If you create WordPress websites on a regular basis, then developing a WordPress website on local server will save you a lot of your precious time.
Before you migrate your WordPress website from a local server to live server, you will require a managed WordPress cloud hosting platform. One such hosting platform is Cloudways. It is a featured-filled cloud hosting platform that enables bloggers, designers, developers, and agencies to efficiently manage and deploy applications on top-notch IaaS providers such as DigitalOcean, Linode, Google Compute Engine, Amazon EC2 servers and Vultr.
Move WordPress from Localhost to Server
In this tutorial, I am going to tell you how you can move your WordPress website from localhost to Cloudways using WordPress Duplicator plugin. The Duplicator plugin provides WordPress administrators the ability to migrate WordPress, copy or clone a site from one location to another.
Now, you can forget your worries about images, backing up your database, plugins, themes, and moving them all separately because the Duplicator can do everything easy for you!
Even if you are a newbie, then this plugin can help you to migrate WordPress site from localhost to Cloudways server easily.
How To Use Duplicator WordPress Plugin
- What You Need for WordPress Localhost to Live
- Download WordPress Duplicator Plugin
- Download and Install plugin on Local Site
- How to Export WordPress Site
- How to Make WordPress Site Live
- How to Upload Localhost WordPress Site to Server
- Install Your Website on Cloud Server at Cloudways
- Testing the Live Site
1) What You Need for WordPress Localhost to Live
To move your WordPress website from a localhost to another server, you need to have two things on your system. Firstly, you must have a local server setup on your computer (I assume that you have already created a website on a local server). Secondly, you should have a good web hosting plan that supports WordPress.
2) Download WordPress Duplicator Plugin
Now in this section, I am going to tell you how you can easily download the WordPress Duplicator plugin on your site. So let’s see the below steps.
3) Download and Install Plugin on a Local Site
From your WordPress Dashboard, navigate to Plugins → Add New. Search for WordPress Duplicator plugin from the top-right search bar. As soon as you find it, click on Install Now button. After successful installation, click on Activate button.
The second way is to go to WordPress Plugins Directory and download directly the Duplicator WordPress Migration Plugin from there. And add this plugin manually on your WordPress website. To do this, go to Plugins → Add New and then upload your plugin.
After activating the plugin, you will be able to see the Duplicator menu on the left side of your WordPress Dashboard.
4) How to Export WordPress Site
Now in this step, I am going to tell you how you can recieve your WordPress files on your local computer from the WordPress Duplicator plugin.
Create a New Package
After activating the plugin, you will see the Duplicator menu on the left side of the WordPress dashboard. Go to Duplicator → Packages and then click Create New button to build a new package.
Following are some of the requirements that you need to fulfill.
Simply click Next button to move on.
Again click Build button to go further.
When you are done with the setup process, you will receive two files; Installer and Archive. Download both files on your desktop.
Now, let’s move to the live site.
5) How to Make WordPress Site Live
Now in this step, I am going to tell you how you can transfer WordPress site from localhost to live server. To do this, I am going to use the Cloudways server.
Move WordPress Website from a Localhost to Cloudways
Log in to your Cloudways account. If you are new to Cloudways, then first you need to sign up and then log in.
After that, go to your Server → Server Management and get the FTP Master Credentials.
6) How to Upload Localhost WordPress Site to Server
Now previously you have downloaded the Installer and Archive files to your computer. In this section, I am going to tell you how you can upload these two files into the live server.
Upload Installer and Archive File to Live Site
Next, upload the Installer and Archive files to your live server. You will need FileZilla to do this using FTP.
Navigate to your site via FTP. Add Host, Username, Password, and Port. On Cloudways, you need to make sure the port number must be 22.
Then go to the applications folder.
Then, get into your specific application and navigate to your public_html folder and upload the Installer and Archive files from your desktop to the folder. It will take a couple of minutes because the archive files are large in size.
Note: Before you go ahead with uploading archive files, make sure that you delete the wp-config file via public_html.
7) Install Website on Cloud Server
Now, it’s time to run the installer setup on a live server. To do this, you need to go to your website address and add the installer.php.
For example: http://test.cloudways.com/installer.php. In this section, you need to follow these following steps.
Step 1: Extract Archive
After going to the installer page, you can see the following steps something like image below.
Then, click Next button to move on.
Step 2: Database Setup
No, you will be asked you to add a detail about Database. You can get database setup details in the Application → Application Management tab. To get a further reference, check out the image below.
Get satisfied once you get the success status for both, Server Connected and Database Found fields.
Now, click Next to move on.
The Duplicator plugin actively performs with empty databases only. You can Remove All previous Data. To do this click on the check box called tables to remove all tables and or create a new database.
For further reference, check the image below.
Then, click on the Yes button.
Step 3: Data Replacement
You will be given a URL, Path, and Title automatically.
Now, click the Next button to move on.
Step 4: Test Site
Once done, the final essential step is to be done. You will have to test your website. For that, the Duplicator plugin will ask you to follow a few important steps.
These steps are stated as a below:
Save Permalinks: Click on Save Permalinks button and you will be automatically redirected to your live site. Here, you can change the permalink settings as per your requirements.
Test Site: Click on Test Site button and it will open the front-end of your live site. Here, you can test everything is in working condition or not.
Security Cleanup: Lastly, Security Cleanup allows you to clean all the installation files and other files created by the Duplicator plugin during the transfer process. Before cleaning up, make sure that your website is properly copied and is working efficiently.
Now it’s time to move on to the live site.
8) Testing the Live Site
In most cases, all plugins are deactivated when you move WordPress site from a localhost to Cloudways server. To reactivate all the deactivated plugin, navigate to Plugins → Installed Plugin, select all and then Activate.
Also, it will be in your best interest if you follow the recommended settings of Breeze – free WordPress cache plugin after successful migration of your site from a localhost to Cloudways server. The recommended settings are optimized and enhance the speed of WordPress websites.
Congratulations! You have successfully tested and moved your WordPress website from a localhost to Cloudways – A Managed Cloud Hosting Platform.
That’s all! As you can see how easily we moved WordPress website from a localhost server to Cloudways server. All thanks to the amazing WordPress Duplicator Plugin. If it weren’t for WordPress, it would surely be a hassle. But with just a few clicks, all website content is successfully transferred from a localhost to a cloud server.
The aim of the above article is to educate users on how they can move their WordPress website from localhost to Cloudways. Keep in mind, the above method is not recommended for transferring content from other hosting providers to Cloudways. If you want to do so, then we recommend users to use WordPress Migration Plugin.
If you find any problem while transferring your website content, don’t hold back! Feel free to ask us and do leave your questions in the comment section provided below. I would love to help you out with your queries.
Saud is the WordPress Community Manager at Cloudways - A Managed WooCommerce Hosting Platform. Saud is responsible for creating buzz, spread knowledge, and educate the people about WordPress in the Community around the globe. In his free time, he likes to play cricket and learn new things on the Internet. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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