A lot of times moving a website to another hosting service or platform might be the better thing to do, if you are having performance and SEO issues. So, how do you move your website to ownwebsite.com? Let us look add some of the reasons why you might want to change to a new sitebuilder and hosting service. After that, we will also look at the steps required to move a website from another provider to ownwebsite.com.
Why should you change your website provider?
- SEO work is too complicated. With ownwebsite.com SEO is automated.
- Ownwebsite.com is GDPR compliant. The EU has enacted new privacy rules and it is very important that your website or online store is compliant.
- Your website can be easily edited. Our sitebuilber provides a drag and drop interface that helps you quickly build your web site on the go. The sitebuilder is mobile responsive and therefore your website will adapt to multiple device screens.
- You want a new modern look. Ownwebsite.com provides 200 plus responsive templates to use as a starting point for your website.
- You can make changes on your site fast and by yourself. With the easy sitebuilder, you easily build your web pages without the need of a developer.
- You’re looking for the best deal. Ownwebsite.com provides the best competitive rates on site builder and web hosting.
Your Website Moving checklist
Before you move your website, here are a few things you need to do and keep in mind.
- Find out how you can cancel your existing contract. It is ideal to cancel your website only after you have moved or else you might lose website content.
- Backup the content for your website. Use a document and copy and paste the website text from each page. Then store it on your desktop of a separate drive.
- Copy all your website images to a folder to your computer.
- Look for alternative widgets if you use any on your website.
- Build your new website. You will need to import your site to the new platform.
- Find out the fastest way your email account can be transferred to your new website.
- Transfer your domain to your new website provider.
1. Look at the terms and conditions of your cancellation
Each website service provider has its own policies on cancellation of a hosting/sitebuilder contract. It is worth checking out when your contract lapses to avoid losing money on your plan. If you have just renewed your website contract, it might be better if you wait till it finishes to move to a new website provider.
Tip: Do not cancel your old website subscription until you have backed up and created your new website. This will help in keeping continuity of your website. It will also avoid data loss and deleting your email history.
2. Website back up:
The best way to back up your website content, is to make a document and copy paste all the text from your website to it. Keep in mind that you should label your content so that you know where it is from. Check and see how many pages you have and take this time to reorganize your content so that the website is smaller in size. Some content can be moved to sub-pages and some content can be moved to the parent page.
When you back up your website, you can just mark off pages you do not want to use again. Then when you create your website, you can copy paste all the remaining text to the new site.
Tip: It is good to keep the existing website structure, as it will help people find your content easily. You should also check and see if your navigation is up to date.
3. Website images:
You should copy all your website images to folders organized by page. This will help you easily find your photographs when you upload them to your new website. You should take this opportunity to refresh any stock images you might have used and optimize images for size so that your website might perform better.
Depending on the sitebuilder you use, you might have one or more widgets that you use on your current website. You should take this time to see if there are alternatives to the widgets that you use on your new site builder.
5.Build your website:
You should start building a website, using the site builder. Start putting in content for each page and add the images for them. Remember to re-link your Facebook or Google web pages to your website.
Tip: Remember to add alt text to your website image, to optimize them for SEO.
6. Email address
Check and see if your email address needs to be moved to your new website provider. If you must move it, you will have to back up your email account, contacts and messages before you move.
7. Domain transfer
You should check and see what the process is of transferring your domain to your new provider. You can also forward your domain to the new website and not shift it to the new provider. An external domain can be forwarded with CNAME or nameservers. Note that there are always a few days delay in propagating this.
If you have gone through these steps and made sure that your new website provider has everything you need, the only thing to do now is to sign up, build your new website and then cancel your old contract. Make sure you cancel your old website only after you are satisfied that everything is running smoothly.
A few years ago, building a website required a web designer or a web developer to put together. But now with modern sitebuilders it is very easy to get up and running without much work. All you need is a little time to go through options and find the best solution that you can get.
And that’s all it takes to move your website to ownwebsite.com. Contact our support desk if you have additional questions.