Migrating Your WordPress Site to Us

If you already have a working WordPress site that you wish to move to eQPress, the first thing you need to do is sign up with Deflect and specify that you would like to move your existing website to eQPress, providing us with the first and last name of your admin (they don’t have to be the official ones!). It would be also helpful to know if your WordPress instance contains a single website or is a multi-site with subdomains (http://sub.example.com) or subdirectories (http://example.com/sub).

This post contains information for migrating your website to eQPress. If you need any help, don’t hesitate to ask for our support.

What we need:

  1. A database dump of your existing WordPress site. You may need to request this from your existing hosting provider if you do not have the facilities to make a database dump yourself, or you can follow these instructions.
  2. The complete backup of your existing WordPress site files, which you can easily obtain by following this guide.

If you want, you can use a plugin to obtain your database dump and website backup. There are many such plugins for WordPress, and you can pick the one you prefer from this list.

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Creating Your New WordPress Site

Whether you are a first time WordPress user or not you may need to build your new site while your existing site continues to run. If you immediately update your DNS settings to point to eQPress without having migrated your website yet, what you’ll see is a default installation of WordPress. That’s probably not what you want. So, you have a few options when it comes to building your new site.

  1. You can update you local computer’s hosts file during the migration so your browser loads the site at eQPress. Here’s an article that will help.
  2. If you can withstand a bit of downtime then putting up a “coming soon” page is by far the simplest. Just point your DNS to the IP address supplied in the Welcome email and read this guide.
  3. If neither of these options suit you, send us an email or contact us through the Dashboard, and we’ll change the settings of your eQPress site so it will respond to dev.example.com. This will let you work on it and keep your current site active. When you are ready to switch, we can make the necessary changes to the database so the site responds to example.com.

We have written a follow-up to this article which explains the whys and hows of migrating your WordPress data. There’s also a more in-depth section on the WordPress Codex about moving a WordPress site.

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Restricting Access to Your Website

There are times when you want to prevent the world from seeing your website. One reason might be that you are in the process of designing and developing and don’t want to share your progress with the world, since it might not be ready for all eyes. Another reason might be that you only want registered users to have access to view your content. The following plugins can help restrict access to your WordPress website:

Ultimate Coming Soon Page – http://wordpress.org/plugins/ultimate-coming-soon-page/

Restrict Site Access – http://wordpress.org/plugins/restricted-site-access/

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