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WordPress Migration Made Simple

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CMS platform is a kind of vehicle for your website. As a starter, you might have selected the one that looked good back then, but now as you get a deeper understanding of the whole thing, you realize it is not quite what you need. This is the first sign of a looming migration. WordPress is a perfect candidate for a new CMS, but you may find yourself asking the key question now…

How to migrate existing website data to the new CMS and keep all the content?

You’re definitely not the only one willing to make the move and folks have already invented lots of ways to ease this task. If we look at the evolution of migration ways from the beginning of times perspective, here’s what we’ll get:

  • Stone Age : Copy-paste, both time consuming and tedious process.
  • Middle Ages : Custom scripting, requires programming skills to be carried out successfully.
  • XIX century: Import-export plugins, aren’t always available for certain platforms or work out not as expected.
  • Modern times: Automated online migration.

So, there’s a wide selection of means to become a WordPresser. Among them, automated migration definitely looks great specifically for a blogger. It makes switching to a new platform quite attainable and frees you from spending either days fumbling with code or great sums paying to a freelancer who does this job for you. Plus, you can focus on blogging itself instead of plunging headlong into technical stuff.

What are the Benefits of Automated Migration?

  • It allows to move all of your content: your posts, pages, images, users, comments, tags, internal links arrive to WordPress with no losses.
  • It saves your time: the process is very fast since it is automated and nobody’s actually moving data by hand (for a medium sized blog it might take up to 1 hour or less).
  • It’s easy for a non programmer- technical background or coding skills aren’t needed, basically you follow the simple Migration Wizard.
  • It’s safe- there’s no accessing your website data by the third party (which is the case when you hire a freelance programmer).
  • No software installations: the whole process is performed online
  • No downtime: your existing website is available for visitors during the migration, so you’re not losing a single drop of your traffic.

What is the Automated Migration Tool and How it Works?

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One of the tools that offer automated migration is CMS2CMS. It’s an online SaaS (software as a service) that works for different directions and platforms for website content migration. If you do decide to switch to WordPress with this tool, I will offer you a few tips on this.

This is a commercial tool, but you can see how it works for your own site at no cost using the Demo migration option. It allows to move a limited number of items (10 as for now) from your current website to a new one and get an idea what it’s going to look like. Then, if you’re happy with the result, you can proceed with migration of the whole site to WordPress. So, with this info at hand, your WordPress migration is going to be a simple and pleasant task. Get ready to join the Pressed community soon!

 

 

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10 comments on “WordPress Migration Made Simple”

  1. JustMe says:

    No need to migrate if you start with WP ;)

  2. shannon says:

    wp may help me be more competive

  3. Bilal Malik says:

    It is really awesome .. Thanks for the article ..

  4. We recently moved froms static HTML to WordPress. Its awesome. Thanks for the article
    - Stain Thomas

  5. Ahsan Raza says:

    WP looks me difficult this is why i am on blogger.

  6. Papiya says:

    WordPress Migration was not a simple work for me but after reading your article i think its really a simple work.

  7. This is great information, because we are always on the hunt for new ways to migrate websites.

    Currently we use SHH and ZIP, with a program called putty. We can transfer an entire 10,000 page eCommerce site in literally 2 seconds. Sounds great doesn’t it however, one wrong key stroke and poof – You can delete your entire server…

    Here is the blog post we wrote about it – http://ideasandpixels.com/migrating-website-files-with-ssh-and-zip

    I know this first hand because I deleted my personal website.. Ooops!

    We will be testing this out on smaller sites, but my question is this: Does it provide you with a backup before the transfer?

    Thanks for the post!

    1. Hi! You actually don’t risk losing your data with CMS2CMS, as it only copies the data from one website and ports it over to the new site, so nothing is deleted.

      However, it’s best practice to backup your website before making any changes, so it’s recommended that you back it up prior to starting the migration – it won’t hurt anyway.

      Happy migration!

      Kind regards,
      Christina Sarabun
      Marketing Manager CMS2CMS

  8. katy says:

    Very informative article. WordPress is indeed a user friendly tool .

  9. Content Hero says:

    Very good post and extremely helpful.

    I will be migrating a few of my websites soon to new domain names, so this will come in handy!

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