Migrate your SharePoint Online Public Website to a partner website

If you have a public website hosted by Office 365 and you want to migrate the content to one of Office 365 public website partner sites, such as GoDaddy or Wix.com, follow the general guidelines here to set up and move to your new site.

Please note that the process of migrating to an alternative solution is not supported by Microsoft support staff.

Before you start: Add a network location

Adding the folder with your website’s files as a network location will let you easily browse to and copy files to the partner site by accessing your site’s files using File Explorer. These steps assume you have an Office 365 account with a public website and administrator sign-in credentials to access the account.

  1. Sign in to Office 365 with your work or school account. For example ellen@contoso.onmicrosoft.com, ellen@contoso.edu, or ellen@contoso.com. If you're not sure what your work or school account is, check the welcome email message that asked you to sign in the first time.

    When you sign in, be sure to check the Keep me signed in box, or you'll get an access denied error when you try to connect to the network location later.

  2. In Office 365, select the waffle menu at the top left, select Sites, and then select Public site.

    In Office 365 choose Sites
  3. In Office 365, select the gear menu in the top right, and select Site settings.

    In GoDaddy Website Builder choose Site settings
  4. Select Design Manager, and select Upload Design Files.

  5. Take note of the URL that follows this text: Map the following location as a network drive:.

    In Office 365 Design Manager, copy or note the URL
  6. In Internet Explorer, select the gear menu at the top right, select Internet Options, and then select the Security tab.

  7. Select Trusted sites, and select Sites.

    In Internet Options, on the Security tab, choose Sites
  8. Add the website address you copied earlier, for example, https://contosobistro14-public.sharepoint.com/.

  9. Open File Explorer, select the Computer tab at the top of the window, and then select Add a network location.

    Choose Add a network location
  10. Follow the steps in the Add Network Location Wizard by using the website address you copied above.

    Your website will be added to your computer network locations.

    In Internet Explorer, find your Network location

Copy content to a new GoDaddy website

You can purchase a discounted plan by going to GoDaddy from the GoDaddy partner link in Office 365.

If you need help copying your website to GoDaddy, contact GoDaddy support.

GoDaddy provides detailed help for learning about working with Website Builder

Copy content to a new Wix website

You can purchase a discounted plan by going to Wix.com from the Wix.com partner link in Office 365.

If you need help copying your website to Wix.com, contact Wix.com support.

Wix provides detailed help for learning about working with their website builder. To get started, you should:

Change your website address to use your domain name (GoDaddy and Wix.com)

After you finish designing your new website at GoDaddy or Wix.com, you can set up the website address with your domain name so people can easily find your site, like www.contoso.com.

If you need help completing these steps, contact GoDaddy or Wix.com support.

GoDaddy

When you sign in, you provide a domain that will be used when you publish your website.

In GoDaddy First things first, select a domain from the dropdown
In GoDaddy First things first, Type a domain registered elsewhere

If Office 365 manages the DNS records for the domain, then when you choose to publish the site, it will work automatically.

If you manage DNS for your domain outside of Office 365, follow these steps to set up your domain to use with your GoDaddy website.

Wix.com

If Office 365 manages the DNS records for the domain, then when you choose to publish the site, it will work automatically.

If you manage DNS for your domain outside of Office 365, to set up your website with your domain, you add three DNS records for the domain at your domain’s DNS host:

In Wix.com use these DNS record settings

Wix provides steps for adding the DNS records at a number of popular domain registrars. Choose the steps provided for Pointing, not the Name Servers option.

If you change your mind, you can unpublish your site.

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