There can be many reasons for moving a WordPress site to another domain . For example, the registered URL has been used before or search engines did not like it. But a simple transfer from one directory to another can harm the site - the layout will be broken, pictures will disappear, etc. To understand how to transfer a site created on WordPress to another domain with maximum security for it, read and follow our step-by-step guide.
Step-by-step transfer instructions
Importantly! A database dump is used to back up a database so that if it is lost, all its contents can be recovered. Therefore, copying and transferring the database dump is mandatory!
Tick all the items where you need to replace the links, except for the UpDate ALL Guides item. Next, click on Update URLs NOW and wait for the plug-in to finish downloading. This plugin will migrate all links.
Check for broken links
To ensure that there are no broken links on your new site, it is necessary to check each page using the W3C Link Checker. If a broken, non-working link is found, use a 301 redirect that will help the user find the page he needs. The same happens if the beaten link comes from your site. If there is no place to redirect a broken link, it is better to completely remove it from the page.
Checking plugins and settings
WordPress can reset the initial settings when things are switched or changed. Therefore, after the transfer, be sure to check whether the plugins are working and whether the correct settings have been saved.
Checking the correctness of the website
The transfer of the site to a new domain is complete, but it is necessary to check in detail whether the site is working correctly. Download the new site, see if the design looks right, if the pictures, layout, content are in place. If everything looks as it should, then the migration to the new domain was done correctly.
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