One question we get a lot is, “Can I migrate my site to Flywheel myself?” and the answer is YES!
Many of our customers migrate their own sites. Interested in getting started by migrating your own site to Flywheel? Get started by following these simple steps:
Log into WordPress, and head to Plugins > Add New.
In the search field on the plugin install screen, enter “Migrate Guru” and you should see a screen with one result, shown below. Click “Install Now.”
Click “Flywheel” once the plugin is activated, or click Migrate Guru > Flywheel from the WordPress admin sidebar to choose Flywheel as the destination site host.
If you already have a Flywheel destination site for your migration, you can skip this step. Otherwise, log in to your Flywheel account, then click the “New site” button in your dashboard.
Fill out the form to create your new site, and give us a little time while your new Flywheel site creates. You can proceed as soon as you see the new site’s dashboard.
You don’t need to be logged into WordPress on the destination Flywheel site, but you will need some information from that site’s Flywheel dashboard.
Here’s a screenshot of the fields you’ll be filling out inside Migrate Guru on the site to be migrated:
.flywheelsites.comdomain if you just created the site. Be sure to include the “http://” before the domain; see the placeholder text in the box for an example of proper formatting.
If you have any trouble with your passwords, we have a guide to passwords on Flywheel here.
If your Flywheel site is a free demo site or hasn’t launched yet, it will probably still have Privacy Mode enabled. (If it doesn’t, you can safely skip this step):
Once you’ve entered all of the fields required above and made sure they match the appropriate details of your Flywheel user and destination site, click the “Migrate” button.
If everything was entered properly, you should see a screen like this shortly:
If you don’t see this screen, or if the migration screen reloads with an error message, then odds are that something wasn’t entered correctly. Or, if you just created your Flywheel site, it may take a few minutes before Migrate Guru can connect to it. Go back through the directions above, and carefully make sure each field is correct, then retry. If you’re currently connected to SFTP, disconnect and wait ten or more minutes before retrying.
The screen above will show some progress bars once the migration begins. You don’t need to keep your browser window open once the migration begins; you can safely go on about your day!
You’ll receive an email from Migrate Guru once the migration begins, and again letting you know when it’s complete.
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