Move a Website from Wealthy Affiliate

If you're looking for simple step-by-step instructions on how to move your website from Wealthy Affiliate to a new hosting provider you've come to the right place. In this tutorial, I'll show you the easy way to back up and migrate your sites.

Move Your Website

So, you've decided to move your website from Wealthy Affiliate to a new hosting provider. 

Good move. The affiliate marketing training is excellent but the hosting sucks, big time. 

But don't wait until after your membership expires to back up your website(s). Wealthy Affiliate used to allow 14 days for members to move their sites but they've cut that out. Once your premium membership expires your websites will be removed from the servers so you won't have access to them. 

Please read "What happens to my hosting if I cancel my membership at wa?" It reads, in part, "If you decide to cancel your membership, your hosting will be turned off immediately upon your date in which your premium membership is cut off." 

They kind of snuck that one in as you can see by the low number of Likes and Comments. I didn't receive an email about this change of policy, I discovered it by accident. Hardly anyone knows it exists. It should have been a post but it was quietly published as a question posted by Kyle which he answered himself. 

If you haven't already cancelled your membership then follow these instructions. You can only cancel your membership and stop automatic billing through your account settings. Sending an email or private message won't work. And, as you know, there are no refunds according to their Terms of Service.

Free Starter Members

Sorry, these instructions on how to migrate a website from Wealthy Affiliate to another hosting provider don't apply to starter (free) members. You'll need to use a plugin to migrate your site and only premium members can install plugins. 

The only way a starter member can migrate a website from Wealthy Affiliate is to use copy and paste into a Word or Google doc. And then start again with a new domain name.

No cPanel, no problem

There's no access to a hosting control panel at Wealthy Affiliate, even as a premium member, so your options are limited. 

But that's OK. There's one plugin that makes migrating a website to another host a breeze and we'll be covering that in this article.

It can be quite daunting trying to figure it out on your own. So, I'll walk you through every step of the way. Just follow along one step at a time.

Take a deep breath. You can do it!

Backing Up

Backing up is the most important part of the entire proceedings. 

Murphy's Law states that if anything can go wrong it will, at the worse possible time.

If you don't back up your website before your membership at Wealthy Affiliate expires then you won't be able to move your website to another hosting provider. 


So, if your Wealthy Affiliate membership has expired, you have two choices:

  1. Resubscribe for another month, or
  2. Abandon your website

If your membership is still current then backing up is going to be a walk in the park. 

The plugin we'll use is free for backing up. And, for a website under 512MB there's a free extension that is required for restoring your site. But if your site, like most, is bigger than 512MB then you can expect for pay for the premium extension when it's time to import your website at the new host. 

At the time of writing this article the cost of the premium extension is $69. But there is a hack to increase the import upload limit if you want to save money.

In this video, you’re going to learn how to increase the upload file size imposed by All-in-One WP Migration plugin to whatever size you need to accommodate your website.

Before we go any further, I want to point out that it is legal to access and modify the source code of the free version of this plugin because, like all plugins at wordpress.org, it’s licensed as open source. 

But there is a small problem. The legacy version of the plugin is no longer available at wordpress.org so you'll want to download it from FreeAndCheapEbooks for a small fee.

The Hack

  1. Download All-in-One WP Migration plugin from FreeAndCheapEbooks
  2. Install and Activate the plugin
  3. Open Plugins Editor
  4. Select All-in-One WP Migration plugin
  5. Edit constants.php file
  6. Change number 28 on Line 284 to 56
  7. Save the updated file

Let's create the backup

Anyway, let's get on with creating the backup.

In your WordPress website dashboard go to Plugins > Add New and search for All-in-One WP Migration.

Move a Website - Add new plugin

Install and Activate the plugin.

You'll see a new item in your menu, All-in-One WP Migration, between Tools and Settings.

Move a Website - Menu Item

Choose "Export" and select "Export to" > "File". 

Move a Website - Export to File

Depending on the size of your website, creating the backup can take several minutes. 

Click on the green "Download" button and save the file on your computer where you can find it easily. 

Keep your browser open while your backup is downloading. The bigger the file is, the longer it's going to take. And it will take even longer on a slow connection.

Choose a Host

Now is a good time to consider which host you'll choose.

Your needs are different to someone else's so the hosting company you choose should be the one that suits your needs and budget best.

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Your new host may provide a free migration service for new clients. Check before deciding on the Do It Yourself approach to website migration. Tap the buttons below, look for Live Chat or Support and ask the question. 

Because of the limitations at Wealthy Affiliate your new host will need the backup file from All-in-One WP Migration to complete the migration for you.

If they can't (or won't) do it for you then you have the choice of either completing the migration yourself or hiring a professional to do it for you.

I've successfully migrated many websites to different hosting companies. And my professional fees are very reasonable. Please leave a comment below (your email address will not be published) if you'd like a quote. Or send an email to marion [at] marionblackonline.com

Should I Use Managed WordPress?

Managed WordPress is a tad more expensive than the usual shared hosting option. If you'd prefer to pay extra to have some of the techie stuff done for you then it's something to consider.  But if you're capable of installing a few plugins and saving your own backup files then you may not need Managed WordPress. 

Having said that, if you're very inexperienced with managing your own website then Managed WordPress could save you a lot of headaches.

Shared, Virtual Private Server, or Dedicated Server?

Most website owners will want shared hosting. Shared hosting simply means that your website shares space and resources (memory, bandwidth, etc.) with other websites on the same server. 

It's a bit like having several different apps on your home computer. They all run independently but they're taking up space on the same hard drive. If you try to run too many programs at the same time then your computer may get sluggish.

Some shared hosting, particularly on cheap services, may get a bit overcrowded, slowing down your website. You've no doubt experienced some slow loading times and outages while using Wealthy Affiliate.

The hosting providers I recommend take pride in offering fast servers and at least 99.9% up-time rates. 

A virtual private server (VPS) keeps your websites, and their resources, separate to the other sites using the same server. 

And a dedicated server means you have the entire server to yourself.

Only consider using a virtual private server or a dedicated server if that's really what you need. 

For most website owners I strongly recommend using shared hosting, at least until such time as you find it less than optimal for your needs... that could take a long time. 

Which Host Should You Choose?

As you know, there are many hosts vying for your business. 

My personal choice is DreamHost but you may find one of the others a better fit for you and your website(s). 

If you have just one website, and cost is an important factor, then BlueHost or Siteground could be your best bet.

But if you're a seasoned webmaster with large websites then WPX may be exactly what you need. 

Most hosting providers offer a "honeymoon" period at a cheaper price than the ongoing subscription. Make sure you check the "regular" price as well as the special offer as that's what you're going to be paying after the "honeymoon" period is over. 

The longer the initial period of hosting you purchase the more you'll save. Try to get at least 1 year's hosting to start with. 

After extensive research I narrowed down the top hosting companies to just four. Check them out using the buttons below so you can decide which one is best for your website(s) and your budget. 

Domain Name Registration

Let me mention here that you can have your domain name registered with one company and your website hosted at another. In fact that's what I recommend. If you do want to change the registration of your domain name to another registrar then it's a good idea to do that as a separate exercise from the migration process. You'll want to minimize down time and trying to do both together could get messy.

Move a Website Overview

Your website consists of a lot of files, folders, and a database. All your posts, pages, and comments are in files, your themes and plugins are in files, and all the images and other media you've uploaded are in files. The database holds the information that links all those files together so your website just 'works'. 

Move a Website Overview

Tools > Export creates an XML file which is something like a text file. It's a quick and dirty backup of your database but it's totally useless for migrating a website to another server. You need to back up your Media Library, Themes and Plugins as well as the database. Fortunately we have an easy-to-use method to do just that.

Moving a website is similar to moving house. You need to pack up your belongings (files, folders, and database) before the removalists arrive. Then you'll want to let everyone know about your new address (DNS). And, after the move, you'll need to unpack everything (install WordPress and restore the site). 

Your Domain Name Servers (DNS) tell the internet where to find your website's files. In other words the DNS provides the information of which hosting company is hosting your files, database, and emails on their servers. If you were to change the DNS before you moved the files then the internet wouldn't be able to find your website.

In order to move your website to another host you'll need to back up your entire website (all the files, database, and your emails) and save the backup on your computer. Then you'll need to upload the entire website to the new hosting company after changing the DNS. 

Save your info

It may seem obvious but I'll mention it anyway, you're going to need your current website login information to access your website after the migration process. 

Use the Notepad or TextEdit app on your computer to store the information and save it somewhere easy to find, say your desktop. 

You'll need your:

  • Current website username, email address, and password
  • Login URL, username and password for your new hosting provider
  • DNS (Domain Name Servers) for your new hosting provider

Check with Wealthy Affiliate and your new hosting provider for any of the details you don't already have stored in your text file. 

To log into your website without using Wealthy Affiliate > Websites > SiteManager just type your domain name followed by /wp-admin into the address bar of your browser e.g. example.com/wp-admin

Back up Your Emails Using POP3

Backing up your domain specific emails is something you'll need to do for yourself if you want to be able to access the old emails after the move.

If you haven't set up domain specific emails for your website then feel free to skip this section.

Just to clarify, IMAP and POP3 are different ways of accessing your emails. 

IMAP syncs your email client with the server and your emails stay on the server. But when you change to another server at another host your existing emails will disappear forever. Ooops!

POP3 downloads all mail from the server and stores it on your own computer or device. This enables you to access your emails even when you're not connected to the internet. So even when they've been deleted from the server you'll still have access to them.

POP3 is the method you'll need to put into place before you migrate your website to another host. 

Your emails will only be available on the devices you've downloaded them to, so you may want to use POP3 on your mobile devices as well as your computer.

Android phone
iPhone
Mac OS X MacMail 
Outlook 2016
Mozilla Thunderbird

When you've finished setting up your email client for POP3 test it by disconnecting from the internet. If you can still access your emails then you should be good to go. 

Change the DNS

When you've created and saved your backup using All-in-One WP Migration it's time to change the DNS (Domain Name Servers) to point to your new hosting provider.

Move a Website - Change the DNS

At Wealthy Affiliate, go to Websites > SiteDomains and click on Settings> Name Servers for your website. 

Move a Website - Nameserver Settings

Paste in the nameservers you've been given by your new hosting provider and click on Save Settings.

...and wait.

It takes time for the change of nameservers to propagate throughout the internet. Possibly up to 48 hours though it's usually a lot less.

You can track the progress of your websites at:
https://dnschecker.org/ and
https://www.whatsmydns.net/

Wait until the DNS has propagated and then install WordPress on your empty website at the new host.

Install WordPress

The instructions here are for DreamHost, my #1 recommendation. If you've chosen a different hosting provider then follow their instructions for installing WordPress. Most of them have a very simple way to automatically install WordPress with just a few clicks.

Move a Website - Install WordPress

Log into your Web Panel at DreamHost, click on Domains > One-Click Installs, and select WordPress.

Move a Website - One-Click Installer

Select your website from the drop-down list and allow the app to create the database automatically.

Deluxe Install would add some extra plugins that you may not need. Just take the tick out of the box for a cleaner install.

The WP Website Builder is mainly for newbies. It could complicate the migration process so you can leave it out too.

Click the Install button and DreamHost will automatically install WordPress for you. You'll get an email in about 10 minutes with instructions on how to set your password and log into your site. 

Restore Your Website

In your new empty WordPress dashboard delete any extra plugins you don't want then go to Plugins > Add New and install All-in-One WP Migration.

This time you'll want to use "Import" to upload your saved backup.

Move a Website - Import File

Select your backup file from your computer and you'll probably see this message:

Move a Website - Error Message

Click on the first link if your website's backup file is under 512MB or click "Get unlimited" if the file size is over that limit.

For Small Websites

Seriously, just ignore the other options and download the free Basic extension from WP-Migration and save it on your computer.

For Larger (Most) Websites

You're gonna need the premium extension or the hack mentioned above

In your WordPress dashboard go to Plugins > Add New and upload the extension. Install and activate the new plugin.

Now you can go back to All-in-One WP Migration > Import and import your backup file.

Read and understand the warning message then click on "Proceed". Follow the on-screen instructions making sure to save the Permalinks structure to whatever you had before the migration process. This step is critical!

Click Finish when you're done.

Final Steps

Now your website has been restored to exactly what it was when you created the backup using All-in-One WP Migration.

To log in you'll need your old username/email address and password. If you'd like to change your password to something easier to remember then you can do that from your User Profile Page. But make sure it's a strong password that a would-be hacker is unlikely to guess. 

Check out your site from the front end, and within your WordPress dashboard, to make sure everything is just the same as it was before.

Install Some Free Plugins

You'll need a security plugin now. I use and recommend Wordfence - it's a free plugin so add it in the usual way and go through the setup wizard.

To minimize spam comments you'll want Antispam Bee.

And I recommend Updraft Plus for regular automatic backups. Yes, now you've got a new hosting provider Updraft Plus will be able to work automatically. All you need to do is set it up and periodically download the backup files and save them on your computer. Isn't it nice to be in charge?

Another plugin you'll want to add is File Manager. I'll tell you why in a minute.

You've likely heard of FTP (File Transfer Protocol) as a techie way of accessing your website's files and folders. Well, File Manager is an easy-to-use alternative to FTP. If you can use Windows File Explorer you'll be able to use File Manager. But do be careful and always save a backup before you mess with your website.

Move a Website - File Manager

Deactivate and Delete All-in-One WP Migration

All-in-One WP Migration is a great plugin for migrating your websites from one hosting provider to another but once you've done that you have no further need of it. It's not a good option for regular backups. Deactivate and delete the plugin and then delete the file it created so you don't clog up the server. Deactivate and delete All-in-One WP Migration File Extension as well.

Move a Website - Delete aio backups folder

Use WP File Manager to locate All-in-One WP Migration backups folder and delete it.

And, like they say in the cartoons, "That's All Folks!"

If this has helped you or if you have any questions please leave a comment below. I read all comments personally.

85 thoughts on “Move a Website from Wealthy Affiliate”

  1. Hi Marion. Thank you for this insightful review. I will like you to assist me in moving my website to be hosted at DreamHost. May I know your fee. What is the process.

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  2. I have a few websites and I have installed Yoast SEO, WP Fast Cache to name a few and when I do Google Console/analytics I get score C on one and D on the other. When I searched my very new and incomplete website from siterubix (I am a free subscriber) It is all A+. I do not know if I should fix my existing sites and add a blog or start a totally new blog site/ website with a faster theme? Would it be better to pay for Themeforest, or Astra and start fresh- would that make the difference? I do not know how much is the theme or the underlying structure. Plus, I do not know how to fix my current themes?

    Also, Will I lose the A+ functionality of my WA site if I move it to WP? I am thinking of just not completing my WA site, or should I complete it to have a better framework that adds speed and then move it to a WP domain?

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    • When a site loads slowly it can be due to a number of factors including the theme and plugins that you’re using. But the main problem is usually that the images you’re using are too big. Make sure you reduce the size of your images to the size they will be showing on your site before you upload them. I use and recommend the GeneratePress theme as it’s light-weight and very customizable.

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  3. Marion,
    I followed your steps for exporting my website hosted by WA. I changed the max file size to 56, but when I get to the All-in-one Migration export to file and get this message.
    Unable to export
    Out of disk space. Unable to write content to file. File: /var/www/volumes/xvdl/vhosts/comfortincrafts.com/httpdocs/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-wp-migration/storage/p08gn1kghd4t/comfortincrafts.com-20200722-151941-624.wpress

    My website can’t be that big. I just started it in March. What am I doing wrong?
    Thanks for your help.

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    • Hi Barbara,

      I doubt that you’re doing anything wrong at all. Contact Site Support and let them know about the error message as it has nothing to do with the plugin, it’s a hosting issue.

      By the way, you don’t need to modify the plugin to export your site, you only need to modify the plugin when it’s time to import your site at the new host.

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    • Hi Michelle,

      How long ago did you change the DNS? It can take up to 48 hours for the change to propagate throughout the internet. Did you click on the “Save Settings” button? Please try again and if you still have problems contact Site Support at Wealthy Affiliate.

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      • just yesterday. it popped up as an error and couldn’t complete. but I have seen that my cloud storage was full and I had a red x next to my backup website. Yes, I clicked the save button. Ok, I wasn’t sure if wealthy affiliate support would help me. The last couple of times I contacted them they were not very friendly. Thanks

  4. Hey Marion,
    Thanks a lot for giving me a reply on email and redirecting me to the article. Great article, and thanks for sharing

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  5. Hi Marion, do you know what happen to my .com domain after migrating my website to another host provider and cancelling my WA subscription? Thanks in advance!

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    • Hi Daniel,

      Your domain name is yours for as long as you keep renewing it. You don’t need to be a premium member at WA to have your domain names registered there, so you can leave it registered at Wealthy Affiliate or transfer the registration to a different domain name registrar, that’s entirely up to you. I have my domain names registered at Wealthy Affiliate but I have them hosted at DreamHost.

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      • Gotcha, at the moment I’ve already created my backup and changed de dns servers. I’m waiting for the website to not be displayed anymore and install the new one in my new hosting provider. The problem is that I was trying to close my WA account to see what am I able to access in the platform and it seems that everything is deleted. If I do that, maybe I won’t have access to SiteDomain (?)

      • It’s not going to be a problem, Daniel. Wealthy Affiliate registers domain names for anyone, not just premium members. After your main account is closed you will still be able to log in but the only part of the Wealthy Affiliate platform that you’ll be able to access will be the Site Domains area. You’ll still have full control over your domain names.

  6. Hi Marion,

    Thank you for your insightful post. I am considering moving one site from WA. I have noticed that the hosting is slow, although I have compressed the images, etc. I am evaluating my finances to see if I will be able to do move my site next year. I am already in conversation with a good host provider that I know is excellent. You mention somewhere in here that I may not be able to keep my domain name? one domain name I want to keep, so hopefully, I will be able to do that.
    I have bookmarked your site for when the times comes to move my site. Moving my site means I just need a better hosting provider that I can scream at if slow for some reason. Just kidding no screaming, but with an independent hosting provider as a consumer, you can really get things done to the customer’s satisfaction.

    As you said WA membership training is fine.
    Thank you,

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    • Hi Ana, there is absolutely no reason why you should not be able to keep your domain names going forward regardless of where your website is hosted. I use Wealthy Affiliate for the registration of my domain names even though I host the websites at DreamHost.

      What I do recommend is that if you want to transfer the registration of your domain names you do that as a separate exercise to migrating your websites. Trying to do both at the same time could result in excessive downtime.

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  7. That was an awesome tutorial but it looks like they removed version 6.77 from allinone wp migration so we can’t use the hack. My site isn’t that big anyway so hopefully i don’t need to pay. thanks.

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  8. Hi Marion,

    Thanks for the info. I did everything mentioned but the import always gets stuck at a certain percentage, not completing.

    I’m currently hosting my site with WA but I requested the domain transfer and bought basic hosting from Godaddy. I’ve been trying to migrate the site with all the plugins, Duplicator, UpdraftPlus, WP all in one, you name it, none of them worked. There’s always some error.

    Godaddy doesn’t provide cPanel so I can’t create a new database. This is why WP All In One would be perfect. Any ideas?

    Thanks,
    Roman

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    • This is one more reason that I don’t recommend hosting with GoDaddy. Please cancel your GoDaddy account and ask for a refund then open an account with one of the excellent hosting companies that I DO recommend. DreamHost has just released a plugin (free to clients) which will enable you to migrate your website with just a few clicks. Or check out SiteGround and BlueHost as they also offer great hosting packages with excellent technical support.

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  9. Hi Marion,
    I looked everywhere to find out how can I move my website hosting from WA, and I found your site. I signed up to DreamHost (via your affiliate link of course!), and followed your instructions to backup my website in WA using the All-in-One WP Migration plugin into a file, and then restored that in my WP installation in DreamHost. I have also updated my domain’s nameserver to point to DreamHost.

    However I have this problem. After all these are done, when I access my website (let’s say it’s mydomain.com), it showed an error that the site is not found. I checked my WP site in DreamHost and the URL is “mydomain.com.dream.website” instead.

    Do you know what’s wrong? Thanks

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    • Hi Alex,

      That was just a temporary redirect while the change of nameservers was propagating throughout the internet. I see mygoldfishisalive.com is working just fine now.

      Make sure to activate your free SSL certificate and add the plugins I recommend for backups, security, and spam control: Updraft Plus, Wordfence, and Antispam Bee.

      Best wishes for your future successes,
      Marion

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      • Thanks Marion! I have activated SSL and I can see the site is functional now. Will check out the plugins that you mentioned. Thanks again for your help!

  10. wIshing you the best in life Marion.
    I have sub domain site as a free member with wealthy affiliate. I want to migrate the site to namecheap because i know if you do not upgrade Wealthy Affiliate people will eliminate your site it happened to me.
    As a free member what do i need to provide to namecheap people because i have no access to the cpanel and the plugins as you already know. What information will they need?

    Thanks for your information

    Antonio

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    • Hi Antonio,

      Unfortunately, as you are a free member, there is no way you can migrate your website to another hosting provider.

      The best option that I can think of is to copy and paste all your content into Microsoft Word or a similar word processing app and then copy and paste it into a brand new website.

      And I really don’t recommend NameCheap as a web hosting provider. They are primarily a domain name registration service which, I understand, provides cheap shared hosting on over-crowded servers. Please consider this discount hosting option as an alternative.

      Best,
      Marion

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  11. Hello Marion, thank you very much for this amazing information. I have one question for you. All these steps are just to move the website and the domain to another host, in case of closing the WA account, or I can do it as well but continue to be WA Member? Thank you, anticipate.

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    • Hi Diana,

      I’ve been a member at Wealthy Affiliate for over 5 years but I don’t use their hosting because it’s not as good as I’ve got at DreamHost. I strongly recommend that you move your websites to DreamHost, BlueHost, SiteGround or WPX to get fast, reliable service for your site’s visitors. There’s absolutely no need to cancel your membership at Wealthy Affiliate just because you want a better hosting provider. The affiliate marketing training is still spot on.

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  12. Hello,
    I’m trying to modify All in One Migration Plugin, you sad that we need change number 28 on Line 284 to 56 in constants.php.
    I can’t find that numbers, line 284 ili blank.
    Can you please check that, maybe they modify plugin.

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    • Yes, Dam, they have modified the plugin. As mentioned below the video “The legacy version of the plugin is no longer available at wordpress.org so you’ll want to download it from FreeAndCheapEbooks for a small fee.”

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      • Hi Marion, I’m currently in the process of restoring my website on a new host platform. I’ve downloaded the 6.77 of the all in one plugin to my computer from the link you provided, and it came in a zip file. What’s the next step after downloading it? I don’t see it covered in the video, or maybe I’ve missed something. Would really appreciate your help, thank you

      • Hey Marion thanks for the reply. I was actually having trouble figuring out how to install the 6.77 version of the all in one wp migration plugin I downloaded to my website dashboard. Thankfully, I was able to figure it out and I’ve successfully imported my website to my new host. Thank you

  13. Hi Marion,

    Thanks for all your help.

    I followed your instructions about moving my websites from WA to another host (SiteGround). It all went well. The SiteGround tech support people moved my large site (1 GB) as I had one free move to use.

    I ran some page speed tests of my largest site before and after moving. I was surprised at the results.

    My home page speed on a mobile device was 58 before and 73 after.

    A long blog post on a mobile device was 56 before and 80 after.

    The before and after tests were 5 days apart. But the time difference should not explain the big differences in numbers. I am more concerned about site performance on mobile devices than desktop (desktop numbers were all in the 90s). I conclude that WA hypes its hosting performance.

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    • Hi Glen,

      Congratulations on making the move to Siteground.

      It has long been my contention that WA hosting is OK for newbies with zero tech skills. For those of us who take our business seriously, we need better hosting. That’s why I never moved my sites to Wealthy Affiliate and prefer to pay extra for quality hosting.

      I hope all goes well for you in your future endeavours.

      Marion

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  14. Hi! I am trying to move my WA to Bluehost and I get a message saying that I need a EPP Authorization code, do you know what that is and how can I get it? Thanks

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    • The authorization code is only required when you want to change the registration of the domain name to a different registrar. It’s not needed for migrating your website. And I don’t advise changing the registration of the domain name at the same time as moving your website.

      Wait until after the migration is complete then go back to https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/websites/domains > Settings and select Transfer Domain from the drop-down list.

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  15. Hi I wish I would have read this before doing my transfer!! I have 3 sites i built for 3 months and I transferred without doing anything you stated am I SOL??

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  16. Hi Marion, I want to move 2 websites from WA to probably bluehost. Is that something you can do for me… I just don’t have the time… 🙂
    I also have other domain names that I bought through WA but I haven’t installed yet, can those be moved too.

    Thanks

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    • Wealthy Affiliate does not have a user-accessible cPanel, Antonio. And free members can’t use FTP or install plugins so there’s no way to back up your free website. The only option you have is to copy and paste your content into a new website or an app like Microsoft Word.

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  17. Marion, excellent work, I wish I had that privilege mind. How MUCH WILL you charge for your “professional services” in a few weeks I will migrate my site for WA.

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    • Sorry, Antonio. As a free member, there’s no way to back up your website in order to migrate it to another hosting provider.

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  18. Hi Marion great tutorial but my problem is that I moved my website from my host WA to another host. The subdomain wasn’t moved now I’m not a member and need to get a backup file from them and have no way to get a hold of them.

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  19. A most thoroughly detailed set of instructions for moving a website to another host from Wealthy Affiliate. I was a bit worried about having to do this at some time in the future, now I’ve bookmarked this post for later reference and I’ll certainly be back to read it again when I need to.
    Thanks again for another great how to, Marion.

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  20. Yeah, I tried that link in the instructions. You have to login to WA. I canceled my premium membership on Sunday before it renewed today. I thought I might be able to sign up as a free member and watch the video but it doesn’t work. It wants me to upgrade to premium. Never mind. I have the clone and database backups so I think that will be enough because my site is small – 148MB. Thanks anyway.

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  21. Hi Marion. There is no WP-DP Backup under Tools in my dashboard. Under Tools I have Import, Export, Forums, SEO Data Import, Export Personal Data, Erase Personal Data. That’s it. I’m the one that asked you recently in a WA forum how to backup my WA site. Thanks for your help.

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    • It’s really important to follow all the steps in order, Peter.

      Under “Prepare” section C. “Install and activate WP Database Backup plugin by Prashant Walke to backup the database. WP Clone includes a database backup but, as mentioned before, the plugin may fail.”

      I hope this helps.

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      • I haven’t actually started following these steps yet. I followed the video on WA which only mentioned backing up with WP Clone. Then I found this and read the part about backing up the database and thought I was missing something. My plan was to go through all the steps tomorrow since I canceled my membership today. Now, I see I’m not missing anything, so I won’t have trouble doing this tomorrow. Thanks.

  22. Hi, what if I just want to sell my domain? Do I still need to go through the process of moving my website from wealthy affiliate first?

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  23. Hi! I’ve only been with WA for about a month now and I am on the free plan. I’m wanting to buy myself a domain at http://www.namesilo.com since they only charge $8.99 for a year’s service with the (com) extension. How can I transfer my free site over there. It’s a brand new site and I can’t afford $50 a month for premium service. How would that work?

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    • Hi Christal, I am not familiar with namesilo.com. Do they provide a hosting service? I can’t see that on their website. I would be very wary of using a domain name service that I’ve never heard of before. I’ve been creating websites for 16 years and I’ve never heard of namesilo.com. Do they provide proper whois protection with the domain name in your name, not theirs? They’re most probably legit, but please do some research before you buy from them.

      Please see my recommendations for hosting services at https://marionblackonline.com/hosting/ some of the hosting services I recommend give you a free domain name for the first year. Starter members at wealthy affiliate need external hosting if they have their own domain name.

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  24. Hi Marion,

    Thank you very much for your work. I am preparing to migrate from WA, but I have more than a month before my premium membership expires.
    May I ask your advise where I should host my blog? It used to be a free blog at WordPress, then I moved to WA and purchased a domain through them. Now I want to stop my premium WA membership, but don’t know if I should go back to WordPress or elsewhere. Please advise. Thank you again.

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    • Hi Dmitriy,

      The free blogs at wordpress.com are just for amateur bloggers who don’t have their own domain name. I’m sure you’ll want better hosting than that.

      I use and recommend DreamHost if you have (or are planning) more than one website.

      If you only want one website then you may find SiteGround or BlueHost suit your needs.

      Remember to take into consideration the renewal prices as well as the initial discount when you’re making your choice. And a free SSL certificate is a must.

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      • Thank you Marion,

        I am not a marketer, it did not work for me. That is why I am leaving WA. I just have a Bible study blog, but I like having my own domain, and all those nice plugins. So I understand that it won’t be free. But WordPress offers various paid plans, so I don’t know how to make a choice. Are SiteGround and BlueHost better? If so, which one of them?

        Thank you again.

  25. Hi, I don’t know if you kind of answered this already to Pauline but I am really a beginner and I didn’t understand. My problem is kind of the same, I cancelled my premium account at wealthy affiliate and I didn’t back up anything. My domain name is still paid (I still own it) but I can´t obviously have access to it through wealthy affiliate and I was wondering if the problem will be solved changing the web servers as you said. But I don’t know what should I change it to (as I said a complete beginner), also the namecheap thing, I already have my website name paid. Do you thing I will need to pay for another premium month in order to move to a web hosting platform? and would wealthy affiliate still have all of the content I wrote saved? Sorry if I haven’t expressed myself correctly and would appreciate any help.

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    • Hi Lala,

      It depends on how long it’s been since you left Wealthy Affiliate. According to Kyle, your website can be restored if it’s been less than 6 months. Please check out this post.
      Kyle's comment

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  26. what is the difference between the files that were backed up from the plugin and the files that were backed up with Filezilla? Do they have the exact same data?

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    • Yes, the data is the same except that FileZilla (FTP) does not back up the database. The plugin fails in approximately 10% of cases so I would never rely on it completely. That’s why I recommend using both methods to back up. If the restoration process fails using one method then you have the other to fall back on.

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  27. Hi Marion,

    I canceled my WA membership without backing anything up (I was ill-informed/not informed prior to). I have transferred my hosting back to namecheap, of course now I cannot log into my WP ADMIN! Any suggestions on what to do here? I’m not too concerned about the 3 articles I had created, it’s that I can’t get into my wp dashboard.

    Many thanks.
    Pauline

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    • If you bought your domain name at Wealthy Affiliate you have complete control over where your website is hosted. You can change the nameservers by going to Wealthy Affiliate Site Domains
      When the change of nameservers has had time to propagate throughout the internet you’ll be able to install WordPress on your website through Namecheap.

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  28. Hi Marion

    Thanks to this post I managed to backup my website and restore it with the new host, DreamHost.
    It was quite a battle and a little bit technical but in the end I followed each step carefully and managed to do it! 🙂
    Cannot thank you enough for your assistance and patience.
    THANK YOU KINDLY!

    Best regards,
    Kamil

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  29. Hi Marion I’ve been following this guide as I want to move to a new hosting platform but came across a different plugin for site migration, just wondering if you know of it and if it works well.
    it is called All-in-One WP Migration.

    Few details for you.

    This plugin exports your WordPress website including the database, media files, plugins and themes with no technical knowledge required.
    Upload your site to a different location with a drag and drop in to WordPress.
    There is an option to apply an unlimited number of find and replace operations on your database during the export process. The plugin will also fix any
    serialisation problems that occur during the find/replace operation.

    Mobile device compatible: All in One WP Plugin is the first plugin to offer true mobile experience on WordPress versions 3.3 and up.

    regards
    Peter

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      • ooh no wonder it failed when I tried to back up my site. Shame really as it appears to offer the full package.Better strike that one from the plugins then. Popping over to read the post you quoted.
        Thanks again Marion

      • Hi Marion,

        I remember that post. One of the commmenters mentioned that although All-in-One-WP Migration limits its FREE migration service to a website no larger than 512 MB (small). it will still work for larger websites, as it migrates only 2 MB packets at a time. He mentioned he migrated 12 large websites from WA to a new host without any difficulty.

        But how do you reconcile that All in One WP Migration only will move .wpress files?
        Do we need to convert our files (SQL) to .wpress files?

        Can the plugin do this for us?

      • All in one WP migration is not free. When it comes to restoring the website you have to upgrade to the premium version. If anyone tells you that they have used this plugin to migrate large websites then they must have been using the premium version.

        The.wpress files can only be opened and used by the plugin which has created them. So they are totally useless in any other situation.

        If you’re having difficulties then please avail yourself of my professional services.

  30. Marion, you are amazing. I appreciate this comprehensive article. I have been trying to figure it out on my own and found some instructions that just went over my head. But yours are much easier to understand. Thank you for sharing, you have helped me so much!

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