The Complete Guide To Moving Your Site Out Of WA
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:
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 :)