Sometimes, dues to server hard limits, some webmasters are unable to migrate WordPress from one to another hosting using backup plugins like UpdraftPlus or BackupBuddy. This scenario is disastrous for a WordPress user, drawing unwanted site downtimes. I had faced the same situation when I tried some weird hosts with high restrictions on server resources. I tried UpdraftPlus to backup and migrate WordPress from old to new host, but failed. Meanwhile I discovered that on the new server,requirements for the plugin was not met.

There are the following important things that are required for a backup plugin to work properly;

  • PHP Memory Limit – at least 128MB (256MB recommended)
  • max execution time – at least 30 sec
  • I/O limit – 2.5mbps
  • CPUs – at least 2

If any of the server, from where you are moving or to where you are moving, is incompatible to the WordPress backup plugins, you will not be able to process migration.

So, the ultimate way to transfer WordPress from one to another hosting is, transferring it manually. And as a bonus your host will not suffer any downtime, if you transfer it manually.

WordPress Migration-01

Step 1 – Copy files from one to another server

This is the first task. You have to copy entire WordPress directory to the new web host. It can be done in two ways;

=> via MultCloud

We have written a detailed post on “how to transfer file between two hosts using MultCloud” for free


=>Transfer files from one to another server => via FTP / File manager

 Transfer files from one to another server => via FTP / File manager  ====>>>>  Download files to your computer

WordPress directory contains many thousands to many lacs of files in its root and subfolders. If we upload all files in the uncompressed form, it may take hours to finish. Better is to compress the whole WordPress folder. Almost every host offers zip/unzip feature in its file manager, with which it is damn easy to create a compressed zip file of a several thousands files.

How to compress and download files

in cPanel hosting

  • Click on File manager and enter into WordPress directory

cPanel accessing file manager

  • Select all files and click on compress button

cPanel - Compressing WordPress Directory

  • Select compress method “Zip” and give a name to your to be created compressed zip file

cPanel - Compressing to Zip

  • Download the created zip file to your computer

if your hosting panel doesn’t have zip/unzip feature, then use this guide how to zip unzip file using SFTP

How to zip/unzip using SFTP

 Transfer files from one to another server => via FTP / File manager  ====>>>> Upload files to new server

After that login to your new hosting control panel and upload the zip file to new server. You can do it in two ways;

>>>>>>With the help of hosting file manager

If you are using a cPanel hosting, then it is the best way to upload a big file using cPanel file manager

>>>>>>>>via FTP

If your hosting doesn’t have a good file manager or doesn't have it at all, you can upload file with the help of FTP

Watch how to use FTP – This video is a complete guide

 Transfer files from one to another server => via FTP / File manager  ====>>>> Extract the files on the new hosting server

After uploading the zip file, you need to extract it so that all WordPress files and folders can be deployed as in old server

You can extract zip file in two ways;

>>>with Hosting file manager

If you are using cPanel, you will be good to go. You can easily uncompress a large zip file using uncompress option of hosting file manager


>>>>with PHP

If your hosting file manager doesn’t have option to unzip files, you can use this very easy way to unzip zip file using PHP

How to extract zip file via PHP


alternatively you can use SFTP to unzip package on new server

Step 2 – Create a database and a database user (on new hosting)

Creating database

Creating database - adding database name


Create Database user

Create Database user- Give it all privileges to database

In your web hosting control panel create a database and a database user. If you are using cPanel, you can do it very easily. Go to Database wizard > Create a database > Create a database username and password > Give this user all privileges to database

Step 3 – Create database backup on old hosting using phpMyAdmin

phpMyAdmin cPanel

phpMyadmin - Click on the database

phpMyadmin - Export database

phpMyadmin - Export database - Save it to PC

Step 4 – Import the exported database to new hosting

on New Hosting - phpMyAdmin - Importing database backup

On New Hosting - phpMyAdmin - Importing database backup - final step - GO

Step 5 – Update database detail in wp-config.php

on new hosting - updating database information in wp-config.php file

on new hosting - updating wp-config.php file

Final step – Update hosting name-servers for your domain

Read – How to update hosting nameserver for a domain

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