How does my site’s content get migrated to WordPress?
Depending on your current CMS, there are a range of automated options for more common CMSs like Drupal, Joomla, Magento, etc. A third-party app can migrate over your text and images, categories, tags and even users.
For more niche CMSs or bespoke sites, we can also try to scape your current site and migrate to WordPress, but this is general only for the text and image content.
Can I retain my current URL structure for SEO?
We always try and maintain this to ensure you don’t see a drop in rankings. As WordPress has a very flexible permalink structure, and by using custom-post-types with their bespoke URL structures, we can generally keep everything the same as it currently is to avoid too many 301 redirects.
Will a migration to WordPress affect my current SEO?
WordPress is famous for easy on-page and technical SEO, so your new site will be better than your previous one in terms of how it’s built and its speed.
When pushing any new site live, even with the same content, there can be a period of fluctuation in the SERPs as Google (et al) spiders you new site for the first time, but this settles down and you should see a boost across your placements.
How long does it take to migrate a site to WordPress?
This depends entirely on the size of the current site and how much of the content can be automatically migrated.
Some clients ask us to rebuild the old site to the same design, while others go for a full redesign as part of the process, so this can add a few weeks to the project.
Anywhere from 8-20 weeks is a timeframe for site migrations, but they can be accomplished quicker if everything is lined up.
Will the new WordPress site mirror the current site’s functionality?
WordPress has more plugins than any other CMS, so if you use a plugin on your current site, WordPress will have the equivalent. Customisation is also far easier on WP than on other CMSs, so if some bespoke WordPress work is required, we can sort that, too.
Will there be any site downtime?
This will be kept to a minimum and is only a consideration when we finally switch the sites. We develop all-new WP sites on secure servers, so your live site will not be affected during the build process. When ready, we pick up and move WP to your hosting or repoint your DNS to ours. There can often be a little wait for the DNS to resolve and the SSL certificates (included in our hosting) to become active.
Does WordPress have a steep learning curve compared to my current CMS?
You will find WordPress easier to use if you have used any other CMS. This is partly down to WordPress itself, how well-built the CMS is, and how we build bespoke WordPress sites. There’s no messing about with HTML, CSS or anything like that, so you can concentrate on publishing great content.
Does WordPress have any hidden costs to consider?
To get the best out of WordPress, we suggest some premium plugins for the sites we build. The main one is the fantastic ACF plugin, which we use for building bespoke blocks, and there are a few others, such as Gravity Forms and 301 Redirects Pro. We include these in our builds, and if you elect to host with Toast or go on a support retainer, you can use these free of charge as we pay for the developer-level licenses.
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