How to Change Domain Name in WordPress Without Hurting SEO

Learn how to change the domain name without harming SEO.

Before sharing this – I want to share a story. Back in 2009, I was using a free .co.cc domain. (free domain – so why not?) After using about a year and having some great traffic (avg 2k unique/day) – I had to change the domain since .co.cc was shutting domain. Since I did not know much I simply changed the domain. After a week, I got hundreds of error messages in Webmasters Tools (aka Search Console now). When I investigated the issue I found out that my traffic dropped to almost 100 – almost 2000% decrease!
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I investigated more and found out that it was happening as I did not do a proper 301 redirect of my old URLs. I know it has been some time but I tried to write down all the things that you should do before changing the domain of your WordPress website.

Finding an ideal domain name for your website can be tricky. After hours of researching, you may find your perfect domain name. Now, you are all set to start your WordPress website.

But what if you realize it’s not the right domain for your website? What if you feel an urgency to change the domain name of your WordPress site? You could be facing issues with your branding. Or you could just give yourself a fresh start.

Changing the domain name is always an option, but the task is a little bit complex. Moreover, changing your domain name could wash away all the hard work you had done for your website’s SEO.

You might be wondering if there’s a way to change the domain name while keeping all the SEO benefits. Yes, there is.

In this article, I will explain to you how you can change your domain name while keeping the SEO benefits.

Before proceeding further, let’s have a look at a few points to keep in consideration when you change the domain name on a WordPress website

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12 Best Free SEO Tools for WordPress to Beat Your Competitors

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Thousands of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tools are out there. As a user, which one should you use? Why use them in the first place?

Well, SEO tools help you to optimize your website. However, if you are not giving efforts on SEO for your business, you are missing out. In this article, you will know about 12 best & free SEO tools for WordPress.

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Best WordPress Membership Plugins Compared [2019]

You want to know the best WordPress members plugin, right?

Building a membership site in WordPress has a significant advantage. It helps to retain your customers for a prolonged period, which translates into getting more recurring revenue.

But how about the best WordPress membership plugin? There are hundreds of WordPress membership plugins out there in the wild. Choosing the right membership plugin is crucial and is one of the significant factors for your business. In this article, we will compare and review the best WordPress membership plugins.

When you are selling products or services for one time, it is important each customer is satisfied and convinced about your products and services. This can be done via email marketing, social media. But how about recurring payments? Your customer should have a dashboard where they can manage their settings and feel home.

That is where WordPress membership plugins kick in. WordPress is used worldwide on all sorts of website. Even the most recognized brands are using WordPress to build their websites.

 

Selling once is easy, but if you want your customers to keep paying you will have to take the extra step. Remember the gym pass you never used, but kept subscribing? It’s like that.

Think about Netflix. Everyone has a Netflix subscription nowadays. But what is their customer retention strategy? Sure they are adding content, but they are spending a big chunk of money to create Netflix Originals. Netflix is scheduled to hit almost 17.8 billion on its original shows by 2020.

Now how can you manage a website with recurring payments without having proper membership plugin/website?

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Best Free and Premium WordPress Slider Plugins [2019]

A review of the best WordPress slider plugins.

WordPress is widely used for its simple and easy user interface. Setting up a website, blog, or online store is made more accessible with a few steps of installation and configurations.

According to statistics by Codeinwp, WordPress is powering more almost 33% of the entire internet. This simply means more and more businesses are now going live with a website or blog to ensure their web presence.

In the top 1 million sites, WordPress dominates with over 63% market share.

WordPress Marketshare

This opens up new opportunities for businesses to make more money. Since WordPress is the easiest to start, a large number of people are using WordPress for the first time.

WordPress Usage Stats

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WordPress 5.2 Brings Site Health, New Icons and Improvements to Gutenberg Block

WordPress 5.2 includes exciting new features including new site health, changes to minimum PHP Version, new icons and improvements to block managing experience.

Every time a new version of the WordPress is rolled out, WordPress fans get excited about getting to play with its new features. WordPress 5.2, the latest version of popular CMS has been released on May 7, 2019, with several new features and updates.

Codenamed “Jaco” in honor of the renowned and revolutionary Jazz bassist, Jaco Pastorius, WordPress 5.2 is the second major release this year after WordPress 5.1, which was released in February this year.

There is an abundance of new robust tools and features in WordPress 5.2 that will enable the users to work with WordPress more easily. Let’s take a detailed look at them, one by one

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What is WebP and How Can You Serve WebP Images to Improve WordPress Pagespeed

Serve WebP images in WordPress to improve pagespeed up to 300%

When you think of a website, what do you think first? How does it look? How many resources it’s using? Videos? Images? A few of our readers asked us to write a tutorial on the WebP image WordPress plugin. This article will outline the basic of WebP, why it was invented, and how can you implement webp images in WordPress.

Research says that you only give a split second to decide if you are going to read something on the web or not. Images play a big part to catch your attention. Since, the growth of the internet, we are taking billions of images and photos each day. Since May 2017 Google announced that over 1.2 billion photos are uploaded to the Google Photos every day, But images take a lot of bandwidth when you post them online, resulting in a slower than usual web experience.

You know JPEG, PNG, GIF right? There is a new kid in the block. WebP! Yes, that’s right. WebP is a next-generation image format developed by Google, the company we all love for their other products like Google Maps, YouTube, and Google Search.

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Why You Should Have an Optimal WordPress Robots.txt File for SEO

Learn how to properly optimize your WordPress robots.txt for SEO

WordPress robots.txt file is an important file for your website’s SEO efforts. It can have a powerful impact on index/de-index particular pages of your website. Google has evolved a lot about how it crawls the web and provides you search results. The best practices from a few years ago often don’t work anymore. This post outlines how you can optimize your WordPress robots.txt file for better SEO.

What is robots.txt File?

In the world of internet, bots are small pieces of software that visit websites on the Internet. The most common example is the search engine bots. These search engine bots “crawl”/scans around the web to help search engines organize data. Search engines like Google use these bots to index and rank your website against billions of pages on the Internet.

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How to Use Schema Markup to Take Advantage of Semantic Search and SEO Rankings

If you have a business, most probably you will have a website too. With a website, your business can have more growth for your business. It is equally important to get your website viewed by your potential customers to gain their attention and advertise your services on the internet.

Search engines and the internet has paved a modern way of advertising which helps the businesses to promote themselves globally among the millions and billions of customers out there. Today, your customers are just a click away to pay you. However, you have to reach to them first, before others to maximize your sales, revenue, conversion rate. Therefore, it becomes essential to get the website viewed on the search engines that too on the first page itself to attract more customers. However, this is not easy; SEO is not easy. [You can read our WordPress SEO Guide where we covered the basics of SEO]

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7 Best WordPress Security Plugins to Find and Fix Malicious Codes

WordPress Security Plugins – Compared!

Webmasters and WordPress users are always looking for the best WordPress security plugins to be safe from security unwanted security issues. Security plays a very crucial role while maintaining your business’s success. If customers do not feel secure while visiting your website, they will not spend time, and your conversion rate will drop significantly.

Let’s accept the fact that WordPress hasn’t been famous for security. In fact, more than often WordPress is regarded as a vulnerable CMS. We previously covered a comprehensive WordPress Security Guide to be safe from security issues. However, reports suggest that a large number of websites get hacked each day running WordPress.

Sucuri’s 2018 Hacked Website Report states that 36.7% of WordPress websites were using out-of-date WordPress version at the time of the hacking.

Sucuri Outdated Software Report

The WPScan Vulnerability Database finds out that more than 70% of vulnerabilities happen due to out-of-date software. However, the good news is, the most vulnerable versions of WordPress released back in WordPress version 3.X.

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Beginners’s Guide to Create Coupon Codes with WooCommerce

Create coupons with WooCommerce with ease.

Online shopping has made it super easy for shoppers to find the best deals. As a result, people spend more time on finding deals than discovering new products. Creating coupon codes with WooCommerce and proving your customers with discounts can help your business to grow faster.

With this in mind, customers are more sensitive to prices than ever before. After all, why would you pay $400 for a product when you can get the product at least 20%-30% less from other shops?

People tend you use lots of schemes- tips and tactics to make huge amounts of sales on their websites. There are many using strategies and other different methods available on the internet. Of them all, providing coupons with discounts and voucher deals are one of the best few ways that keep your customer’s interests.

In this tutorial, we are going to show how you can create WooCommerce coupon codes using WordPress.

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