Making Your WordPress Move As Easy as Possible

There are a variety of different reasons that you might need to move your WordPress blog. Normally, it is because you are switching hosting providers, but maybe you just need to move the content to a new location such as from a testing environment to a live environment. Regardless of the reason, it is important that you have an effective strategy in place, otherwise you could end up wasting a lot time and dealing with unnecessary headaches. Here is a brief overview of how to make this process as simple as possible.

Start With Your Content

Always move your content first. Without your content, you have no site. In most cases, you can simply go to the tools section, export your data and then import it into your new location. The only exception is if you are moving from a local site (normally because of testing) to a remote site. If this is the case, then you should manually copy your uploads folder and move it. This is because WordPress won’t look elsewhere on your computer for any necessary files. If you find that you need to replace certain strings to get everything functioning properly, there is a Search and Replace plugin that can take of this for you.

Move Your Plugins

Once you know that all of your content has been moved successfully, the next step is to deal with your plugins. Before you move anything, go through and double check to make sure that you will only be moving the plugins that you are actually going to use. If you have done some testing, then there is a chance that you a handful (or more) additional plugins that you didn’t use.

Move Your Settings

The final big step is to make sure that all of the setting on your new site are correct. In most cases, it will be easiest to simply open up both Setting tabs and compare them manually. Keep in mind that the more plugins you use, this could take a little bit of time. Within the standard WordPress core, pay special attention to the Discussions, Reading, and Permalinks sections.

By following this basic template, you can save yourself a lot of time and headache. If you do run into a problem during this process, there are a number of online resources that can probably help you out. There are also several plugins that could be helpful as well. While moving a site is never a perfect process, you can minimize the pain with a little bit of planning. Also, if you know that you will be moving your site again in the future (or another site), make any notes regarding problems that you have and solution that you used. This can prevent the same problem from costing you time in the future.

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