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Move a WordPress site with the Duplicator plugin

First of all, a reminder

Plugins are easy, but it can also add a lot bloat and insecurity to your site. We always recommend that you think about which plugins you install. Do you really need them? Or are they just nice to have? See Jonathans article on which plugins slow your site down.

You can find plenty of methods to move a site at our self-service pages.

Now back to Duplicator

A very easy method of moving your WordPress site is using the plugin called, Duplicator – WordPress Migration Plugin.

When you’re in Duplicator you will see a Create New button in the right-hand corner.
Click on that to create a .zip file of your site.
Just click next, next, next to build your package (which are your files and a dump of your database).
You can check the documentation on how to use Duplicator here, if you want to know more.

Download the installer.php and .zip of your site by clicking the One-Click Download button.

Now you will need to use a file transfer program like FileZilla (download here), to upload your files. In FileZilla you will see a bar where you will need to connect to our server, e.g:

You will need to create a new site on your Bolt, if you haven’t done so already. An email will then be sent to you with your login credentials. Remember to use SFTP when connecting to our servers.
You can find more information on how to use FileZilla on our Self Service page here.

Locate your installer.php and .zip file that you downloaded, and transfer them to the ~/public folder. You can find the path in your control panel.

Go to your browser and type in your address with /installer.php at the end, e.g:

Click accept all terms & notices, and continue. On the next screen you will be prompted to fill in the credentials for the database. You can find them in the email you got.

Test database and continue till the end. Here you can log in to your site with the option to delete the installer.php and .zip files, which you should do. 

Now you have successfully moved your site!

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