Written by Editorial Team on January 31, 2020

WordPress Migration Checklist [Free Download]: Step By Step Guide Migrating A WordPress Website

What is a WordPress migration checklist?
What is a WordPress migration checklist?

One of the common questions we received at WP Maven is "How do you migrate so many WordPress sites under 24 hours or less?" The answer is because we use a simple but highly effective WordPress migration checklist. No matter the size of the website, having a migration checklist helps to speed up the entire migration process because it avoids mistakes, overlooks and of course, it is easy to follow even for our latest team members.

Not sure what a WordPress migration checklist looks like?

Lucky for you as we are sharing our exact WordPress migration checklist—WP Maven style.

But before that, let's understand about website migration (takes less than 30 seconds).

What is website migration?

A site migration is a term broadly used by WordPress professionals to describe any event whereby a website undergoes substantial changes in areas that can significantly affect the overall usability — typically changes to the site's hosting servers, hosting location, and platform.

A website migration often occurs when the website owner decides to migrate the WordPress site to a new web hosting.

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WordPress Migration Checklist
WordPress Migration Checklist by WP Maven

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WordPress Migration Tips

No matter how big or small the WordPress site is, we always use our WordPress migration checklist to ensure nothing is left out during the migration process. Here are quick breakdowns of the 8 steps to WordPress migration.

  • Expectations. The first thing is to reach out to the client and thank them for their trust. Next, work on the expectations such as the completion date and access(s) you need.
  • Backup. A full website backup is required before migrating to a new WordPress host. Don't ever forget this!
  • Plugins. While this is highly optional, we disable all WordPress plugins prior to the migration. However, disable cache plugin is always a prerequisite.
  • Migration. If done correctly, migrating a WordPress site wouldn't take long ... approximately 3 hours or so with the right migration tools. It also depends on the size of the website you are migrating.
  • Verification. Verify the new site on your local machine to ensure everything is working correctly. Focus on the layout and the designs on various screen sizes.
  • Confirmation. Show the client the new website and assist them to view it on through IP (as the website had not bee migrated completely).
  • Propagation. Once the nameservers had been updated, you need to wait anywhere from a few minutes to over 48 hours for the IP propagation to take place.
  • After-sales support. But not least, the after-sales support is crucial for WP Maven. You'll be surprised that a single "Hello" could lead to the growth of repeat clients.

Most companies would only work with either 5 to 6 steps in their migration process. For us, we had 8 strategic and well-thought steps. We even have nameserver change feature and after-sales support because we realize that with both of these, we are able to increase our overall lifetime value of a client by at least 300%!

Summary: Speed Up WordPress Migration With A Checklist

Having a checklist for WordPress migration goes a long, long way. Our team loves using the WordPress migration checklist because they can easily counter-check their work (to ensure nothing is left out) and it is standardized across every migration service we do.

We hope you like this article and do tell us more about what you think in the comments below.

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