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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's important to migrate your WordPress website properly, 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. Perhaps you 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. Here are three key reasons to move your WordPress website.

Other domain name

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

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Changing hosting/server

Another reason to move your WordPress sites is to switch to another hosting provider. Perhaps your current provider does not meet your needs, or you have found a better deal with a new hosting provider. De verhuizing naar een nieuwe server verbetert mogelijk de snelheid en prestaties van je website, maar het blijft belangrijk om dit zorgvuldig uit te voeren om problemen te voorkomen. 2manydots is happy to contribute to this diligence.

New management

Als je de zorg voor je WordPress migratie wil overdragen aan een ander persoon of bedrijf, moet je ervoor zorgen dat zij toegang krijgen tot alle benodigde bestanden en gegevens. In dergelijke situaties is het verhuizen van de website naar een nieuwe hostingomgeving of onder een ander account nodig om het beheer en de toegang tot de website te stroomlijnen. This leads to a more efficient workflow and better collaboration between team members.

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We help move your WordPress website

Als je besluit om hulp in te schakelen voor het verhuizen van je WordPress site, gaan we aan de slag met verschillende fasen. We stellen een 0-meting op, maken een plan van aanpak en voeren de daadwerkelijke migratie uit. Daarnaast stellen we 301’s en dataverzameling in en testen en monitoren we achteraf. You can read more about these concepts 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 will 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 for 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've made all the preparations, you can begin 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 moved permanently. This prevents you from losing website traffic and preserves 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 set up data collection again. 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 issues.

Moving a WordPress website is a complex and time-consuming process, but with proper preparation and help from experts, 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.

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Common mistakes and how to avoid them

Common mistakes when moving a WordPress website include failing to make a full backup, forgetting to set 301 redirects, improper adjustments to the wp-config.php file and failing to reinstall and reactivate 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 replicated with as few changes as possible. This helps keep the 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 are considering outsourcing the migration of your WordPress website, we are here to help. We will work with you to create a plan of action and perform a 0 measurement, making a full backup of your website. Then we carefully move your WordPress files and database to the new server or domain, setting up 301 redirects and adjusting the wp-config.php file. We also make sure 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 ensure that your WordPress website migration goes smoothly and successfully, so you can continue to focus on your own work. Contact us to find out how we can help you with your WordPress website move.

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