Switch your domain nameservers in order to migrate from Squarespace to WordPress and ensure visitors can view your website. These servers direct traffic directly to a host’s web server so they can see it and view it.
Squarespace exports content that’s compatible with WordPress, so you can import it using their standard tool. To start this process, visit Tools – Import.
Create a new site in Squarespace
Squarespace is a website builder that makes creating websites without code simple and user-friendly, with an intuitive user interface and drag-and-drop tools for editing content and design. Choose a template, add content, and adjust its design using drag-and-drop tools. There is also an image library and blog tool which helps attract readers; plus there is even an inbuilt search engine which helps your site get found easily in search results. Unfortunately, Squarespace also comes with some drawbacks like no autosave feature or revision history on posts which could cause lost work; in particular for bloggers relying heavily on blogs for email newsletters or promotional activities this can become frustratingly unproductive.
To create a new Squarespace website, the first step should be creating a domain in your hosting account. After doing this, you can begin working on its layout – either starting from scratch or customizing one of Squarespace’s free templates to meet the needs of your business. After finishing with the layout and customizations, go back to your old URL to make sure it redirects properly – otherwise tweak your permalink structure accordingly; Squarespace uses year/month/day/post-name while WordPress only accepts day/post-name posts – visit Settings – Permalinks within WordPress dashboard to alter this setting if necessary.
Now it’s time to import your Squarespace content into WordPress. To do this, log into your Squarespace admin area and navigate to Tools – Import in the left-hand menu. Select your XML file that was exported from Squarespace before uploading your data using WordPress’ import plugin and uploading your data successfully. When this has completed, a prompt will appear asking you to choose an author name for each imported post that can either be taken from an existing WordPress admin user account or created fresh.
Once your import process is complete, you can connect your new Squarespace site to its domain. This process may take several hours depending on where your domain is registered; once connected, please wait a few moments before accessing the Squarespace admin panel.
Create a new domain in Squarespace
Domains are unique identifiers for websites on the internet, and creating one in Squarespace is an easy process. Simply visit your chosen registrar’s website, enter your desired domain in their search box, click “Check availability,” and click “Add Domain to Website.” Once you find an ideal name for your domain purchase it and add it via Squarespace’s Domains tab of your dashboard – however be patient as DNS propagation takes up to 24 hours from connecting – during this period you’ll see either red if its DNS information hasn’t taken effect or amber or green when finally finished!
Once you’ve acquired your domain, the next step should be changing its nameservers. How you do this depends on where it was registered: for example if your domain is hosted with GoDaddy or Bluehost, login into their respective websites to change them; with Hostinger domains this can be done within their hPanel dashboard.
Once your nameservers are updated, you can begin the import of content from Squarespace to WordPress. First, export your Squarespace site as an XML file using Squarespace’s Settings page > Tools – Export. Provide a password so you can access this file, and click “Begin Import.” When complete, remove your old Squarespace website from your domain.
As part of the transfer process, keep in mind that your design won’t transfer with it; thus, your website may appear different once transferred to WordPress; however, with some additional effort you may be able to recreate its look.
Remember to redirect any old URLs that link back to Squarespace onto your new WordPress website in order to maintain search engine rankings and traffic levels. To do this, navigate to each old page or URL and copy its address. In your Squarespace dashboard’s Settings – Advanced -> URL Mappings section, add a 301 redirect for that old page/URL that should redirect there.
Connect your domain to your site in Squarespace
If you’re switching from WordPress to Squarespace, connecting your domain is key for keeping all of your visitors and content intact. While this process might take several days, if you need help get in touch with one of their experts to assist.
To start off, navigate to the Settings panel and click ‘Connect a Third Party Domain. This will bring up a separate panel with information regarding which CNAME and A records you must add into your DNS settings for proper functioning of this domain. Leave this panel open if ever need be so it can serve as a valuable reference point!
Once you’ve entered all the correct information, Squarespace will automatically connect your domain with your site by checking with your domain provider’s system and linking your domain name. If successful, your site will appear marked as connected in the Domains panel; otherwise a message stating ‘Cannot Verify Domain Ownership’ will appear indicating records may have not been setup correctly.
If this is the case for you, manually connecting your domain will need to take place. To do this, enter its name into the Domain field of the Domains panel and then click ‘Connect a Third-Party Domain’. After doing this, log into your domain provider’s account and create new CNAME and A records that match those provided by Squarespace.
Step Two will launch your Squarespace website online and allow you to begin adding custom pages and content. Be sure to change your permalinks accordingly as otherwise, visitors could receive 404 errors when trying to reach it.
Keep a backup copy of your site for several weeks just in case anything goes wrong with the transfer, to give yourself time to address issues before they start impacting traffic levels. If anything doesn’t go according to plan, you can always go back to Squarespace if not satisfied with what results have been produced.
Redirect your domain to your site in Squarespace
If you’re switching from WordPress to Squarespace, knowing how to redirect your domain so visitors can find your new site is key for preventing traffic loss or search engine rankings from outdated links. In order to do this, it’s necessary to change the permalinks on both sites so they match. To achieve this effect, alter them so the new Squarespace permalinks match those on your old WordPress one.
Log into your Squarespace account, navigate to Settings, and complete this step. Here, enter your name, address, credit card number (if selected a paid plan), as well as agreeing to its Terms of Service agreement before clicking “Save.”
Once your domain name has been added to Squarespace, click “Connect a Third-Party Domain.” After adding your domain, create a DNS record pointing it at your Squarespace site based on where you host your domain – see our help center for specific instructions.
Once your domain is added to Squarespace, you can import all the content from your WordPress website using Tools > Import in WordPress’ dashboard. When completed, visit your website to make sure everything looks correct!
Keep this in mind when migrating from WordPress to Squarespace: it may not always be possible to transfer everything. This includes blog posts, pages, and any other forms of content – though Squarespace makes exporting your data easy, it may not always be possible to transfer all of it successfully.
Make this process simpler by linking your Squarespace website directly with the domain that currently hosts it. This way, your domain can remain connected without the hassle and expense associated with domain transfer services.
To accomplish this task, it’s necessary to configure a 301 redirect in your host’s domain settings and wait 24 hours; your domain should then redirect automatically.