Moving WordPress websites is kind of a tedious task. I have moved over a 100+ of them in my 7+ years as a web designer. Today, I want to talk about a feature of GoDaddy which I think is really cool. Whenever you sign up for “GoDaddy’s WordPress Managed Hosting”. They have a feature that easily allows you to transfer all your WordPress data from your old server to GoDaddy’s server. Thus, you don’t have to install Snapshot or WP Clone onto your WordPress site and then transfer all your data to your new server.
In order to do this you need to login to your GoDaddy account.
Then click on “Manage Your Hosting”.
Then, you have the option to click on “Create a New WordPress Site” or “Migrate Your Existing WordPress Site”. We want to click on “Migrate Your Existing WordPress Site” since we want to move our data from InMotion’s servers to GoDaddy’s servers.
Then you will get a form to fill out with the necessary data:
Make sure you copy and paste your temporary domain name into Textedit or whatever text editor you are using!
- Site URL. Obviously, this is your websites url. For my example, I am using https://deaddogdesign.net (It is my web design business)
- WordPress Admin Username. This is your username on your current WordPress login. A lot of people use “Admin” which is actually an unsecure way to setup your WordPress installation.
- WordPress Password. Then you put in your WordPress password.
- Host Location or IP Address. You want to put in your IP address in this field. To help you find your IP address please go to https://www.dnsstuff.com/ and then in the “DNSreport” field put in your domain name (example: deaddogdesign.net)
- FTP Username. Enter in your FTP username. If you don’t know this go to your control panel and then FTP accounts and you can find it there.
- FTP Password. Enter in your FTP password. You might want to reset it in cPanel or whatever control panel you are using just incase you don’t know it.
- Then, all you do is click “Finish” and it should then cycle through and you should get a screen that says your transfer will take 30 minutes to 2 hours.
Tried & Tested – Migrate Your Existing WordPress Site
So, what I did is tried and tested this out for myself because I am going to be doing a GoDaddy evaluation in 2015. I am going to be testing our their hosting plans, since GoDaddy has requested that I give them another evaluation since my GoDaddy web hosting reviews don’t speak to highly of them.
So, I have followed all those necessary steps and I’m completely lost for what to do. “I get a Invalid WordPress admin username or password”. There is a number to call if you are having problems. I called them and the tech explained this to me:
What this GoDaddy WordPress migration tool does is go into your server and looks for all the necessary files needed to copy everything over to your new temporary domain. It installs a plugin and then migrates everything for you. There have been some plugin conflicts, but for the most part I am getting an error with the username and password. I told the tech “they are correct and all you have to do is go to wp-login on my site and you can login with the username and password I have provided.”
It does not work and I have went back and forth with GoDaddy on Twitter to try to get this matter resolved? I don’t know what to do about the migration other than use a WordPress plugin and manually do it myself?
So far it hasn’t been a fun experience. We are going on 2 days of trying to get this “simple” transfer over to their server. Have you used this “Migrate Your Existing WordPress Site” feature with GoDaddy? I would love to hear your comments down below.