Removing builder and moving Wordpress to the main folder
Written by Scott Mitchell
Published: Mar 27, 2013
Last Modified: May 14, 2013
Make a Backup of your accountAs a good practice, it is always a good idea to make a backup of your account prior to making any changes. Ideally you will not need this, but it is extra insurance 'just in case'. Below is a link on making a backup of your cpanel account.
Backup website files in cPanel
Removing the Premium Website Builder site filesAfter you have created your insurance backup, you will want to remove the files for your Premium Website Builder site. The basic instructions of removing the site can be found in the link below. Although you do not have to worry about any files that are for the builder site as the builder tool keeps a copy on the publishing server, when you are deleting the files, be sure that you do NOT delete the folder that contains your Wordpress site. Deleting that will destroy the Wordpress version and you will have nothing with which to move on to the next step.
How to delete or unpublish your site in the Premium Website Builder
Prepare your Wordpress installation for the movePrior to physically moving the files, you will need to prepare the installation to accept the new URL name.
- Log into your WordPress Admin Dashboard. For example.
- Go to Administration -> Settings -> General
- Look for the WordPress address (URI): and change it from (example.com/wordpress to example.com)
- Look for the Site Address address (URL): and change it from (example.com/wordpress to example.com)
Moving your Wordpress from a subfolder to your main folderAfter you have made your backup, removed the site files from the builder, and prepared your wordpress files, it is time to move your WordPress to the primary folder.
- Log into your cPanel admin dashboard.
- From the main cpanel area, look for the Files category and then click on the File Manager tool. Ensure you select the checlbox entitled Show Hidden Files.
- Once inside the File Manager, you will want to navigate to the folder you have the WordPress site in. For example, a folder named wordpress.
- You will see a list of all the wordpress files and folders in the right hand panel. Highlight them all and click on the Copy icon from the menu toolbar across the top of the page.
- A popup will appear so you can enter the destination folder. Continuing with our wordpress folder example, it should show as public_html/wordpress. Remove the /wordpress from the destination path so that it simply displays as public_html. Click the Copy Files button.
- This will copy the files up to the public_html folder. Use the File Manager to navigate back to the public_html folder. (You can do this by clicking on the Up One Level button from the toolbar across the top of the right hand panel.)
- You should now see the same files as you have in your wordpress folder.
- You can now delete the old wordpress folder.
Log in and finish the URL details
- Log into your NEW WordPress admin dashboard. For example (example.com/wp-admin or example.com/wp-login.php)
- Go to Administration -> Settings -> Permalinks and ensure the link structure is the same as your new URL.
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