Can I also talk about SEO for a second? I almost cried after spending about 2 hours optimizing ONE blog post.
SARMLife started as a WIX blog in 2019, fueled by a passion to share my experiences. However, it has since grown into a global SEO agency with a functioning website and a Nigerian-registered digital school.
After my experience migrating from WIX to WordPress, I decided to share what I have learned in order to make the path easier for you.
So, how did I go from a WIX blog to crushing SEO goals with a WordPress website?
WHY DID I MOVE FROM WIX?
For the longest time, I thought WIX was the best blogging platform. Yes, it is among the best, and it worked for me in my early days, but as my blogging and SEO goals began to expand, WIX was no longer appropriate.
Before I continue, I’d like to give a quick definition of a BLOG & a WEBSITE.
A blog is a type of website that is frequently updated, while a website is mostly fixed once designed. Changes can be made to a website once in a while, but it’s not regularly updated as a blog would. Mind you, a website can have a blog on it; nevertheless, it is still a website even without a blog.
SARMLife started as a hobby blog, but with the SARMLife Sponsorship Program, blog & digital skills Courses, digital school, a shop, and internship opportunities in 2021, the need to switch to a website became prominent.
WHY I TRANSITIONED FROM WIX TO WORDPRESS
WordPress houses about 1.3 billion active websites, according to Netcraft’s survey. Besides that, most global sites, apart from those built from scratch, are housed on WordPress.
With a global mindset as well, I decided to join the community of WordPress users. Of course, the stats were not the only reason.
- For proper optimization of my blog through SEO. It was difficult, if not almost impossible, to do SEO on WIX.
- For a better Marketplace option. WIX had a shop option, but I needed to pay before using that option, whereas, on WordPress, I got to use WooCommerce for free.
- The email provider that WIX partnered with only let me send three emails to my subscribers per month as of 2019, but now, you can send 200 emails per month. the FREE plan.
- There weren’t so many design options. Yes, WIX is a drag-and-drop website, but options like Astra, Elementor, Blossom themes, and the likes that WordPress provides were not present.
- There were so many limitations; I can’t name them all. There were also some limitations i didn’t discover until when I needed them.
NOTE: WIX is a great platform to host your blog if you want to start a hobby blog. If you are a geek, you can code a lot of things into WIX and make it work for you. But if you want to make money through blogging without a large social media following or deep pockets for marketing, WIX isn’t for you!
OUR PROCESS: MIGRATING FROM WIX TO WORDPRESS
Migrating from WIX to WordPress wasn’t a comfortable journey, as I mentioned earlier.
The strategic planning with my team was top-notch, and I am thankful for every one of them. The web developer brought his “A-game,” too.
I remember the first/second week when he thought he was done, haha! When he showed me the website, I was irritated because it looked too masculine. I don’t blame him; he is a man, after all, and besides, I didn’t give him design specifics.
After another week of searching for the right design, we came up with a nice design and aesthetic. However, the more we grew, the more we needed change, and the website you now see has undergone several updates and readjustments.
You will agree with me that the website looks super professional, a little in-between masculinity and femininity, and above all, perfect. The weeks and months of intense work were worth it, after all.
HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR WEBSITE FROM WIX TO WORDPRESS
Here is a step-by-step guide to transitioning your website from WIX to WordPress:
1. Buy and Register a Domain Name
If you don’t already have a domain name, you will need to purchase one. A domain name is your website’s address on the internet. You can purchase a domain name from a registrar like GoDaddy or Namecheap.
Once you have purchased a domain name, you will need to register it with your WordPress host. This will make it possible for people to visit your website by typing in your domain name into their web browser.
If you have already purchased a domain name with another provider, all you need to do is to connect the existing domain.
2. Choose a WordPress Host
A WordPress host is a company that provides the servers and storage space for your WordPress website. There are many different WordPress hosts to choose from, so it is important to compare pricing and features before making a decision.
You can also consider factors such as bandwidth, storage, support, security, and so on. The factor that should matter the most is the one that will greatly influence your type of website and your blogging goals.
We use SITEGROUND, and I absolutely recommend it.
3. Install WordPress
Once you have chosen a WordPress host, you will need to install WordPress on your hosting account.
Most WordPress hosts offer one-click WordPress installation, which makes it very easy to get started. However, your installation process will depend on the host you are using.
If you are unable to install WordPress using your hosting account’s one-click installer, you can follow the manual installation instructions that your host provides.
4. Add a WordPress Theme to Your Website
A WordPress theme is a template that controls the look and feel of your website. There are thousands of free and premium WordPress themes available.
To add a WordPress theme to your website, follow these steps:
- Go to the Appearance » Themes page in your WordPress dashboard.
- Click the Add New button.
- Browse the available themes or search for a specific theme.
- Click the Install button next to the theme you want to use.
- Once the theme is installed, click the Activate button.
5. How to Choose a WordPress Theme
When it comes to choosing your WordPress theme, there are a lot of factors to consider. Not every beautiful theme might fit your brand or business image.
When choosing a WordPress theme, consider the following factors:
- Style: Choose a theme that matches your website’s overall style and branding.
- Features: Make sure the theme has the features you need, such as a contact form, e-commerce capabilities, or social media integration.
- Responsiveness: Ensure the theme is responsive, meaning it will look good on all devices, including desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
- Support: Choose a theme from a reputable developer who provides good support.
6. Import Your Blog Content from Wix to WordPress
If you have a Wix blog, you can import your blog posts to WordPress using the RSS feed method. To do this, follow these steps:
- Go to the Settings » General page in your Wix dashboard.
- Copy the RSS feed URL for your blog.
- Go to the Tools » Import page in your WordPress dashboard.
- Click the Install Now button under the RSS heading.
- Enter the RSS feed URL for your Wix blog and click the Submit button.
Your blog post will then be imported from WIX to WordPress.
If you do not know how to add an RSS feed button to your WIX site, you might need to manually copy and paste each blog post to your WordPress site.
7. Transfer Your Wix Pages to WordPress
You will need to recreate your Wix pages manually in WordPress. To do this, follow these steps:
- Open the Wix page you want to transfer to WordPress.
- Copy the content of the page.
- In your WordPress dashboard, go to Pages » Add New.
- Paste the copied content into the new page.
- Enter a title for the page and adjust the content format and styles.
- Preview the page and make any other necessary adjustments
- Click the Publish button to make the page live on your WordPress site.
8. Redirect Wix to Your New WordPress Site
Once you have transferred all of your content to WordPress, you will need to redirect your Wix site to your new WordPress site.
To redirect, follow these steps:
- Log in to your Wix dashboard.
- Go to the Settings » General page.
- Scroll down to the SEO section and click the Edit button next to the Site URL field.
- Enter the URL of your new WordPress site and click the Save button.
It may take up to 48 hours for the redirect to take effect.
NOTE: Redirection can only be done if you are using the paid WIX version, if not, you might need to create a kind of alert to notify your audience of the change.
WHAT WE LEARNED FROM TRANSITIONING
If we all share what we’ve learned during this process of transitioning from WIX to WordPress, you might get tired of reading because we learned a lot. To save you the energy, here is what my Executive Assistant learned during the transitioning process.
“Transitioning from WIX to WordPress taught me patience. Patience in the sense that I had to keep my fingers crossed and hoped for the best. I also got to know the importance of teamwork. SARMLife team fought through the waiting and transitioning period, and I’m proud to say, we came out better and more energetic. As cliché as that might sound, it is the truth.”Abosede Olatunji
The transitioning period taught me that positivity/optimism is highly needed. There were times when I felt bothered because I felt like the waiting time took forever. Even in those moments, I had to encourage myself and the SARMLife team to keep on and be positive.
I am glad the transition happened because it brought out the best in us, I would say.
Ruth showed herself to be a leader indeed; yes, the team had its moments of “back and forth arguments,” but we came back from those moments and saw the light together.
There were opportunities we came across as well; there were moments we had to brainstorm together and pen down ideas. I enjoyed these moments because they taught me how good of an advisor I am (lol).
One of those good moments I enjoyed was when I wrote a book, an e-book specifically.
I stayed up late at night to make sure I got the right content from our previously used Creative Writing book. I enjoyed the process because it made me believe in myself as a writer.
And yay! I wrote my first ever e-book, “MASTERING THE ART OF BLOGGING,” which is available in the store. I’m excited we waited, and we are back, baby!!!
OUR PROGRESS SO FAR AND MOVING FORWARD.
Since we’ve moved from WIX to WordPress, our website has grown far beyond what we could’ve imagined! From ranking on Google’s first page to podcast interviews and brand collaborations both within and outside the United States.
Moving forward, we are not willing to compromise on the exceptional service that we offer, and we will continue to provide you with content to help you LIVE and LEAD as a business and brand.
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