Managed UK Website Migrations
Are you struggling with an unreliable, outdated, or sluggish web server for your WordPress website, or has your site outgrown its current server specifications?
Regardless of the reason, migrating your WordPress site to a new server can seem daunting, a task many companies tend to avoid.
However, it doesn’t have to be that way. With proper planning, we can minimise downtime by transferring the site outside your core business hours and guarantee no data loss
Your existing website will remain fully operational throughout the migration. We’ll modify the DNS settings only after verifying that everything on the new server is functioning correctly.
WordPress migration made easy!
Our website migration service is expertly designed to clone and move your entire WordPress website to your new hosting account seamlessly.
If you’re migrating to our dedicated WordPress hosting environment, our migration services can significantly enhance your site’s performance, capabilities, and loading speed.
Moreover, your newly migrated site will be configured with a free, 1-click staging domain, facilitating quick development in the future. Additionally, we can usually transfer all your email accounts simultaneously with the website transfer.
Here’s how we approach the migration process:
Engage in a detailed discussion about the challenges you face with your current WordPress website and hosting. We’ll delve into your specific needs and expectations for the new website host. This conversation is crucial to understand your requirements and tailor the migration process to suit your goals.
After gathering all essential information, we craft a comprehensive migration plan. This plan takes into account your website’s content, features, and functionalities, alongside an ideal timeframe. Our focus is on creating a strategic approach that ensures a smooth transition with minimal disruption to your operations.
Initiate the migration by backing up all your data and media content. We commence the migration process at the scheduled time, carefully monitoring each step. Your site remains fully operational during this phase. For clients shifting to our WordPress platform, we also transfer all email accounts to ensure a complete migration.
Upon completing the migration, we conduct extensive testing to guarantee your new website functions flawlessly. Satisfied with the performance, we then update the DNS settings at your domain host to the new website location. We closely monitor these changes to ensure a seamless transition for your visitors, eliminating any downtime.
When we confirm that all site traffic is directed to the new location, we advise you to cancel your previous hosting service. This step is taken after ensuring a successful transfer. For those also moving their domain, we prioritize its transfer before advising on the termination of old hosting services.
Our service extends beyond project delivery. We’re committed to helping you maintain your website with monthly ongoing care and maintenance services. Our support ensures your website runs smoothly, allowing you to concentrate on other crucial business activities without worrying about website issues.
WordPress & WooCommerce website migration faq’s
Absolutely! We will clone and move your original site’s complete database and media files. Your original site remains intact and in place.
We will notify you only after the new site is running correctly and ask you to cancel your old hosting account.
The time required for the transfer depends on several factors, including the size of your site and the speed of your current hosting server. Backing up and physically moving your media files can take some time on larger sites. On average, it takes much less than 30 minutes to transfer 1GB of data physically. However, configuration and DNS propagation to update the IP address of the new server may take longer and can, in extreme cases, take up to 48 hours. Thankfully it is normally done within a few hours.
All WordPress core files, plugin files, theme files, media files, and database files will be transferred.
We can fix your broken site, but not as part of the migration service. Please see our maintenance services for more information.
Yes, we can transfer your domain after the site migration to avoid interference. We will need access to your current registrar login details to set up the transfer to our registrar. Contact us for more information.
DNS stands for Domain Name System. It translates human-readable domain names into numerical IP addresses that computers can understand and use to communicate with each other.
If you don’t update the DNS records after transferring the website, visitors will continue to be directed to the old hosting provider’s servers. Once we update your DNS records, the information will propagate around the internet automatically. However, this may take up to 48 hours.
Migrating to our hosting platform offers several benefits:
- Enhanced site performance and speed with optimised hosting.
- Advanced security features for robust protection.
- Free 1-click staging domain for easy future development.
- Comprehensive email migration alongside your website.
- Personalised post-migration support and maintenance services.
- Minimised downtime and careful DNS setting adjustments post-testing.
Yes, we can configure all the settings for you, including updating the TTL settings in advance to help speed up DNS propagation.
We will migrate your website outside of your agreed core hours and put WooCommerce into maintenance mode during the migration process to avoid losing orders placed on the old site. A message on the homepage informing your customers of an upcoming maintenance window is the best way to let them know.
No, there is no limit to the size of your site, however once you get towards 200Gb then things can become more challenging, purely because of the ammount of data to process.
The larger the site, the longer it will take to migrate.
No, we can migrate your site to any host that supports WordPress.
However, using Computancy as your WordPress hosting provider has several benefits, including a fast dedicated WordPress hosting platform with daily backups to ensure your site and emails are always secure.
Migrating your site will not directly improve its SEO. However, moving to a faster host, such as our dedicated WordPress hosting platform, can help improve your site’s speed, which is a crucial ranking metric for Google. Your site’s current SEO metas will be migrated intact, so they will remain the same.
Yes, all your site’s data, including its content, is cloned and migrated. However, there may be corrupted files on your current site that won’t transfer, in which case we will inform you of these failures.
Yes – and this is one of our most popular services.
Not all businesses have the time to update their website and for that reason we offer website care and maintenance packages that includes security measures and hosting if required, so everything is all in one place.
For WooCommerce sites, we ensure a seamless migration with these steps:
- Assessing WooCommerce setup for custom configurations.
- Cloning and transferring all data, including products and customer information.
- Thorough testing in a staging environment to ensure full functionality.
- Scheduling migration during off-peak hours to minimise sales disruption.
- Providing post-migration support for any queries or issues.
Post-migration, we enhance your WooCommerce site’s performance with:
- Optimised hosting for improved loading times and responsiveness.
- Robust security measures specific to WooCommerce.
- Performance tuning for database, image optimization, and caching.
- Scalability solutions to handle increased traffic and transactions.
- Regular updates and maintenance for WooCommerce plugins and themes.