Q. I've browsed through the template designs at Wix.com, and absolutely love what I see. The only problem is, I already have a website through GoDaddy. How do I transfer everything over? -Maria S. from Philadelphia, PA. Listens on 990 AM WNTP.
A. Great question! We're sure many out there are wondering the same thing. Our sponsor, Wix, offers hundreds of templates to choose from, and a drag-and-drop builder that makes customizing your site easy. (For anyone who hasn't checked Wix out yet, click here and see just how easy it is to get your site up and running for free!)
Many people are just getting started with their own websites. But there are those, like you Maria, who created their websites years ago. And, the good news is, you don't have to leave your old site behind and start over from scratch. In this tip, we'll outline the steps you'll need to take to transfer an existing site to Wix.
Content vs. domain names
Before we dive into the details of transferring to Wix, there's something we need to clarify. Websites are created with two different components: Your content management system (CMS) and your domain name.
Your CMS is the software application you use to generate the content for your website. Your domain name is the actual address you've reserved for the website itself, such as Komando.com, CableGone.com, etc.
For an easy way to think of it, just picture your house. Your website's domain name is like your home's street address, whereas the content that makes up what you see on your website is like the furniture, artwork and decor inside it.
When moving day comes, you'll want to pack up your things and move them over to your new home. But, you can't forget that critical step of forwarding mail that's sent to your existing address. Just think of all the missed opportunities that you could create!
Now, let's apply this analogy to the topic at hand. Services such as Blogger, Tumblr and WordPress are popular content management systems for personal websites and blogs. On the other hand, services such as GoDaddy, BlueHost, JustHost, etc., are often used to host domain names. These services are also referred to as "registrars," and route web traffic to your site when someone searches for your address.
It's important to keep in mind that setting up a custom website wasn't always as simple as it is now with Wix, which offers a hassle-free, drag and drop web builder, built-in CMS and hosting for custom domain names. In the past, many who created websites had to use two services to get the job done.
Why this matters
The answer to your question is going to depend on the services you use for both content management and domain hosting. Transferring your website will also likely entail two separate steps: the transfer of your content, and the transfer (or redirecting) of your domain name.
Since you've mentioned GoDaddy specifically, we'll focus on the steps of transferring a domain name from GoDaddy to Wix. Transferring your content, however, will require additional steps.
Since we're not sure which CMS platform you currently use, we'll focus on WordPress for the purposes of this article since it's one of the most commonly used blogging platforms out there.
If WordPress isn't the CMS software you use, these steps will still point you in the right direction. Just keep in mind that they do vary for each platform.