- Click Run Deployment.
- The next screen will show your old and new URLs, which should be the same if you’re keeping your old domain. Click Run Update.
- On the final page, follow the testing suggestions if you’d like.
8. Point your domain to your new host.
At this point, Duplicator has done its job by recreating your site on a new host. Now you just need to change your domain name to direct users to your new host.
Your host will give you at least two nameservers, which connect your domain name to the server hosting your content. Find them through your hosting account. They’ll likely be stored in an accessible place.
After acquiring your nameservers, log into your domain registrar and replace the nameservers of your old host with those from your new host. You’ll need to wait up to a couple of days for the change to fully take effect.
9. Check that your new site works.
Your visitors shouldn’t notice any changes to your site while you switch hosts. Assuming no major issues with the transfer, your site will experience zero downtime during the migration, and all your content should look the same.
That said, it’s good practice to check as many pages as you can to ensure all content was moved properly, and replace any missing or broken files if necessary. Your backup might come in handy here.
Duplicator has earned its high reputation — it’s a great example of an easy-to-use, free-to-use, and safe-to-use WordPress plugin. After all, just copying your WordPress site and pasting it elsewhere shouldn’t be that difficult, right?
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