Trouble moving your site to Godaddy Managed WordPress Hosting Plan? – Here are some pointers

Recently a reader raised a question in a comment to a previous post. He was confused about how to move an existing site to Godaddy Managed WordPress Hosting. Having done this several dozen times now I’ve developed some “best practices” and work-arounds for the occasional problem I’d like to share.

If you have problems, do try Godaddy tech support for Word­Press Managed Hosting, in my expe­ri­ence over many clients, they’re pretty good.

Use the Godaddy Migration Script to import your existing site

Trouble moving your site to Godaddy Managed WordPress Hosting Plan? - Here are some pointers 1

The first choice for mov­ing a site to Godaddy Man­aged Host­ing is to use their migra­tion script. Don’t start by creating a new site and then try to manually copy your content and database.

You just need to sup­ply the exist­ing site WP administrator cre­den­tials and the FTP cre­den­tials for your site, click the import button, and then just sit back an wait a few min­utes.

Trouble moving your site to Godaddy Managed WordPress Hosting Plan? - Here are some pointers 2
click to see larger image

The Godaddy script will make a copy of your site and then change all the inter­nal links to use the tem­po­rary xxx.xxx.myftpupload.com URL base (which you can eas­ily change later to your domain). In my expe­ri­ence the migra­tion script works about 85% of the time mak­ing a per­fect copy of your site at the new temporary URL.

The prob­lems I’ve encountered come from unusual WP con­fig­u­ra­tions on the orig­i­nal site like non-standard direc­to­ries in the WP folder. You also may have to temporarily dis­able your plu­g­ins and switch to one of the WordPress default themes dur­ing the migration.

You Can’t Get There from Here

Can't get there from here stop signAnother prob­lem that causes the Godaddy Word­Press Man­aged Host­ing migra­tion script to fail is that the orig­i­nal site is located in a sub-directory of your domain, e.g. mydomain.com/wordpress. This will cause the migra­tion script to fail 100% of the time.

The work-around for this problem is:

Use a Subdomain

  1. use your host’s Domain Man­ager to cre­ate a sub­do­main for your web­site, e.g. wordpress.mydomain.com
  2. then point that subdomain to the site sub­di­rec­tory (mydomain.com/wordpress.
  3. make sure you go into your Word­Press>Set­tings>Gen­eral, and change the site loca­tion fields to use the new sub­do­main (http://wordpress.mydomain.com)
  4. then try the migra­tion script again using the sub­do­main instead of the sub­di­rec­tory for the site URL

This has worked for me sev­eral times.

If all else fails and you need to man­u­ally export and import your data­base and wp-content direc­tory using SFTP call their tech sup­port because you must edit all your data­base table pre­fixes to match the Godaddy require­ments before you import.

SFTP settings screenshot
Godaddy Managed WordPress Hosting SFTP Settings Information

Access to wp-config.php and all your other files is via the SFTP cre­den­tials you can find in your account set­tings. You’ll have to use an FTP client like Filezilla, there is no cPanel File Man­ager for the WordPress Man­aged Host­ing (it’s a secu­rity fea­ture, not an oversight).

(This post was viewed 1,765 times) in the last month.)

Pieter Hartsook

WordPress website coaching, design, implementation, support, and training. Background in Marketing Research and Communications. See my profile at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hartsook/

Reader Interactions

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Limit search for phrases by using " " around the phrase

Signup for Monthly Email Notification

Get notified of new posts from WordPress Website Coach. We only send these out once on the 1st of each month.

Something went wrong. Please check your entries and try again.

Recent Code Snippets

Markup: Title With Special Characters

Posted in

Putting special characters in the title should have no adverse effect on the layout or functionality. Special characters in the post title have been known to cause issues with JavaScript when it is minified, especially in the admin when editing the post itself (ie. issues with metaboxes, media upload, etc.). […]

Read More

Markup: Title With Markup

Posted in

Verify that: The post title renders the word “with” in italics and the word “markup” in bold. The post title markup should be removed from the browser window / tab. (This post was viewed 42 times) in the last month.)

Read More
WordPress 3.5 has arrived, I've installed it, and nothing seems to be broken. 3

WordPress 3.5 has arrived, I've installed it, and nothing seems to be broken.

Posted in , , ,

Another in a series of painless upgrades from WordPress. Double thumbs up for WordPress.org. One big advantage of this version of WordPress is that now I can create and edit posts on my iPad. In the previous version of WordPress the insert media interface was too large for the iPad mini with […]

Read More
Relevanssi plugin breaks WordPress built-in editor searchs 4

Relevanssi plugin breaks WordPress built-in editor searchs

Posted in , , , ,

Relevanssi – A Better Search plugin breaks the search function in the “Media Library’, “Insert Media panel”, and also the ‘Insert link to existing content” in the hyperlink panel. Relevanssi replaces WordPress default search with a partial-match search that sorts results by relevance instead of the default reverse chronological order. […]

Read More
Seven questions to improve your website design 7

Seven questions to improve your website design

Posted in , , , , ,

Q: Why build a website?
A: It’s an extension of your business marketing, reaching new customers and new markets.

Your website design is the key component in your internet marketing ecosystem

Your website and other internet properties are part of your business marketing ecosystem, and an extension of your brand on the internet, and should be viewed in that context and not as isolated objects. You website design should be reinforcing your brand and extending your marketing messages to reach potential customers on their terms.

To help with your website design it’s useful to know what your goals are for having a website and how the website fits with the rest of your marketing.

Here are seven questions that will help you understand what you need for your website:

Read More
Just applied the WordPress Upgrade 3.4 and nothing broke. 8

Just applied the WordPress Upgrade 3.4 and nothing broke.

Posted in , ,

No news is good news! I applied the WordPress Upgrade 3.4 from 3.3.2 and so far I haven’t found any conflicts with my themes of plugins on this site. And I use a lot of plugins (currently using 29) since I use this as a test bed to explore plugins […]

Read More

Popular Posts


Categories

Skip to content