How To Move WordPress from Local Server to Live Site

Ralph Hardwick , UK – Drastically gone downhill – I have been a #Justhost customer for 6 years and until recently have had excellent service. However my website has been down for many days and it would now seem that they have deleted all my files, wiped my sql databases and removed all my stored backups. In additon they tell be that there are no other backups available. That’s 6 years of data, images, articles and other info lost forever. Whatever you do avoid them. If you currently with them and your website is working, back it up locally now and move hosting company quickly.

Very detailed video that shows you how to transfer wordpress form a local server to a live site.

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  • riyas green
    Posted at 07:00h, 15 May

    Thank you very much, Your video is very helpful

  • David Lewis
    Posted at 15:07h, 02 June

    This doesn't explain how to relink uploaded images – Mine are still directing to my local host so when I stop the mamp server the links break.

    Please help!

  • Abhinav Sureka
    Posted at 20:11h, 06 June

    For those who uploaded Β the website from localhost to wordpress but your link redirects to xampp/wamp/localhost wordpress,
    1) (Re)start your wamp or xampp.
    2) Goto your wordpress admin panel from the server where you hosted it (www.yourdomainname.blahblah/wp-login.php)
    3) Goto Settings > update 'wordpress address URL' and 'site address URL'
    4) Install 'Search and replace' extension/plugin > search for "http://localhost/your_wp_foldername" and replace with your's site URL.
    5) Watch the rabbits come out of the hat!

  • Yatindra Lohar
    Posted at 09:56h, 08 June

    Really useful video. It works for me. You deserve a thumb up πŸ™‚

  • Caroline Richards
    Posted at 13:45h, 11 June

    Thank you!

  • Avijit Brahma
    Posted at 05:48h, 26 July

    I want to host my localhost to live url directly from my pc. Is that possible ?

  • Khandaker Sharif
    Posted at 17:19h, 26 August

    I got this error while importing database:Β

    And my site isn't working on server. Any fix for the issue?

  • Jashim Uddin
    Posted at 19:12h, 01 September

    It did not work for me…Now I want to access my page lcalhost/page but no page found is showing, so how can i get back my local host page dashboard? plz help

  • Vicky Chaudhary
    Posted at 06:42h, 02 October

    bro my ftp server does not connect when i enter host username and password. i think my password is wrong i am using 2freehosting site and register a free account and this site gives me username and password but when i enter these in ftp then it does not connect i think my password is wrong but the password that 2freehosting giving me, i cant see that i am just copying pasting the host username and password when i copy password and paste at notepad it does not show in proper form but shows in ***** form please tell me what to do.
    i also let u know that my site in made on wordpress

  • csandreas1
    Posted at 11:57h, 04 October

    this video is outdated is there a newer and easier way to do it?

  • Arjay Pogoy
    Posted at 22:05h, 21 November

    Do i need to download WAMP?

    Posted at 10:41h, 31 December

    voice is not available

  • Turpat
    Posted at 12:31h, 10 January

    Can't FTP to my site

  • Mireille Dubreuil
    Posted at 23:10h, 02 February

    I did everything from the video and got an "Error establishing a database connection" … If I try to go back to my localhost version now, it doesn't work because I changed the URL to my live address… before exporting… So I cannot access localhost/wp-admin … How do I correct that ?

  • Leandro Maschio
    Posted at 16:26h, 18 February

    Hi. I changed my website from localhost to "my domain" but my FTP is having problems and now i can't access my website anymore. Is there a way of turning back to localhost?

  • Refilwe Seatlhodi
    Posted at 18:19h, 01 March

    I hope I get help ASAP. I did everything and the site is live,but now the home page does not look the same as the one I designed offline. other pages looks the same as the one created on the local host, but the home page does not. How can I fix that?

  • Jackson Mudford
    Posted at 07:33h, 22 March

    Thank You Champion, I got mine working πŸ™‚

  • Joshua Rhey Oliveros
    Posted at 17:34h, 28 March

    Hi, I am using Xampp and wordpress on creating a webpage. How can I publish my project on a multiple clients? Thanks for the answers..

    Posted at 06:45h, 04 April

    I change the WordPress and blog address like you did. But I can't access my FTP, and now I can't go back to edited my localhost, how can I fix that?

  • Grand Services
    Posted at 09:18h, 14 April

    Hi! I just want to ask if all the configuration i made on wamp server gets uploaded too to the live server. My concerns is, there are functionalities and configuration that differs between wamp server and a live server, for example, setting up wamp to send email and configuring it so you can test email sending from wamp server is different from configuring a live site to do the same function (send emails). Please enlighten me more πŸ™‚

  • Jamil Ahmed
    Posted at 10:56h, 02 June

    Nice detailed video you have done. Check this out as well

  • Dani Pintus
    Posted at 14:07h, 29 June

    Help I did everything but my site isn't opening at all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!;((((( Why????

  • Dilli Babu Kadati
    Posted at 12:56h, 04 August

    sir,please tel me how you configure filezilla client

  • oussama yahia
    Posted at 03:21h, 09 November

    i laughed so much at the end , Maaan you forgot to import the database ??

  • ilatirina
    Posted at 04:42h, 02 December

    Don't change url in your worpress settings unless you are 100% sure all steps will work! Can't access my localhost anymore(((( wasted so much time!!!

  • prajna dutt
    Posted at 09:45h, 15 December

    In addition to these steps, I had to provide the db hostname available from my plesk panel into wpconfig.php. That solved it.

  • kalpesh agravat
    Posted at 18:22h, 20 December

    buy domin name or not

  • nedu brown
    Posted at 11:04h, 17 February

    hi im unable to get any sounds on this tutorial

  • Avni Ristemi
    Posted at 20:15h, 21 February


  • Globalization_
    Posted at 23:20h, 12 May

    thanks mate

  • Sultan Mahmud
    Posted at 07:43h, 04 June

    lot of tnx πŸ™‚ gd and simple tuto

  • misterabneer
    Posted at 20:31h, 26 August

    Hi, I tried it but it only partially worked for me. However, when i tried to get my site back on localhost using , Only my admin panel and home page is showing up. Any other pages on my site are show WAMPSERVER Configuration message. Can someone help me with this please?

  • Mister Robato
    Posted at 10:04h, 22 September

    Just install WordPress on localhost, then install the All In One WP Migration Plugin on both the main site and the localhost, export the file in All In One WP Migration on the main site and import it to the localhost and vice versa.

  • AnnLynn Alva
    Posted at 08:44h, 29 September

    Where will I get the live site ftp credentials? I tried typing the "" in Host and "anonymous" in Username. I left Password and Port blank. And it says to me:

    Status: Resolving address of
    Status: Connecting to
    Status: Connection established, waiting for welcome message…
    Error: Connection timed out after 20 seconds of inactivity
    Error: Could not connect to server
    Status: Waiting to retry…
    Status: Resolving address of
    Status: Connecting to
    Status: Connection established, waiting for welcome message…
    Error: Connection timed out after 20 seconds of inactivity
    Error: Could not connect to server

  • Listen
    Posted at 12:56h, 06 October

    thats great

  • Waqar Alvi
    Posted at 07:43h, 10 October

    Thanks a million. That's the tutorial what I need. If I compress the WordPress folder and upload it to Cpanel and unzip there. Will it work same like you uploaded through FTP? My proxy doesn't allow port 20 & 21.

  • Apuroop Naidu
    Posted at 12:59h, 12 February

    Worked great!! Thanks.