Are you thinking of moving your WordPress site to a new domain? If yes, you need to make sure that you have a backup ready for all situations.
Each website has a number of files that store all the data present on the website. The older and bigger the website, the more data will there be. All of this data is stored in form of files in the host server. These files consist data that have been compiled over a period of data and is extremely crucial.
Moving your website to a new domain means that you also have to move all your files onto the new hosting server. This can be a little technical and might require you to hire a developer that is well-versed in the job. However, if you decide to do everything yourself, you need to prepare for everything, starting with copying and backing up your files.
You can do this via the help of a WordPress plugin or by manually downloading all the files from the host server. All the files on the server are crucial and help maintain different aspects of the website. The files are basically categorized into two different categories, which are as follows:
The database consist of all your important data, such as posts, pages etc. Databases are made up of tables, and there are different tables for comments, posts etc. The more data you have on your website, the bigger will the databases and tables be.
The Static Files
These are the files that are responsible for maintaining the look and layout of your site. These consist of the basic WordPress configuration files, CSS files and theme files.
If you wish to opt for the exact same look and data while moving your site to the new domain, you need to copy both types of files and upload them on the new server. However, if you only wish to keep the data but change the look of your site, you can only copy the database and not the static files. On the other hand, if you wish to copy the exact look over but want to start fresh, you can copy the static files and leave the databases.
Why having a copy is crucial?
Having a copy of your site files is crucial mainly due to two reasons, which are as follows:
- They are literally needed at one point when you have to upload your original website to the server. As you are moving your website and not creating a new one, you will need to download and upload your website files.
- It is very easy to mess up the moving process, especially if you are not very well-versed with the process. A backup ensures that none of your data is lost and you can keep going to your original site just in case something goes wrong.
With several plugins available and guides available on how to move WordPress site to new domain, moving your website can go smoothly with a little research and backups.