Move a Website from Wealthy Affiliate to Another Host — 14 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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,

  5. 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.


  6. 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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