Do These Things if You Are Moving to a New Host, or Upgrading Your WordPress Theme

Don’t try to move your website or update your theme without packing up the most essential items: Your WordPress database and all your posts and images.

Before you move your site, you must pack

It’s rare that someone chooses to move and leave all their worldly goods behind. But that’s exactly what some people do when they relocate their website to a new host or upgrade their website’s theme, or replace their existing static html site with a dynamic CMS based website.

There are two essential steps to prepare to move your site or change your hosting: back up and the creation of an inventory of all pages by creating a sitemap.

If you are going to undertake a hosting change you or your web developer must do these things in order to have an easy move.

Back up your site

By not backing up or copying your site’s content you risk losing it all in the transfer. Before doing anything, back up both your theme and your MySQL database if you have a content managed website.

You can use Filezilla to make copies of all your website directories and files, saving them to your hard drive. Or if you have a WordPress site, can use WordPress’ export tool to allow you to export all your data neatly.

Create a sitemap

Next, build a sitemap of your existing site capturing all URLs and relationships of pages to each other.

You can use Google’s Webmaster Tools to create a sitemap, or if you have a WordPress self-hosted site you can install the most popular WordPress plugin, Google XML Sitemaps. But what if your site is not a WordPress site? How do you create a sitemap? Either with Google’s Webmaster Tools or with an online tool such as XML Sitemaps.

After you move your site, you should create 301 redirects which will prevent the loss of your SERP (search engine results pages) referrals. When you setup your new site, especially if you are not maintaining an exact copy of your previous site’s structure, need to set up redirects for every page which previously existed and which no longer exists in your new site.

As with preparation for any trip, your digital data needs good planning. And tidy packing. Happy Travels!

Photo By: Drew Coffman

WordPress Security Imperative

Hackers are after your WordPress self-hosted blog.

WordPress security must be scheduled

WordPress security must be top-most on your planning and regular maintenance. Ever wonder why keeping your WordPress based website version and your plugins updated is imperative? There are hackers out there who have more time on their hands than anything else. Merry pranksters, they want to see what they can do. Don’t allow your WordPress website to fall victim to them.

If you aren’t comfortable performing the updates, then get an experienced WordPress web developer to keep it updated for you.

ProBlogger provides a detailed explanation.

Update, update, update
Update WordPress. Update your plugins. Update your theme. Try to install these updates immediately after the alert apepars in your Dashboard. Here’s why.

Fixes to new bugs and security holes are always a big part of every update. The minute an update gets released, all the changes are announced in the official doc that goes along with the update. If a hacker wants to attack a site that hasn’t been updated yet, they just have to take a look at the document, do a little research and tackle the holes that the new version fixes.

Read the entire post at Secure Your WordPress Blog Without Touching Any Code : @ProBlogger.

Charleston PR & Design, LLC hosts WordPress websites and provides monthly software updates for all our clients. Our daily backups insure every hosted site can be restored. And if any breaking change breaks your site’s theme or functionality, we repair the break. That’s the type of insurance that you can’t do without.