Moving a wordpress blog is not an easy decision to make, particularly if the blog is getting traffic and making sales. But sometimes, circumstances dictate that this is exactly what you need to do, so how to move a wordpress blog?
For some of us, this may afford the opportunity to change the blog URL and title. The blog title may have seemed like a good idea when you first set up the blog. Perhaps you came up with the name without doing some keyword research? Perhaps the blog title, categories etc are not properly optimized for the Search Engines, so you are not getting the traffic you thought you would?
And how do you go about moving the blog and its content to the new site? How do you do it without losing the traffic you have already established? What do you do to get the new site indexed on Google? How do you increase the potential to get traffic?
Here I explain not only how to move a WordPress Blog, but also how to set one up that will get Search Engine Traffic.
Important: DO NOT DELETE YOUR OLD BLOG – EVEN IF IT IS BACKED UP. You need to leave the old blog where it is for the time being, assuming that the hosting platform is not instantly closing down.
1: Keyword Research
Even if you are getting good traffic, I would still recommend that you do some keyword research. The steps on how to do this can be found at Research Keywords.
Then once you are satisfied that either you still have the best URL and Blog Title or you need to make a change, you can start the process of moving the Blog.
2: Reserve your URL on your new Blogging Platform
We are assuming that you will be moving your WordPress Blog to a new WordPress platform, such as SquidLog.
(See this link for how to move a WordPress Blog to Blogger.)
3: Back up your current WordPress Blog
Go to your Dashboard on the current blog
Go to Tools
Make sure that all options will save all information (all options should start with “All”) and click the Download Export File button
In the Save Window that will open, ensure you click the Save File button and save to a folder on your Hard Drive – I have a Blog Backup Folder
The content on your Blog is backed up
4: Set up your new blog
One of the downsides to moving a blog on a WordPress Multi User Platform that you do not own is that if you move, then you have to start the blog up from scratch as far as themes as Plug-ins are concerned.
Your Export function will only save Posts, Categories, Tags, Users and Comments – it will NOT save the set up.
However, what I tend to do when I set up a new blog is open two Browser tabs. In one I have the Dashboard open from the old blog and in the other I have the Dashboard to the new blog. I then copy the setup on the new blog, while referring to the old blog to keep me on track
5: Set up the Authors’ User Accounts
This ensures that when their posts are transferred from the old blog to the new blog, they can be correctly attributed
6: Go to the Plugins section on the Dashboard of your new Blog
Activate the WordPress Importer – without this you will not be able to import your content from your Backup File on your Hard Drive
7. Go to the Tools section of your Dashboard
Click on Import
You may get a list of different types of Import files, or you may only get the WordPress Option, depending on how the Admins on the new blog has set it up
Click on the WordPress Option
In the window that says “Choose a file from your Computer”, click on the Browse button
Select from your Hard Drive, the path of the file that you saved
Click on “Upload File and Import”
You will have options to Import the posts by Authors on the backed up blog and map them to authors on the new blog – ensure that posts will be attributed you to the authors you want.
Click on the tick box next to Download and Import File Attachments – this will ensure that all pictures attached to posts on the old blog will be downloaded to the new blog and attached to the related posts.
All posts, pictures, categories, tags and users will be imported to the new blog
Important: Most pictures will be linked to the relevant files in the Library of the new blog. However, you will need to check because sometimes this does not always happen.
Where you have pictures in posts, you need to check via the Edit Post function that the img src attribute does not link to picture files on the old blog and make changes where necessary.
Your new Blog is now set up, but how do you make sure that traffic is redirected?
Redirecting traffic to the new Blog will be covered in Moving a WordPress Blog: Part 2 Redirecting Traffic
Image credit: Carl Wycoff