Transferring WordPress is a very easy with WordPress plugin, but what happens when we get any error while transferring WordPress using these plugin. Because we are Web Developers so we must have the knowledge of how to manually transfer WordPress .

Transfer WordPress for any of reason like:

To new Domain.
To new Hosting.
Sub Domain to Root.
Root to Sub Domain.

Here are some notes for how to transfer your WordPress manually:

Step – 1

First, We download all files of WordPress From your old server. These files contains WordPress php files, your theme, plugins, media images and many more. We must download all files so that our site correctly transfer successfully.

Step – 2

After Downloading files we need to export database from phpMyAdmin Server. It contains all your WordPress website pages, posts and many more.

Step – 3

After exporting database we need to create database, database user and password on your new server where you want transfer your WordPress, and please copy these details in notepad.

Step – 4

After creating database we need to import our old database to this new server. after import database we need to below steps:
4.1) We need to go wp-options table
4.2) Here we need to change in “siteurl” and “home”  row and replace old URL with your new site URL.

Step – 5

After this, we need to upload all files you downloaded from old server to new server and edit “wp-config.php” file and change the values of below data:

— “We need to add new database name you copied when create new database”

define('DB_NAME', 'database name')

— “ We need to add new database user name you copied when create new database”

define('DB_USER', 'database user name');

— “ We need to add new database user password you copied when create new database”

define('DB_PASSWORD', 'database user password');

— “We need to add your server user if not get any server url just add (localhost)”

-- define('DB_HOST', 'server url');

Step – 6

After these changes we need to login to your new site in browser with URL like, (http://yourdomain.com/wp-login.php)

Step – 7

After login we need to go to Settings > Permalinks and choose your permalink option and click save.

Step – 8

After saving Permalinks Settings we need to install a plugin named:

  1. Use the Velvet Blues Update URLs plugin if you can access your WP Admin Dashboard.
  2. Use the Better Search Replace plugin if you can access your WP Admin Dashboard.
  3. Use WP-CLI’s search-replace if your hosting provider (or you) have installed WP-CLI.

I used “Velvet Blues Update URLs” plugin. you can use any of these above plugin they all work same.

Step – 9

After installing plugin.

Go to Tools > Update URLs

9.1)  Enter Old URL and new URL.
9.2)  Check all the option below and Save settings.