How to Migrate a Site to Zesty.io

Learn how to migrate a site to Zesty.io. While this guide focuses on WordPress, this guie can also be used as a general guide to migrating your site to Zesty.io.

How to migrate a site to Zesty.io

If you have been considering using Zesty.io, but already have a functioning website on another platform, we can help you seamlessly and easily transfer it to Zesty.io. In order to help you cut down on migration time, we've implemented the following key features to help you move your website in a short amount of time.

Drag and Drop code importer:

One of our best tools is the ability to drag and drop a text file, directly into the Zesty.io interface. This can be done through our Editor section, on the side bar. In the picture below you can see a file about to be dropped into the Zesty.io interface.

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In order to do this, all you need to do is open your file manager of choice, and then drag and drop a file into the Zesty.io Editor sidebar. When completed, you can select the code file you've just uploaded by clicking on it in the sidebar:

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Compared to other solutions where an FTP or SCP file transfer is the best solution, we believe that this method is a more straightforward way to import non-native code into the platform.

Zesty.io Google WebMasters Integration:

You can transfer all links with Zesty.io through our tool that integrates with Google Webmaster. This is useful if you have changed the links on your website; for instance migrating a website to a new platform. Image call three

It is important to note that this is especially useful for such cases as somebody placing a link from an old version of your website in documentation, or perhaps just a favorite in their browser. Zesty.io, will work with Google Webmaster to import the link information from Google and allow you to redirect every link that is entered there through setting up a simple 301 redirect. In order to do this, you will need to connect your website to Google Webmaster tools. This is a relatively simple process and the steps can be found here.

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Once you have connected, you simple select a CSV file extracted from your current platform into Zesty.io, allowing you to have your older links redirect right to your new links that will be on Zesty.io, where you can align all of the details to where each link will redirect to.

CSV Import Tool:

Another cool feature Zesty.io can do, is importing a CSV file into our platform. This can be done through our CSV import tool. You can access the CSV import tool on any dataset or pageset, by holding down the alt or option key depending on your hardware manufacturer: Image call five

Then you will need to spend some time making your website look as polished and professional as can be, but that should not take to long. In order to do this, you will need to extract the csv from your website you currently have. We have made a guide or how to do this on Wordpress, with a link below.

Wordpress:

Adding a page on Zesty.io

Once you have done these first couple basic steps, you can also easily add a page to Zesty.io. To do this simply click on the “Add New Item” button in the Pages bar on the side of the Zesty.io interface: Image call six

From here you can be selected with the option to add a new item. Feel to select from the many options. For example, you could select “Simple Page”:

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Now all you need to do is select the page’s parent: Image call eight

Then give the page a title: Image call nine

Now just fill in the page's content, select create and you are done.

These are the main tools provided to migrate your entire website over to Zesty.io. These steps do not take a long time, and when completed, you should have the beginings of a functioning Zesty.io site.

migrating a wp site to Zesty.io

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Moving your website from one platform to the next is never an easy task, however at Zesty,io, we want to attempt to make this transition as easy as possible. We have made a guide that will show you the essential tools that you can use to move the majority of your website info and framework to Zesty in a short amount of time.

Extracting a CSV of Articles

To move from one platform to another, it is often easier to use a CSV if you have large amounts of information, and data. a CSV is essentially a spreadsheet containing specific information, you have designated for it to have. For a detailed guide to accomplish this, lease click here.

Importing CSV of Articles into Zesty.io

If you have successfully extracted a CSV of your articles, or already have one from a previous website, this guide will show you how to import it right into Zesty.io

Extracting Media from WordPress

This guide helps you move your media from your WordPress uploads folder off of your server, and gets it ready to upload into Zesty.io

Importing Media into your Zesty.io Media folder

This guide helps you import all of your Media into Zesty.io from a local folder. WIth these few simple steps, all of your media can be avaibke to publish on your website in a short amount of time. <!--

Drag and Drop code files into Zesty.io

On Zesty.io, you can add text files of code directly into our editor just by dragging and dropping them from your file browser. -->

Importing your HTML and CSS

This guide will show you how to import and connect your HTML web pages and your CSS styles from your old website in Wordpress to your Zesty.io website.

Google Webmasters Integration

Once you have moved everything over from WordPress to your new site on Zesty.io, it is essential to set up your 301 redirect links to work well with Google and Zesty.io. We show you how to here.

How to import a WordPress Blog CSV into Zesty.io

When migrating a website into Zesty.io from WordPress, using the Visual SiteMap to set up the framework that will help you import your website is a great way to save you headache and time that can happen with moving any website. If you have never used our Visual SiteMap tool, a general introduction can be found here

Click here for SiteMap information

The first step is to create a the blog framework. This is very essential to get the foundations down that will show how your blog is doing. To achieve this, click on the button on the lower right section of your screen labeled “Visual Sitemap”

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One you have loaded this screen, you will be presented with a new drag and drop menu that allows you to set up a blog in a matter of seconds. alt text

From here, select the Blogs menu, that will present you with a number of different options. For this guide, we will be choosing the Blog framework. You can do this by selecting the hovering your mouse over the rectangle labeled “blog” where you will then be presented with an button labeled “add to site”. Go ahead and click on this. You will now see a blog appear on the Visual SiteMap screen. Cool huh? Now you can select “save changes” and see the framework for your blog with articles, authors and all, completely set up on the side panel as shown below.

From here, we will select Articles. The option you select will largely depend on what content is inside of your CSV, however it is largely interchangeable.

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Once you get the the Articles section, you will see a button in the top half of your screen labeled “Add New”. From here you can press a button to change it to show the words “CSV Import”

In OSX you hold down the Option key.

In Windows, you hold down the Alt key

In Linux you hold down the Ctrl + Alt key

From here you can see the button change. Keep holding down the key combination, and select the button labeled CSV Import . This will present a box looking like the one shown below.

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From here you can select choose file. This will open up a file navigation window.

Go ahead and navigate to the location you have stored your file.

*It is important in Zesty.io, to make sure the headers in your CSV, match the variables defined in your content menu. The variable for Title is Shown below as “title”

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If all of these headers match in your CSV file, your CSV fill upload with the option to select the proper sections for everything.

For instance, below is a CSV I have just uploaded with the Title and Date information inside.

date,title,
"2016-10-06 16:04:39","Hello world!"
"2016-10-06 18:18:13","Zesty.io Migration"
"2016-10-06 18:27:10","New Zesty Features"
"2016-10-26 19:41:06","Try out Zesty.io!"'

When you have uploaded your CSV through the file navigation window and selected it, you will be presented with a selection window to apply the appropriate fields to each category. An example is shown below.

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It is important to mark the Primary Field that you need to use as noted in the picture above.

From here, go ahead and click create. This should upload into Zesty now and look simular to this. Shown below:

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You can add any of the other options shown below the CSV used in this example did not as well. You can get creative with this.

Next, for help exporting your media from WordPress, click here