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When you have a successful WordPress website, sometimes it is necessary to move to another domain name or hosting. Moving your WordPress site is a challenging process, but it’s important to do it right. On this page, we discuss why it is important to properly migrate your WordPress website, and how best to go about it.

Why move a WordPress website?

Several reasons underlie moving a WordPress website, and understanding them is essential to making an informed decision. You may want to use a different domain name that better reflects your brand, switch to a hosting provider with better performance and support, or transfer management of the website. By being aware of these factors, plan and execute a smooth transition that improves your online presence and user experience. These are three important reasons to move your WordPress website.

Other domain name

Sometimes you want to put your existing WordPress website under a new domain name. This could be because you have found a better or more recognizable domain name, or because your company has been renamed. Whatever the reason, it is essential to go through this process properly to maintain your SEO rankings and avoid confusing your visitors.

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Changing hosting/server

Another reason to move your WordPress sites is to switch hosting providers. Perhaps your current provider doesn’t meet your needs, or you’ve found a better deal with a new hosting provider. Moving to a new server may improve the speed and performance of your Web site, but it is still important to do so carefully to avoid problems. 2manydots is happy to contribute to this diligence.

New management

If you want to hand over the care of your WordPress migration to another person or company, you need to make sure they have access to all the necessary files and data. In such situations, moving the website to a new hosting environment or under a different account is necessary to streamline management and access to the website. This leads to a more efficient workflow and better collaboration between team members.


We help move your WordPress website

If you decide to hire help to move your WordPress site, we will get started with several stages. We establish a 0 measurement, create a plan of action and carry out the actual migration. In addition, we set up 301’s and data collection and test and monitor afterwards. You can read more about these terms below.

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0 measurement

Before you begin moving your site, it is essential to perform a 0 measurement. This involves backing up your existing website, including all files, the existing database and settings. This backup ensures that you always have a copy to fall back on, should anything go wrong during the migration.

Plan of action

A good plan of action is crucial to a successful migration. This includes choosing the right migration method (for example, manual migration or using a plug-in such as All-in-One WP Migration or WordPress Duplicator), transferring files via an FTP client, and creating a new database on the new server.

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In the previous step, among other things, you created a new database. Once you have made all the preparations, you can start moving your WordPress website. This includes modifying the wp-config.php file to connect to the new database, importing the exported database and transferring your WordPress files to the root directory of the new server. Don’t forget to install and activate all plug-ins and themes on the new WordPress installation.

301's set

To maintain your SEO rankings after moving your WordPress site, it is important to set up 301 redirects. These automatically redirect visitors from the old URLs to the new URLs and indicate to search engines that the content has been permanently moved. This way you avoid losing website traffic and maintain your existing rankings. To ensure the visibility of your website, this step should not be skipped.

Setting up data collection

After your WordPress website is moved, it is important to reset data collection. This means reconnecting Google Analytics, Search Console and other tracking tools to your new domain name or hosting package. After all, data is more important than ever. You want to be able to monitor exactly how a visitor moves around your website. The above tracking tools will give you this insight.

Testing and monitoring

Another crucial step in this migration process. It is very important to thoroughly test and monitor your new WordPress website after the move. Check that all links, images and features are working properly, and monitor your SEO rankings to quickly identify and fix any problems.

Moving a WordPress website is a complex and time-consuming process, but with proper preparation and expert help, it is possible to achieve a smooth and successful migration. By following the steps, you will ensure that you maintain your SEO rankings and your visitors can continue to enjoy your website without any problems.

A little help

Common mistakes and how to avoid them

Common mistakes made when moving a WordPress website include not making a full backup, forgetting to set 301 redirects, making incorrect changes to the wp-config.php file and not reinstalling and reactivating plug-ins and themes. It is important to be aware of these mistakes and take the necessary steps to avoid them so that your migration goes smoothly and successfully. By outsourcing the migration of your WordPress website, these mistakes will not be made.

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How do you maintain SEO rankings?

Maintaining your SEO rankings while moving your WordPress website is essential to maintaining your online visibility and traffic to your site. An important aspect of this is making sure that all the pages of your website are adopted with as little modification as possible. This helps keep structure, content and keywords consistent, which positively impacts your search engine rankings.

In addition, it is crucial to redirect all URLs from your old website one-to-one to the corresponding pages on your new website. By setting up 301 redirects, you preserve the link value you have built up and ensure that visitors and search engines find the new location of your pages. Implementing these redirects correctly will help you maintain your SEO rankings and minimize any negative impact on your traffic and conversions.

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The benefits of outsourcing

If you’re considering outsourcing the migration of your WordPress website, we’re here to help. We will work with you to create a plan of action and perform a 0 measurement, during which we will make a full backup of your website. Then we carefully move your WordPress files and database to the new server or domain, setting 301 redirects and adjusting the wp-config.php file. We also ensure that all plug-ins and themes are reinstalled and activated.

How can we help you?

After the migration, we will test and monitor your moved website to ensure that everything is working properly and your SEO rankings are maintained. With our expertise and experience, we can make sure your WordPress website migration goes smoothly and successfully, so you can stay focused on your own work. Contact us to find out how we can help you move your WordPress website.

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