Migrating your Headway themed site to a new domain or folder without a migraine
I’m always making changes with my sites so its important to find ways to do that without losing important data quickly and efficiently
A few weeks ago I helped my husband with a work project. Migrating an existing website into the Headway theme. Simple right?
Of course it was simple, I’ve been using Headway for years on my own site and rave about it whenever I get the opportunity. So I decided to build it on his development server until everything was perfect.
Then we migrated it over and $$ish hit the fan! Everything was broken! All the custom styles disappeared in short it sucked. So I scoured the headway forum boards and discovered the best solution for moving the site over was via backbuddy a custom plugin that would need to be purchased.
And I hate to buy a service especially when it’s subscription based unless I really really NEED it.
So my husband found a long FREE solution and managed to get his site transferred.
Weeks later I decide I need to make some drastic changes to BizziePhotography.com. I needed site that I could update easily without have to make special edits to images to accommodate a specific size. So I decided to remove the gallery portion of the website, it was getting outdated and it just took too much time to update to different websites. I was happy with my service with bludomain I just needed a solution that I had complete control over and could easily update.
So I decided to use WordPress with the Headway theme. The first step was to redesign the blog, which I did opting for a very simple and clean design. I incorporate the “pinterest” like block Headway offers to display the images.
Then I needed to move that blog into the root direct, which I thought should be no problem. I first tried to just move the files and the database into the root directory, which of course broke Headway!
I’m still baffled as to why I can’t just move the template like I can with other themes but I’m happy I’ve found a FREE plug in that will solve all my problems.
Duplicator for WordPress… Did I mention it’s a free plugin?
Duplicator backups all files and your database with 1-click, it may take awhile but its well worth the wait. With Duplicator I was able to transfer the site with absolutely no problems at all!
So if you use the Headway theme and you feel like moving your site then check out Duplicator for WordPress and even if you don’t use Headway this seems like an easy fail proof method to transferring your WordPress blog.
You can find more information at Duplicator for WordPress