How to Manually Migrate Site From Old Server to A New Server Fast Without Using Plugin

In this tutorial page I’m migrating from Old BlueHost Hosting account to another New BlueHost Hosting account. But note that the migration process remmains the same, whether it is migration from iPage to Bluehost or Bluehost to iPage, or iPage to Emotion or any hosting account you may be using or intending migrating to.

The only thing that may defer is the cPannel looks, every companies has designed their cPannel differently. But truth me, File Maneger or MySQL or phpMyAdmin, or Install WordPress, etc – any tool you could think about remains the same thing and functions the same way.

This is a Simple of My BlueHost Account cPannel

So you could see all the tools and how its been arranged for quick access and better understanding too.

BlueHost cPannel Image 1
This is a screenshot from a Bluehost account.

So must tools we are going to be discusing and using on this tutorial will be clicked from this main cPannel. Then we see a different redirected page of each tool we access.

STEP 1: Download (Backup) Site File

Its simple to do this. The downloading process takes time, but it will depend on your file size and if your network is fast.

To download your site Files also means backing up your site files.

All your works, articles, images, videos, subscribers mail, etc, will be backed up duing this process. And we use FileZilla Client to achieve this.

You should be able to login your server through the FileZilla client software. As your Host to provide you your login details in case you don’t know it.

To start…

  • Download the FileZilla Client Soft
  • Login your server through the FileZilla Software
  • Already, make sure to have created a folder where you save the site files.
  • Once you are logged in, you will see the filezilla is devided into 2-part, the left-side is your computer and files in it, wile the right side is your server.
  • Now locate the site you want to back up, then drag and drop the site files into the folder you have created to save your site files.
  • And, the download (backup) start, just like that.

Things to note;

  • make sure the site files downloaded completely. You can open the files after download and compare it with the current one on the server and see what was omitted during the download.
  • Make sure that you can locate where you saved the files in your computer.
  • As you are downloading the files, you may proceed to start other task regarding the site migration.

STEP 2: Knowing The Name Assigned to The Site Database in Question

You may even not know which name is assigned to the Database file site you want to migrate, because sometimes its database is named anything, some names it using series of confusing digits like (reason: for a security purpose):

YourHostID_dhyert476ag or YourHostID_klohffgtrnh, etc… While some cases its presented with the name of site. For instance; YourHostID_siteName

So first we need to confirm if its so, and which of them is the particular DB we want to import.

Remember you still have to login to your old hosting account – which is where you are migrating from.

So to get the Database (DB) name use the following methods;

  • Login to your old hosting account
  • Click on the cPannel Menu bar
  • You know that the cPannel comprises of many tools which also arrange base of their features. So scroll to “File Tools”.
  • Then click on “File Manager” or may be presented as “FileManager” – still the same thing.
  • Access the site from the root, which is; /public_html. Sometimes might open the root by default.
File Manager Page
This is a sample of how the File Manager looks like.

The “public_html” root/folder is opened already which contains all site folders

  • From the list of sites you may have, double-click on the site folder to open its own single file manager page
This is still File Manager page for a Single site
  • You should locate wp-config.php
  • Then right-click and select “View” from list of option shown
  • There are information you should look out for that includes;

-define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘YourHostID_*********** ‘)

-define(‘DB_USER’, ‘YourHostID_*********’)

-define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘*****************’)

Let’s share an image of this part.

Those information which I have represented as stars “***********” are the Database information you will be needing for the next step of this tutorial.

The DB_NAME ‘, in particular, is what we use to identify the database we want to download. In case you have many sites like myself so that you don’t go downloading the wrong Database files.

As we proceed, I will be explaining when we’ll be needing each of this DB information (that is the DB name, user & password).

So now that you know what your name is given to the site database (db) you want to migrate to a new hosting account, then let’s proceed to STEP 3 – Download (Exporting) of that site DB.

Click “NEXT” to go there!

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