You can upload your backup files to the
/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-move/backup/directory on your new server. Once you finish uploading them, you can use the Restore method to finalize the migration operation.
Thx for the info. Now on the config page for the current install, it’s asking for the remote backup path. Will that be available once I install WP on the destination host?
I thought you already had backups of your current installation generated by WordPress Move.
Now, you have two options:
1) Letting WordPress Move handle the transfer of your backup files by properly configuring the plugin.
2) Transferring the backup files yourself.
For the first option, the server you are migrating to needs to have a working FTP server. If you have one running, enter the FTP details of the server you are migrating to, on the WordPress Move configuration page of your current WordPress installation. For the remote backup path, you need to enter the full path to the /wordpress-move/backup/ directory on the server you are migrating to, starting from the top directory that your FTP account has access to. If these sound complicated, follow the instructions on the next paragraph.
For the second option, fill in the configuration page of WordPress Move with incorrect data, so that WordPress Move stops asking you to fill in the fields on the configuration page. Once done, go to Migration Assistant and start the migration. It will be able to create backup files but will fail to connect the target server as we provided incorrect data. Go to Backup Manager and download the backup files by clicking on their names. Open your FTP client and connect to the server you want to migrate to. Then, upload your backup files to the /wp-content/plugins/wordpress-move/backup/ directory on your new server. Once you finish uploading them, you can use the Restore option of the Migration Assistant on the server you are migrating to, to finalize the migration operation.
OK, my eyes just glassed over.
I did a full backup with WP Move on the current host.
I just installed WP and WP Move on the destination server.
What is the easiest of the two (2) methods you just gave? I am not a coder or overly technical. I would assume that Opt. #1 is the easier. The new host (Blue Host) has an FTP server and I have an FTP address.
Thanks for your help.
The first one is actually easier and is the method that is intended to be used but your FTP server must be working properly.
The second one is an alternative method in which you trick WordPress Move to just make it generate the backup files.
I am assuming that both FTP servers are working.
The instructions aren’t overly clear on the WP Move settings side on the new host.
Hostname? Am I putting the current host ftp server info in that box? Remote backup path? Is that the path where the backup files are on the current server? In the backup manager on the current host, there is no URL, just a list of backup up files/databases–So these things are not clear to me.
You are establishing an FTP connection the server you are migrating to, so those are the FTP details of your new server.
Open your FTP client and connect to your new server. Navigate to
/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-move/backup/. Somewhere on your FTP client, there must be a text box showing the full path to where you are, like,
/public_html/wp/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-move/backup/. That is exactly what you need to enter to the Remote Backup Path field.
So, trying to understand. Working in WP Admin to configure FTP clients. Now will need to go into FTP itself to obtain the backup path? If so, might I suggest that that info be made available on the page (Back Up Manager) so a not so technically talented guy like me can copy/paste right from there?
Please advise if my first assumption to go into FTP (or, can I just go into the file manager in cPanel) to obtain the file path.
To put it simply: You are providing the FTP details of your new server on the WordPress Move Settings page of your current installation.. That way your current installation will be able to connect your new server.
I’m aware of the fact that Remote Backup Path is really confusing, even for the people with some technical knowledge. However, it is a piece of information that depends on the way your server is set up, the way your FTP account is set up etc, so it is not possible to guess what it might be. The easiest way to find it out is the method I suggested in my previous post.
If it got even more confusing, use the second method I mentioned, which is to trick WordPress Move and transfer backup files manually.
OK, so would you be so king to answer my question, i.e., can I locate the Remote Backup Path via File Manager, or do I have to open up an FTP session on the current host to locate that info?
Not sure about the way that File Manager on cPanel works, so the safest bet would be to open up an FTP session on the target host (new server) to locate that info.
One issue I have w/the old hosting company is that I cannot connect to the FTP.
I am now looking in File Manager, have drilled down, and in the backup folder, I see the backup which are in this URL:
Is that the info that goes into the field in WP Move Manager?
There is absolutely nothing to do with the FTP details of your current server (old server/ the server you are migrating from). You need to fill in that page with the FTP details of your new server (server you are migrating to).
OK, so when I go the migration assistant on the new host it pulls up a whole list of files to select/import. Should’t we just be requesting the backup files from the old host?
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