How to Easily Transfer Your Site to WordPress on Godaddy CPanel Shared Hosting

When deciding to transfer a website to WordPress, one of the primary concerns is likely going to be the amount of work involved. After all, you don’t want to spend a lot of time on something that isn’t going to be worth it in the end. Luckily, the process of migrating a WordPress site is actually quite straightforward and can be done with minimal effort. In this article, we will discuss the various options available to you when it comes to transferring a WordPress site to another platform. In particular, we will focus on shared hosting with Godaddy, as this is what many people are going to experience when deciding to move their site to WordPress. So let’s get started.

The Options Available

There are basically two ways to migrate a WordPress site to another platform. The first one is to export the content in the form of a zip file and import it on the other platform. The second option is to switch control over to the other platform entirely and run the site from the ground up. While both of these options are valid approaches to moving a WordPress site, they each come with their own set of perks and quirks. Here is a brief overview of each of them.

1. The Import/Export Method

This is the simplest and most common method of migrating a WordPress site. Essentially, you are going to want to export all of the content from the current site to a zip file. Once this is complete, you can then take the extracted files and import them on to the new platform. It’s important to note that this approach is only appropriate if you are planning on keeping the same domain name. As we will discuss below, you have a few different options when it comes to domains for your WordPress site.

2. The Domain Migration Method

This is a little more involved but can also be a lot more effective if you are planning on using a new domain for your site. Essentially, with this method, you are going to want to register a new domain and point it to the existing site. Once this is complete, you can then take the opportunity to switch all of the pages over to the new domain. To make sure that this is a smooth transition for your users, it’s important to make sure that all of the links on your existing site are updated to point to the new domain. This is going to make sure that anyone who clicks on one of these links is automatically redirected to the new site. It’s a very tedious process but can be quite effective. Just keep in mind that this option does require a bit of work upfront before you can start seeing the benefits.

The Perks and Quirks Of Each Approach

Now that you have a better understanding of what each option entails, let’s discuss the various perks and quirks of each of them. First, if you decide to use the import/export method, you are going to have to make sure that you have a system in place to take care of all of the content. Essentially, you are going to want to have a process in place that can efficiently extract all of the content from your current site to a zip file and then import it on to the new platform. This is going to require some research into the available tools for the job. Fortunately, there is a wide variety of tools out there that can take care of this for you. It’s also important to note here that while this is a very simple and straight-forward option, it does require some technical expertise to get things done correctly.

2. The Simplicity Of The Export/Import Method

This is, by far, the simplest approach to migrating a WordPress site. Essentially, all you are going to want to do is export the content from your current site to a zip file and then import it on to the new platform. It’s a pretty easy process and one that most people are likely to attempt first when deciding to migrate their site to WordPress. However, keep in mind that this approach does not give you much control over the end product. Once you have all of the content in the format of a zip file, you can unzip it on to your computer and then move it over to the new platform. The good thing about this option is that it is very easy to get started with and requires minimal effort once you have all of the content in the right format. Just make sure that you are aware of the limitations before you begin.

3. The Flexibility Of The Domain Migration Method

This is a more advanced approach to migrating a WordPress site and allows you to take full control over the process. Essentially, you are going to want to register a new domain and then point it to the existing site. Once this is complete, you can then take the opportunity to import all of the content from the current site to the new domain and continue to grow and improve the site on your new platform. This is a very involved process that does require a bit of research upfront to be able to successfully complete. However, if you are looking for a flexible and robust option that can bring a lot of value to your existing site, this is the one to choose.

The Drawbacks Of Each Approach

Now that you are aware of the various perks and quirks of each approach, let’s discuss the various drawbacks that each of them entail. First, if you decide to use the import/export method, you are going to have to make sure that you have a system in place to take care of all of the content. Essentially, you are going to want to have a process in place that can efficiently extract all of the content from your current site to a zip file and then import it on to the new platform. This is going to require some research into the available tools for the job. Fortunately, there is a wide variety of tools out there that can take care of this for you. It’s also important to note here that while this is a very simple and straight-forward option, it does require some technical expertise to get things done correctly.

3. The Time And Effort It Will Take To Do The Process Properly

This is going to depend on how much time you are willing to invest into the project. Simply put, this option is more suited for people who are looking for a quick and easy way to migrate their site. It’s important to note here that while this is a quick and easy option, it can still require a fairly large amount of work to get things done correctly. Just keep in mind that this is something that you are going to have to do from scratch on the new platform. In other words, you are not going to be able to use the existing site as a guide to build out the new one. You are going to have to start from scratch and ensure that all of the content is in the right place and formatted correctly on the new platform. This is going to require a lot of research and testing to ensure that it goes smoothly when you launch the new site. It’s also going to require a fairly large amount of work to ensure all of the links are working correctly and that the import/export process is done correctly. So in summary, while this is a quick and easy option to get started with, it is still a fairly large undertaking and not one that is suitable for just anyone.

4. The Need For Multiple Devices To Manage The Process

If you decide to go down this route, you are going to have to make sure that you have multiple devices and working connections in order to be able to do the process. Essentially, you are going to want to have a PC connected to the internet and running a tool like WinZip to perform the export. You are then going to want to log into your phone or tablet and run a similar tool in order to perform the import. So make sure that you have all of the devices in your vicinity in order to be able to perform the process successfully. Otherwise, you are going to be forced to stop and start over again when using a single device. Just keep in mind that this option is more suited to people who already have a working knowledge of computers and the like. Otherwise, it is going to be very difficult for anyone to manage the process successfully without spending a lot of time educating themselves on how things work.