I built a Wordpress site on a test server and tried to move it to the public server, but ended up in a mess. I started by updating the URL in Wordpress general settings like I’ve done before, but that was moving within the same server. Then I downloaded the site via FTP to my computer.
The new host is on 1&1, so I used the Wordpress install function. After that finished, I tried uploading from my computer to the new host, but it didn’t work. I then checked further and saw I shouldn’t have changed the URL and taken a completely different approach. So, I did some hunting and edited the original site’s wp-config.php so I could login again.
Then I went through all the steps here http://www.wpexplorer.com/migrating-wordpress-website/. However, now when I try to login as administrator, I get a perpetual loop of getting bounced from the new URL to the old and back again.
It’s hard to make sense of it, but any help would be appreciated. I need to migrate from one server to the next and have FTP access, but can’t login to Wordpress on either location.
It sounds like deleting the cookies, or restoring the default .htaccess file, might help. I found this article which describes the process: https://www.hostinger.com/tutorials/fix-wordpress-login-redirect-loop
If that doesn’t help, I would start from scratch, do a vanilla install, make sure its all working, then copy just the wp-content folder from the test server to the production server.
Hope that helps.
Thanks for the tips. I tried the login redirect options, but it didn’t help unfortunately. So I did a fresh install of Wordpress on the server and it’s running well. Chrome keeps going to the default page before Wordpress was installed, but that’s another issue.
I uploaded the wp-content folder from the test server, but it hasn’t seemed to do anything. The theme and plugins uploaded, but none of the media library transferred. I can verify in my FTP program that the files did transfer over, but Wordpress isn’t registering them.
Also, as I expected I’m just at the theme’s default starting design. I had a fair amount of customization done on the test server. Is there a way to transfer it, and the page content over? If not, I’ll need to get access to my test server’s version again.
Thanks for the help so far, I appreciate it.
I had no Wordpress experience and took over a Wordpress site. I wanted a local copy and used the Wordpress Duplicator plugin without problem.
Edit: There were some options I did not quite understand and went with the default ones.
Right now, I can’t access the original site. I looked at Duplicator and did get to downloading, but uploading was where I became unsure of what I was doing.
I gained access to my test server by editing the wp-congig.php an then just did copy and paste from the development site to the public one. Fortunately, it’s a small site with only 10 pages and all static, but it still took most of the day.
If any fellow newbie Wordpress server transfer persons come across this thread, I suggest research more before doing anything. It is much different than simply transferring a site on the same server to a new folder as I have done before.
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