More Than One Website Domain on a WordPress Site?
One of the most exciting things about the modern world is the freedom of choice that comes with the internet. No longer do you have to settle for one source of information, entertainment and social media; you can have multiple sources that all feed into your content-consumption habits.
You no longer have to be tied to one device or one web browser. You can log in to one website with your Google account, and from there, you can easily transition to another site that uses the [email protected] domain. (Yes, that’s a real email provider. I know you may be skeptical.)
But what happens when that website you’re on uses a different domain name from the one you’re logged in to? For instance, what happens when you’re on [my site] and click a link that takes you to [your site]? In this article, I’ll discuss domain name migration for WordPress users, which essentially means changing the domain name of a site you already have, or are about to create, on WordPress.
Why Should You Migrate Your Blog or Website To A Different Domain Name?
If you’re reading this, I assume that you’re either a) contemplating a change to your blog or website, or b) already have and are looking for ways to improve your user experience. Either way, you’re in the right place.
One of the biggest problems that I see when working with newbies who are just getting started with a blog or website is that they don’t understand the basics of SEO. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, and it’s all about placing the right keywords in the right places, so that your content shows up when a potential customer or reader searches for relevant terms.
When you put out content that is optimized for search engines, you’re telling the search engines, “Hey, this is good content. Keep returning to my site, because I’m going to keep posting relevant content like this.” Naturally, this content will display in the search results, and thus, more people will see it and hopefully click through to your site.
However, if your site is hosted on a platform like WordPress, where all the content is stored in a single location, it’s incredibly difficult to ensure that all your content is searchable. This is because all the different pages and posts on your site are stored in a single location, and while some of this content may be indexed by the search engines, the other content may not be.
In these situations, switching to a different domain name is an easy way to ensure that all your content is searchable. There are a number of tools that can be used for this purpose, such as [Seo Tools], which will allow you to easily switch your domain name to [email protected] or any other domain that you wish to use.
The Major Benefits of Domain Name Migration
So, what are the major benefits of switching your blog or website to a different domain name?
Well, for one thing, you can make your site mobile-friendly. (More on that later.)
Additionally, with a different domain name, you can point your own domain name to it. This means that, instead of going to a URL that ends in.com, you’ll be redirected to the new domain name.]]>
So, in theory, if you’re reading this article on a mobile device, you’ll be redirected to [this article] on [my site], instead of [the homepage of my site], as it would normally take a mobile device to access the latter. (Try it out! You’ll see what I mean.)
How To Migrate Your Blog or Website To A Different Domain Name
Now, let’s get into the nuts and bolts of domain migration.
The first step is to login to your WordPress dashboard and click on “Settings” in the top-right corner. You’ll then see a screen like this:
From here, you can select “General Settings” to see the various options available to you. (You can also reach this screen from your WordPress dashboard by clicking on “Settings” and then clicking on “General Settings” in the drop-down menu that appears.)
One of the options here is “Domain Mapping”. If you click on this option, you’ll be presented with a screen that looks like this:
Here, you’ll see a list of the various domains that you’ve pointed your WordPress site to. To change the domain name of your WordPress site, simply click on the domain that you wish to use, and then click on “Migrate”.
You’ll then see a screen that looks like this:
Once you’ve selected a new domain, click on “Update Settings”. At this point, you can also create a password for the new domain if you haven’t already, and confirm your email address by clicking on the “Confirm Email” button. Finally, you can click on the “Save Settings” button at the bottom to save these changes.
That’s it! You’ve now successfully changed the domain name of your WordPress site. To verify that this change took effect, visit any of the sites that you’ve previously pointed your WordPress site to, and you’ll see that all the pages and posts are now accessible via a different domain name.
More Than One Website Domain on a WordPress Site?
As I mentioned earlier, one of the biggest problems that I see when working with newbies who are just getting started with a blog or website is that they don’t understand the basics of SEO. (I’ll discuss some SEO-related terms and concepts later in this article.)
When discussing SEO with newbies who are just getting started, I normally start by explaining that there’s more than one way to gain traffic to your site, and the best approach is going to depend on your niche and your goals. (For instance, if your niche is dog food and you’re looking to grow your blog to become a brand, you’ll want to perform SEO on your blog to attract potential customers.)
But let’s say that you’re a fashion blogger and you want to grow your blog by attracting fashion-related customers. In this case, you’ll want to perform SEO on your blog to attract fashion-related customers.
As you can probably guess, this brings us to the next point: what happens when you already have a blog or website that you’ve devoted a lot of time and effort to building, and now you want to switch domains?
Will All My Work Be Lost?
The answer to this question is simply no. Before you begin the domain name migration process, make sure that you back up all of your content. From here, you can launch into the process of rebuilding your blog or website on the new domain name. (The whole process can take a couple of weeks or months, depending on how experienced a developer you’re working with and how much content you have.)
Once the process is complete, you’ll be able to log in to your WordPress dashboard to see all your new content, which will display via the new domain name. Naturally, this is an incredibly tedious process and it would be best to hire a professional web developer to do this for you. (More on that later as well.)
Is This Something That You Can Do Yourself?
Ultimately, this is something that you can do yourself. But it’s not going to be easy. If you’re looking for a simpler way to manage all your blogs and websites, consider looking into the much-simplified world of [self-hosted blogs]. (More on that in the next section.)
SEO For Dummies
As you may have guessed, SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. To really understand and be capable of performing SEO on your blog or website, you’ll need to have a working knowledge of some basic SEO concepts and terms.