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Make final edits

Final step of the Migrate my WordPress site manually series.

Required: You'll need the following to make the final edits and complete your manual migration:
  • An FTP client to access your site's configuration file. We recommend FileZilla.
  • A text editor to edit your site's configuration file - wp-config.php. We recommend Notepad++. Do not edit files with a word processing application like Microsoft Word.
  • Your database table prefix from the step - Import your database.

Make the final edits to your site's configuration file by connecting with an FTP client and editing the wp-config.php file. You'll need to update the table prefix as well as assign your new Siteurl and Home. These changes will let your site connect to your new database.

  1. Connect to your Managed WordPress account with an FTP client. (Need help connecting with FTP?)
  2. In FileZilla on the Remote site side of the interface, right-click wp-config.php, then select View/Edit.
    select the configuration file and edit
  3. In your editor, locate $table_prefix and edit to reflect the correct prefix of the database you imported. In the example below, the original table prefix was 'wp_9666d08kk3_' and we updated it to 'wp_'.
    old table prefix
    new table prefix
  4. Edit the Siteurl and Home so they match the domain associated with your new Managed WordPress account. In this example we have the temporary domain that was assigned when the account was set up: ''. Use the domain specific to your account situation.
    1. Siteurl: define( 'WP_SITEURL', '');
    2. Home: define( 'WP_HOME', '' );

    updated siteurl and home in the configuration file

    Note: Defining the Siteurl and Home in your wp-config.php is temporary until you're ready to point your domain at this new hosting account.

  5. In your editor, save the changes. This will cause FileZilla to acknowledge that a change was made and offer to upload the file back to the server. In FileZilla, select Yes.
    select yes to upload the file

Congrats! You've finished manually migrating your WordPress site to your Managed WordPress plan.

Related steps

  • Once you're ready to point your domain to your new Managed WordPress plan, locate and select the Change domain link in your admin dashboard and we'll take care of the rest for you.
    Temporary domain notice in WordPress
  • If your domain is registered in another GoDaddy account, you'll need to find your IP address, then change your A Record.

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