How to Easily Transfer Your WordPress Site to a Different Folder on Your Same Website
You’ve been working hard to create a beautiful WordPress site. You poured your heart and soul into it and finally launched it! However, things don’t go as planned and now you’re faced with the daunting task of moving all your content to a new location. Don’t worry; we’re here to help with five simple steps that’ll have you setting up your new WordPress site in no time!
Create a New Folder
Whether you’re hosting your WordPress site on your own server or on a popular shared hosting plan from a third-party, you’ll need to make sure that you have enough disk space to comfortably accommodate all of your content. To save the hassle of searching for a new hosting plan and migrating your content manually, create a new folder specifically for your new WordPress site. For example, let’s say you’ve launched a lifestyle blog named “Sunflower Seeds.” You might want to create a new folder named “blog” in the root directory of your site. This new folder will contain all your content that has been automatically imported from your previous site (more on that in a bit).
Import Your Content
Depending on how you configured your WordPress site and imported its content, you might have already started to accumulate a few hundred words, images, and other media on it. Since we’re creating a new folder to contain all of this content, it’s time to “import” it in order to move it there. The term “importing” content simply means uploading it to your new WordPress site from your old one. So, let’s say you’ve previously imported all your content into a folder named “content” in the root directory of your old WordPress site. You can bring this content over to your new site in a few ways, but the simplest is to go into your new folder and use the “Import” plugin. Alternatively, you can copy and paste the content from your old site into a new document and then upload it via FTP. You should always make sure that you have a complete backup of your WordPress site before you proceed with any kind of content import.
Curate a Useful Menu
On most WordPress sites, you’ll notice that a horizontal navigation bar appears at the top of every page. This navigation bar provides users with easy access to the various sections of your website. The default look of this bar is quite functional, but if you’ve got a bit of an artistic side then you can customize it to fit your taste. For instance, let’s say you’ve created a lifestyle blog and you’d like to separate the various ways in which you can enjoy food. Instead of having a single horizontal navigation bar across the top of your page, you can create two distinct navigation bars — one for recipes and one for culinary tips. You can also add a third navigation bar for health reasons so that users can easily access all the information they need without having to browse through your entire blog.
Redesign the Blog’s Homepage
Since you’re ultimately moving your blog to a new location, it’s important to give it a new face in order to make it more presentable to future visitors. When designing your blog’s home page, you have a number of choices to make: which menu should you use, what should it contain, and so much more. One of the simplest things you can do is swap the blog’s standard navigation bar for a fresh one that better suits the design of your new site. Also, you can choose to either display posts in blog articles or in a long format when viewed on mobile devices.
Adjust The Blog’s Background Color And Logo
If nothing else on your blog seems out of place then it’s probably time to give the background color a fresh look as well. Since your blog’s design is based on a traditional black and white color scheme, you can choose to either keep things consistent or go for a pop of color by setting the background to either #F9F9F9 or #FAFAFA.
If you decide to keep things simple then you can use the default WordPress logo or the famous “heart shape” logo that you might have come across before. For the purposes of this tutorial, we’ll keep things simple and go with the WordPress default logo.
Now that you have a new folder filled with all your content, it’s time to import your old WordPress site’s content into it and set up the new site’s various configurations. In the next section, we’ll discuss the various options that you have regarding the look and feel of your new site.