How to transfer self hosted vps wordpress to cpanel hosting


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Another case for hostingformula presented by my brother ๐Ÿ™‚ . He use vps for his blog that backed by wordpress. Not critical blog actually. He use it for daily ramblings and so on. Unfortunately his vps expire and he already get cpanel hosting for his next place. He ask me to transfer his blog as soon as possible.

The plan for his blog are :

Request for ssh access

Many cpanel hosting support ssh but this feature not enabled by default. You have to open a ticket and ask for activate ssh access for your cpanel account. Note : every hosting company have different policy including ssh port. Usually its not 22 but you ask for exact port for sure.

Use scp

My brother cpanel hosting is very limited in space. He’s current use around 400 MB and his cpanel hosting space is 500 MB. Very tight huh ๐Ÿ™‚ . Scp come for rescue in this case. The exact command for scp transfer from vps to cpanel :

scp -P 24579 -r wp-content [email protected]:.

24579 is ssh portย  (your webhosting ssh port is vary)

-r is recursive mode transfer

wp-content ; wordpress heavily use wp-content folder to store plugins, uploaded image, backup etc. I need only this folder as I can download latest wordpress code from wordpress.org .

Fix Permission

Many cpanel hosting use suphp . You’ll need to fix permisson for folder (755) and files (644) or you’ll get annoying error message when you access your wordpress blog.

Quick commands :

find wordpress_folder/ -type d -print0 | xargs -0 chmod 0755

find wordpress_folder/ -type f -not -name “*.pl” -not -name “*.cgi” -not -name “*.sh” -print0 | xargs -0 chmod 0644

Done. The plan is complete now ๐Ÿ™‚

Maybe I’ll let my brother to do it himself now and I’ll check his work.

Bonus Plan

To avoid downtime he need to set cloudflare account and activate it for dns only. When everything is fine then he can activate proxy function.


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