WordPress is an excellent content management system that makes it possible for website owners to design and maintain professional-looking websites without the need to know how to program. The benefit here is obvious: WordPress is incredibly easy to use. It is built on the basis of the concept of saving data in a database and using CSS files to determine how they are displayed to visitors. That said, this database model presents a problem for migration.
When a WordPress user wants to migrate a website to a new server or a new domain, it is not as simple as copying a series of HTML files and moving them to the new location. It is not even as simple as running a backup of the website and then trying a restore on the other site. Migrating a WordPress website requires working with the databases that make it work.
If you plan to migrate a WordPress website, here are three things you should know first:
You must save your databases
For your WordPress migration to be successful, you must first save your current databases. These databases have to be preserved so that you can move them to a new location without losing the information on your website. Without the databases, the only thing that you will have is an empty template and none of the information that you have worked so hard to publish.
There are online tutorials that explain how to save and migrate databases. The easiest way to do this is to enter the control panel of your website (in most cases it is cPanel) and use the myPHPAdmin function.
FTP accounts and email
Migrating to a new server entails the temptation to create new FTP and email accounts before starting the migration. That is not necessarily bad as long as the same user names and passwords are used. But in reality there is no need to create new accounts if you are going to migrate the installation of a complete website. A total migration should move those accounts. If you still choose to create new email accounts, keep in mind that you can lose any message that comes in or out during the migration process.
You may need new backup files
You may be familiar with the backup function available through Softaculous. This feature is the way many WordPress users back up their websites. If you are one of them, keep in mind that the migration of the website may or may not preserve these backup copies. If they are important to you, download them and save them to an external device before beginning the migration. If they are not important, log in to your website as soon as the migration is complete and run a new backup.
Migrating a WordPress website is certainly possible if you do it the right way. As we mentioned before, there are numerous tutorials that explain how to do it step by step. You can always hire a professional if you do not have the confidence to do it yourself.