I was chatting recently with a photographer named Jason. He already had a WordPress website, but unfortunately he’d been talked into going with cheap web hosting through his domain registrar. Things weren’t going well and Jason was frustrated with a few aspects of his discount web host:
- his site was frequently sluggish
- his site was occasionally down for several minutes
- the hosting company didn’t provide any sort of backup services
- the support folks at his web host were unhelpful and all he got were canned scripted responses
It was pretty obviousl that Jason needed a better web hosting company for his WordPress website, but he was scared of the migration process… he wasn’t sure of the steps to move between web hosts. Would his site be down for a while? How would he know when the new site was fully working? Could he make sure that the new site worked before “turning off” the old one?
WordPress Migration Checklist
The WP Engine folks have created an easy-to-understand checklist that walks you through migration of your site to their managed WordPress web hosting service. It includes six high-level steps for migration, with detailed tasks in each of those steps, and the tasks are presented customized for your new WP Engine account.
- It doesn’t just tell you to log in with your SFTP account, it explains exactly how to do that using your credentials.
- There are plenty of written and video articles explaining the various steps fo thte process.
- It’s a checklist, explaining what to do, and in what order. You don’t have to worry about missing a step or doing something out of place.
- It will tell you when your DNS has migrated successfully, which is often the last, wishy-washy step that makes folks nervous.
Having migrated several websites between web hosting companies purely on my own, I wish that the WP Engine migration checklist had existed when I did it… it would’ve saved me some time and more importantly it would’ve saved me some mental anguish as I wondered if I was doing it correctly.