How to Move GoDaddy Website Builder Site to WordPress

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Recently one of our users asked us how to move a GoDaddy Website Builder site to WordPress. GoDaddy offers a website builder tool that allows users to create websites using simple drag and drop tools. However, many users quickly realize the limitations of using a tool like Godaddy’s website builder and want to move their website to a flexible and powerful platform like WordPress. In this article, we will show you how to move GoDaddy website builder site to WordPress.

GoDaddy to WordPress

Editor’s Note: This article has a lot of manual steps which can be time consuming depending on the size of your website. We didn’t want to write this article at first, but due to repeat requests we have written this for those who’re looking to switch from Godaddy website builder to WordPress.

Step 0: Getting Started

The success of your WordPress site depends on the WordPress hosting you choose. If you already have GoDaddy’s hosting service, then you can use that for your WordPress site.

If you want to move to a new host, then we recommend Bluehost. They are one of the largest hosting companies in the world, and they are an official WordPress hosting partner.

For WPBeginner users, they’re offering 50% off and a free domain name as well.

Step 1: Preparing to Move From GoDaddy Website Builder to WordPress

WordPress has import tools for many services and tools like Blogger, Tumblr, LiveJournal, etc. But it does not have an import tool for Website Builder.

This is why you will need to backup your Website Builder site manually. It can be a little consuming, depending on how much content you have on your website.

Backing up GoDaddy Website Builder Content

If you have just a few pages, then you can backup by simply saving images and copying text into text files on your computer.

You can also visit each page on your website in your browser, and then press CTRL+S (Command+S on Mac) on your keyboard.

This will bring up the save dialog box. Make sure that you select ‘Webpage, Complete’ in the ‘format’ or ‘save as type’ field.

Saving a complete webpage using your browser

Repeat the process for all pages on your website.

Make sure that you have downloaded all your images and text. Disconnect internet on your computer and then open the files you have downloaded to double-check.

Alternatively, you can use the free HTTrack tool to copy the website on your computer.

HTTrack is a website copier. You can simply enter the URL of your website, and it will make a copy of it on your computer.

Copying websites using HTTrack

The problem is that, GoDaddy website builder and its templates store their files on different CDN servers. The name and addresses of these servers vary from one site to another.

This makes it harder to download all your image files. However, if your website is mainly based on text and you don’t mind losing images, then Httrack is the fastest way to copy your website.

Once you disable website builder, you will not be able to get back to your website. Take your time to make sure that you have a backup of all your website data.

At this time, you’re probably wondering why isn’t there an easier way. Probably because Godaddy doesn’t want you to switch. That’s why choosing the right platform is an important decision, but we’re glad that you have made the right choice to go with WordPress.

Backing up Your Link Structure

You will need to redirect people visiting old URLs of your website to the new URLs in WordPress. To do that, you need to have a list of all URLs on your website.

If you have just a few pages, then you can simply copy and paste the URL of each page on your site in a plain text file.

Alternately, you can use online tools to extract URLs from your site. You can use Klipper, a Google Chrome extension to save URLs in a txt file.

Don’t worry if you miss out a page. We will also show you how to automatically set up alerts for 404 errors in WordPress and redirect users in WordPress.

Step 2: Moving Website Builder Site to GoDaddy Shared Hosting

This step is only for users who will be using GoDaddy’s hosting service to run their WordPress site. If you are using some other WordPress hosting provider like Bluehost, Siteground, Hostgator, etc, then skip this and jump to the next step.

Disable GoDaddy Website Builder

If you want to use GoDaddy’s hosting service for your WordPress website, then you cannot install WordPress on that domain until you deactivate Website Builder service.

Simply login to your GoDaddy account and click on your username on the toolbar at top. This will display a flydown menu where you need to click on ‘Manage Website Builder’.

Manage website builder in GoDaddy account

This will show your Website Builder account. You need to click on the options button next to your domain name.

Manage website builder options in GoDaddy

It will bring you to the Website Builder options page. Under the overview tab, you will find a link to cancel your account. Click on it to deactivate Website Builder on your domain name.

Deactivating your Website Builder account in GoDaddy

Your website builder account will now be deactivated, and your domain would become available to host your WordPress website. It will take nearly an hour before your Website Builder account is fully deactivated.

Adding Hosting to Your Domain

Now that your domain is free from GoDaddy website builder. You still need to add hosting service to that domain.

Click on web hosting under account manager and then click on manage button next to your account.

Manage GoDaddy Webhosting

This will bring you to the cPanel dashboard of your hosting account. You need to scroll down to the domains section and then click on Add on domains.

Addon domains in GoDaddy cPanel

Now you can enter your domain name. The subdomain and document root fields will be automatically filled.

Adding domain to GoDaddy hosting

You also need to check the box to create an FTP account. Simply select a username and password for your FTP account. Finally, click on the add domain button.

That’s all you have successfully freed up your domain from Website Builder and added web hosting for your domain.

You can now jump to Step 4, to learn how to install WordPress and continue moving your website.

Step 3: Pointing Domain to Other WordPress Hosting Services

This step is for users who have their domain registered with GoDaddy and want to use it with some other WordPress hosting provider like BlueHost or Siteground.

Log in to your GoDaddy account and click on your username on the toolbar at top. This will reveal a flydown menu where you need to click on manage my domains.

Manage your domains in GoDaddy

Select your domain from the list and click on the Nameservers button on the top and then select set nameservers.

Editing a domain name in GoDaddy

This will bring up a popup where you need to click on custom and then click on the link to enter custom nameserver.

Adding custom nameserver

A new popup will appear with two fields. You can add your new WordPress hosts nameservers here. If your WordPress host has more than two nameservers, then you can click on the Add Nameserver button to add another line.

Add nameservers

Click on the OK button and then click on the save button to store your settings. Remember that DNS changes may take upto 24 hours to propagate throughout the internet. Although it usually only takes a few hours.

Once your domain starts pointing to your new WordPress host, you can proceed to the next step.

Step 4: Installing WordPress

By now your domain should be pointing to your hosting service and you are ready to install WordPress. Whether you are using GoDaddy or any other hosting service, the process is the same.

WordPress is famous for its 5-minute install. Most hosting companies offer 1-click installers for new WordPress websites, which allows you to install WordPress on your website with just a few clicks.

For more details, see our step by step WordPress installation tutorial for beginners.

Step 5: Importing Website Builder Content in WordPress

As we mentioned earlier that you will have to manually backup your Website Builder content. It is not possible to automatically import content from Website Builder.

By default WordPress comes with two built-in content types called posts and pages. See our guide on the difference between posts and pages.

You need to create new pages or posts on your website and copy paste your GoDaddy website builder content.

Creating posts and pages in WordPress is really simple. See our detailed tutorial on how add a new post in WordPress and utilize all the features.

Step 6: Setting up Redirects

If you have the list of links from old website builder site, then you can go right ahead and setup redirects.

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Simple 301 Redirects plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit Settings » 301 Redirects page. Enter your old URL under the ‘Request’ field and enter the new WordPress URL for that page in the ‘Destination’ field.

Simple 301 Redirects

Click on save changes button to store this redirect. Repeat the process for all other URLs.

For more detailed instructions and other ways to setup redirects, take a look at our beginner’s guide to creating redirects in WordPress.

Step 7: Customizing Your WordPress Site

WordPress comes with thousands of beautiful themes both paid and free. Take a look at our guide on selecting the perfect theme for WordPress.

However, most powerful feature of WordPress is its extensibility, which comes from plugins. There are thousands of WordPress plugins that allow you to do almost anything imaginable.

Take a look at all the plugins we are using on this site in WPBeginner’s Blueprint or see our expert pick of must have WordPress plugins for business websites

We hope this article helped you move your GoDaddy Website Builder site to WordPress. You may also want to see our comparison of best drag and drop page builders for WordPress.

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How to Move from LiveJournal to WordPress

Do you want to switch your LiveJournal site to WordPress? While LiveJournal is a nice place to publish your journal entries, it is extremely limited which is why many users move to WordPress. Recently one of our readers asked if we can create a step… Read More »

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Do you want to switch your LiveJournal site to WordPress? While LiveJournal is a nice place to publish your journal entries, it is extremely limited which is why many users move to WordPress. Recently one of our readers asked if we can create a step by step guide on migrating from LiveJournal to WordPress. In this article, we will show you how to move your blog from LiveJorunal to WordPress.

Moving a journal from LiveJournal to WordPress

Issues in Moving LiveJournal to WordPress

Unlike other platforms, LiveJournal does not allow you to setup redirects. This means that users visiting your old LiveJournal site will not be automatically redirected to your self hosted WordPress.org site.

Your only hope is to delete your LiveJournal account and wait for search engines to crawl and rank your new site. Even if you delete your old LiveJournal account, search engines will keep showing it in results for some time.

Another issue is that WordPress importer will not import your images. You can either download your images from LiveJournal and upload them manually, or you can follow instructions in our tutorial on how to import external images in WordPress.

Why you Should Move From LiveJournal to WordPress?

First, let’s make it clear that when we say WordPress, we mean self-hosted WordPress.org site and not the free WordPress.com blog. Please take a look at our guide on the difference between WordPress.com vs WordPress.org site.

LiveJournal comes with features like protected posts, friends, communities, etc. However, it is very limited in terms of how you display or control your journal. The basic free plan is even more limited than the paid plans.

On the other hand, WordPress allows you to create password protected posts (journal entries are called posts in WordPress). It has nested comments just like LiveJournal. It does not have communities feature, but you can connect your WordPress site to other online communities and even run your own using a WordPress forum plugin.

WordPress is open source and free (as in freedom). You own your content, and you can do whatever you want with it. You are free to extend your journal in any way you want. You can even make money out of your WordPress site.

Still not convinced? See our guide on why you should use WordPress for more reasons to switch.

Before You Start

To get started with WordPress, the first thing you would need is a good WordPress hosting company and your own domain name. We highly recommend Bluehost because they will give you a free domain and 50% off their hosting plan (special for WPBeginner users). Bluehost is also an officially recommended hosting provider of WordPress.

If you want a Bluehost alternative, then take a look at Siteground who also offer the same special offer to WPBeginner users.

Once you have signed up for WordPress hosting and set up your domain name, the next step is to install WordPress on your hosting account. We have a step by step tutorial on how to install WordPress. Once you have installed WordPress, it is time to move your content from LiveJournal to WordPress.

Importing Content From LiveJournal to WordPress

WordPress comes with a nifty import tool that automatically imports your LiveJournal entries, comments, and tags into WordPress. Simply visit Tools » Import page and click on LiveJournal.

LiveJournal Import tool in WordPress

WordPress will now show you a popup to install the LiveJournal importer plugin. You may see a warning about the plugin not tested with your version of WordPress. You can safely ignore this and click on Install Now button.

Install LiveJournal Importer

The LiveJournal Importer plugin will now be installed on your WordPress site. You will need to click on activate plugin and run importer link.

Activate and run LiveJournal importer

You will now see the LiveJournal Importer page where you need to enter your LiveJournal username and password. This allows your WordPress site to access your content on LiveJournal.

LiveJournal Importer settings

If you have password protected posts on your LiveJournal site, then you will need to enter a password which will be used on all protected posts.

Once you are done, click on the ‘Connect to LiveJournal and Import’ button. WordPress will now start importing your content. The process is divided into different steps and may take a long time if you have many entries and comments. If it fails abruptly during the import, then you can safely retry again. The importer is smart enough to avoid duplicate entries.

You will see a success message when the importer has finished its job.

Import finished

You can now visit Posts section to see all your posts.

Customizing WordPress

The first customization that most beginners want to try is WordPress Themes. There are thousands of free and paid WordPress themes that you can install on your website. See our guide on selecting the perfect theme for WordPress.

The real power of WordPress lies in the plugins. There are thousands of free WordPress plugins that you can install on your WordPress site right away. See our expert-pick of 20 must have WordPress plugins for 2015 or take a look at the plugins we are using in WPBeginner’s Blueprint.

We understand that most beginners will need help with the new platform. WPBeginner is the largest unofficial WordPress resource site on the planet. We have free tutorials, guides, and videos to help you quickly learn WordPress. See how you to make the most out of WPBeginner’s free resources.

We hope this article helped you move from LiveJournal to WordPress. You may also want to see our list of 40 useful tools to manage and grow your WordPress blog.

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