How to Manually Upload Hosting to a WordPress Site

One of the most challenging aspects of running a web site is updating the hosting for different platforms and devices. Updating the software for your server is relatively straightforward, but keeping your site alive when you are not physically there can be tricky. This is doubly so if you are not tech-savvy, as keeping up with all the changes and hacks can feel impossible. Thankfully, there are alternatives. One of the simplest and most effective is to manually upload your site to the server. This way, you can ensure that it is always kept up-to-date without risking any major downtime. It’s also a great option if you need to make some urgent repairs to the site, as you won’t be relying on someone else to fix it for you. In this guide, we will discuss some of the most essential aspects of manually uploading your website to a WordPress-based server. We will cover the basics including what type of hosting you need, as well as the steps required to get started.

What Type of Hosting Do I Need?

There are three distinct types of hosting you will usually encounter when working with a WordPress website:

  • Classic (shared hosting)
  • VPS (virtual private server)
  • Free hosting (like GitHub pages)

Each type of hosting has its perks and quirks, which we will discuss later on in the guide. For now, it’s important to know that not all WordPress-related hosting is created equal, and you should not expect the same level of support across all of them. Some good hosting providers can be quite difficult to work with if you’re not tech-savvy, and may even charge you extra for certain features.

Where Do I Upload My Site To?

Unless you have an extremely large website, it’s highly unlikely that you will need to worry about physical hosting locations. When it comes to managing a WordPress site, it’s usually best to have the content reside on a server located somewhere in the United States, as most companies that offer hosting support are physically based in the States. Having the content reside in the US ensures that you are not limited by geography when it comes to accessing your website.

If you are really keen to avoid any complications, you can always choose to have your site hosted on a dedicated server located in the US, or even an Amsterdam datacenter, if you’re feeling extra adventurous. Just make sure that you are aware of the risks associated with doing so.

How Do I Connect To My Site?

In addition to having your content reside on a remote server, you will need to make sure that you have a way to access it. While it is possible to have your site hosted on a networkable server, many people choose to have it locally, in a fashion that is equivalent to having a physical connection to the machine. This connection can be via a hosting company’s control panel, or even a simple web browser.

If you need help setting up a local connection to your site, our guide to the best VPN for hosting will help you find the right solution.

How To Set Up A Local Connection To My Site

In a perfect world, you would want to have your site hosted on a remote server, and be able to access it via any device or browser. Unfortunately, this is usually not the case, as many people prefer to access their content on-the-go, using a mobile device or feature phone. Having a local connection to your site will enable you to access it on the go as well.

If you are using a shared hosting account from a reputable provider, setting up a local connection to your site should be relatively straightforward. Most companies will have you fill out a short form admitting that you’re the owner of the site, and will walk you through the rest. Typically, you will be given a dedicated IP address, as well as a login and password for the account. Once you have this, accessing your site via local connection is usually just a matter of entering the dedicated IP address and login details into your browser’s address bar.

If you are using a VPS, this step will be slightly different. Your provider will most likely have you create an account with them, and will direct you to a website where you can create a login and password. After you log in, you will be presented with a way to administer your server via an easy-to-use control panel.

This panel will have all the settings you need to manually update your host file, as well as the ability to install additional software such as WordPress. Creating a login and password for the VPS account can be a little tricky, as it will need to match the username and password you use to access the server. As with a shared hosting account, you will be presented with the ability to update the server’s configuration via a simple web browser.

What About Security?

One of the primary concerns of anyone who is running a website is security. Your site’s security is of paramount importance, and you must ensure that third-party providers such as the ones mentioned here are holding your content and visitors securely. When securing your site, you must make sure that all sensitive information is kept private, and that access to your site is only given to those who are authorized. You can read more about securing your site with WordPress here.

On that note, let’s move on to the more technical aspects of setting up a manual site upload.