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How to Manually Migrate Your Site From Any Host to InstaWP Via Plugin?

Moving your website from any hosting to InstaWP is a breeze. Here, we have covered the simple steps for manually migrating your site to InstaWP. In the process, we have used a backup plugin.

Prerequisite: Choose your Backup Plugin

While there are plenty of migration plugins available, you can choose any that you are comfortable with. For this tutorial, we will be using the WPvivid plugin, a free WordPress migration plugin. Let's get started!

Before we dive into the file and site migration process, please note that we will use two terms: the source and destination site. The source site refers to the site you are moving from, while the destination site is your InstaWP setup where you want to migrate.

Step 1: Create a New Destination Site on InstaWP

First, you need to create an InstaWP Site with just a few clicks. If you already have a site ready, you can skip this step and move to the next step.

Go to your InstaWP Dashboard >> click on + Add New >> enter the name of your site >> click Create Site (an empty WordPress site).

Step 2: Install WPvivid on Your Destination Site (InstaWP)

Next, log in to your InstaWP site (the destination), then: Navigate to the WordPress Dashboard >> Plugins >> Add New Plugin >> search for WPvivid.
Once you find it, click on Install and then Activate the plugin.

Step 3: Install WPvivid on your Source Site

Now, open your source site, the one you want to migrate to InstaWP. Similarly,
Navigate to the WP Dashboard >> Plugins >> Add New.
Search for WPvivid, then click Install and Activate.

Step 4: Generate and Copy Your WPvivid Key on the Destination Site (InstaWP)

Open your destination site (InstaWP), then:
Go to WPvivid Backup >> Backup & Restore >> Key.
Click Generate to create a key for your destination site.
Once generated, COPY your key.

Step 5: Paste and Save your Destination Site (InstaWP) WPvivid Key into your Source Site

Now, open your source site and then:
From WP Dashboard >> WPvivid Backup >> Backup & Restore >> Auto Migration.
Paste your Destination WPvivid Key into the provided field and click Save.

Once you have saved the Key, you need to click Clone then Transfer button.

Note that you have three options to choose from, but here, we will transfer the entire site, so we will go with the Database + Files (WordPress Files) option.

The transfer process may take a few minutes as it depends on the size of your website files.

Step 6: Complete Your Migration by Restoring Your Site on the Destination (InstaWP)

After the transfer process is complete, you need to:
Open your destination site (InstaWP) >> WordPress Dashboard >> WPvivid Backup >> Backup & Restore >> click on Scan uploaded backup or received backup.

You will see your source site’s transferred files or backup. Simply click on Restore to start the file transfer or restoration process.

Lastly, from the Restore screen, you need to click to Restore again to transfer or migrate your source site to the destination site (InstaWP).

Step 7: Testing and Checking Your Migrated Site

Once you’ve successfully transferred or migrated your source site to your InstaWP destination site, you will be automatically logged out from your admin URL.
You need to log in to your destination site using your source WP Admin credentials.

You will notice that your source site has been successfully copied and migrated to InstaWP.

You can check all your posts, pages, URLs, images, and other content to ensure everything has been migrated correctly. If you see any issues, feel free to contact us.

Note: Whenever you are migrating your site from any host to InstaWP, please make sure to deactivate your cache, security, and CDN plugins. This would help you avoid any potential issues during the migration process.

You can also Migrate your WordPress site:

To the InstaWP Live - managed WordPress Hosting with CDN, Security (WAF), and Backups in-built. For more information, refer to this doc.

Into hosting panels by the supported providers such as Runcloud, and Server Avatar integration.

To any hosting company with the live site URL. For more information, refer to this doc.

Updated on: 10/05/2024

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