How to Clone a WordPress Website to a New Domain with GoDaddy
Have you ever wanted to copy something you’ve created on one website to use it on another? Perhaps you’ve created a beautiful, functional, and professional-looking website for your fitness brand then wanted to use that exact same website for a new project. Maybe you’ve grown your blog over time and want to move your brand to the next level by creating a magazine-style site. You may have even wanted to create a website entirely for mobile devices and wanted to try out a new platform. Whatever your reasons, one of the most common questions we get is, “How can I move my WordPress website to another domain?”
We’re going to tell you exactly how to do that with GoDaddy.
Find The Right Hosting Provider
Before you start moving a WordPress website to a new domain with GoDaddy, you first need to decide which hosting company you’re going to use. There are many hosting providers out there, but not all of them are made equal. You want to pick a company that is reliable, has a good reputation, and offers the features you need to make your website work for your audience. Plus, it would be a great bonus if they have a money-back guarantee.
Luckily, we have a goldmine of information when it comes to finding the best hosting provider. You can start by going to https://www.godaddy.com/hosting/ and entering your search term(s) in the search bar. From there, you can compare and choose a hosting plan that meets your needs. Once you’ve made that decision, simply click the button to continue to the next step.
Create Backups And Set Up Automatic Renewals
It’s a good idea to create regular backups of your website whether you’re using a free tool like Backup Buddy or a paid service like SpiderOak. You can use the same process to set up automatic renewals for your domain with GoDaddy. This way, you’ll never be charged an additional fee for your domain because it will be automatically renewed at the end of its term.
To set up automatic renewals, follow these easy steps. First, log in to your GoDaddy account and then click on the domains button in the toolbar. A modal with all of your active domains will appear. From there, you can choose the ones you want to renew automatically and click the button to continue.
You’ll see a confirmation window with the details of your new subscription. Then, you can click the button to continue to the next step.
Change Your Domain Name And Set Up A Registrar Account
Your domain name is the bit of information that people will type into the address bar of their browsers to visit your website. This is also the case for www.example.com vs example.com. By changing your domain name, you are essentially changing your website’s official address. You should use your domain name in your social platforms and emails because people are more likely to remember it. For example, mydomain.com is the address of my website, and I use it in every email I send and every mention of my website on social media.
To set up a new domain with GoDaddy, follow these easy steps. First, log in to your GoDaddy account and then click the domains button in the toolbar. A modal with all of your active domains will appear. From there, you can choose the ones you want to transfer to your new domain and click the button to continue.
You’ll see a confirmation screen with the details of your new domain. Then, you can click the button to continue to the next step.
Next, you’ll be shown a form with the details of your new registrar account. Enter your new registrar account information and then click the button to continue.
You’ll be shown a confirmation window with the details of your new account. Finally, you can click the button to complete the process.
If you want to learn more about registering a new domain or transferring an existing one, visit this link to the GoDaddy Help Center. Or, if you want to dive into the details about any of the steps listed above, simply click on any of the links inside the blue boxes.
Now, you’re ready to move your WordPress website to a new domain with GoDaddy. But before you do, make sure you’re following the guidelines listed above. That way, your WordPress website will continue to function properly once it’s been cloned and you won’t break any rules or have any problems later on.