We start every WordPress Migration with a backup.
What does it mean to migrate a WordPress site?
This can mean one of two things. Many of those are looking to either migrate a WordPress site from one server to another or one domain to another without losing file and database integrity. However, it can also mean to migrate from an existing platform to WordPress. Most commonly this is a Joomla to WordPress migration. Though WordPress migration in any regard should be treated as a sensitive issue because of the potential to lose or corrupt data.
Server to server WordPress Migration is usually fairly straightforward. WordPress is mainly consisted of two moving parts. The first being the PHP files and the others being the MySQL Database. Migrating both those moving parts will ensure a smooth transition over to a new server host. Migrating a WordPress site does often times require some configuration of existing files in order to maintain smooth functionality. Because there is a potential for data loss or corruption, this should be handled with extreme care.
Moving to an existing platform to WordPress, such as a Joomla to WordPress conversion, can be a bit tricky. Joomla, like WordPress has similar moving parts. The issue here is, each part is now organized differently in the functioning whole. Things are mapped differently and content isn’t directly transferable. Because Joomla isn’t WordPress this migration is significantly more complex. Some things may not get transferred at all, and others may get corrupted during the transfer. Like the former, this migration also needs to be handled with extreme care.
What is LoDo Web’s Approach to WordPress Migration?
At LoDo Web we start by creating a backup of your database, files and content and this is stored on a secure, private server. We always start with the utmost care not to disrupt your uptime in order to maintain your existing customer relations.
With server to server or domain to domain migration, we use several tools and protocols to help establish a database on a separate server. However, before proceeding, the WordPress server must be configured prior to setup. We then proceed with the migration of first all the files and then the database. This process is then finalized and cross verified to ensure no broken links or images. Once the migration is complete, we test the site for its full functionality to ensure everything is operating smoothly.
With platform to WordPress migration, most commonly being Joomla to WordPress, we set up a separate staging server with your existing platform on a private, secure server. After setting the staging server up we begin to migrate content from the platform staging server to the new WordPress staging server. Once the content, and all other elements are migrated we begin to organize the site to match the previous non-WordPress site. In addition to setting up the structure, we test each link, image and detail of your new site to ensure functionality. Once the styles, content, structure, hierarchy, categories, tags and all other elements are migrated accordingly we do a final test and audit to ensure there are no broken anything.
To figure out which option you would need, speak with our experts today.