Migrating a website is never a small task.

But there does come a time when you must migrate a website from one platform to another. Oftentimes when we’re asked about this, it’s for one of two reasons:

  1. The site owners used a small “free” website builder, and now the site’s outgrown it.
  2. The site’s been hacked or is under attack, and the site owner needs better security.

For this article we’ll discuss migrating into Sitefinity CMS from WordPress. Right now, WordPress is used on millions of sites the world over. It does have a lot going for it, in terms of cost (free) and options (thousands of plugins & themes).

However, WordPress has its own issues. It’s often a “starter” Content Management System (it was originally intended as a blogging platform, not a CMS), which people migrate out of as their online marketing needs grow.

Why Migration is Not Easy – And Why It’s Worthwhile

There are two difficulties when migrating a website:  migration1

One, the software used. For example, WordPress is written in PHP for a Linux platform. Sitefinity CMS is written in ASP.NET for a Windows platform. The difference means transferring information can result in trouble – incomplete data, errors if not done properly, etc.

Two, changes in presentation. Moving most content is easy; it’s text and images. Some elements of a website are harder to move – layout elements, custom programming and so on. Translating these from one platform to another almost always results in at least one snag.

Which means moving a site from WordPress to Sitefinity CMS is less of a migration, and more of a rebuild.

So why do this at all? Migration sounds like a giant pain, not worth the time.

Not so fast. There are several reasons why a migration is worthwhile, if you find yourself in a problematic situation.

  • In general, moving from a basic CMS to a stronger one gives more powerful security. If you’ve been hacked or are receiving hacking attempts, you’re going to need more security.
  • If a CMS is not able to provide a feature you need, you can try to create the feature with custom programming. Sometimes this just doesn’t work though–especially if the CMS is not designed to handle the feature (e.g. ecommerce).
  • Sitefinity is much better suited for business websites (it’s designed that way) than a blogging platform.
  • Creating custom modules & modifying the CMS means you get exactly the website (and management process) you want. Some smaller CMSes don’t even give you this option! All you get from them is a cookie-cutter site that looks just like a hundred others. Does anyone want that for their business?

If you’re interested in moving your website into Sitefinity CMS, there are two ways to do it.

Join us back here next week for Part 2 covering Method 1: The 3-Step Export.

Moving a Site from WordPress into Sitefinity – Part 1 of 3
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