Common Problems That Occur During WordPress Migration

Common Problems That Occur During WordPress Migration

When you finally make your decision to move your WordPress website to a new HTTPS address provider, hosting, or a new domain name, you soon start realizing that the process is not that simple. Finding the best hosting provider that can meet your requirements and standards is the first challenge. After that, you come across the problems during WordPress migration. So here are some of the common problems that you will face while migrating from WordPress you should keep in mind.

WordPress Migration

WordPress is the most famous and prevalent CMS. But if you are determined to migrate from WordPress to a new CMS, take a look at the following possible problems that can occur during WordPress migration.

500 Internal Server Error

500 Internal Server Error

The 500 Internal Server Error is the reason for a mess for both developers and users. It occurs quite frequently so you should know how to troubleshoot it. Fortunately, the error can be resolved with various techniques.

The cause behind the error is that the new host can’t access all your files. Resolve it by finding the folder and give all the authority to your new host. This approach isn’t always the solution. In that scenario, there are other others.

You can access the .htaccess file and change the name. After that, reload it to the website. If the error still arises, you should create a new .htaccess file and after you refresh it the error should be gone.

Losing Data

Data Loss in Website Migration

During the process of migration, you can lose files. Not only it will create a new mess, but you will also lose time on getting them back and can lose money too. There will be no place for such a messy situation if you back up the files.

Your host might do backups automatically. If it doesn’t, you can use WordPress plugins WP-DB-Backup, Duplicator, and UpdraftPlus that are intended for that purpose.

Another option is a manual backup. The steps are simple:

  • Go to the home folder (located in the file manager on the host website)
  • Find the public_html file
  • Compress the public_html file to .zip
  • Transfer the compressed file to a hard drive or on the server
  • Go to phpMyAdmin and export the database

Slow Download

Slow download

The basic steps of migration are backing up the entire website. Bigger websites can lead to much slow download as you have to download everything from the old host to a folder on your computer.

In order not to save your valuable time, there are methods in which you can boost up the process. Download files straight to the new host or compress all the files in an archive and download them all together. Save yourself some time and be more efficient with these methods.


Website Downtime - WordPress Migration

Just imagine the scenario where your website traffic wants to access your site but rather than landing page, they are greeted with a 404 error. Notable downtime can be a big problem if you don’t solve it in time especially if you own an e-commerce website.

It can occur during the migration when you have transferred the files to your new host but the URLs still lead the users to the old host. Since there is nothing to see there, the screen will show an error.

The best method to migrating a website is to test it on a new host first. This will assist you to ensure that you’ll have regular uptime by using an internal address.

Broken Images

Broken Links - WordPress Migration

Another one of the most frequent issues is related to the images. The images can appear in the wrong places, not linked properly, or appear as broken files. Whatever the case is with your images, the matter is that the issue transpired during the upload.

To fix this problem you have to upload the file from the old server once to the new one once again. Re-upload should fix all the broken images. In some cases, it can appear that this doesn’t solve the problem. What you should do then is to go to your hosting server’s cPanel and replace both the old URL and new one in the SQL tab.

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