Migrating to Liquid Web with Managed WordPress Portal

Note: The instructions in this tutorial are for the Managed WordPress portal client, these instructions do not apply if you have a Liquid Web WordPress Server Optimized Template account.

Migrations to Liquid Web’s Managed WordPress portal are made easy using a custom plugin created specifically for Liquid Web by BlogVault. With this plugin, you can migrate any WordPress site into your portal in just a few easy steps.

Step #1: Create a Site

You will need to create a new site in your portal to act as a destination site for your migration to Liquid Web.

  1. Log into your portal and click Create New Site
  2. Once the Create a Site page opens, enter the site nickname. 
    Note:
    The site nickname (short name)  is only a nickname for easy organization of your sites within the Managed WordPress portal. It is not the domain you will be using for your public-facing site. It can be changed at any time.
  3. Enter your email address. This is the email address you will use for all notifications for your site. 
  4. If you want to create your site from a stencil you saved, choose the stencil from the drop-down. 
  5. Click Create Site to have the site begin to create. Once it is finished, it will show up in your site list on the main page of your portal. 
  6. You will need the SFTP credentials for the site to copy/paste into the migration plugin. Click the Manage Site button for the site you created to access the information you will need. 

You will now prepare the site you want to migrate over. This is called the source site.

Step #2: Source Site Preparation

Warning: If you are using a platform service like Rainmaker, you will need to open a Support Ticket to complete your migration.

To prepare your source site, log into your WordPress admin page for the site you want to migrate.

  1. From the admin portal of the source site, click the Plugins link. 
  2. Click Add New to be navigated to the WordPress plugins page. 
  3. Begin typing Liquid Web in the search bar. The migration plugin for Liquid Web should appear in the list of plugins. 
  4. Select Install Now to download the plugin to your site. 
  5. After the plugin installs, click Activate. This will direct you to the BlogVault plugin page.
  6. Your source site is now ready for migration.

Step #3: Begin Migration

You are now ready to begin the migration process.

  1. When you activate the migration plugin, it will automatically direct you to the migrations page. 
    Note:
    Once you activate the plugin, a link to the plugin will show up in the menu on the right hand side of your WordPress admin portal. If you are not immediately directed to the page, use the link to get to the BlogVault migration plugin home.
  2. You will need to enter the following information from your Liquid Web Managed WordPress site management page into the plugin form to begin your migration:
    • Email address, this is the email you will use to receive all site notifications.
    • Site URL, make sure you use https:// with the domain name. This is the domain name that is found at the top of your site management home page in your portal.
    • SFTP Hostname which is the IP address in the SFTP information section of your site portal. Use the convenient Copy link to copy the information from your portal and paste it into the plugin.
    • SFTP username and password also found in the SFTP information section of the site portal. To create a password, click the Generate Password link in your portal.
  3. Once you enter the required information, click the Migrate button to begin. 
  4. You can watch the progress of your migration with BlogVault’s migration progress site. Here you can watch the progress of your migration. 
    Note:
    Depending on the size of the files and tables in your site, your migration can take a few moments or a few hours. Please be patient during the migration process.
  5. Once the migration is complete, a success message will show on the migration page and you will receive an email notifying you of the migration as well. 

Step #4: Test Your Site

Your site is now successfully migrated! There is just one more step to complete before you make your site go live by changing the DNS. If you are hosted with Liquid Web, you will need to create a DNS Zone, see our article How to Add or Modify DNS Records in Manage for more information.

Before you go live with your site, it is important that you test your site and make sure everything works the same way as it did before the migration.

  1. Using the link at the top of the page in your site manager, open your new site.
  2. Test all pages, links, redirects and post a comment.
  3. Log into the WordPress admin page and create a new page and post to make sure they create properly. Import an image or two and make sure they display correctly.

Step #5: Go Live with Your Site

Once you’ve verified that all parts of your site are working as they should, you are now ready to go live with your site.

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About the Author: Libby White

Technical Writer for Liquid Web. When I'm not writing for work, I spend time learning more about digital & technical writing, web development, hanging with my family, and taking photographs with my Nikon. Always learning, always growing, never stopping.

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