Considering moving your ProPhoto website to Showit?
Moving from ProPhoto to Showit can be somewhat tricky, but can be done almost seamlessly.
And especially when it comes to SEO, there are a few things you will need to do.
Showit vs. ProPhoto? Which one is better?
I wouldn’t say that one is better than the other – just different.
I love both platforms. I design templates and custom websites for both Showit and ProPhoto platforms and intend to continue to do so.
However, if you are not sure if Showit is the right platform for you, make sure you check my Showit complete review blog post where I have included things from my experience and what I learned behind the scenes, as well comparison to ProPhoto.
Which comes first, the Showit design or the migration?
One of the very common questions I get asked by clients who consider migrating their websites from ProPhoto to Showit is how the new website design and the migration is done.
Which one is the right way to migrate a ProPhoto website content to Showit?
Do I need to design the Showit website first and migrate the blog content when the design is finished or vice versa?
What about the Showit subscription?
There is a very simple answer to all of these questions.
If you do have an existing ProPhoto with an existing content that needs to be migrated into Showit, the very best approach is to design the new Showit website first and migrate the content over when you’re ready to launch your new Showit website.
At this moment Showit comes with a 14-days trial period.
You can use that time to the most to design your new Showit website.
If you’re designing your new website by yourself you will need to obtain a subscription plan when the trial period of 14 days expires.
The important thing to note here that you will need to pay for the subscription even in a case you’re not ready yet to launch.
After the expiry of the 14-days trial period you will need to subscribe to complete continue designing your website.
However, if you work with a professional Showit website designer like me, the designer will most probably design your website on their own Showit account.
This basically means you’re not going to need to subscribe to Showit until your website is ready to launch.
Your Showit website designer will transfer the new website design into your Showit account.
You will need to subscribe in order for the website to get launched and your content from ProPhoto or other platform migrated over to your new WordPress Showit blog.
How to prepare for migration from ProPhoto to Showit?
Migration of your WordPress content is handled by Showit themselves. You will need to request a migration of your WordPress content.
While the Showit’s team does amazing work and migrations are almost pain free, you need to prepare in the very rare case if things go awry.
Prior to migration make sure you have fully backed your website up.
That means you will need to download your website content directly from your hosting provider via FTP or if you’re on cPanel via the File Manager and export and save your database.
This is of utmost importance in a case if you need to troubleshoot at later point or if you want to install your old ProPhoto website on a local server on your computer.
Even if everything goes perfectly (and most of the times does) you may still need the content from inside your backup at any later point.
1 | Your static WordPress Pages
During a migration from ProPhoto to Showit your pages will be moved over to Showit’s WordPress dashboard.
Pages moved to Showit that are WordPress pages need to be deleted from inside the Showit’s WordPress dashboard.
This is for the reason that Showit pages do not reside in WordPress.
If you leave your migrated WordPress pages you can have an issue with duplicated content.
Or, your pages with similar content will compete on Google for the same or similar keywords.
Plus, you do not want visitors to your website to land on a page that is not relevant anymore.
2 | Your new Showit pages
If you aim at as low SEO changes as possible you need to transfer your ProPhoto website content to Showit with as close as possible setup.
Therefore, make sure your new pages have the very same slug. This means if your current Investment page slug is /pricing you want the very same slug to appear in your website URL in Showit.
The next thing to take care of is to add your content with the very same settings in Showit. You will need to copy all HTML tags (h, p, div, nav etc.) as closely as possible to how they are used in ProPhoto.
However, you should also consider the Showit’s recommendation on how to best set your Showit website up for SEO.
3 | Your Blog posts SEO
WordPress blog posts content will not be different when it comes to SEO.
The content from inside your WordPress post editor (excluding the title) will not change.
After moving to Showit, you may see some changes regarding SEO.
Therefore you need to add all HTML tags for your blog just the way they were set on your ProPhoto website. This is primarily connected to the blog post title.
Both platforms are pretty similar regarding this setup, but it doesn’t hurt to check your blog posts tags in Showit vs. ProPhoto.
In addition to this, depending on what settings you used inside your posts there might be some manual adaptations needed.
Showit integrates with Yoast seamlessly. In a case you have used a different plug-in to manage your blog post SEO, you will need to enter SEO settings manually to each post.
4 | SEO after you have moved
This should be no different than if you move to any other platform.
You will definitely see a change especially when it comes to your static pages.
If you checked all HTML tags in Showit vs ProPhoto and set them up the same (or in as close as possible) way this means you should not see any significant change for your blog posts.
5 | Redirecting URLs
After you have moved if you need to redirect any URL this can be done from inside Showit.
6 | SSL setup
SSL comes at no added cost with each Showit subscription.
The Showit team will set this up for you at the moment they are connecting your domain to Showit.
If you’re setting your domain by yourself the SSL certificate needs to be additionally set.
Make sure you ask an SSL to be set right after everything has been moved for you.
7 | What’s different in Showit vs. ProPhoto?
You will need to learn Showit’s recommendation on HTML tagging.
This basically means you will need to know the correct way when and how to use h1, h2, etc as well as div, p tags.
However, do not be worried about this, since it is no different than what you would learn for basic SEO.
The only change is that these tags in Showit have to be added manually (unlike ProPhoto where they are mostly taken care of for you).
While moving your ProPhoto website to Showit may seem like something you really want to do, you need to know that there’s no perfect platform.
Each one comes with own challenges and specifics, and there’s definitely a learning curve.
If your budget allows, my recommendation is to work with a designer who is skilled in both platforms to move your ProPhoto website to Showit.
Even in a case you don’t need a re-design, a designer skilled in both ProPhoto and Showit will make your transfer easier and almost painless.
In a case if you’re looking to work with a designer on transferring your existing ProPhoto website to Showit or need a completely fresh and custom Showit design you can check my services page.
I do offer limited spots each month, so even if you’re not sure which way is the right way for you just send me a message through my contact page and I will be happy to help you to bring your new Showit (or ProPhoto) website into life.
So, have you decided on moving your ProPhoto website to Showit?