Migrating site templates, colors/styles configuration, events, site pages between WA sites
As a Wild Apricot partner we are tasked to do the following:
- setup a new ** website and launch
- migrate an existing ** website with new website designs
This feature is particularly helpful when a customer is already on Wild Apricot, in production but would like to test some new website design features or redesign the website altogether.
Currently our approach is to clone the production site with support, design on the clone and then move manually over to production. It would be really helpful if featured a way to export configuration options that can be imported into another ** website.
For starters I could see
- Theme selection
- Colors & Styles Configuration
- Bulk File manager download (not just file by file)
- Site template configuration
If you could export these settings and import them into an existing ** website and apply these changes it would really help.
Of course exporting events and related configuration settings for each event, exporting site pages between sites would also be nice.
Another approach would be to allow a "staging" feature to be available inside a site that can allow a separate website to be designed and Promoted to production, archiving site pages, overwriting configuration settings.
I realize it's a complicated ask with lots of issues, but right now redesigns and new configuration and experimentation is not really possible on a production system. You have to clone and move the results manually.
Alex Sirota commented
To be sure we have identified an approach that seems to work but it does require temporary downtime which is not always allowed or appropriate.
Adina Zaiontz commented
We are struggling with the exact same thing currently migrating a WA site. I second Alex's suggestions above. Migrating WA sites to a new design is a total nightmare.