Welcome to the Cloudways website migration tutorial.
You have followed our advice and switched your hosting to Cloudways?
Did you set up your new Cloudways server with the optimal settings for site speed?
If not – here is a guide.
Set up all the points mentioned above?
Let’s start the migration of your website to Cloudways.
There two ways how you can migrate your website from your old hosting provider to Cloudways:
- Request a free migration from Cloudways! (The first migration is free and can be requested here)
- Install the Cloudways WordPress Migrator!
If you choose option 2 – follow these steps:
Step 1: Install the plugin Cloudways WordPress Migrator.
Step 2: After installing the plugin, activate it and you land on the following dashboard.
Here you will need to fill out all the necessary information to complete the migration successfully.
With the next images, I will show you where you find all the information you need to fill out in the fields you see above.
Step 3: Go to your Cloudways servers settings and click on “Access Details“.
Step 4: Go to your Server Management and click on “Master Credentials“.
- Email: enter Cloudways account email
- Destination Site URL: enter your Application URL
- Database Name: enter DB Name from MySQL Access
- Server Public IP Address: enter Public IP from Application Credentials
- SFTP Username: enter Username from Master Credentials
- SFTP Password: enter Password from Master Credentials
Step 5: Start the migration process. On average it takes something between 1 to 4 hours depending on the size of your website according to Cloudways.
Stay patient until the process is complete.
Step 6: Don’t panic. Your site should not be offline or down. It is still hosted with your old hosting provider until you set up your DNS settings.
But first, make sure to enter the WP-Admin and check if the website still looks and functions the same after the migration.
Fixing Plug-in Issues
Step 1: Download & start an FTP Client like FileZilla to access the backend of your WordPress site.
Step 2: Fill in the
Host: your server IP address,
Username: username from Master Credentials,
Password: password from Master Credentials,
Step 3: After you access your server, go to:
-> “server name” folder
and find the Really Simple SSL Plugin.
Open the READ ME – text file and follow the instructions on how to deactivate the plugin.
Back to our migration process! Let’s pick up where we left off.
Step 7: After you made all final changes to your page & it looks and functions exactly how it’s supposed to,
go to “Application Management”
and then to “Domain Management”
to point your domain to your Cloudways web-app. (Meaning that you enter your domain name as your PRIMARY DOMAIN like it is shown in the image below.)
Step 8: After you pointed your domain to your Cloudways web-app, use the whatsmydns Website to check if the changes took place!
Usually, it takes a little bit so don’t worry if the changes didn’t occur after the first minutes.
Let me know if the migration app from Cloudways also worked just as good for you as it did for me.
If you have any questions, let me know in the comments.
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