How to Switch a Site to WordPress While Still Hosting with GoDaddy

It’s no secret that WordPress is the premier content management system (CMS) around. Its popularity continues to grow each and every year as more and more people find that it easier to use and more suitable for their needs than traditional hosting platforms like GoDaddy. In fact, since 2012, WordPress has seen a 200% jump in adoption rates.

But just because you decide to move to WordPress does not mean you have to jettison your site’s existing infrastructure and content. In most cases, you can migrate all of your site’s data, including content, setting up a new WordPress site with your existing domain and parked domains. This is easier said than done, though, and it requires a bit of forethought in order to ensure that everything lands smoothly on the other end.

The Problem With Moving WordPress Sites to GoDaddy

If you want to move your WordPress site to GoDaddy, the first thing you need to do is identify the problems that you’re experiencing (and there are a few). Just because both of these platforms are excellent does not mean that they’re perfect for every situation. Keep in mind that GoDaddy is a shared hosting platform, which means that your site’s performance will take a substantial hit as soon as you have more than a few hundred thousand monthly active visitors.

Because of this, if you’re looking to migrate your WordPress site to GoDaddy as a backup or as a primary option, you might not want to go through with it unless you can identify a specific reason why you need to (and it probably isn’t a good one).

Here are just a few of the problems you might encounter if you try to move a WordPress site to GoDaddy.

Scaling Issues

Whether you’ve been using WordPress for five years or five months, you’ll eventually hit a point where you realize that your site simply cannot continue to grow as it is. When this happens, it’s usually because you’ve reached the limit of what a shared hosting platform can offer in terms of performance.

In most cases, when this limit is hit, the only real solution is to move to a different platform—likely one that is more suitable for the type of site that you create. Your choice of CMS and the various plugins and themes that you use for your site will also determine whether you need to scale or simply redesign your site after you’ve hit the limit with shared hosting.

Content Delivery Issues

Another issue that can crop up when you try to move a WordPress site to GoDaddy is content delivery. In most cases, when you’re using a shared hosting platform, your site’s performance will be substantially limited by the fact that it has to share the resources of a web server (including its storage space) with other sites. This can have a dramatic impact on the speed and reliability with which you can deliver content to your site’s readers (as well as the overall performance of your site).

An easy way to improve the speed and reliability with which your site content is delivered is through caching. Caching allows you to store copy of your site’s most frequently accessed content (usually the home page and individual blog posts) on a separate server (which can be either digital or physical) that you designate.

To ensure that you properly cache content on your new site, make sure that you follow the guidelines that are provided by the platform that you choose to host your site with. In most cases, this requires adding a special meta tag (namely, cache-buster) to each of your site’s static pages (normally the home page and individual blog post). In the event that you use WordPress, installing the WP-Cache plugin is a simple way to take care of this.

Database Management Issues

Keeping a properly formatted database is one of the essentials of being a successful website owner. This applies whether you use a managed or a DIY hosting platform. In most cases, a managed hosting platform will provide you with a copy of MySQL (the database that WordPress is built on) along with the other basic tools that you need in order to manage your site’s content.

As a general rule, it’s best to use a managed hosting platform that is specifically created for website owners like you who want to take care of their own database. This will ensure that all of the settings are configured in the right direction and that your database is always optimized for speed (rather than having to be rebuilt constantly because of hardware or OS updates).

In most cases, you won’t need to do anything special in order to properly set up and maintain a database on a WordPress site. Simply follow the guidelines that are provided by the platform that you use and you’ll be fine.

Security Issues

Last but not least, we have security. When you try to move a WordPress site to GoDaddy, you’ll want to make sure that you have everything setup correctly on the new location in terms of security (especially considering the fact that this is now a digital copy of your original site). In most cases, your existing host will have you fill out some sort of security questionnaire before granting you access to their server. Make sure to follow the instructions carefully. In most cases, this shouldn’t be a problem, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

In most cases, moving a WordPress site to GoDaddy is a good idea provided that you’ve hit the right limit with your existing host. From the perspective of performance to security, everything should be fine. The only thing that you need to keep in mind is that your site might experience some hiccups in the beginning as you get used to the idea of self-managing your own content and the various settings that come with it.

In most cases, these are just some of the pitfalls that you need to avoid if you decide to switch a WordPress site to GoDaddy. Just remember that both platforms are excellent and have their place. Just make sure to do your homework first.