How to migrate worpress site from bluehost to Droplet running vestaCp + ngnix + phpFPM

i want to migrate wordpress site from bluehost to droplet but im getting errors while migrating . exporting is causing fail in media and website styles and menus messes up , myphpadmin shows errors like “Connection for controluser as defined in your configuration failed and tried other methods and The phpMyAdmin configuration storage is not completely configured, some extended features have been deactivated. Or alternately go to ‘Operations’ tab of any database to set it up there.” other method also failed like All-in-One WP Migration limits as the site is of 3gb+ , duplicators fails initials setup - zipArchive Failure . please help!

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Hello there,

We have a series of tutorials that cover the process of migrating from one Linux server to another which you can check here:

In general, depending on your site/application you will need to spin up a droplet that matches your current hosting provider environment or at least is suitable for your app/site needs (e.g running the same PHP version). Then you need to migrate your data (files, users, database etc).

Another option is to use the All-in-One WP Migration plugin. The plugin can handle the migration process on your behalf.

This article also covers the process, although it is outdated:

The final step will be to test everything and make sure it is working fine and then switch the DNS settings and push your site live from DigitalOcean.

Hope that this helps! Regards, Alex

Thank you @jitter for the for you quick response, I really appreciate your effort for the community. Before i go and check on bluehost can you suggest me some video, guide or documentation which can help me to migrate.


Since you’re wanting to move from a shared hosting environment to a VPS, and you’re working with a slightly large backup, you may be better off seeing if Bluehost will provide you with a TAR archive of your data + databases.

The reason I recommend asking them to perform the backup for you is because without SSH access on their servers, backups that large on a shared hosting performed from a web browser are going to fail and fail often. This is more so due to the limitations imposed by shared providers.

If they can provide you with a TAR archive, you could simply use wget to pull the backups over to your Droplet, extract them and then move your web files to the directory of your choice and then we can restore the database using the MySQL command line utility once a database and user has been created on the Droplet.

It’s going to be far easier to restore your database from the CLI than it will be to dump it using either phpMyAdmin or Adminer, and far quicker.