If you have actually not listened to yet, Workplace 365 is finishing its assistance for a Public Web site attribute. So currently you have a Workplace 365 Public Web site, as well as much less than 2 years prior to Microsoft closes it down. What to do. What to do.

Well you might move to the recommended GoDaddy or WIX.com services, yet I picked WordPress. Why? According to Wikipedia, WordPress has some 60 million internet site/ blog site individuals huge as well as tiny.

As well as WordPress CMS market share has to do with 60% contrasted to just 0.4% for SharePoint sites. With WordPress you obtain a fully grown, durable CMS (Web content Administration System) that is a whole lot simpler to set-up than you may assume.

This is except wordpress.com, yet I’m discussing wordpress.org, where you can download and install WordPress core documents as well as publish them to a data source on a web server like GoDaddy (or any type of web server).

So, what concerning making use of WordPress? Well, Very little speak about it on the Workplace 365 neighborhood discussion forum. There are no applications or plug-ins to move your blog posts/ web pages over to a WordPress website (or any type of website). In this tutorial I will certainly reveal you just how I moved to a common organizing WordPress internet site making use of duplicate as well as paste approaches.

You can replicate over each blog post at your very own recreation, while still utilizing your existing O365 internet site. You can maintain all blog posts in WordPress as drafts, so it will not reveal online up until you prepare.

You additionally have accessibility to the ‘. htaccess’ data in the WP data source to make 301 reroutes for all your old O365 web pages as well as blog posts. Seeming like a great concept? Maintain analysis!

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Configuration a WordPress Website

To configuration a WordPress internet site examine my tutorial below. After that proceed with this tutorial.

Your Domain

You have either these 2 domain names for your Workplace 365 public internet site today:

1.) The complimentary domain name when you registered for Workplace 365.


If this is your situation after that determine what you wish to call your brand-new WP website as well as include a personalized domain when you acquire a holding strategy from a holding carrier (like GoDaddy.com). You can maintain your brand-new WP website concealed from internet search engine while you conform your web content. All the while, your existing O365 website remains public.

KEEP IN MIND: If you are making use of a complimentary domain for your O365 website, after that miss action 2.

2.) Or a personalized signed up domain you purchased from a domain name carrier (like GoDaddy.com).


If this is your situation after that all you require to do is include a holding strategy with that said name. Most likely to the ‘Setup a WordPress Site’ web link over to develop your brand-new WordPress website.

If the domain name carrier does not have organizing strategies that you like, after that locate an additional organizing carrier you simulate. However you can maintain your domain where it is.

Throughout your movement, you wish to maintain your existing Workplace 365 website up as well as running. To do this, your licensed domain should remain sharp to your O365 website. You can examine as well as see to it by mosting likely to your domain name registrar (like GoDaddy) as well as inspecting the Nameservers for your domain. They must have something like the names listed below.


Modification your HOSTS data

KEEP IN MIND: When buying a holding strategy with your personalized domain still indicating your Workplace 365 website, you can not obtain accessibility to your WP website from the internet. You require to change the hosts submit on your computer system. This enables you to visit to your WordPress website as well as begin utilizing it, as well as previewing each blog post as it would certainly resemble public online. See this web link for more details.

For Windows computer systems utilize Note pad. Open Up Note Pad with Run as Manager (or you can not conserve). Most likely to Data — Open up, after that duplicate as well as paste the message listed below, right into the Data name. Click Open.

c: windowssystem32 driversetchosts

After that Paste your domain name IP address, as well as an area, after that your domain on a vacant line. Similar to you see listed below. To locate your IP address, visit to your Cpanel for your domain details.

Conserve the message data with the IP address as well as WP internet site name. Currently this hosts attend to above will certainly enable you to login as well as utilize your brand-new WP website on your computer system, while your licensed domain is still indicating your old O365 website.

KEEP IN MIND: Some Holding suppliers will certainly enable a sneak peek setting for you to service your brand-new internet site, yet talk with your host prior to doing this (I figured out by hand), since in sneak peek setting (on Godaddy), you screw up all the pemalinks as you develop web content. Simply a caution. On various other hosts the sneak peek setting may function, yet telephone call as well as talk with them initially.

To modify the hosts submit on a Mac see this web link.

Begin Duplicating over Workplace 365 blog posts to WordPress

I will certainly simply discuss the essentials of utilizing your brand-new WordPress website to duplicate as well as paste over each blog post or web page, along with photos as well as records.

First Off I will certainly presume you will certainly utilize your existing O365 website up until all information is moved. The dimension of your website will certainly rely on how much time the transfer will certainly take. For me, much less than 200 web pages with photos, took a pair months (a pair hrs a day).

For just duplicate as well as pasting, most likely to your O365 website as well as highlight all the message for a blog post or web page as well as DUPLICATE.

Eliminate O365 markup. To get rid of all the html markup scrap, go on the internet to ckeditor.com as well as in the full-screen editor, remove all message as well as photos

PASTE your Workplace 365 web page right into the editor. This will certainly clean up all the unneeded markup code in the initial Workplace 365 web page.

You can most likely to Resource switch to see the tidy html. This is essential prior to you paste right into a brand-new WordPress blog post.

By hand highlight all message as well as photos as well as DUPLICATE.

After That PASTE right into a brand-new WP blog post like you see listed below:

O365 ingrained photos, records as well as web links

These will certainly remain in the html code on each web page you paste over to your WP website. This is ok if you have great deals of time prior to the expiry day of your O365 website (a minimum of 2 years after March 9, 2015). You can utilize these embeds in your WP website, yet you will certainly need to change them ultimately prior to your O365 website is removed (March 2017).

You can additionally download and install the photos as well as docs for each and every blog post from O365, after that publish these in the WP Photo Collection, changing the O365 photos or docs.

  • To download and install all photos, most likely to your web browser as well as tons your Workplace 365 website, most likely to the web page you desire, as well as in the web browser most likely to the food selection as well as select Conserve as Page Full. Where you conserved the data you will certainly see a folder with all the photos. You can after that publish these to your WP website. Simply drag photos to your WP blog posts.
  • To download and install records (PDFs, Zips, SWF’s and so on) from each web page from Workplace 365, click those web links as well as download them to your computer system. After that you can publish them similarly to the WP Photo Collection.
  • For all interior web links, that is all web links to various other web pages in your O365 website, maintain them where they are since you can reroute them in the.htaccess data with FTP. which I will certainly cover under 301 Reroutes later on in this blog post.
  • To see the html code in your WordPress blog post, click the Text switch like listed below:

  • The initial emphasize is an inner web link to an additional blog post on your O365 website.
  • The 2nd emphasize is a picture web link from your O365 website.
  • The 3rd as well as forth highlights are file web links from your O365 website.

Bear In Mind … Photo as well as Files web links will certainly receive your WordPress blog posts simply great. However you will certainly need to change them prior to the 2017 decrease.

When it comes to interior web links, proceed reviewing to see just how to make 301 reroutes.

301 Reroutes using.htaccess data

Do not modify your html code for interior web links. After you replicate as well as paste a Workplace 365 blog post over to WordPress, you will certainly need to include 301 reroutes to the.htaccess data with FTP.

As quickly as you obtain your beta WP website up as well as running you can reroute each old O365 blog post in the.htaccess data of your WP website. These will certainly be 301 reroutes. So all your Search Engine Optimization worth on your O365 web pages (internet search engine position, etc) will certainly move over to your brand-new WP blog post permalinks. Keep in mind: It will certainly drip down gradually over a couple of months, so you might drastically shed website traffic, particularly with Google search website traffic, up until all the Search Engine Optimization worth of your old web pages is taking into consideration with Google as well as the various other internet search engine. Simply to allow you recognize

As an example, your O365 website Web page, depending upon how much time you have had a Workplace 365 Public internet site, you might have up to 3 web page permalinks:





2013 … pleasant link


In your WP website, your permalinks will certainly look various. To establish them, most likely to Setups > Permalinks. Ready To Message Call, the advised as well as pleasant permalink framework.

Currently your WP web page will certainly be something like:

http://www.yourwebsite.com/ latest-posts

Currently to reroute all the old web page, you will certainly require to open up Filezilla, as well as most likely to the public_html folder of your brand-new WordPress website. Inside this folder is your.htaccess data. One use this data is to include 301 reroutes (so all your old web links most likely to the brand-new WP permalinks).

So with the web page in mind, best click on.htaccess as well as Sight/ Edit. The data initially will certainly look something like you see listed below:

# BEGIN WordPress

RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule ^ index.php$ – [L]
RewriteCond % {REQUEST_FILENAME}!- f
RewriteCond % {REQUEST_FILENAME}!- d
RewriteRule./ index.php [L]

# END WordPress

Phrase Structure for 301 Reroutes in.htaccess:

[redirect 301][space][/old O365 address][space][new WP address]

redirect 301/ Pages/default. aspx https://www.tutorialboneyard.com/

To include redirects for your web page like I provided for mine see listed below (contribute to empty areas listed below # END WordPress):

#TBY House 301 s
redirect 301/ Pages/default. aspx https://www.tutorialboneyard.com/
redirect 301/ default.aspx https://www.tutorialboneyard.com/
redirect 301/ latest-tutorials https://www.tutorialboneyard.com/
#END House 301 s

Currently I picked my house permalink to be my domain. Adhere to these actions to make your very own:

Right here is an instance. Confine your redirects in a hash name like listed below:

#YOURWEBSITE House 301 s
redirect 301/ Pages/default. aspx http://yourwebsite.com/latest-posts
redirect 301/ default.aspx http://yourwebsite.com/latest-posts
redirect 301/ latest-tutorials http://yourwebsite.com/latest-posts
#END House 301 s

As you end up pasting over each blog post from O365 to WP, include a 301 redirect. Instance listed below:

#YOURWEBSITE Articles 301 s
redirect 301/ Pages/article1. aspx http://yourwebsite.com/article-1
redirect 301/ article1.aspx http://yourwebsite.com/article-1
#END Articles 301 s

Note: several of your Workplace 365 website web pages might have greater than one suffix like listed below:


See to it you obtain all address variations for each and every web page.

Note: You will certainly locate these conveniently in internet search engine web designer devices like Google. You need to make an account with them. Web designer devices will ultimately reveal any type of interior or exterior web links that you missed out on placing a 301 reroute on. So maintain this in mind.

Ok, proceed moving all O365 website blog posts over to WP. Include 301 reroutes, as well as check your web links in sneak peek or online to see if the 301’s are functioning.

Going Live

If you are making use of a default domain with your Workplace 365 public website, after that miss the actions listed below.

When you are done moving your Workplace 365 website to your brand-new WordPress website, it is time to:

1.) reset nameservers for your domain (just if you are making use of a personalized domain indicating your O365 website).

  • Most likely to your domain account under name setups. Under nameservers, you must still see that it indicates Microsoft.


  • To get rid of the these old nameservers, you will certainly locate a Manage web link. Click it as well as you will certainly most likely to Nameserver Setups. Keep in mind: this might look a bit various depending upon your Host Company.

  • The Microsoft names will certainly be under Personalized setups. Returning to Criterion, you must locate your initial nameserver names. Otherwise, call your host carrier to obtain your initial names.

Note: points might look a various depending upon your Host Company.

2.) eliminate your licensed domain for O365

  • From your Workplace 365 admin, most likely to Handle Public internet site. As you can see listed below I currently eliminated my personalized domain. To eliminate your own, Click Modification address. Currently choose your default address (yourname-public. sharepoint.com or yourname-on. microsoft.com). You can utilize this website as a back-up for all your initial blog posts

3.) Most likely to Domain names, as well as eliminate your personalized domain. Listed below I have actually currently gotten rid of mine, leaving the default energetic:

4.) Return to your hosts message data as well as remove the ip as well as internet site name you went into previously. If you do not, it may trigger some issues Reconsider this web link.

5.) Currently it might take anywhere from a hr to a couple of days prior to your WP website reveals online. Till after that you will certainly not have the ability to log-in. So stick around.

6.) If after a couple of days you have actually not obtained accessibility to your WP website, after that examine the actions over to see if you have actually made any type of blunders. If you require additionally assist send out a remark to me in this blog post near the bottom, I will certainly attempt to assist you. If the scenario is a mess it’s time to call your domain carrier as well as request support.

Conceal your old website from internet search engine

  • Ultimately, you require to visit Handle public internet site setups or Website setups for your O365 website.

  • Under Website Setups, locate Internet search engine Sitemap Setups.

  • You require to include a’ Disallow:/’ to make internet search engine quit indexing your old website web pages. This will certainly drip down over a couple of months. This is essential, since you do not wish to have actually replicate material indexed on the internet search engine. This might impact you WP website positions in searches as well as drop your general website traffic briefly.


There are still some points to tidy up if you have any type of photos:

  • Pictures on O365 may have the size as well as elevation in a design like below.

I have actually discovered if you utilize a receptive style for your WP website, as well as most likely to your mobile phones, the photos with the design sizes are manipulated disproportionally. So, get rid of the elevation as well as size from these designs to stay clear of picture issues on mobile phones.

  • exterior connected photos on Google And also as well as FaceBook do not tons

I have actually discovered that several photos that were hot-linked to my social web pages did not tons. This was an actual mess for me. Do not hotlink photos from your website to any type of various other website. Anyhow I needed to redesign my social blog posts as well as publishing the photos to their web servers rather. Hot-linking photos can reduce an internet site down.

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