How to Move WordPress from Hosting to VPS

Do you want to move your WordPress website from your hosting service to your personal virtual private server (VPS)? If so, then read on because we’ve got you covered! In this article, we’ll teach you everything you need to know about migrating your WordPress site to a VPS.

What is a VPS?

A VPS is a virtual private server that you host yourself. A VPS is similar to owning your own personal server but in this case, you’re sharing the cost of renting the server with other customers. When you sign up for a VPS, you get access to a dedicated IP that you can use to connect to the server and install WordPress easily. You’ll also get access to a control panel where you can manage all of the server’s settings and features.

A VPS is a good choice for anyone looking to create a fully custom-built website because you have total control over the server and its features. The only downside is that you’ll have to pay for a VPS yourself.

Why Should You Move to a VPS?

There are quite a few advantages to moving your WordPress website to a VPS. Here are just a few…

  • Full control over the server’s settings.
  • Fully custom builds are much easier to create with a VPS.
  • The ability to install third-party plugins.
  • The ability to use multiple WordPress websites on the same VPS.
  • No more having to rely on the host’s support when things go wrong.

How Do I Install WordPress On A VPS?

Installing WordPress on a VPS is very easy. You’ll connect to your server via SSH and then you’ll use the WordPress command line to install the software. First, you’ll need to create a small directory where WordPress can store its files. You can name this directory anything you want but for our example, we’ll call it “wpsearch.”

Then you’ll use the WordPress installer to download and install WordPress on your VPS. You can find this installer on the WordPress website. When the installer completes the installation process, you’ll see a success message.

At this point, you can test out your new WordPress installation by using the WordPress dashboard to create a new page (or post). Once you’re satisfied that everything is working correctly, you can delete the installer from your computer.

How Do I Configure A VPS to be My Default Website?

To make your newly installed WordPress serve as your default website, you’ll need to edit the Apache configuration files on your server. First stop the Apache service on your VPS and then open up the configuration file using your favorite text editor. In our example, we’ll be using the Nano text editor. You can use any text editor you want to configure your VPS but to keep things simple, we’ll use Nano from here on out.

From the nano command line, type the following command to open the configuration file:

nano /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default.conf

Once the file opens up in nano, you’ll need to find the Directory block near the top of the file. This is where you’d put a <Directory> tag that points to your website’s directory.

    <Directory /var/www/>

Then, add your domain’s name in front of the <Directory> tag so that it looks like this:

    <Directory /var/www/>

Save the file and then restart the Apache service on your VPS. Now, whenever someone opens up a web browser and types your domain name in the address bar, they’ll be automatically redirected to your WordPress installation.

What About Security?

Security is a key consideration whenever you’re running a WordPress-powered website. You don’t want hackers getting access to your site’s sensitive information. Thankfully, there are reputable companies that provide security for your WordPress installation. One great option for doing this is Wordfence. By installing Wordfence on your VPS, you’ll be able to effectively monitor and control access to your site from anywhere in the world. You’ll also be able to set up automatic backups so that if your website ever gets hacked or vandalized, you won’t lose any data.

Wordfence provides two types of access control: firewall protection and brute force prevention. The firewall protects your website from unauthorized individuals trying to access it by guessing passwords or using bots to attack the server. The brute force prevention module bans IPs that are trying to guess passwords or use brute force to hack into your site. You can find out more about Wordfence by visiting their site or contacting them directly via email.

Should You Move to a VPS?

It depends on your needs. If you’re looking for the flexibility of a VPS or the ability to build a fully custom-built website, then you should consider moving to a VPS. You’ll have full control over the server and its features so you can tailor it to your needs. If you’re looking for better performance and easier scalability, then you shouldn’t move to a VPS. But if you’re looking for peace of mind knowing that your site is well protected and you can restore it easily in the event of a disaster, then you should consider a VPS.

In summary, the price of a VPS is higher than that of a hosting service but the level of control and flexibility is great. So, if you’re looking for an easy solution to build a custom site or restore it easily in the event of a disaster, then a VPS is your answer. But if you’re looking for high performance and scalability, then you should consider a hosting service instead.