There are plenty of reasons you’d want to move your WordPress website to a new host (speed, cost effectiveness, greater functionality, better support etc.) but the biggest pitfall you want to avoid during the migration process is downtime. Today we’ll take a look at the do’s and don’ts of transferring your WordPress website to another server.
… Weigh Up The Pros And Cons Of Migrating Your Site
Do your research before moving your site because if it’s not broken, it doesn’t need to be fixed. If there are problems with your current host, be sure these issues aren’t going to recur in your new environment.
… Research The Different Plans That Are Available
Do you want shared hosting or cloud hosting, or would a dedicated server suit your business needs best? Investigate the features of each of the plans on offer. Investigate what kind of support is on offer too. Sure, live chats are really useful but sometimes you need to speak to a real human, and it might not fall inside of business hours.
… Perform A Complete Back Up Of Your Site
Always have a recent back up of your website available. We don’t like to think of things going wrong but sometimes, it happens and it helps if you’re prepared.
… Transfer Your Website To Your New Host Before You Transfer Your Domain
There are various plugins on the market that make migrating a WordPress website a breeze. Duplicator and All in One WP Migration are both reliable, but do your own research to find a solution that will work for you.
Once you have downloaded all your website files, you’ll need to move them to your new host. The most reliable way to do this is via FTP connection. Remember that you should enter your new host’s IP address instead of your domain name, because your domain will still be pointing to your old web host.
The fastest way to migrate your site is to open two FTP windows, having your hold host in one window and your new host in the other. Copy everything across.
…. Forget To Update Your DNS
Once your site has been transferred, it’s not the end of the road. You will need to update your Domain Name Servers. This process can take anywhere between 24 and 48 hours to complete so it’s important not to make any other changes to your site before this has been finalized.
Either update the name servers to your new name servers yourself, or ask your host for assistance.
… Cancel Your Old Hosting Contract Until The Migration Has Taken Place
Only once your site is up and running on its new server, should you cancel your old contract. Delete your account at the old host.
… Leave Your Migration To The Last Minute
If you’ve got a special launch or campaign coming up, don’t move your site at the last minute. In some cases, a little manipulation or trouble shooting may b required. Give yourself at least three days’ grace for the project.
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