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Migrate my WordPress site manually

Manually moving a WordPress site into your Managed WordPress account is complex and can be confusing if you don't know your way around a couple pieces of software generally used by IT people - specifically, an FTP client like FileZilla, and the database management tool phpMyAdmin.

Required: You'll need the following to complete all steps in this series:
  • A Managed WordPress or Pro Managed WordPress account that is set up and working. The contents of this WordPress account will be overwritten. (Need help getting a site added to set up?)
  • An FTP client to move your site files. We recommend FileZilla.
  • A text editor to make the final edits to your site's configuration file - wp-config.php. We recommend Notepad++. Do not edit files with a word processing application like Microsoft Word.

This procedure will walk you through manually moving a WordPress site from cPanel, to your GoDaddy Managed WordPress account. This procedure will not work for moving a WordPress site into a different hosting environment. Try this procedure only if the auto-migration tool wasn't able to move your WordPress site on its own.

Manually moving a WordPress site into your Managed WordPress account has these five parts:

Download your site files

You'll start by downloading your site files with a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) app.

Export your database

Next you'll export your site's database through phpMyAdmin.

Upload your site files

Next you'll upload your site files to your Managed WordPress plan using a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) app.

Import your database

Next you'll import your site database through phpMyAdmin.

Make final edits

Finish up your migration by editing your WordPress site's configuration file.

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