How to Manually Move a WordPress Site to Godaddy Hosting
Most people are hesitant to migrate their WordPress sites to another web host because they fear complications. While there is some truth to this – you should probably wait for automated WordPress hosting migration tools – there are ways to manually move a WordPress site to Godaddy Hosting without any issues.
Here, we’ll walk you through the steps to manually move a WordPress site to Godaddy without losing any content or settings.
Step one: Create a backup of your existing site.
You should back up your site content and settings regularly. This way, if anything happens to your site —including an accident or a software malfunction—you can restore it to its original state.
You also need to be careful when backing up your site. Make sure you use a reputable service that has a money-back guarantee. Another important point to make is that you need to have a recent backup before attempting to move your site. This will help you avoid any complications that might arise from a malfunctioning software or system.
Step two: Move your site’s content and settings to a new location.
The second step is a bit more complex than the first. We’ll use the awesome wp clone tool to replicate your site’s content and settings over to a new WordPress installation on our own server.
If you’re not comfortable doing this manually, there are automated tools that can help you migrate your WordPress site. With these tools, setting up the replication is pretty much a one-click process. You’d just need to confirm the settings and then click “go.”
Step three: Test your site’s frontend and backend functionality.
Once your site has been successfully moved to Godaddy, you’ll want to test its functionality. From a reader’s standpoint, you’re probably going to want to focus on the website itself and not the hosting service. This means checking out the site’s look and feel, as well as making sure that all the content is there and that the site is working as intended.
The backend of your site is also important to test. Since your site is now live on a different server, you need to make sure that all the settings are there and that the database is configured properly. This is vital because, without a properly configured database, your site will not function properly.
Step four: Maintain your site’s content and settings
Now that you’ve tested the site’s frontend and backend functionality, you can begin the final step: maintaining your site’s content and settings.
You need to keep your site’s content fresh and relevant to your target audience. Depending on your niche, this might mean adding new content at least once a week. And since your site’s settings and database are based on the original (now obsolete) installation, you’ll want to make sure that all these are updated as well.
To keep your site’s content up to date, you can use a content curation tool like Focus on the Future.
As for the settings for your site, you can use a tool like WP Fastest to make sure that all the settings are the same as the original site.
Then, once you’re confident that all the settings are correct, you can begin the process of officially moving your WordPress site to Godaddy.