Performing a content refresh using Flywheel Migrations

Updated on May 2nd, 2024

If you made changes to your live website while it was being migrated over to Flywheel, the Flywheel version may not be completely up to date. In that case, you’ll want to perform a content refresh to ensure everything is current. This guide will walk you through performing a content refresh using our awesome plugin Flywheel Migrations!


There are several ways to accomplish a content refresh. We consider this automated method to be easiest for most of our customers.

However, if you have a more precarious setup, for example a multisite or an eCommerce site, special considerations should be taken when performing a content refresh. Check out the following help articles for information on alternative refresh methods:

Install the Flywheel Migrations plugin

On your non-Flywheel site, navigate to the Plugins menu item. Search the plugin repository for Flywheel Migrations.
install Flywheel Migrations plugin to migrate your site
Install and activate the plugin (this may already be installed if Flywheel assisted with the initial migration).

Once installed, head back to your WordPress dashboard and click the Flywheel button on the left sidebar.


Enter your email address

Type in your email address and click the box to accept the terms and conditions. This allows Flywheel Migrations to send out handy status updates. Click the Get Started button.


Enter your Dashboard URL

Copy the URL from the address bar when you’re viewing your site’s dashboard in the Flywheel app, and paste into the form.

Enter your Flywheel site’s Temporary URL

This is the temporary domain assigned to the destination site on Flywheel. Pro tip, this domain generally ends in!


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.

Enter your Flywheel username and password

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!

Enter Privacy Mode credentials

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.

Enter optional information

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.


Before moving on, please note that this process will take the Flywheel site offline temporarily and will completely replace all the content with that of the source site. If this is a brand new site, then no worries! However, if you are replacing customized content, it might not hurt to initiate a backup on that site, in case you need to roll back.

Click the Migrate button

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.

Review Your Site

Once the migration has wrapped up, click through your Flywheel-hosted site and make sure those robots moved everything over ok. If anything is amiss, get in touch via chat, or undo it all by restoring from a backup.

Take your site live

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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