Many folks start up on NationBuilder or move to our organizing system because of the rich integration of our websites with action tools, social media, events and a supporter database. But if you've got an existing website with a lot of older pages with inbound links and solid search engine status, migrating all that content can be a concern.
To assist complex site migrations, we've created a simple import tool that will help you get started.
In your nation, go to Website > Pages > Legacy > Import old site and run the site that you want to move to NationBuilder. We'll pull all of your site's URLs into new NationBuilder pages, and give you a list where you can set redirects if you want important legacy URLs (such as contact forms) to map to new NationBuilder pages.
An important note is that the new pages will have the look of the old site and many of the links will still work, however, the pages will lose functionality provided by interaction tools such as commenting and other plug-ins. If you're looking to move over a number of pages with full NationBuilder functionality, check out our consultants, including folks like Wranger Media who specialize in site conversions and SEO.
Legacy URLs will not replace any NationBuilder pages with the same URL, so if you have an "About" page on your nation, and an "About" on the legacy site, be sure to copy over any important content before switching your hosting.
After you've moved over the legacy URLs and are happy with the NationBuilder site, you can update to a custom domain on our severs to host your entire site.
Here's what the legacy URL listing looks like for my new Gov 2.0 Radio NationBuilder site:
And here's an imported page from my old WordPress.org site. You can click on it to examine the imported page on NationBuilder.
Joe Pa commented 2013-07-30 09:40:58 -0700I have two questions – I am sure I am blind and just not seeing how to do these things..
1) How do I get the homepage from the old site to appear? The only thing that is showing up is the basic template from NB – but everything else is working.
2) How do I edit the content of the imported pages?
Thanks so much.
Adriel Hampton commented 2013-03-06 17:08:28 -0800J.D., the legacy importer brings over static versions of your pages for archival and SEO purposes – it does not have features to repeat post, category or nesting structures.
J.D. Sullivan commented 2013-02-15 21:13:54 -0800I am seeing a difference with NB compared with CMS/WP platforms in that it appears that posts are being expressed as pages. Is there not a way to have categories and posts differentiated from pages on NB?
J.D. Sullivan commented 2013-02-15 21:12:03 -0800I’m trying to have posts moved over. I do not see anything in the NB docs that mentions “posts” or “categories” typically associated with CMS including WordPress. Is there any way for our posts to come over as posts in categories instead of as “pages”?
Adriel Hampton commented 2012-01-25 06:30:35 -0800Michael, generally comments would be pulled over using this method. However, interactive content would not – so no new comments, for example. For more nuanced conversions, sometimes it’s best to work with specialists, such as the folks at wranglermedia.com.
Karlie Cole commented 2012-01-24 23:04:11 -0800How can comments be preserved?
Adriel Hampton commented 2011-10-17 16:31:17 -0700Austin, the import does not overwrite current pages or templates. I’ve added a graph to the post to make that explicit. Thanks!
Austin Linford commented 2011-10-17 14:33:33 -0700Does the import step on any current pages or templates?