How To Migrate Off Stacked Site

Do you want to export your Stacked Site to a different hosting company or just create a copy of your website?


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Although you can do the migration yourself, it can get quite technical and should only be attempted manually if you are confident in Wordpress development. 

Our team can handle the whole migration process from start to finish and you can just sit tight for a charge of $400 including licensing the plugins for you. Please note, this is NOT an exit fee and we are not holding your site ransom. You are welcome to take all the files with you without charge but you will require licensed plugins from 3rd party developers to use you site on different hosting.

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Theme and Plugins

You’ll need to purchase the theme (Astra or Beaver Builder) and plugins used to build the website. Sometimes some websites have more plugins than others, so it may vary from website to website.

Once you have these plugins and either of the required theme, you can then go ahead and install them on the newly created website.

Here are the list of the most important theme and plugin used on Stacked Sites

Theme (either of the two):

  1. Beaver Builder
  2. Astra

Plugins:

  1. Beaver Builder Pro
  2. Beaver Themer
  3. Powerpack for Beaver Builder
  4. Ultimate Add-On for Beaver Builder
  5. Gravity Forms

Note: It is important that you take note of all the plugins that are in use for your website to make sure the website displays correctly at its new location. It would be wise to have them listed in a document somewhere.

Note: It is important the current/old website stay live during the whole porting process to ensure all elements of the website are ported over. Putting the old website down before finishing the whole process may cause unsuccessful importation of files and elements.

Exporting All or Specific Content

There are certain types of content you can export:

  • Posts and pages
  • Themer layouts
  • Media library content
  • Forms

Other content can include data created by ecommerce plugins such as:

  • Products
  • Orders
  • Variations
  • Coupons
  • Testimonials

Step 1

If you want to export these types of content, be sure you’re logged into your self-hosted WordPress site. Then in the admin dashboard, go to Tools > Export in the menu on the left.

Step 2

At this point, you can choose All Content, or you can select one of the other options.

Step 3

Go ahead and click the ‘Download Export File’ option. This will not affect your website. It simply creates a copy of your site. Once the .xml file is ready with your exported content, you can save it to your computer.

Depending on your browser and its current settings, you may be prompted before the download actually begins. 

Note: This method only exports the WordPress database options for you. It will not include your plugins or themes files.

Exporting Customiser Settings

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Customize Export/Import plugin on both sites where you want to export/import. 

First let’s export the theme customizer settings.

You need to go to Themes » Customize page on the website you want to export from.

Export/Import option in Customizer

Next, you need to click on the ‘Export/Import’ panel to view its settings and then click on the ‘Export’ button.

Export customizer settings

The plugin will now export your customizer settings and send them to your browser in a .dat file.

It can export all your theme options that are defined as theme mods or stored as options in WordPress database. This means you can export things like color settings, layout directions, header media, etc.

New Hosting 

The next step in the process is installing the same exact foundation of your Stacked Site to the new location where you wanted it hosted. 

For this process to be completed, you will have to purchase the licenses to all plugins listed or else the website will not display correctly at its new location

Note: It is important that ALL important plugins listed above are installed on the website in your new hosting.

After you all have the necessary themes and plugins, we can then go ahead with the installation and imporation

Step 1: Install Wordpress

The next step for this migration is installing a fresh wordpress install on your new hosting. This should be in a development environment to keep the current Stacked Site live to ensure all files and elements are imported successfully.

Step 2: Install Theme

You will then need to install the theme used on your Stacked Site on the new location. This can either be Astra Theme or 

Step 3: Install Plugins

The next step for this migration is installing a fresh wordpress install on your new hosting. This can be in a development environment or to a live site right away.

Step 4: Go ahead and login to your new website’s WordPress admin. After that, go to Tools » Import.First, you need to install the WordPress importer.

Installing the WordPress import tool on your site

Then, simply click the ‘Run Importer’ link. This will take you to a page where you need to select your exported file, then click the ‘Upload file and import’.

Choosing a file to import to your website

As long as the original website stays online, WordPress will be able to import your media files such as blog post images.

Importing Customiser Settings

To import customizer settings, head over to the WordPress site where you want to import these settings.

You need to go to Appearance » Customize page and click on the Export/Import panel.

After that you need to click on the ‘Choose file’ button to select the file you exported earlier. You also need to check the box next to ‘Download and import image files?’ option to import header and other image files.

Import theme settings
Next, click on the ‘Import’ button to start uploading.

The plugin will now import the customizer settings from your export file.

Once it is finished, you can review your changes in the customizer and then click on the ‘Save & Publish’ button to make those changes live.

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