How to Replace a New Website with a WordPress Version
For a website that is supposed to be ‘newsworthy’, there is always a chance that it could turn out to be a complete disaster. There are many cases where a website is launched and it turns out to be a complete failure, due to bad execution or even major content or design flaws. These types of websites are usually quickly taken down and then replaced with a ‘better’ version.
But sometimes, even if a website is completely functional and has everything going for it, it just doesn’t feel ‘right’ anymore. Maybe the design is outdated, the content is irrelevant, or even worse, it is filled with ads. In these cases, replacing the whole thing can be the answer. But before doing so, you have to ask yourself some tough questions.
Is This The Final Version?
If you’ve been around the block a few times, you’ll know that once you’ve launched a website and it starts generating some revenue, you’ll be forced to make some significant changes to adapt to evolving technologies or to stay ahead of the competition. This can put a strain on your relationship with your web designer (if you have one) and lead to a complete overhaul if things aren’t done right.
Unless your site is absolutely perfect and you’ve been able to avoid any major changes, there will always be a chance that it can be improved upon. Once you’ve decided that it is indeed ‘time to migrate’ or ‘time to rotate’ your web content, it’s smooth sailing from there.
Where Do I Start?
If you’re reading this, I assume that you already have a fairly good idea of what kind of website you want to replace. If not, then maybe it’s time to consider creating a new one!
If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop for all of your web design needs, then consider using a template builder such as WordPress to launch your new site. Since WordPress is open source and completely free, you’re not going to run into any major costs associated with its use.
WordPress also makes it incredibly easy to make the necessary changes to fit your specific needs. For example, if you want to replace your existing website with a corporate-looking one, you just need to adjust a few settings and voila, instant business card-style website!
There are several other reasons why you might want to switch your website to WordPress. If you’re new to the whole blogging thing, then starting with a simple blog platform like WordPress can help you get your feet wet with minimal effort. Plus, it is widely accepted that WordPress is the world’s most popular blogging platform, so you’re bound to find many people who can help you get started. With so much support, it’s hard not to succeed!
Migration Made Easy
While migrating your website to WordPress is usually not that difficult, it does require a bit of planning to ensure things go smoothly. When it comes to migrating a website, the cardinal rule is: don’t do it overnight. Why?
If you do it overnight, you’re going to have a really bad night. Chances are, your website is going to suffer from some downtime at least, if not complete crashes. This is mostly due to the fact that you’re just replacing one set of code with another, and there are simply too many moving parts involved (servers, databases, etc.).
To minimize this risk, you should start small and slowly work your way up. If you’re able to, perform a dry run of the migration. This means that you’re basically copying all of the content from one site to another, while changing as little as possible. Ideally, you want to perform this migration during off hours, when you don’t have to rely on the live server for functionality. Of course, you’ll need to be sure that this is something that you can do without risking any downtime for your existing site. If not, then you’re better off waiting until the next day.
Once you’ve determined that this is something that you can do without jeopardizing the functionality of your existing website, you can begin the actual migration process. To do this, you’ll need to determine the differences between the two versions of your website (old and new) and identify the elements that you can keep and the elements that you have to discard. Afterward, you can move forward with a clean slate, knowing that you’ve done everything you can to minimize any inconveniences caused by the migration.
WordPress gives you total control over the design and functionality of your website, which is something that you don’t always get with a pre-made template. Since it is open source, you can also modify it to fit your specific needs. This makes it incredibly easy for anyone to contribute to its development, should you decide that this is something that you want to do.
And finally, if you’re worried about security, you can rest assured that WordPress is well-known for being extremely secure and stable. With millions of sites around the world built on it, you can be sure that it is a safe and reliable choice to launch your new website.
So whether you’re in the middle of a website redesign or you’re simply looking to switch your blog platform, you should consider using WordPress. It is fully customizable, stable, and secure and offers a lot of features that can help you build a better website.