WordPress is possibly the most popular web platform of the recent times. New websites and existing websites prefer to avail of WordPress as their CMS system. There are too many steps involved behind migration of an existing website to WordPress. But the steps are easy and follow few detailed paths.
As you approach following the well directed instructions you will, be able to decide on what to include and which steps to exclude. You will be able to solve problems by getting a brief idea about the challenges you face in your way. It is an extremely easy way to migrate websites into WordPress.
However, it is needless to say that basic knowledge in WordPress is important to solve challenges faced while the migration is being performed.
Assess the basic steps like evaluating a website, identifying content in the form of images, text, resource pages and galleries. After careful assessment, setting up of WordPress and getting ready for the import is important.
Organize all content and perform a manual entry or perform a custom importing process. Next step will be to integrate your present design into WordPress design. Any custom WordPress theme can be selected for design integration. The website needs to be reviewed and adjustments made before setting up an ‘URL direct’ to make it live-ready.
All functionalities must be clearly checked to avoid later conflicts. Content is important and must be organized and categorized. Administrative tools must be checked thoroughly to reduce errors and CMS functionality conflicts.
Setting Up WordPress and Making Adjustments
Once your WordPress is installed with your current host few adjustments need to be made including WordPress plugins and settings to make your website ready for migration. Choose Settings option and select Permalink to incorporate changes. Create admin account and update users. Plugins can be installed in the intial stages depending on the requirements.
There are several categories of plugins. Depending on the website/project requirement plugins might have to be pre-installed. In order to manage Form it needs to be migrated first. Applying a forms plugin is easier to follow and integrate. If an old website contains custom meta descriptions, providing them with WordPress SEO will be important.
SEO management is significant in the recent times and WordPress plugins are developed keeping this in mind. Another thing why one should rejoice is that it comes for free. WordPress is popular and security is an issue. But including a managed WordPress hosting provides solid security. For a non-managed host one can choose a security plugin like Wordfence or Better WP Security which come for free.
WordPress also covers multiple language options. WPML charges $79 for licence but there is qTranslate which comes free. With managed hosting a website manager has nothing to worry about backups as they are included by WordPress.
There is a very high level of data protection within WordPress. If you want to manage your backups all by yourself you can choose from options such as VaultPress ($15+ per month), CodeGuard ($5+ per month), BackupBuddy ($75+ per license) and BackWPup (free).
Design and Import Content
After taking back-ups is completed content should be rolled in. Simply copy and pasting content will do. Importing tool can also be used. Soon after performing this task, design needs to be brought in.
If you want a makeover for your website then installing WordPress themes in the best option. There are various themes available within WordPress as well as in third party resources such as CreativeMarket and ThemeForest. There are default themes and custom themes to choose from.
For an old website to run properly it is important to retain the styles. Source codes are available with .css extensions which simply need to be copied and pasted into style.css. Replacing the theme with your own style and putting in the styles of the old website will let you achieve your styles sheet. References to images must be updated. All references muts be updated in respective templates and style sheets.
For Header, Meta Tags, body_class, WordPress menus and Scripts to run properly one must take extreme care in tracking, replicating the old codes and replacing static menu with WordPress menu. Merging must be done properly for action scripts to run in the right direction.
It is important to improve codes while performing migration. Incorporating proper tags and custom functions will create appropriate classes. WordPress Codex must be referred to run the pages properly. Look for simple ways to achieve migration without too many hindrances.
Page templates are easy to set. Available WordPress codes will help in setting up proper page templates and organizing content even in the most complex form of websites. After creating templates they must be assigned to the respective pages.
After completing everything review of a website is important. Broken links, error in call functions and buttons must be tested before migration.
There are several other areas like coming up with challenges while setting up WordPress widgets, custom post types, Breadcrumbs and Restricted Content. All of these features can be integrated through plugins. One needs to know thoroughly how permissions and content management work in WordPress in order to have a successful WordPress migration.
Redirects must be set properly to pull visitors from your old page to the latest one. In order to make your WordPress live relocate it from the development folder and switch it to the root directory. The next step would be to index the domain name from your old server towards the latest WordPress server.
WordPress migration is to encounter challenges. Keeping a tab on every single detail and following the steps will make it easier for you to migrate an old website into a new WordPress platform.
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