How to Move a Site to WordPress Self-Hosting

If you’re reading this, I assume you’re either a web designer or a developer who’s been tasked with moving a client’s site to WordPress for the first time. Maybe you’ve been asked to make this transition as part of a redesign, or perhaps you’re being requested to upgrade from a Blogger platform to a WordPress self-hosted platform. In either case, I’m sure you’re eager to help and not wanting to waste anyone’s time. So without further ado, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of transferring a site from one platform to another.

Get Everything You Need

This first step is crucial. You don’t want to be scrambling to piece together a WordPress installation from scratch later on, having forgotten to purchase a simple plugin that could have easily been incorporated into the design. A simple Google search will reveal dozens of essential plugins that you will need to download and incorporate into your new WordPress installation. These plugins will assist you in creating a professional-looking blog or website that is also completely functional.

Additionally, don’t forget about the importance of a reliable, high-quality web host. They will play a crucial role in the success of your new WordPress incarnation. A web host that is also committed to the advancement of the web in general is a great place to start if you can find one that fits your budget.

Set Up The Server And Database

There are several options when it comes to web hosting, and you’ll have to decide which one is the best for your needs. At the most basic level, you can choose to run WordPress on your own computer and then upload the site to a hosting company’s server. This is a great option if you’re wanting to keep your site private (e.g., security-wise) or if you’re experienced with server administration yourself. In order to set up your own server, you’ll need to purchase either a dedicated server or a VPS (Virtual Private Server).

A dedicated server is essentially a physical server that is leased to you by a hosting company. The advantage of a dedicated server is that it gives you access to all of the resources you need, such as memory, storage, and CPU (Central Processing Unit). You won’t have to share any of these resources with other clients, which makes it ideal for high-traffic sites. A dedicated server also offers a lot of flexibility when it comes to the software you can install on it.

A VPS is a Virtual Private Server, which is essentially a dedicated server in a virtual environment. This virtual environment is hosted on top of a physical server, so you won’t have direct access to this physical server. The advantage of a VPS is that it allows you to create multiple websites on the same server. You don’t need to purchase a dedicated server to create multiple sites; you can simply rent one from a hosting company. A VPS also provides some additional security features, such as randomly generated passwords and HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) encrypting all transferred data (e.g., images)

Create A Plan For The Redesign Or Upgrade

Now that you have everything you need, it’s time to put all of this into practice. Just remember, this is an extensive process, and it won’t be easy. You’ll have to come back to this guide several times to make sure you don’t forget anything. This process also presents you with the opportunity to add more features to your site as you see fit. So if this is a completely fresh site that you’re transferring from scratch, take the time to plan out how you want it to look and function. Is there a specific theme you want used? What about the layout and the flow of the site? Are you planning to add any features that might require technical knowledge?

You might also need to upgrade certain aspects of the site to make it function correctly. For example, if you’re using the Blogger platform, you might need to upgrade to the Pro version in order to embed videos from YouTube or Vimeo. The video formats these platforms support are not compatible with the free Blogger version. So if you’re looking to add videos to your site, then upgrade to the Pro version of Blogger.

Transferring Data And Setting Up The WordPress Installation

The last step in the process is to copy over all of the relevant data from your old site to your new WordPress installation. You’ll have to visit each of your blog posts in order to do this, and it’s important that you take the time to do this correctly. There are several different ways to transfer data from one site to another, so find the one that works best for you. Here are a few suggestions: