Move Your Blog
I know, there are lots of mind-bending-feel-like-your-brain-is-about-to-explode-trying-to-figure-this-stuff-out posts in Google’s search results about how to move you blog.
I also know there are several scary stories out there from bloggers who tried to do it themselves just to have lost something crucial – subscribers, pictures, comments, months of posts – in the end.
Moving your blog – properly – is not easy and is time consuming.
It requires planning, the equipment to back up files and experience with working with databases, different hosts, php, and an understanding of php coding.
Add a domain name change into the mix and boy it can become a headache.
For those who’s top priority is blogging, I’d like to offer you my services.
As a WordPress Blog Designing Search Engine Marketer, I’ve moved blogs from
- Blogger to WordPress
- WordPress.com to WordPress
- LiveJournal to WordPress
- Old domain to New domain
- Old host to New host
This is a service I usually offer clients’ whose site’s I’m designing but I recently realized a need for just the Move service.
Here’s what you can expect from a fellow blogger who understands the importance of moving your blog with every single period intact, but also building it on a strong search engine optimized foundation.
The Basic Services
- posts, pages and comments backup to my test site
- point custom domain to new self hosting
- install wordpress
- import content and media
- fix internal broken links
- redirect rss feed
- install and configure necessary plugins for optimal search engine indexing
- create files needed for optimal search engine indexing and upload to server
- upload webmaster tools verification
- submit site to Google for Indexing
- redirection of old site to new site
Some blogs also require these free add-ons based on your existing blogging platform:
- redirection from free blogging platform
- download of blog media to my local server and manual upload to new hosting
- htaccess configuration
- database configuration
- database back up
- database optimization
For blogs with less than 500 posts and less than one Gigabyte of Media, these services are available for $175 and have an average turn around time of two days from time of scheduled booking with an hour to 6 hours of downtime at the most – except in situations where the www is taking longer to propagate.
Blogs with over 500 posts or over 1 GB of media require a quote based on stats.
Payments are made through paypal, in full, at time of booking. Purchase includes 30 days of support.
If you have less than 500 posts and less than 64MB of media, you can purchase now for $175 and I’ll email you to schedule once your payment is processed.Pricing includes moving up to 7 widgets and if your blog already exists on the WordPress Platform and the Cpanel is accessible via FTP (feel free to ask me about this) then I can move your design and plugins too!
Here are 2 recent testimonials and a link to my testimonials page.
“I contacted Vanita when I was looking for someone to help me transfer my old blog to a new domain name. From the first email correspondence, she was friendly, responsive, and helpful. Her rates are reasonable and her service is exemplary. She was available throughout the entire process, constantly explaining what was happening in easy-to-understand terms. She handled all of the unexpected glitches that popped up with ease. I was blown away by her level of service, knowledge, and personal communication. I will definitely look to Vanita as additional website needs arise. She is THE BEST!”
“if you want to do it yourself, you can. There is enough information and you just need brass balls. Which I don’t possess. So I called in a tech whiz – Vanita Cyril. People, she is FABULOUS. A work-at-home mom of FOUR, Vanita is friendly, professional and so very patient with my many questions. Vanita moved my posts, pictures and comments, fixed all the broken links and did the site redirect (i.e. if you type in my old URL, you’ll land on this site) within days. I cannot say enough how awesome she is and highly recommend her services to anyone who needs help with moving domains, or just any WordPress stuff.” – Alison Lee of Writing,Wishing (formerly Mama Wants This) excerpt from her awesome post on changing domain names