I am currently testing how to transfer WordPress from a bluehost site to my own server. Site I am trying to transfer is http://www.rofmag.com and I am transfering it to server IP address 188.8.131.52. I am just trying right now to make sure I get the bugs worked out first. The website name was renamed based on database changes suggested Here.
This is my first experience with WordPress. I read the basic instructions on how to transfer to a new server and then obtained the website files and the database backup. The database backup was created with a WordPress Backup Plugin. I did not notice any errors with the SQL, but did get a couple of unspecified warnings on import.
Overall It appears as if the main blog information is there, but some stuff appears to be missing. Specifically I noticed that the Menu, Title and Sidebar#2 did not display at all.
I went into the admin control panel (login worked) and went to the Thesis Theme (version 1.6) section, which requested me to do an upgrade. Upon doing this upgrade, which appeared to do nothing; the Menu (home only) and the Title background image appeared on the site. I then added a few menu items with the Thesis Nav Menu and noticed the choices were different than the old site.
I also noticed that our single form from Gravity Forms (version 1.3.1) is not working properly. It is both the form page and parts of the Gravity Forms utilities. I cannot see the form design (get PHP foreach errors). The data is there from the summary mode, but cannot view individual entries due to more PHP foreach errors.
Sidebar#2 appears to have all of its information removed, which is why nothing was displayed.
I also had a problem was the Permalinks not working, but I resolved this with information in the Codex.
I have done multiple reinstalls without getting much acomplished other than confirming that the problem is repeatable.
My top suspects are that the database did not get exported completly or that I am missing a specific server setting. I do have full access to the server to make any needed changes.
If anyone has any advice it would be greatly appreciated.