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WordPress Migration from WP Engine to AWS – Part 2


Welcome back to the second part of our comprehensive guide on migrating your WordPress website from WP Engine to Amazon Web Services (AWS). In this segment, we will delve deeper into the technical aspects of the migration process, focusing on extracting files from WP Engine backups and preparing them for deployment on AWS. Additionally, we’ll discuss the advantages of migrating to AWS and how it can benefit your website’s performance, scalability, security, and more.

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Extracting Files from WP Engine Backup

After creating a production backup of your WordPress site on WP Engine, the next critical step is to extract the downloaded backup files. These files contain all the essential data for your website, including themes, plugins, media files, and the WordPress database.

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Steps to extract the files

  • Access WP Engine Account Dashboard: Log in to your WP Engine account and navigate to the backups section.
  • Locate the Production Backup: Identify the production backup you created earlier, usually listed with the date and time of the backup.
  • Download Backup Files: Click on the provided download link to save the backup files to your local machine. Depending on the size of your website, this process may take some time.
  • Extract Backup Contents: Once the download is complete, use a file extraction tool like WinZip or 7-Zip to extract the backup file’s contents. This will create a folder containing all the files from your WordPress site, organized in a directory structure.

Steps to Change URLs for AWS Deployment

Before deploying your WordPress site on AWS, updating any references to the old domain or URLs to reflect the new AWS environment is crucial. This ensures your site functions correctly and all links and resources are properly directed.

To change URLs, follow these general steps:

Step 1: Open the extracted WordPress files.


Step 2: Search for the old domain or URLs within the files, including references in the WordPress database and hardcoded links in theme files, plugin files, and other configuration files.


Step 3: Replace all occurrences of the old domain or URLs with the new AWS domain or URLs. Ensure thoroughness in your search to update all references.



Step 4: Save the changes to the files.

Step 5: Optionally, if you’re comfortable with database management, you can also use SQL commands to update URLs directly in the WordPress database.

Issuing SSL Certificate and Configuring Load Balancer

Once your WordPress site is ready for deployment on AWS, ensuring secure communication with SSL certificates and optimizing performance using a load balancer is essential.

To issue an SSL certificate and configure a load balancer, follow these steps:

  • Check Existing SSL Certificate: If you already have an SSL certificate, ensure it’s valid and matches your new AWS domain.
  • Register SSL Certificate: If you don’t have an SSL certificate or need to register a new one, AWS Certificate Manager (ACM) provides an easy way to obtain and manage SSL/TLS certificates.
  • Configure Load Balancer: Set up a load balancer in your AWS environment to distribute incoming traffic across multiple instances, improving reliability and scalability.
  • Update DNS Settings: Once the SSL certificate is issued and the load balancer is configured, update your DNS settings to point to the load balancer’s endpoint.


  • Scalability: AWS provides unmatched scalability, allowing you to adjust resources based on your website’s traffic demands.
  • Customization: With AWS, you have complete control over your server environment, enabling fine-tuning to meet your specific requirements.
  • Cost Efficiency: AWS operates on a pay-as-you-go pricing model, resulting in significant cost savings compared to fixed-price plans.
  • Global Reach: AWS’s global data centers allow you to host your website closer to your target audience, reducing latency and improving user experience.
  • Security: AWS offers comprehensive security features and compliance certifications to protect your data and infrastructure.
  • Reliability: AWS ensures industry-leading reliability and uptime, backed by redundant infrastructure.
  • Performance: Leveraging AWS’s infrastructure and services enhances your website’s performance and responsiveness.


In this second part of our WordPress migration series, we’ve covered the essential steps for extracting files from WP Engine backups and updating URLs for deployment on AWS.

These technical tasks are critical for ensuring the successful migration of your WordPress site to a new hosting environment.

Drop a query if you have any questions regarding WP Engine and we will get back to you quickly.

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1. How long does extracting files from WP Engine backups typically take?

ANS: – The time taken to extract files from WP Engine backups can vary depending on the size of your website. The process may be relatively quick for smaller websites, while larger sites with extensive media files and databases may take longer. It’s essential to allow sufficient time for the download and extraction process to complete without interruptions.

2. Can I update URLs manually without using SQL commands in the WordPress database?

ANS: – Yes, you can update URLs manually by editing the files directly, including theme files, plugin files, and other configuration files. However, SQL commands can be more efficient for comprehensive URL updates across the WordPress database. It’s crucial to ensure thoroughness in updating all references to the old domain or URLs to prevent broken links and ensure proper website functionality on AWS.

3. How do I know if my SSL certificate is valid and matches my new AWS domain?

ANS: – To verify the validity of your SSL certificate and ensure it matches your new AWS domain, you can check the certificate details in your SSL certificate provider’s dashboard or AWS Certificate Manager (ACM). Confirm that the domain listed in the SSL certificate matches the domain you intend to use for your WordPress site on AWS. You can renew or obtain a new SSL certificate through ACM to ensure secure communication between your website and visitors.

WRITTEN BY Samarth Kulkarni



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