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Migrate WordPress Website From GoDaddy to Cloudways: A Complete Step-by-Step Guide

If your WordPress site is slow on GoDaddy, you can speed it up by different methods, such as configuring Autoptimize, setting up Cloudflare, and making images and plugins load faster. But GoDaddy is infamously slow. Even iThemes called them out for overcrowding servers and Forbes wrote an article titled “5 Reasons You Should Leave GoDaddy.”

We experienced similar di culties with GoDaddy, which is why we ultimatly moved to the managed cloud hosting provider Cloudways. Here is our guide to help you to choose your hosting provider: The Best WordPress Hosting in 2020: Ultimate Guide for Startups.

In this guide, you will learn how to migrate your WordPress site from your old hosting provider to the Cloudways platform.

How to Use Cloudways WordPress Migrator Plugin?

First, you need the plugin FREE Cloudways WordPress Migrator Plugin to migrate a WordPress Multisite or WooCommerce based website(s). Alternatively, you can request managed application migration where their engineers move your site in one piece with no bugs guaranteed.

Step #1:

Part A: Log into Your Site’s Admin Panel

First of all, open your WordPress Admin Panel of your existing application. After accessing, the WordPress Admin Panel, enter these following details:

1. Enter your WordPress site’s admin username.

2. Now, enter your password.

3. Click on Log In.

Part B: Installation of Cloudways Migrator Plugin

Once you are logged in into your site’s admin dashboard,

1. Click on the Plugins option on the left-hand side.

2. Click on the Add New option.

3. Search Cloudways WordPress Migrator in the search box and hit Enter.

4. Click on Install Now to install the plugin.

Once it is installed, click on Activate button to activate the plugin.

Step# 2:

Part A: Enter All the Required Information

Now, you will see the Cloudways migrator plugin page where you will need to enter a few details:

  1. Email address – Enter any email address you own, preferably your Cloudways registered email address.
  2. Your destination site URL – You can find your Application URL within the Cloudways dashboard.
  3. Your database name – Once again, this can be gathered by logging in to your Cloudways Platform and select application from the top menu bar and then click on the target application. The DB name will be visible within the screen.
  4. Your Server Public IP address – This is your Public IP address. You can find it under your Server tab.
  5. SFTP Username – This is your Master username that you can find in the Server tab.
  6. SFTP Password – This is your Master password that you can find in the Server tab.

Click on the Migrate button to start migrating your website.

Part B: Migrate Your WordPress Website

Your migration process will begin once you click on the Migrate button. The average time to complete the migration is between 1 to 4 hours for a small website, housing a database size of 500MB to 1GB.

Once the migration has completed successfully, the status will show Completed. To ensure a successful migration, you can simply open a staging WordPress URL by clicking the Visit Migrated Site button as shown below:

Done! Once you are satisfied with the results, you can take your website live from Cloudways.

As just mentioned, when you are satisfied with the results of the migration and can sense that your WordPress website is faster, you can take your website live from Cloudways. You then have to follow the next steps to ascertain full site functionality. Should you still need help, then you can contact Cloudways’ competent Technical Support team via their Live Chat.

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