So your WordPress website is ready and now you want to move it from your localhost to live site/hosting, right. Building and testing your websites on your localhost is a good practice and even if something goes wrong, it doesn’t affect your live website. So in this tutorial, I will go through the step-by-step configuration and will show you how to upload and transfer your WordPress site from a localhost to a hosting/live site in two simple methods.
These are the two methods to migrate WordPress from localhost to a live server, and I’ll discuss both of them:
Migrate WordPress Site from localhost to live server using a plugin Manually migrating WordPress Site from localhost to live server
The first method is simple and I’d suggest it for both tech-savvy and non-tech-savvy users because it’s independent of your hosting providers. However, if you’re a Cloudways user, you’ll find that the manual method is an easy way to migrate your WordPress site as well.
To move your WordPress site from localhost to another server, you need to make sure that:
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Note: I am using the Cloudways hosting platform for demonstrating the migration process for this tutorial.
Let’s get started!
Migrate WordPress Site from Localhost to Live Server Using a Plugin
Here are all the steps I’ll take during this process to make navigation easier for you:
Step 1: Install and setup the Duplicator plugin on your Localhost WordPress
Step 2: Creating a package
Step 3: Transfer the Installer.php and Archive(zip) file via an FTP Client like FileZilla
Step 4: Run the Installer setup on the live server
Step 5: Testing the live site
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