Hey there. I know, you’re looking for that website with less words which will teach you exactly on how to backup a website manually and transfer it to a new host with PHOTOS. Yeah, yeah, I know, other sites are so full of words that aren’t even important. I’ve been through multiple tutorials online on google too but I also get tired of reading those unnecessary words so I’ll teach you how to do it in less than 500 words while I document exporting this website. In this article, we will teach you how to backup a website manually.
But before that, you might want to consider backing up your wordpress site with either Duplicator or Backup Buddy. If you don’t like either of them since they have multiple errors, well, do this instead. So, here’s how to backup a website manually.
How To Backup A Website Manually
Step 1: Backup Your Files
a. Make sure you are logged-in in your Hostgator CPanel. Then click File Manager.
b. Go to public_html then compress the folder of the website. I use ZIP since it’s compatible with my Winrar.
c. Now download that compressed folder or zip file.
Alright, now you have your files. Now let us move on to “how to backup your database”.
Step 2: Backup Your Database
a. Now that you’ve downloaded your files. Open your zip file and check out your WP-config.php file and remember or copy DB_Name, DB_USER, and DB_PASSWORD. Now we know that my DB_NAME is maxprose_wrdp15, we shall locate that in our database.
b. Now go to PHPMyAdmin on your Cpanel.
c. Locate your Database Table (mine is maxprose_wrdp15), scroll down, check all, then export.
d. Then just click go.
Now you already have your SQL File, also known as your database.
Step 3: Transfer Your Domain
a. Go to the Cpanel of your desired Webhost and add the domain to Addon Domains.
Step 4: Upload the Database
a. Click MySQL Database Wizard and create a new database and make sure you take note of you Database name, user, and password you’ve made.
b. Once done, go back to your CPanel and click phpMyAdmin and locate your database. Click Import Tab, then choose file, then press GO. Upload the SQL file we have downloaded on Step 2. It might take a while for it to upload depending on your internet speed.
Step 5: Upload Your Files
a. Now click that file manager link to go directly to your folder and start uploading your files.
b. Once fully uploaded, go back to your folder and extract the zip file.
c. Open the extracted folder and move the files up one level: #1 Select All; #2 Move; #3 Erase the thing after the last ‘ / ‘
d. Edit wp-config.php and replace the value of DB_name, DB_user, and DB_Password with the values you’ve registered in Step 4a then hit save.
Step 6: Update Your Registrar
Once updated, your website will be synchronized to the new registrar in a few minutes, hours, or even a day later.