Hey there everyone,

I have a question about changing domain names, as basically I have a website in the make money online niche that is 3 years old and has about 60 posts and I am thinking of changing the domain name of it.

As basically, my site is a co.uk, so for example if it was howtomakemoneyonline, it would be howtomakemoneyonline.co.uk and I want to change it to howtomakemoneyonline.net.

And the reason for this is that I want to target a more global audience (as I now know, that the co.uk extension is limiting more to the uk). Plus, I think it would also suit my site better.

Also, the reason I am going with a .net extension is because the .com version of my site was about $2000 and I think the .net suits my site better than the .org version.

But, I am extremely scared to do it, as my website is hosted with Bluehost and I am very scared that if I do it myself, I might do something wrong and completely break my site (as I am not very tech-savvy).

So, I guess my question is two-fold,

As first, is it worth me making this change (as I am only changing the extension from .co.uk to .net)

And secondly, how would I go about doing it, if I did want to. As I have tried to find a youtube video about how to do it and can't. Or could I hire someone to do it for me, like off Fiverr maybe.

Anyway, I just wanted people's thoughts on this and see what everyone thinks.

Cheers for your help.

Nick.

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richardgb Premium
Hi Nicholas
You can of course do whatever you like with your site and/or domain names.

Also, if you want to change from .co.uk to a more international name then personally I believe .net is best since .com isn't cost-effective for you. Also, .net will probably be better on the international stage than .co.uk.

But the real challenge is that if you have a Google ranking already, you will undoubtedly lose that switching from any suffix to another.

I believe it would be quite easy to set up a new, .net, by first setting up a new WP installation at Bluehost then creating a backup of your old site using "All In One Migrate" plugin (recommended by site support here) and re-installing under your new URL.

However ... on the assumption that your old site is established already, any traffic going to old URLs will need to be re-directed to the equivalent new URL. With the number of posts you have this would have to be managed well to avoid google and user confusion. In addition, you would need to do timely amendments to Google Analytics, GSC and any other analytic tools you use.

It's all possible, and not very technical, but can be a logistical challenge. With careful planning though it is possible.
:-)
Richard
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NickWood22 Premium
Hey Richard,

Yer I agree with you, as I think a .net would work better on an international stage too.

Well, my site has only started to rank in the last 6 months and gets very little traffic to it, so I am not too worried about that.

Yer, I have read information from Google, saying that if you change domain names, it will affect your rankings but after a few months your traffic and rankings should come back to normal.

Yes, I think I am going to need to research how to do it, as like I say I am not very technical and I am just scared to make a mistake and completely break my site. But I will have a look at that "All In One Migrate" plugin, as I thought you needed to mess around with all the database of the files of the site, when changing domains in Bluehost.

Also, I would need to learn how to do a re-direct to the new site.

Well, as long as it's not too technical, then hopefully I should be able to do it.

Anyway, thanks for your helpful reply and all your help Richard.

All the best,

Nick.
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richardgb Premium
Hi Nick
Here is the most comprehensive process I can find on migration ...
https://theukdomain.uk/get-online/guide-to-migrating-domain/

Just keep on asking questions...
:-)
Richard
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NickWood22 Premium
Hey Richard,
Cheers for the guide, I didn't realize it was such a long process.

Also, now I understand what you mean, that you can use the "All In One Migrate" plugin to move your site to another domain without having any technical knowledge. Very useful. Thank you.

Looking at the whole process and guide, I think I would only get stuck on the more technical bits, like creating 301 redirects, but I have found a plugin called "Simple 301 Redirects" to do this.
Even though, I don't really want to keep relying on plugins, as I know they slow down your site. But for this domain change, I think it would be worth it.

Anyway, thanks for all your help Richard.
I think I will have to keep on studying and learning in order to do this.

But thanks for all your help.

Nick.
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richardgb Premium
You're welcome, Nick.
The thing about re-directs of course is that they don't need to be forever. Perhaps 6 months at the outside.
:-)
Richard
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richardgb Premium
NickWood22 Premium
Hey Richard,

I just read the article you linked to and it is really useful. thanks again.

I think I am close to knowing how to do it now.

I just have one question and that is... can you use these 301 redirect plugins on the old website once you have migrated it over to the new domain?
Because if you can, then it does seem achievable without knowing much technical knowledge, as it seems like there are 4 main steps:

1. Migrate old site to new domain name using All-in-One WP Migration plugin.
2. Set up 301 redirects using a 301 redirect plugin (like 301 Redirects) on the old site, that are pointing to the new domain name.
3. Update Google console with change of address.
4. Update Google Analytics with the new website address.

I know there is probably extra stuff to it aswell but these seem like the main things I need to do.

Anyway, thanks again for all your help Richard, as I really appreciate it.

As before I was really scared about doing this, where now I am starting to feel a lot more confident about it.

Thanks again,

Nick.
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richardgb Premium
Hi Nick
Are you planning to continue to use the Bluehost hosting for the new site? If you are I would recommend asking them what they consider is the best way to set up redirects for your old URLs to new. They might even have a simple method...
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Richard
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NickWood22 Premium
Hey Richard,

Yer I am planning to stick with BlueHost.

And actually, I think you are right, as I think you can do it straight from within the login area.

And if I set it up as a wildcard redirect (as I am only changing the extension from .co.uk to .net) so I think this will work.

And all I've got to do now is ask them, if this redirect will work, once I have migrated my site over using the All-in-One WP Migration plugin.

And if it does, then I think that is it.

But again cheers for all your help Richard, as you've really helped me a lot with this. Thanks again.

Nick.
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richardgb Premium
You're welcome, Nick.
When you've got it done it'd be good to see a post on how you achieved the change and any problems you overcame on the way for the benefit of others here.
:-)
Richard
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NickWood22 Premium
Cheers Richard,
Yer that sounds like a good idea.
Thanks again for all your help,
Nick.
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apache1 Premium Plus
You cannot change the domain name so you would need to get a new domain name instead.
Also I just checked site domains here and http://howtomakemoneyonline.net. is already taken so that is unavailable
However I just clicked the link to the one you want it is available to purchase from the user but at the moment is for around $2495 USD so don't think it would be a good idea
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NickWood22 Premium
Hey Andre,

Thanks for your reply. My domain name isn't actually howtomakemoneyonline, as I was just using that as an example.

Yer I know the price isn't great, but I thought if I can get the .net or .org at normal price (like $10) and I liked the name then have it.

But thanks for your help andre.

Cheers,

Nick
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apache1 Premium Plus
No probs also com are $14.99 org are $15.99 while net are $17.99 just so you know.
You can of course get it cheaper elsewhere with the discount they offer but you will be hit with the full price the following time you would need to renew not to mention other costs they may try to sell you like SSL hosting, security etc which are free here via WA for members purchasing domain here.

Just so you know.

wishing you well

Andre
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NickWood22 Premium
Cheers andre, that's good to know, thanks.
I am with Bluehost at the moment and have already brought my domains. But that's good to know for future reference.
Cheers,
Nick.
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apache1 Premium Plus
No probs many who are new and get excited with some com domain that can be for a few dollars and don't understand or forget that is not the price they will pay on their next renewal and get quite upset they have to pay so much more.
Then again even paying $20 for a domain is still cheap when you consider this is a business long term.

Enjoy the rest of your week and wishing you well online.

Andre
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NickWood22 Premium
Yer I know what you mean.

Yes, enjoy your week too.

Cheers again,
Nick.
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JoeRebisz Premium
Actually, .net is usually reserved for networks and .org is for non profit oranizations, charities etc. You're better off with a .com
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NickWood22 Premium
Hey JoeRebisz,

Yer that is what I thought to be fair, so if the .com is too much (like $2000) and .org is for organisizations and .net is for networks, I might just stick with the .co.uk, as I know it's not perfect. But if I am changing it over to another less than perfect domain, then I may as well just stick with it.

Cheers for your help JoeRebisz,

Much appreciated,

Nick.
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JoeRebisz Premium
Are you looking to buy the domain through WA? It only costs $14.99/year.
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NickWood22 Premium
no I am with Bluehost and have already brought the .org and .net versions of my site, just in case, I did want to transfer my site over to either domain in the future.
But thanks though.
Nick.
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JoeRebisz Premium
No problem my friend :)
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NickWood22 Premium
:)
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