One question we get a lot is, “Can I migrate my site to Flywheel myself?” and the answer is yes! We’d love to move your site over to Flywheel for free, but if you are the do-it-yourself type, this article is for you.
Alright, let’s dive in!
Over at your current site, log into WordPress, and head over to Plugins > Add New.
In the search field on the plugin install screen, enter “Flywheel Migrations” and you should see the result shown below. Click Install Now.
Once installed, head back to your WordPress dashboard and click the Flywheel button on the left sidebar to get started.
Type in your email address and select Get Started. This allows Flywheel Migrations to send out handy status updates.
If you already have a Flywheel destination site for your migration, you can skip this step.
Log in to your Flywheel account, then click the Create a New Site button in your dashboard.
Fill out the site creation form and within a few minutes your new Flywheel site will be ready! You can create a fresh new site, add one to an existing plan, or even spin up a demo site by clicking Create a Demo Site.
You can proceed as soon as you see the new site’s dashboard. We’ll need to grab some information from this new site as we go, so keep a tab with your Flywheel dashboard handy.
Copy the URL from the address bar when you’re viewing your site’s dashboard in the Flywheel app, and paste into the form.
This is the temporary domain assigned to the destination site on Flywheel. Pro tip, this domain generally ends in flywheelsites.com!
You may need to add
https:// to the beginning of the temporary URL. For example, if there are plugins installed that force loading via HTTPS.
This will be the same username and password that you use to log into Flywheel. Note, this may be different than the WordPress username and password for your site!
Not sure if your Flywheel site has Privacy Mode enabled? Over on the site’s Overview tab on the Flywheel dashboard, you’ll see the Privacy Mode box on the right sidebar. If this is currently set to “On” (all Demo Sites have this on by default), you will want to copy the username and password credentials over to Flywheel Migrations.
If you’d like to migrate files outside of the wp-content folder, or if your source site is password protected, choose the relevant options here.
You can now sit back and relax while our Fly robots migrate your site! Progress can be monitored on the next screen, or you can close the page and wait for the completion email to be sent to your inbox.
Ready to go live on Flywheel? You are just a few clicks away! Follow this nifty guide to point your domain to your newly migrated site on Flywheel!
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