Steps to follow when you are migrating website from one platform to another!
Migrating website (means, your current website) from existing technology platform to another is not at all an odd job. Due to many reason, you may have to take this step.
But when the time comes, most of the people ask, “What is the proper way to migrate our website from current technology platform to another?”.
Although it may seem very common, if you know the way, but, think of those who doesn’t know it clearly, then how they will accomplish it?
Because when you are migrating your website to a whole new platform, you must have to follow a standard path/ flow.
Otherwise different types of errors / problems can come and if you are not following a standard approach then if anything wrong happen, there will be no turn around.
Let’s say you are migrating your website from Drupal to WordPress. As we know these are two different CMS from different aspect, so when you are planning to migrate, you must have to follow some standard ways. Right?
Knowing technologies & techniques are not sufficient, you have to implement those techniques in a certain way by maintaining a standard process flow.
So, today in this post I will cover those steps, that you will need to perform to make the migration process smother, faster & less troublesome.
Again I want to clear one thing that, this article is not regarding how to migrate from Drupal to WordPress, rather than it’s all about what steps you need to follow when you are migrating website (any website) from existing technology platform to another.
So what are the steps?
1. Take proper backup of your existing website
It’s the first step. So, before starting the website migration process or moving further, at first take a complete back up of your existing website.
It’s the stepping stone for entering in website migration process.
2. Create a replica of your live website in your local PC
Just keeping backup is not sufficient at all. Why?
As you are migrating website to a different technology platform, so you need to tally many things minutely. Whether any inconsistency is coming or not, all features are still functional or not in new platform etc.
The best way in this situation is, create a replica of the live site in your local machine using local server, then from that location check it thoroughly, whether all the features / functionalities are working or not?
Not just functionalities but you have to check from UI perspective too, whether all are in their proper place or not.
After getting 100% assurance, now start experimenting on this local version because your live version is safe.
3. Create a complete local setup for the new platform
The next step is, create a local setup of the new version of your site. Means in previous step we have created a local replica of the existing site, now you have create the new website locally for testing & final approval.
If it’s WordPress, then set up WordPress locally and complete the theme, plugins & other feature specific setup to make the site fully functional as per requirement.
4. Feed the local setup with exported data from existing site
Now, the new version is working on the local server. Then what to do?
Export the required data from your existing website & feed it carefully to the new site. But as I mentioned, you have to perform it very carefully.
As the technology platform has been changed and for that many things (construct & structures) has changed. So the way you did something previously, will not work in the new platform.
So, at first read, learn then import the required data in proper way. Now, you must be thinking, why the required data?
Because it’s totally on your requirement. Sometimes we may not want to import the entire site, after configuring the new site we just want the content to import.
So for this type of scenario, importing entire site’s data is completely irrelevant.
5. In the Live server create a sub directory
After completing the local setup completely & testing thoroughly, now it’s the time to move it to the live server.
But wait! Don’t rush, migrating website is not so simple to do. So, before replacing the live setup, there is one more step left.
In your live server create a sub directory, under that migrate the local setup and simultaneously check whether any inconsistencies are coming or not?
So, check all the issues thoroughly and make the local instance live in the sub directory.
6. Then migrate it finally
After checking all the steps thoroughly, now it’s the time to migrate the new site finally to the root domain.
So make a temporary maintenance page to let the users know when your site will be live again & take the necessary steps according to that towards final migration of the site.
So, this is the complete road map regarding, how to migrate a website to a different platform properly.