Migrating to Self-Hosted
Amibe is an integrated, managed hosting service that takes care of the technical necessities of your website so you don’t have to. It’s like an all-in-one webmaster and managed hosting solution that leaves you free to create.
If you are comfortable and confident with migrating your website to a self-hosted WordPress site, or any other service of your preference, here is a guide to support you.
With an Amibe website, Amibe takes care of certain technical necessities — like security, speed and optimization, maintenance and updates, backups, monitoring and spam filtering — in addition to the initial website setup. With a self-hosted website you, or your technical support, will need to provide for these.
This guide will make this easier for you. While it assumes your are migrating to a WordPress website, the process and some of the information is still relevant if you are considering an alternative CMS or service.
This process is similar to migrating from a self-hosted solution into Amibe.
Choose alternative hosting support
Hosting typically comes in four flavors:
- Generic/shared hosting
- Virtual Private Server (VPS)
- Managed hosting
- Software as a Service (SAAS)
For a comparison of these read Amibe Compared. Your choice will be informed by the needs of your website, access to skills and your budget. The first three are able to support self-hosted websites.
Install and configure WordPress
Most hosts will have their own quick and easy method of installing WordPress. You should refer to your selected host’s documentation and support for how to do this.
For comprehensive information read Installing WordPress.
Install and set-up additional features
Generally a new self-hosted installation of WordPress will have a standard minimal set of features. The features and facilities you have benefited from in Amibe need to be installed and set up in this new installation.
WordPress Managed Hosts will generally cater for most of the technical features found in Amibe. However for generic/shared and VPS hosting you should give some consideration to WordPress specific solutions that address:
- Speed and optimization
- Maintenance and updates
- Spam filtering
There are numerous solutions catering for different aspects of these, some are free and others come with a support and upgrade fee.
In addition you will have certain plugins active for the functioning of your Amibe website. These can be identified in your website administrator by navigating to Plugins > Installed Plugins and clicking the Active filter.
Each of these (or your choice of an alternative), if still required, should be installed, activated and set up in your self-hosted website. Some of these plugins provide export/import facilities for their settings which will aid in this.
Migrate your website data
NB: it is important to have completed the previous step prior to migrating your data.
You are able to export most of your Amibe website data, which can then be imported into your self-hosted WordPress. During the import all users of your website will be set up and any images used will be imported into the media library.
Resources to assist with this:
Some plugins have their own import/export facilities which you may need to use in addition to this. Refer to each specific plugin’s documentation for information on how to do it with that particular plugin.
Customize your theme
Themes typically cannot be moved and will need to be set up in your self-hosted website. You can identify your active theme in your website administrator by navigating to Appearance > Themes however it is not necessary to use the same theme.
Visit the WordPress.org theme directory to find a theme to work with.
Updating your domain
This is technical so get support from your chosen hosting provider.
Your domain is currently pointing to Amibe’s IP address. This needs to be changed in your domain’s DNS settings to point to your chosen host. They should provide you with the relevant information.
How this is done depends on where your domain is registered so refer to your domain registrar for instructions on how to do this.
After a short period of time your self-hosted website will be available by visiting your domain.
If you’re a WordPress expert this will be easy – but for a large majority of people who are not experts or do not have technical knowledge this can seem a little daunting.
Amibe was created purposely to make setting up a new website with advanced functionality quick and easy. Doing the same in a self-hosted context does require more knowledge and time but with patience it can be done and there are many excellent resources on the Internet that can support you.