Moving to a new web host or changing domain names involves a lot of work. One task you need to complete is migrating your website. This can be a scary process if you’ve never done it before. There’s a lot that could go wrong, and your website might be unavailable during this time.
Fortunately, it’s possible to successfully migrate your website without any problems. Understanding the steps to take for a successful migration and the potential issues that may arise can help you avoid lasting issues.
In this article, we’ll look at some scenarios in which you might need to migrate your website. We’ll then discuss the steps to take to successfully do so using WordPress plugins and ManageWP. Let’s get started!
Why you might need to migrate your website
Migration is the process of moving your website to a new server or domain. Some common scenarios in which you might carry this out include:
- Switching to a new web host. If you’ve determined that your current hosting provider can’t meet your site’s needs, you may decide to move your site to a new server.
- Pushing a local site live. This is a common practice in website development. Developers who build websites locally (offline) have to migrate the final site to a live server once it’s ready to launch.
- Rebranding. When a business undergoes extensive rebranding, a new domain name may be in order. The migration process can be adapted to this situation as well.
Unfortunately, when it comes to migrating your website, there are many problems you may encounter. The most common is losing files. Your website may also be down for extended periods of time, resulting in a loss in revenue. Additionally, if your migration is not carried out properly, your website might become riddled with broken links and 404 errors.
How to migrate your website successfully (3 available methods)
There are actually several ways to migrate your website. Some hosting companies will offer to do it for you, but this service often comes at a steep price. Another option is manual migration. However, this route isn’t advisable for beginners or those with limited technical ability, as it tends to be somewhat difficult. It also leaves a lot of room for human error.
Therefore, we’re going to focus on some more accessible methods for migrating a WordPress website. These are smart alternatives to paying a professional or trying to handle the manual process yourself.
1. Use the Duplicator Plugin to avoid downtime
There are many migration plugins available, but Duplicator is unique in that you can avoid downtime for your site.
Exporting your site with Duplicator
Once you’ve installed and activated the plugin, navigate to Duplicator > Packages in your WordPress dashboard. Select Create New:
The plugin will walk you through the steps to set up your ‘package’, which is a copy of your site’s
This article was written by Will Morris and originally published on ManageWP.