Magnifying WordPress majesty is so useless nowadays, isn’t it?
Taking more than a half of market share, it’s pretty clear that this content management system is the most-wanted website building utility. Started from a simple blogging platform, WP has blossomed into the CMS that boasts its all-inclusive opportunities for any kind of web projects.
The most interesting thing about WordPress is the wise simplicity that makes this instrument an enfant cheri.
Naturally, website migration is not an easy meat, but the granular and thought-out plan will rule everything out.
At first, we should divide Joomla to WordPress migration into 3 main strategies:
- Website Content Migration
- Extensions Data Transfer
- SEO Maintenance
Now, let’s deep into the migration stream groundly.
1. Getting Started: Hold Yourself Ready
Initially, you should proceed with a few preparatory steps. To run migration smoothly and without any sharp movements, follow this instruction:
Get Rid of Out-of-Date Content
If you run your website for a long time, more probably there are some obsolete data or irrelevant information.
In this case, you may delete it absolutely in order to save much time and effort for your future migration.
Make a Backup
One more hint of effortless Joomla to WordPress migration is the backup option. This will help you to avoid all a risk of data transfer.
Also, if you need some old page or post, you will be able to get this info from the saved copy. You may use a hard drive, DVD drive, or just use such option of your hosting provider.
2. WordPress Investigation
Now, you may finally install your new WordPress website.
Choose your hosting provider and scrutinize the every angle of WP.
It’s recommended to install the plugins that are similar to ones on your Joomla site. For instance, if you have an image gallery (like Phoca Image Gallery) at your Joomla, there’s nice analogue at WordPress – NextGen Gallery; if you use sh404SEF extension on your current site, just install the similar, for example, WordPress SEO by Yoast. The same you may do with the forum plugin.
Set up SEO URLs Structure
Before migrating from Joomla to WordPress, enable WP SEO URLs. Just go to the WP Dashboard->Settings->Permalinks->Custom Structure.
Choose New Theme
Of course, you may try to migrate your Joomla template to WordPress, but it’s less time consuming if you just choose the new one from WP theme repository or any other third party one.
3. Joomla to WordPress Content Migration
Otherwise, this method is known as manual migration – you just cut and paste all the content from Joomla to WordPress core.
4. Life After Migration: Site Recover
When the data transfer is over, the first urgent thing is to get your site visitors and SEO juice back.
Make Your Site Crawlable
First, make sure your site is crawlable by Google bots. You may do this with the help of robots.txt file that inform the spiders whether this or that page should be indexed. One more important thing is, Google bots can’t read non-text content, like images, video and audio files, so be certain that images includes “alt text attribute” and title in HTML. While video and audio should comprise a written transcript (it means – embed).
Liquidate the Broken Links
Check up whether there are the broken links (404 errors) and get rid of them immediately. It will be an effective practice for SEO as well.
Set Up Redirects
Also, the crucial issue is to refer your site users to the new web page location (together with the Google bots). The alternative way – permanent 301 URLs redirects from Joomla site to WordPress.
Do you want to read more about moving from Joomla to WordPress? Here’s a good article.
On the whole, Nelson Mandela said:
‘It always seems impossible until it’s done’.
So, now you know that it’s not so complicated to migrate your website, it’s just a little patience and insistence.
What do you think?
Do you have experience with Joomla?
Please share your experience in the comments below, thanks!