WP-EZ 2.0: NE1 to WP-EZ 2.0 Migration FAQs
Posted by Paul Steinbrueck, Last modified by Paul Steinbrueck on 02 November 2017 11:48 AM
***Please read this entire page and watch the embedded video BEFORE you switch to a WP-EZ 2.0 theme and begin the migration process! ***|
We are excited that WP-EZ 2.0 is now available to everyone with a Gold hosting package. Before we get to the FAQs, a little house keeping...
You don't have to. However, as we've been saying since January 2016, NE1 has serious security vulnerabilities and we also don't have any way to upgrade it. At any time, your website could get hacked or we could be forced to shut NE1 down. For now, you can take those risks if you want to.
Additionally, you can still migrate from NE1 to WP-EZ 1.0 if you really want to, but why would you? As long as you're migrating and upgrading, you might as well get the current version and all its benefits.
Q) Previously I read the NE1 to WP-EZ Migration FAQs. Is the migration from NE1 to WP-EZ 2.0 similar?
There are some similarities but there are some significant differences and some extra steps involved. WP-EZ 1.0 and 2.0 have some significant differences, so the migration from NE1 to WP-EZ 2.0 is really 2 migrations - from NE1 to WP-EZ and WP-EZ to WP-EZ 2.0 - with some steps eliminated and rearranged.
To understand the differences, it's important to understand the goals of the original WP-EZ and WP-EZ 2.0 and the problems they were designed to address. The NE1 Website Builder was developed before smart phones became widely available. Its themes are not mobile-friendly and look like they are out of the 90s. So, we created WP-EZ to include modern, mobile-friendly themes, and we created a migration tool that copied all of the existing pages from NE1 into WP-EZ and put them in a new, modern theme.
In 2017, website themes are far less prominent while page content is far more prominent. One of the biggest problems we see with websites, including those built with NE1 and WP-EZ, is the layout and format of page content is often poor. We see a lot of pages with no images or tiny images, 3 or more different colors of text, multiple fonts, inconsistent headings. One of the main goals of WP-EZ 2.0 is to help users format their page content better. That's why we added page templates.
For the NE1 to 2.0 migration, if we had done as we did with NE1 to WP-EZ and copied all the page content, the end result would be the same poorly formatted page content. That wouldn't help. Therefore instead, when a website is migrated from NE1 to WP-EZ 2.0, first the pages are temporarily copied from NE1 into WP-EZ but then the website is given 6-8 new pages that use the page templates for that WP-EZ 2.0 theme, which are laid out nicely with sample content. The website administrator can then replace the sample text with their own text and sample images with their own images to create what is essentially a brand new website.
Q) Wait, are you saying if I migrate my website from NE1 to 2.0, my current pages will go away and I'll have to copy all of my existing content into new pages?
That is mostly accurate. You will need to copy your current content into new pages, and your current pages will be unpublished, however, you can re-publish your current pages on your 2.0 site if you really want to.
Q) Would you provide step-by-step instructions that show how to migrate from WP-EZ to WP-EZ 2.0?
Yes. The steps to migrate from NE1 to WP-EZ 2.0 are the same as migrating from WP-EZ 1.0 to 2.0 except step 1 is different and there is one extra step at the end (Step 5)
We do not have a demo NE1 site we could migrate so we couldn't create a video tutorial showing the NE1 to WP-EZ 2.0 process. Please watch this video tutorial which shows the WP-EZ 1.0 to 2.0 migration process and keep in mind the first step is different (as explained below) and there is a 5th step also explained below.
1) Migrate Content from NE1 to WP-EZ
Login to MyOCC, click the “My Websites” option in the left menu, then click the “Migrate to WP-EZ” link to the right of your website address. Next, select a WP-EZ 2.0 theme for your website. Then the migration tool will copy your menu, all of your pages, all of your media and most of modules/plugins from your NE1 website into WP-EZ. Visitors to your website will continue to see your NE1 website.
After you do this, several things will happen:
2) Edit the WP-EZ 2.0 Pages
For most websites, this phase will take the most time. What you'll do is edit each one of the new 2.0 pages that has been added (as an unpublished draft) to your website. Replace the sample text with your own text and replace the sample images with your own images. We have created a video tutorial for each page template of each theme. Before you start editing a page, we encourage you to watch the video tutorial for that page.
You might find it faster to copy the text from your old pages and paste it into the page builder for your new pages. If you do this, please note content can't be copied directly from a published page. To copy content from an existing WP-EZ page into a new WP-EZ 2.0 page, go into the old page as if you were going to edit it. In the editor, highlight the text you wish to copy and hit control-c. Then go to the new WP-EZ 2.0 page, click into the Page Builder, click on the block of text you wish to replace, in the text editor that pops up, hit control-v to paste.
Also note, if the WP-EZ 2.0 theme you select contains a page you don't want to use, you can either delete it or just remove it from the new (and still unpublished) menu for the theme.
3) Activate the WP-EZ 2.0 Theme
Go to your WP-EZ Dashboard. Click the green button on the right side that says "Activate [name of theme]." This will cause several things to happen:
Most organizations will have at least a few pages from their old website that have important content that didn't get copied into one of the new pages. For example, your current church website may have a page about weddings, but none of the themes has a weddings page template. After step 3, your weddings page has been unpublished, but now you can edit it and republish it.
We strongly recommend editing the page first to make it consistent with the format and style of your new WP-EZ 2.0 pages and consistent with modern web design standards - make sure there's a large image "above the fold," use only one color for all your text, etc.
After you publish a page, you will also need to click the "Menu" option on the WP-EZ Dashboard and add a menu item to your menu for that page. Try to keep your main menu to no more than 8 menu items. Utilize sub-menus if necessary. Also keep your menu text short so it doesn't cause the menu to wrap onto a second line.
5) Activate WP-EZ
Note, this step is not shown in the video because its distinct to the NE1 to WP-EZ 2.0 migration process.
At this point, visitors to your website are still seeing the old NE1 site, but your site at yourdomain.com/_wpez/ should be ready to go live. Login to MyOCC, and click the "My Websites" menu. Click the "Activate WP-EZ" button to the right of your website address.
Q) I'm confused and getting frustrated. What should I do?
First, stop and pray. Seriously, God is in this with us. He gives wisdom, understanding and patience. Second, make sure you've watched the migration video tutorial above, the WP-EZ 2.0 General videos. If you're still confused and frustrated, create a help desk ticket so our support team can assist you.
If you want a 2.0 site, but doing this migration just isn't the best use of your time, let us migrate your site for you - here's how.