If you already have a site somewhere, you can move it to Weblium while keeping the connected services and SEO ranking. Ultimately, you'll need to recreate the site using Weblium editor, then connect marketing tools and the domain you had before. The process of moving a site may seem a bit overwhelming, but this step-by-step guide will help you do everything right.

Tip: if you'd rather give the job of moving the site to someone else, our very own Weblium Studio is here to help. Contact us in chat or at support@weblium.com and send the link to the site.

To move the site by yourself, follow the steps below.

Moving your website to Weblium

Recreate the site in Weblium editor.

Choose a blank or a ready-made template for your new site. Our article Basic actions in the Weblium editor will be a good starting point for you. No need to fully copy the structure of your previous site though — there's a place for some creativity.

However, SEO-wise it's important that you move the content and images over to the new site. This way, the site will be "familiar" to Google and other search engines, which will be an advantage over newer sites. You'll find more SEO settings in the following steps.

If you had videos on your previous site, add the links to them on your new site. More info can be found in the article Adding and setting up a video.

To move a blog over, recreate the posts using our Blog app.

In case you are moving a site with eCommerce functionality, contact us. Even though we currently don't have a native eCommerce feature, we can offer a good workaround in some cases.

Personalize your new site.

Add your logo in the header and footer of the site, adjust the site preview in the social networks, and ensure that the contact form sends notifications to the right email address. If you have business profiles in the social networks, add the links to them in the site settings according to the article Global social links.

Change page URLs.

Change the page URLs to make sure that they match those you had before. Pay special attention to the pages which generated most traffic — you can access the stats in Google Analytics. These pages are crucial for keeping your site's ranking.

Set the domain redirects.

If you can't fully reproduce the URLs you had before, set the redirect to the new ones. This way, you'll keep the site traffic even from the no longer relevant URLs.

Add a branded 404 page.

Create a 404 Page Not Found with the link to the home page of your site. This will improve your site visitors' experience in case they land on a non-existing page.

Check the article Customizing 404 Page Not Found to learn how you can create a user-friendly Page 404.

Add alt-text to the images.

Add alt-text to the meaningful images on your site, which will correspond to the alt-text you had on your previous site. Make sure that the text is unique for each image while still representing your business specifics.

Add page meta title and description.

Add page meta titles and descriptions throughout the site. These will be displayed in the search results in Google and other search engines. Same as alt-text, meta titles and descriptions have to be the same you had before.

Upgrade your site.

Pro subscription unlocks more features like the ability to connect your own domain, add custom scripts, appear in the search results, and more. Learn about the advantages of the Pro subscription in the article Free vs Pro site.

Connect the domain.

Keeping the same domain is an essential part of maintaining SEO during the site transfer. It's okay if the domain is hosted elsewhere — you can connect it to your Weblium site by just changing a few domain records. Relevant instructions can be found in the article Connecting a domain you own

Bear in mind that if you have a mailbox or other services associated with the domain, A record will be a preferred connection method. Otherwise, connect the domain with the help of NS records and make sure to add the relevant MX records for the mailbox according to the instructions in the article Managing DNS records.

Connect marketing tools.

If you had marketing integrations on your previous site, make sure you reconnect them to the new one. These could be Google Analytics, Mailchimp, Hotjar, etc. The instructions for adding other marketing tools can be found in the Integrations tab in our Help Center.

Verify your site with Google Search Console.

Verify your site with Google Search Console once again and request indexing. You'll be asked to submit a sitemap — we generate it automatically. To access it, proceed to the article Accessing the sitemap.

Moving your site to another site builder is a good time for refreshing it a bit. While it's important to keep the SEO settings that are in charge of your ranking, you are free to update your content a bit, add more pages and tweak the overall site design. Try out the marketing integrations you never tried before, add own scripts and chat widgets, etc.
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