For one reason or another, you may be ready to move your Site Build It! (SBI) site to WordPress – this can be a tricky process, and you want to get through with minimal downtime so your business can stay as active as possible.
You also want to get the transfer right so your visitors don’t notice the seamless change, and you also don’t want to lose search rank. Actually, getting a bump in ranking is one of the main reasons people are switching over from SBI to WordPress.
This article is meant to clear the doubts about moving an SBI site over to WordPress, by addressing your concerns, showing what is necessary, and the step needed to complete this task. SBI is a proprietary system, so transferring a site out of their world can mean extra difficulties and precautions.
Overall, transitioning a website from SBI to WordPress is something we make easy, so here’s how to get started.
Why Transfer From SBI To WordPress?
There are a number of different reasons a person might want to switch from SBI to WordPress.
WordPress is Less Expensive
First may be “cost”. Some people can pay upwards of $150 a year for one SBI site, and if you have multiple websites with their service, that can get expensive pretty quickly. WordPress has options for web services that are much cheaper.
You can host a WordPress site on some shared hosting services for as little as a few dollars a month, on top of your domain name registration and renewal fees – or even opt to have a subdomain of an existing WordPress multisite (even on wordpress.com itself).
WordPress May Rank Better – Results Will Vary
Many website operators realize that sites can rank better in search results from WordPress than SBI, but this isn’t always necessarily true. This has taken place for other website creators in the past, but it’s difficult to tell whether the correlation really implies a causation, which isn’t always the case.
What is true, however, is that WordPress allows you access to literally hundreds of different community-driven plugins that can help you rank better.
From Google Analytics integrations that allow you to track pretty much every user interaction with your site so that you can optimize workflows and behaviour, to SEO plugins that help optimize each page, post or other content – the opportunities are endless and far superior to what SBI can offer.
Feel free to ask us today about the many different free and paid options available for WordPress plugins that can show you lasting results to your Search Engine Rankings.
WordPress is Easier Technology
WordPress exists in order to serve the easiest content management for even the most inexperienced users – which means that anyone of any skillset can quickly learn and master the WordPress CMS.
With Visual as well as HTML editors, you can be sure to include exactly what formating, media, links and other resources you want to have on each post, page, or other place inside WordPress.
With an entire community providing free and paid themes and plugins, it’s easy to get the exact look and behavior from your WordPress site in just a few simple clicks.
WordPress is More Functional and Has More Options
Another great reason to make the switch from SBI to WordPress is that WordPress gives you more options and functionality with your website. More flexibility means more of your fingerprints all over the website, and people really like having extra control.
You also may be tired of the SBI format, which is very specific and could be getting outdated.
SBI has often bragged that its sites load fast, but the facts are that WordPress sites load just as fast. SBI needed something to hang its hat on, and the main reason its pages loaded fast were because they were so short and simple. In reality, WordPress sites load just fine if your traffic volume is under 5,000 visitors a day (in other cases you’d need a plug-in and some extra attention and care).
However, if you are not super-technically inclined, and you are always on SBI forums for technical help, you will absolutely love the community-driven forums and sites dedicated to helping WordPress administrators with all sorts of creative and technical issues.
Sites have emerged dedicated to helping pitch different plugins to create the perfect site that allows you the full range of creative, social and technical options that will make your experience with WordPress soar above what your expectations of your SBI site had been.
WordPress is Secure
As a constantly updated piece of software, you can rest assured that your best interests are at heart and that extremely talented developers are behind the guts that make WordPress work – meaning that they’re ensuring you’re safe from harm along every step of the way.
WordPress is in a Constant State of Evolution and Improvement
With new releases coming available for upgrade or download on a constant basis, the ability and function that comes along with WordPress is being improved and optimized at every turn – which is what allows you to be safe in knowing you’re using top-notch, top-quality software that gets the care and attention it needs to remain the world’s #1 choice for a free and open-source CMS.