Move a Website from Wealthy Affiliate to Another Host — 31 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

    • 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.

      • 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.

  3. 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 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?

    • Hi Christal, I am not familiar with 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 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 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.

  4. 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.

    • Hi Dmitriy,

      The free blogs at 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.

      • 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.

  5. 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.

    • 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

      • Thank you very much 😉 I will write again in case I find any more problems along the way.

  6. 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?

    • 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.

  7. 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.

    • 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.

      • Hi Marion, sent
        Thanks so much for your reply.

        My issue was that I had moved my hosting back to namecheap before backing it up in WA. So, I essentially lost all what I did to my website, and then also I can’t log into my dashboard.


      • The only way to retrieve your content is to go back to Wealthy Affiliate and back it up. This will, of course, involve paying for another month’s subscription. And it’s possible that the content has already been deleted from the servers. In which case you won’t be able to get it back.

        All you can do is move on from here and start again with a new installation using Namecheap.

      • Hi Marion,
        If I bought my domain name at Wealthy Affiliate do I need to change its nameservers after canceling WA membership and transferring my website to another host or I can use its old nameservers as long as I want?

  8. 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.

    Best regards,

  9. 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.


      • 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.

  10. 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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