How To Transfer Your Website To Vultr HF Compute Cloud

Topic: “How To Transfer Your Website To Vultr HF Compute Cloud” How do you move your site to Vultr HF Cloud, fix your database, and eliminate errors on your site simultaneously? What do you know? It can be scary to move, especially when you hear things like:

  • Manual migration
  • URL fixing
  • Database backups
  • Broken images
  • Zero downtime

Why must everything be so complicated?

Things can worsen if someone tells you that you must move your site to the cloud. It’s not clear what the cloud is. People have multicolored it so that when you hear the words cloud hosting, you immediately think you need to be a developer to use it.

In this article (guide), I’ll show you how to switch from almost any hosting provider to Vultr HF (High-Frequency Compute) cloud hosting. It doesn’t issue if you are on shared hosting, managed WordPress hosting, VPS hosting, or dedicated hosting!

What I’m going to speak about here is not automatic migration. I wouldn’t say I like it, and I don’t think you should go there either. There are a few problems with automating migration.

  • A plugin is used for automated migration and can only work if you also move your database.
  • A migration that uses plugins often gives errors. Some main reasons for these errors are how the server is set up, how complicated the website is, conflicts with other plugins, and so on.
  • When your site is moved automatically, the URL structure is often broken.
  • There may be broken images on your site after you’ve moved it.

If you do it by hand, you can eliminate all of these. But it takes a lot of work. Even though it’s time-consuming, it’s not hard, and you can avoid the problems with automated migration.

This tutorial will teach you the following:

  • Move manually to cloud hosting with Vultr HF.
  • Put your website on a database that is new and clean.
  • Set up a staging site to catch mistakes and make changes (if required).
  • Move the changes from the staging to the performance.
  • The new server will be used to serve your website.

Here are the explanations for why I will utilize Cloudways:

  • You don’t have to worry about anything technical. All of these things will be taken care of by Cloudways: server updates and security patches, caching on the server side, and automatic SSL renewal. So, developers will no longer have a reason to use cloud hosting. You’ll use it the same way as a shared hosting environment.
  • You can set up a staging environment with just one click to create changes to your site without impacting the main site. This will keep the database clean and ensure nothing goes wrong on your production site.
  • You can set up a server that Cloudways has optimized for speed. You can change settings at any time.
  • You will get support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, which you won’t get if you go straight to Vultr.

How to Transfer Your Website to Vultr

This manual shows you how to move your WordPress server to Vultr. This process needs a time when the site will be down for maintenance. If your site must be up and running during the upgrade, we have an enlarged guide with a few more steps.

The backup of the old server

  • If you are moving your server to Vultr, please do not skip this step. Before you move on, ensure you have a copy of the source server if you can, backup the whole server image, or use a backup plugin for WordPress like Updraft or Jetpack.

Publish the Content

A popular plugin for moving WordPress sites is called All-in-One WP Migration. Most websites don’t need more than the free version, and there are several professional upgrades with more features.

  1. Use an administrator account to log in to the old WordPress dashboard.
  2. Go to Plugins, then Add New.
  3. In the Search plugins… field in the upper right corner of the page, type “All-in-One WP Migration.” Find this extension in the list.
  4. Click Now to install.
  5. Click Activate when the installation is done. All-in-One WP Migration is a new menu in the WordPress dashboard.
  6. Go to All-in-One WP Migration, then click Export.
  7. When you click Export To > File, the whole site, including themes and plugins, will be saved.
  8. After the backup is done, a prompt to download appears. Click the green button to download.
  9. Save the File about exporting to your computer.
  10. Please turn off the old server, but don’t destroy it. During the next few steps, your site will be down.

Set up the new server

  • Set up a new WordPress server for the Marketplace.

Update DNS

  • Add the address of the new Marketplace WordPress app to your DNS. Follow your DNS host’s instructions, or use this guide for Vultr DNS.

Bring in the website’s content.

  1. Find the username and password in Step 1 of Application Information on the information screen for your server at my.vultr.com.
  2. Use HTTPS and the domain name to access the new server’s administration area. For instance:

https://www.example.com/wp-admin

  1. Type in your email address and password.
  2. Start the installation guide for WordPress. Click Continue after choosing your language.
  3. Enter your site’s name, username, and email address. This information isn’t important because it will be erased when the old server data is restored. Remember the password because you’ll need it the first time you log in.
  4. Click on Install WordPress. Wait for WordPress to install, and log in to your WordPress dashboard.
  5. Go to Plugins, then Add New.
  6. In the Search plugins… field in the upper right corner of the page, type “All-in-One WP Migration.” Find the plugin that was used on the old server.
  7. Click Now to install.
  8. Click Activate when the installation is done. All-in-One WP Migration is a new menu in the WordPress dashboard.
  9. Move your cursor to All-in-One WP Migration > Import.
  10. Click File> Import From.
  11. Select your export file.
  12. After uploading the file, click Continue on the confirmation that it has been imported.
  13. When you see the success message, click Save permalinks structure.
  14. A new tab opens in the browser. Use the username and password from the old WordPress server to get in.
  15. Check the structure of the permalinks. Check to see if the permalink structure matches the old site, change it if you need to, and save.
  16. Go back to the tab for imports.
  17. Click the button that says “Finish.”
  18. Don’t use the new website anymore.

Install SSL Certificate

You can connect to your server through the console or SSH using a free certificate from Let’s Encrypt. On the Server Information screen, use the root login. Use certbot to put in the SSL certificate. Change the domain name and email address to what you want.

If you want a commercial certificate, substitute the server. Crt and server.key files in /etc/nginx/ssl/ with your advertising certificate. For more information, look at the documentation from your certificate provider.

Conclusion

It’s easy to move your site to Vultr HF Cloud through Cloudways. The steps above will assist you in getting rid of the old database and ensure that the new dataset is smaller and has no extra tables. Your site will run better if its database is smaller and has less information. The High-Frequency Compute server from Vultr will also speed up your website.

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