Like a child that eventually matures and begins to toy with the idea of leaving home, there will come a time in the life of your blogging efforts when you will need to brand properly.
You need to understand that you are a business, regardless of what kind of platform you are trying to push.
Whether it is a Food Blog, a Music Platform or just a Gossip Forum.
Every effort reaches a point where it begins to garner an impressive following and in turn the eyes of the business world.
Whether it is to advertise on your platform or embark on a partnership with you, the fact remains that you will get the attention of the corporate world and hence need to prepare for that outcome.
Design a logo,
Pick a colour scheme.
Find a mission statement.
Register your business name.
Buy a domain name.
Move WordPress blog to that domain name to maintain the authenticity of your brand.
What that means is that before now your blog url was:
Now that things are getting serious, you need to get a domain name and change it to:
Why? Because it shows everyone how serious you are about this blogging thing.
The purpose of this article is to show you how to get this done in a few easy steps.
Here they are:
Step 1 – Verify that your current site is working
Step 2 – Download the files of your website
Step 3 – Export your database
Step 4 – Upload files to your new domain
Step 5 – Import your database
Step 6 – Update siteurl and home
Step 7 – Update connection details in wp-config
Step 8 – Check your site on your new domain
Step 9 – Fix permalinks (Optional)
Step 10 – Fix broken images (Optional)
Now, let’s take it one after the other.
STEP 1 – VERIFY THAT YOUR CURRENT SITE IS WORKING
Check that everything is working properly on your current WordPress site.
STEP 2 – DOWNLOAD THE FILES OF YOUR WEBSITE
Back up your website, to include the web space files and the database by downloading the files of your website to your computer and saving a copy in a separate folder as backup.
STEP 3 – EXPORT YOUR DATABASE
Use phpMyAdmin to export your database and save a copy of the exported sql-file in a separate folder on your computer as backup.
STEP 4 – UPLOAD FILES TO YOUR NEW DOMAIN
Log in via FTP and upload the backup you created to the web space of your new domain.
If you created your backup with File Manager, make sure to unzip it before starting the upload process.
STEP 5 – IMPORT YOUR DATABASE
Now go ahead and import the backup of your database to phpMyAdmin.
STEP 6 – UPDATE SITEURL AND HOME
As soon as you are done importing the database, locate a table called wp_options in the menu to the left.
The plan is to change the location of your site in the database.
So from wp_options, locate siteurl and home. They are usually at the top of the table on line 1 and 2.
To change the siteurl, click the field under option_value and replace the old domain with your new domain name, then press enter to save.
It’s the same process for home.
STEP 7 – UPDATE CONNECTION DETAILS IN WP-CONFIG
You now need to replace the login details from your old domain, with those of your new domain in WordPress.
STEP 8 – CHECK YOUR SITE ON YOUR NEW DOMAIN
Next step is to take your old site offline.
This is to ensure that it doesn’t interfere with your newly published site.
To do this you need to move the files to a different folder.
Now, open your new domain in your browser and see how it looks.
Check all aspects of the site to see if it is working as intended.
Working well? If it isn’t quite there yet, maybe you need to do some manual fixes.
STEP 9 – FIX PERMALINKS (OPTIONAL)
If you experience that you get a 404 error when you try to open links on your site, the Permalinks are broken. Luckily it is very easy to fix this.
Are you getting a 404 message when you try to open links? If yes, then the permalinks are probably broken. Here’s how to fix it:
Log in to your WordPress dashboard.
Click Settings and then Permalinks
Scroll down and click Save Changes.
STEP 10 – FIX BROKEN IMAGES (OPTIONAL)
And finally, if your images are not showing correctly, it probably means that the links are still being referred to the old domain.
You can fix this error by manually reinserting the images to get it working properly again.
A few easy steps on how to move or migrate WordPress into another domain.
Now you are really ready to take on the world.
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