How I Survived My WordPress Blog Migration – Part 1
|January 9, 2013||Posted by D. Dixon under Blogging, Website Hosting|
The migration of my WordPress blogs was only supposed to take me a few hours, a day at most. I had never done one but had done enough reading up with the WordPress codex to feel comfortable to get it done. But you know what they say about the road to Hell and good intentions.
Blog down, blog down!
It started with my blog crashing AGAIN not even a full month after the last time. I was in it one minute and the next nothing worked. If there was ever a signal that I was headed in the right direction, that was it! I needed help, some kind of voice on the other side at least reassuring me that they would get my site up by the end of the day. I wouldn’t have liked it but at least I would have known.
Well, I called and left about 3 messages. That’s right messages within business hours but no response. I did a tracert, ping,…nothing and every time I brought up my site, this error message telling me that something was wrong with the database connection came up. But that as only the start.
I’m NOT doing this manually, right?
I had two active WordPress blog sites to move and one was down so how was I going to do it. I had asked the new host for any advice. while the tech couldn’t give me a specific plugin, he did give me some keywords to search under and I found a few. As I had never done this, I chose the one with the most start and the latest update called BackWPUp. I could backup copies of my SQL database and all the necessary assets, zip them up and have them ready.
It took me about 30 seconds to figure it out but I decided to download the files to my hard drive and upload it into the server of my new host. I wanted to test the files and make sure everything was good before I made it live. Since I had one blog working, I thought I would get that one done and by that time, I’d have access to the next one. Four to six hours, tops, right?
The kick is ON
I found a way to download the blog onto my harddrive and logged into my host. I am on a slow ISP (think kbps) so I expected that my blog zip would take hours to upload. I was prepared to grit my teeth and get it done because I was over the squid!
The zip was downloaded and I was ready to get this done. I logged in to the new host and the minute I clicked on an element in the control panel, I was kicked out and had to log in again. I logged in and was kicked out again. I got the FTP login, tried to upload the files in chunks and when it hit a larger file, I was kicked out again. My social media blog was inaccessible on the old webhost and I couldn’t migrate to the new host
It was going to be a long night…