In this tutorial, I’m going to cover how to transfer a FREE site rubix wordpress site over to a new domain that you own. Should you run into any problems following this tutorial then feel free to post a comment below and I’ll try help you.
2015 Update: WA came out with an easy option to move a siterubix site to a new domain that you own and host with WA. However, this is only good if you want to say with WA hosting.
Here is a new tutorial that will show you how to move a wordpress site from WA to another host.
Why You Should Transfer Site Rubix To Your Own Domain
I’d first like to point out why I’m creating the tutorial. I always encourage people to check out Wealthy Affiliate via my affiliate link and create themselves a free account. Having a free account at Wealthy Affiliate gives you access to lots of the training resources but more importantly the ability to create a free self-hosted wordpress site.
The only real snag is that the free sites must use a siterubix.com sub-domain for example dentistry.siterubix.com. Now I’m aware that some members continue to build and work at growing their siterubix.com sites. But you’d be much better off building a site on your very own domain, this way you own everything and you’ll be building your own brand at the same time.
Picture waking up one day to find out that the free hosting and the use of a free siterubix subdomain has come to an end and been shut down. Your site all the hard work and all the links pointing to your site just became pointless.
The main idea behind building a site using a siterubix domain is to get started for free, you can take your time learning via the training material how to build your very own wordpress site for free. Then if you decide this is something you’d like to continue and take further you’d purchase your very own domain and upgrade you account at Wealthy Affiliate.
So here is a video tutorial that I’ve created that we show you exactly how I transferred a siterubix site to a new domain hosted on Wealthy Affiliate hosting. If your new domain is already pointing to WA then you can easily complete this whole process in around 5 minutes.
For people who don’t like video here are some brief instruction on how to.
Step 1: CLONE Your SiteRubix Site
This is super easy, simply login to your siterubix site and install a plugin called “WP Clone by WP Academy“. Once installed and activate you’ll then see a new WP Clone menu button.
Click the WP CLONE menu button and then once the page loads you’ll have a few option. All you need to do is click “Create Backup“. It does have some advanced options, but for a small siterubix site you can ignore everything else.
If everything goes as right you’ll get a success message with a link of the backup/clone zip file location as seen below. But at this point we can just leave this browser TAB open and open another for step 2.
Step 2: Add Domain to Wealthy Affiliate & Install WordPress
Now I’m not going to give you much detail here and I’m just going to assume that you’ve already pointed your new domain to Wealthy Affiliate hosting. If you haven’t already done this please do a search inside Wealthy Affiliate for “DNS” this will return several resources that will help you. Or contact me for help but please include the site you purchased the domain from.
Once your domain is pointing to WA hosting you can then click on the blue “Build My Website” button. You’ll then select “On a domain I own” and follow the steps. Basically, the goal is to install a new wordpress installation on our new domain.
The one thing to remember during the process is the site title or theme you select does NOT matter as it’s going to be replaced with the Backup/CLONE shortly.
Step 3: Install Plugin & CLONE
After you’ve installed WordPress on the new domain you can then login and install the plugin called “WP Clone by WP Academy“. But this time after it’s been activated were going to select from the plugin options, “Restore from URL” then jump back over to the other TAB and copy our siterubix Clone/Backup URL.
Now jumping back to the new domain, paste the URL into the restore from URL field as seen in the image below, check Agree and then click the orange “Restore from URL“.
It may take a few minutes to restore depending on the size of the CLONE but once restored you’ll see a success message.
Now nine time out of ten everything will be fine but I recommend that you go over the site and check links and image etc to make sure that everything is working.
Step 4: Is Your Old SiteRubix Site Indexed – Dup Content Problem
Google and other search engines do not like duplicate content, so if with have two sites with the same content this would be classed as duplicate content. And in the case of transferring a siterubix site to a new domain, it’s the new domain that would be classed as duplicate content.
If the siterubix site is new and you haven’t creating backlinks etc, odds are it’s not been indexed yet, BUT it’s very important that you check and confirm to be sure.
The easy way to check and see if Google has already indexed your site or not is to do the following search in Google: Type in the search field: Site:myoldsite.siterubix.com
This will return all pages that Google has indexed, see image below for an example.
If it turns out that your siterubix site has been indexed then you’ll need to create some 301 redirects so that the new site isn’t treated as duplicate content.
Step 5: 301 Redirect Your SiteRubix Site
There are several different ways to create 301 redirects and if you only have a few pages indexed and created then you may want to look into a plugin called http://wordpress.org/plugins/redirection/ as this plugin is very easy to use and you just need to enter the soucre page and the new page location. See example image below:
If you have many different pages/posts/images etc that have been indexed then another option as seen in the video tutorial is to use a plugin called “WP htaccess Control“. With this plugin we now have the ability to 301 redirect every single link. BUT and this is very important that you understand. Following this method will stop all access to the old siterubix site, you’ll no longer be able to login as every page will 301 redirect to the new domain.
If we had FTP access, then we could simply edit our .htaccess file to remove the redirect, but that’s not possible with siterubix sites.
Install WP htaccess Control
So login to your siterubix site, locate, install and activate the plugin “WP htaccess Control“.
Under Setting, locate and click on the htaccess control button. Once the page loads we need to click on the Custom htaccess bar/button, this will create a drop down area that will allow us to enter in some code.
The code we need to enter is the following, but you’d need to replace the domain with your new domain.
RewriteRule (.*) http://www.newdomain.com/$1 [R=301,L][/code]
After you’ve pasted in the 301 redirect code you can scroll down and press save.
Step 6: Confirm the 301 Redirect Worked
This is optional, but I recommend that you perform the same Google search as before. site:yuoroldsite.siterubix.com and click on some of the results, if it’s working it should 301 redirect you to the same page/post but on the new domain.
If you run into problems, need help or even found this tutorial helpful, feel free to leave a comment below.