Much like moving apartments, moving your website data from one host to another can be a frustrating, exhaustive process. So much so that many people often resort to hiring a professional. The migration process doesn’t need to be so stressful though. Below, we’ll explore how you can successfully migrate your data using this comprehensive migration checklist.

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Whether you choose to manually migrate your website data by yourself, or opt for a third-party migration tool instead, Wordpress makes it easy for website owners of all skill sets to transfer their data.

Pre-Migration Arrangements

Before getting started, you should be sure to implement a careful strategy, as to avoid risking your data during migration. With careful planning, you can identify potential migration risks. First, you should implement a pre-migration data assessment, making sure that the move is viable, identifying all available resources and determining which resources are needed. Once the data assessment is complete, you should assemble a migration team if possible, and alert all involved parties.

When it comes to developing a migration schedule, you should establish flexible and realistic timeframes for your migration. This will allow you to adapt as needed, and plan accordingly. In order to keep your data safe, you should review any and all security regulations and prepare all the necessary tools and services. Finally, you should conduct an audit of all website data, being sure to document all data structures. You can then review and revise the migration plan as needed, and finalize the migration schedule.

Migrating Your WordPress Website Manually

After establishing your strategy, you should conduct a comprehensive backup of all your site data. However slim, losing data during the migration is a real possibility and can cause severe damage to your site during the data transfer. The first step to completing your migration is simple; upload your website files. You have two options for uploading the files to the new host, upload the files directly to an FTP client.

With FTP you’ll need to log in to your existing hosting account and navigate to the ‘file manager’ and select the folder containing your Wordpress files. You will then compress your Wordpress files into a .zip folder and upload them to the new hosting provider through the FTP client or the file manager feature offered by the new host provider. After uploading, you will need to extract the .zip file into the public HTML file. 

If you’ve been using a non-CMS hosted site, you’ll need to manually copy and paste each page from your old website. Once the content is uploaded, you’ll need to structure the site and create the necessary categories, tags, widgets, and menus to make your website functional.

Automated WordPress Website Migration

If the idea of manual migration is enough to get you sweating, you may want to consider using an automated migration service, bypassing much of the technical expertise needed for manual migration. There are many third-party plugins to help you migrate data efficiently and quickly.

Duplicator is a common choice for users looking to migrate to a new host or move to a new domain name without losing SEO. The tools are relatively simple, safe, and speedy. Duplicator guarantees that the migration between domains or hosts runs smoothly with no downtime.

The All in One Wordpress Migration plugin provides simple export and import file options that provide you with the option to choose which data to exclude when migrating. This data can include plugins, themes, comments, or images from your media library.

Backup Buddy gives the ability to make automated backup schedules - weekly, daily, or monthly, depending on your needs. This plugin also offers cloud storage facilities for storing your backup data, including FTP, Dropbox, and Rackspace Cloud.

You’re Ready to Migrate

Now that you have a solid understanding of Wordpress migration paths, you can take control of your website data. Whether you choose to conduct a data migration on your own or implement a third-party plug-in, moving your site data to Wordpress can be safe, secure, and efficient.

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Originally published Feb 7, 2020 3:06:57 PM, updated February 18 2020

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