Many businesses choose Weebly when they start to develop their website because they find it extremely simple to set up a site on Weebly. Also, most of the bloggers when they start writing blogs select Weebly as their blogging platform because of its easy interface and no technical knowledge is required. It also provides a very engaging drag and drop interface which can be used by anyone.
As these businesses grow, they start realizing that Weebly has some limitations that can negatively impact their website. Weebly lacks in aspects like SEO, monetization, customization, etc. They finally decide that instead of Weebly, they need something which is much more flexible and powerful.
WordPress is the obvious choice for many as their next website platform. Also, there is no need to get worried about the work that you did on the previous platform because all your work will be migrated to WordPress without any loss. Just follow the step-by-step instructions. The migration process from Weebly to WordPress will roughly take an hour.
1 – Let’s Get Started
Now that you have made up your mind to move from Weebly to WordPress, all you got to do is start a WordPress blog. Two mandatory requirements before starting a WordPress blog is
- A Domain Name
- A Web Hosting account
After setting up your domain and hosting, the next step is to install WordPress.
When the installation process is complete, you can move your Weebly content to WordPress, which is the next step.
2 – Manual Migration
Manual migration is the simplest way to migrate your website from Weebly to WordPress. It involves copying your content from Weebly and pasting it into the WordPress site. One advantage of manual migration is that you can make sure that every single piece of content is copied is copied to the new WordPress site.
This process involves two steps which are as follows:
Step 1: Pages and Posts Setup
For manual migration process, first, you will have to create pages and posts that will be needed by you in the new site. Due to this, the copying and pasting process will become faster and you will not have to stop and create the pages first during the process.
Pages and posts can also be created one by one by going to the Add New menu option in the WordPress admin. You can instead speed up the process by use the free Bulk Page Creator plugin.
Step 2: Copy and Paste Content
Once the pages and posts are created, you can start copying the text required by you from Weebly site and upload it to the WordPress site. Along with the text, the images on The Weebly site can also be manually uploaded on a WordPress site. Fixing of internal links also needs to be done so as to make them point at pages with your new WordPress site.
All the steps related to the individual components of the Weebly site needs to be repeated, respective to each page and post.
3 – After Migration
After successfully completing the migration process, there are few last steps which need to be followed before your WordPress website is available for the world.
Step 1 – Choose a theme and customize it
Migrating a Weebly theme to WordPress is not possible unless you choose a full migration service from CMS2CMS. You will have to choose a WordPress theme which suits best for your website. There are thousands of themes which are available for WordPress via theme shops and marketplaces.
Step 2 – Setup the needed features
If your Weebly website had some functional areas like forms and widgets you must set them up on your new website.
Step 3 – Quality Assurance
You must test your website and check whether it is working as it is supposed to or not. Have a check over the broken links during the migration process.
Step 4 – Point Domain to Destination
Transfer your domain from Weebly to WordPress, if you purchased it from Weebly. Once this process is done, WordPress can start using your domain.
Above is a complete description of the process of moving from Weebly to WordPress website. I would like to know your views regarding the migration process. Also, how this article helped you in the process if you followed it step by step.
Sarah Clarke is working as a professionally qualified WordPress developer at WordSuccor Ltd., a renowned WordPress Migration Company with a global reach. She loves to share her thoughts on WordPress and always looking for learning something new about it. You can follow her company on various social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Google+.