Hello Devz,

Migrate a WordPress website can be a pain in the ass. But if you follow this procedure, it should be quite simple…

Let’s considere:

A = source site (ex: myoldwebsite.com)
B = destination site (ex: newwebsite.com)


  • Backup source site:

1. Deactivate all plugin in A (use the Select All the select Desactivate)

2. Install plugin UpdraftPlus on A (Plugins / Add New)

3. Click on Backup (Settings / UpdraftPlus Backup) and save the files locally


  • Prepare the new web site:

4. Download the latest version of WordPress

cd /var/www/html/
sudo wget http://wordpress.org/latest.tar.gz
sudo tar xzvf latest.tar.gz
sudo mkdir /var/www/html/newwebsite
sudo cp -a /var/www/html/wordpress/* /var/www/html/newwebsite/

5. Give the permissions to the files and folders:

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/newwebsite
sudo find /var/www/html/newwebsite/ -type d -exec chmod 755 {} \;
sudo find /var/www/html/newwebsite/ -type f -exec chmod 644 {} \;

This line:

chown -R www-data:www-data your-wordpress-directory

It’s for the Web Server Ownership. And:

sudo find /var/www/wordpress/ -type d -exec chmod 755 {} \;
sudo find /var/www/wordpress/ -type f -exec chmod 644 {} \;

It’s for the Directory Permissions.

If it still doesn’t work, you can still try to add the code in wp-config.php:

define('FS_METHOD', 'direct');

6. Create your empty DataBase in phpMyAdmin

7. Install the WordPress plugin UpdraftPlus on B


  • Restore the web site:

8. Open the plugin and restore the files on B

9. Adapt wp-config.php with:

and the DB configuration

10. Login to site B and remove Permalinks (Plain) (Settings / Permalinks)

11. Install Velvet Blues Update URLs plugin on B

12. Go to Tools and update the URLs for all (links, pictures, …)

Enjoy! 🙂