF Premium
Hopefully it helps someone lol :)
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