How to Migrate WordPress from Localhost to Hosting
WordPress is the most popular Content Management System (CMS) in the world, holding the #1 spot as of March 2018.
A CMS allows content to be easily added, edited, and organized, which you can use to create a beautiful website with any type of content you wish.
The best thing about a CMS is that it’s incredibly easy to use, so anyone can simply click and start creating content immediately.
As the popularity of WordPress grows, more businesses are choosing to host their websites on the platform. If you’re looking to start a business and are considering hosting your site on WordPress, then this article is for you.
Why Go For The Free Version?
The first step to taking your business’ blog or website to the next level is to find the best possible solution for hosting your content. Just like with many other things in life, the simplest and most affordable option nearly always wins out over the more complicated and/or expensive one. In the case of WordPress hosting, the simplest option is undoubtedly the free version.
Hosting on WordPress.com is free, but you’ll need to upgrade to take full advantage of the platform. This is because the free version limits the total number of visits per month to 1 million, which can be a major roadblock for growing your business.
WordPress also offers a self-hosted version, which you can access via a simple click of a button on your dashboard. Once you’ve established your blog or business website on WordPress.com, you can easily launch your self-hosted version from there.
Getting The Most Out Of The Free Version
Even for those who’ve established a successful blog with a large audience on the free version of WordPress, the platform still has plenty to offer. You just need to know where to look.
The first step is to read the WordPress documentation, which you can access from your dashboard. This will teach you how to use the CMS effectively and help you get the most out of your experience.
WordPress also offers plenty of resources for those who want to grow their business online. From SEO guides to funding your blog to product creation and launching, you can learn a lot from the community of experts who’ve been there and done that already.
Steps To Take To Migrate WordPress From Localhost To Hosting
Now that you’ve decided to host your business’ blog or website on WordPress, the next step is to take care of the technical details so that when your blog or website goes live, it can easily be accessed by those seeking your product or service online.
In this article, we’ll walk through the steps necessary to migrate WordPress from a localhost to a hosting provider.
This is a very technical process, so you’ll need to take your time learning how to do it correctly. Be sure to follow the steps accurately to ensure that you don’t end up with any errors or omissions that could potentially bring down your blog or website.
1. Create A Backup Of Your Blog Or Website
The first step is to create a backup of your existing blog or website in case anything goes wrong during the process. Unfortunately, this is one of the most critical steps you’ll need to take. If you don’t have this already, create a full back up of your blog or website on a regular basis. You can use any of the numerous online tools to do this, such as XCloner, which we’ll use here.
2. Install WordPress On Your Local Server
If you already have a functioning local server, install WordPress there. If you’re new to the world of local servers, then download and install WAMP Server on your computer. WAMP stands for “WordPress and MySQL optimized,” so all you need to do is install the components described above and you’re good to go.
As mentioned above, WordPress is the most popular CMS in the world, and it’s been around for a while now. This makes it a bit more difficult to learn how to install compared to other CMSs, such as Joomla or Drupal. Even still, with a bit of guidance and learning from other users, you’ll be able to successfully install WordPress on your local server.
3. Login To Your Local Server And Set Up The Admin Panel
Once you’ve installed WordPress on your local server, you’ll need to log in and access the admin panel. The best way to learn how to do this is by reading the documentation that comes with WordPress. This will teach you the various functions of the admin panel and allow you to set up your blog or website the way you want it.
Inside the admin panel, you’ll see a large number of tools and settings that can be used to control and customize the functioning of your blog or website. You can use these tools to change the appearance of your blog or website, as well as the content published on it. For example, you can change the background color and upload a new theme to replace the default one.
4. Create Your Database And Activate It
Now that you have a functioning WordPress instance on your local server, the next step is to create a database for your blog or website and then activate it. You’ll need to do this to ensure that your blog or website can function properly. Once you’ve created your database, log in to your WordPress dashboard and click on the database name in the listing to access the details page. From here, click on the “Activate” button to activate the database. Now your blog or website can begin functioning properly.
Activating a database is an important step because without it, you’ll discover that many of the functions and tools in WordPress won’t work. This could potentially cause a lot of trouble if you’re not careful, so it’s worth taking the time to do this step correctly.
5. Configure Your Site To Point To The Right Domain
If you’ve purchased a domain for your blog or website (for example, blog.example.com), it’s time to configure it to point to your WordPress server. Login to your WordPress dashboard and click on the “Settings” menu in the top right corner. From here, you can enter the domain name that you purchased for your blog or website (in this example, blog.example.com) and set the “Automatically create an SEO-friendly URL” option to “Yes.” Once you’ve done that, your site will be accessible via the SEO-friendly URL you’ve created (in this case, blog.example.com).
This is a critical step because if you don’t do this correctly, then search engines such as Google may consider your blog or website to be a spammer simply because it’s hosted on a different domain. For this reason, make sure you enter the domain name you purchased for your blog or website (in this example, blog.example.com) exactly as you see it in the address bar of your browser.
6. Install WordPress To Your Hosting Server
Once you’ve configured your site to point to the right domain, the final step is to install WordPress to your hosting server. You can do this by contacting your hosting provider and asking them to install WordPress for you. Most hosting providers offer this service, and it’s often included in the plan you purchase.
Make sure you notify your developers and/or designers that WordPress has been installed on your hosting server so that they can begin making modifications and adjustments to accommodate the new platform. These people are usually the ones who’ll need to make the necessary changes to allow your blog or website to function properly on the new platform.
When you’re ready to launch your blog or website, simply log in to your WordPress dashboard and click on the “Publish” tab. This will alert you that WordPress has been successfully installed and will guide you through the final steps to get your site up and running (and looking beautiful!).