How to Start Over with Your WordPress Website
If you’re looking for a way to start over from scratch with your website, then you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we’ll discuss tips on how to move your wordpress site to a new host and make everything look and feel brand-new. Let’s get started.
Choose A New Host
As the name suggests, a wordpress hosting plan is designed for creating blogs using the WordPress content management system. It’s the most popular content management system today, and its popularity continues to grow as more and more people use it to create blogs that cover various topics. If you decide to host your wordpress site on a shared hosting plan, then you’ll end up sharing the server space with other sites, which might affect the performance of your site temporarily or even permanently if the other sites on the server are very popular and have lots of traffic. Instead of sharing a server with other sites, you can opt for a dedicated hosting plan, where you’ll have exclusive access to a specific amount of server resources that you can allocate as needed. This will give you the best performance of your site regardless of how many people are visiting it. So if you’re looking for a way to have a superior performance for your wordpress site, then opt for a dedicated hosting plan. On the other hand, if you’re on a tight budget and can only afford a shared hosting plan, then it’s best to go for it and don’t bother worrying about performance issues until you can upgrade.
Change Your Domain
The domain name of your website is what you’ll use to identify your site online. After you’ve changed your domain, you’ll need to update all your sites’ links to point to the new domain. You can use free tools like 301 Redirects to make this process easier for you. When you redirect your old domain to your new domain, all the indexed pages on the old site will become inaccessible unless the search engines update their records (which usually takes a few weeks or months). Once the search engines have updated their records, all your sites will work fine and there won’t be any 404 errors, which is what you get when you try to access a page that doesn’t exist.
If you’re really determined to start over with your wordpress site and don’t want to miss a single opportunity to do so, then you should look into buying a new domain. Once you’ve registered your new domain, you can install WordPress to start working on your new site immediately. If you have a store or website that you’ve been working on for a while with lots of hard work and money invested, you might not want to give it up easily. In this case, you can use a free Google Domains service to park your old domain with Google for up to a year. During this time, you can continue working on your site but won’t be able to publish any new content or make any changes to the site. When the year is up, you can start the process of migrating your content to your new site by un-parking your domain and redirecting all the URLs to your new site.
Clear The Trash From Your Previous Site
There are a few things you need to do before you start working on your new site. One of them is to clear the trash from your previous site. You don’t need to go through all the pages one by one and see what’s there. There are a few tools like HitFix that can help you with this process. What you should do is log into your previous site’s dashboard and look for any unfinished or deleted posts. If you find any, then you should click on the trash can icon next to them and it will pop up a window asking you to confirm the deletion. Once you confirm the deletion of these posts, hit the ok button and you’ll be taken to a page saying that all the post content has been removed.
This will ensure that you start working on a completely clean slate and don’t have any old content to worry about when you’re publishing new content. Even if you’re on a tight budget and can only afford a shared hosting plan, then you can use a free service like WordPress to launch your new blog or website very quickly without worrying about performance issues. Once your site is live, you can use tools like Google Analytics to track the performance of your new site and make further adjustments as needed.
Secure Your New Site
Now that you’ve launched your new site, you need to make sure that it’s as secure as possible. For this purpose, you can use free tools like Sucuri to monitor and secure your site from malware, hacking, and other security threats. What they do is scan your site for security vulnerabilities and suspicious activity regularly and alert you if anything is found. You can sign up for a free 30-day trial of their premium service if you want to take this step further and have complete control over the security of your site. There are a few other services like Cloudflare that offer similar free services and more.
The best part about these tools is that they make it easy for anyone to secure their site. Even if you’re not tech-savvy, you can use tools like WordPress to get up and running quickly and easily without any tech support needed. Just make sure that you install the WordPress security plugin and set up a strong password for the administrator account. Do these things and you’ll have a secure WordPress site in no time.
Backup Your Site
Another important step before you start over is to back up your site. This is crucial for two reasons. First, if you lose all your site content due to a hard drive crash or other complications, then you’re in luck because you have a backup. Second, it makes it easier to start over if you’ve never done so. In case you decide that moving to a new host is the best move for you and you don’t want to lose all your work, then you can always go back and restore from the backup.
To backup your site, you can use tools like BackWPup, which is a free service that creates daily backups of your WordPress site and stores them in a remote storage server you can access with a click of a button. This way, if your site gets hacked or loses all its content due to some unforeseen circumstance, you’ll still have access to your content.
Make Sure Twitter And Facebook URLs Are Up To Date
Last but not least, you need to make sure that your Twitter and Facebook URLs are up-to-date. If they’re not, then all your linked content on these sites will become broken and they’ll have to be fixed individually. Fortunately, this is a simple process and can be done with a few clicks of a button.
To do this, go to your Twitter profile and click on the Settings tab. On the resulting page, you’ll see a button that says “Edit Profile”. Once you click on this button, you’ll be taken to a page where you can add your new address as an alternative to your existing one. You can do this by clicking on the little globe icon to the left of “Website” and selecting “I’m Feeling Lucky” from the drop-down menu. Once this is done, you can save the profile by clicking on the Save button at the top right corner of the page.
As for Facebook, you can go to your profile and click on the “About” tab at the top. On the resulting page, you can find an area called “Links to Website(s)”. If you click on this area, you’ll see a little graph button next to each entry. This button will give you the ability to edit the URL for that entry and replace it with your own. Simply click on it and a window will appear where you can enter your new URL. When you’re done, click on the Save button at the top of the page to confirm your changes.
Now that you’re all set up with a new host, a new domain, and a secure WordPress site, it’s time to move on to the next step and create your new blog or website using the most popular content management system.