In addition to the standard functionality to promote content between two environments, SiteSync module provides an advanced mechanism for migrating an existing Sitefinity CMS website from a project that is developed using Single site mode, to a project that is running in Multisite. This way you can add an existing website to a Sitefinity CMS multisite project and benefit from sharing content, modules, and managing multiple websites from one backend. For more information about Multisite see Multisite: Manage multiple sites.
SiteSync distinguishes whether to promote content or to migrate a website based on the following characteristics:
NOTE: This is not determined by the number of sites defined in a Sitefinity instance, but whether the Multisite module is enabled or not in Administration > Modules & Services. A Sitefinity project with only one site but with the Multisite module enabled is considered multisite
NOTE: The migration process is one-to-one. You cannot send the data from more than one single site to one and the same site from a multisite instance.
With site migration, you transfer all of your existing site data to a new multisite instance. Site configurations are not transferred. You can transfer them manually.
You can migrate all content, pages, templates, users, and roles. Relationships between content is preserved. For example, the tags and the permissions of a news item remain the same after the migration.
IMPORTANT: You must migrate users and roles before migrating content. Thus, you preserve items' permissions and avoid problems when permissions are changed after migration.
PREREQUISITES: To be able to migrate from a single to a multiple instance, you must ensure the following:
To migrate your single site to a multisite, perform the following:
Only published items are migrated.
UnderWhat do you want to sync ?, perform the following:
If a built-in module has a custom classification, you must migrate first the classification (taxonomies) then recreate the custom field on the target site, and move all other data. For more information about built-in modules, see Overview: Create content with built-in modules.
NOTE: If only dynamic modules have custom classification fields, you do not have to perform this procedure.
Perform the following:
Classifications, users, and roles are common for all of the sites in a multisite instance.
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