The Unconventional Guide to Migrations
What is Migration: When you move your website to another host server.
Migration can be a hit or miss if it is not done properly. Many host servers provided you the service of migration for free. However, they do have a waiting period and this can take 2 to 3 weeks. Others offer the service for a fee your waiting period can be as little as 48 hours to a full week.
You can opt to do this yourself, but if you are not sure what you are doing, you may cause more harm than good.
If there any good news in this? Sure all paid host servers provided you with a quick install to WordPress (which is the most popular open source use today.)
If you are planning to migrate to a paid server this is what you should be looking at.
- If you are switching from 1 paid serve to the next you can do all the migration yourself by just directing your website to its new home.
- If you have a lot of content you may have to split your field in half since many servers have a limited on their capacity for upload. You may have to give them a call to see if they can make an exception to their rules.
- If are coming from a free site (like WordPress.com) some items may not be able to migrate properly. This includes your free themes and plug-in. Be prepared to back up all your hard work on your computer or in one of the many cloud drives.
- Double check or even triple check your website, making sure everything looks good and it is running flawlessly on your new host servers. Have your friend and family tried to go to your website. See if they had any problem with the security certificate, and if it loaded correctly.
- Sometimes your security certificate will not switch over properly into the new host server and you will be forced to purchase a new one for about $50.
- Be prepared to loose some of your loyal followers, your migration may not transfer this information.
- Remember your domain may or may not need to transfer to its new hosting site. This is totally separate from what you are doing.
- Sometimes things do go wrong and for some reason migrating from WordPress.com to WordPress.org doesn’t go as smoothly as plan. Do not loose faith. These things can be fixed, but they are time-consuming. Your best bet is to start new from scratch at your new location.
- Another idea you can try is to move your domain to another company and wait for all the search engines and statistic catches up to you then try to direct your domain to its new site.
- Good Luck on your migration.