There are lots of descriptions scattered about about how to export, transfer and reinstall a WordPress site but they were all a little different and used widely different technologies. One of my reasons for moving involved php. My old host had been slow to update php and the new host was much more up to date. I was anxious that the difference might break the transfer – and just to make things worse – so was the software I used. Any way, we got there.
I ended up using these instructions from DreamHost which were not too hard to follow and got me home. Duplicator has free and paid versions and I came across no reason to use the paid version. The free plugin did everything I needed. If your site is huge then the pro paid version may be for you.
Only one plugin broke – my plugin – so I’ll be off to get that restored next.
Best of luck to anyone out to transfer a site… it can be done.