Migrating an Existing Site to Umbraco Cloud

    Sometimes you may already have an Umbraco site built that did not start with a clone of an Umbraco Cloud site. Or perhaps you have decided to move a site that's already live to Umbraco Cloud. In any case, migrating an existing site is not difficult, but it does require some specific steps, and an understanding of how Umbraco Cloud deployments work can be very helpful.


    Before you start migrating your Umbraco 7 site to Umbraco Cloud there are a few things you need to consider. In order to migrate your site smoothly, we have made a list of requirements your project(s) needs to meet.

    Your Umbraco site has to fulfill these requirements:

    • Has no more content items than your plan covers (Starter plan: 1000 - Pro Plan: 25000)
    • Contains no member data (these you will need to import manually!)
    • No obsolete/old packages
    • Isn’t a site that has been upgraded from versions below Umbraco 7 (as legacy code from older versions can potentially cause issues)

    If you have a site that does not meet the above requirements, feel free to contact us and we will help you find the best solution for your site.

    Understanding what you have

    Prior to undertaking a migration you'll want to make sure you know the packages, add-ons, and custom code your site is using. This is especially important if you are using custom property editors that will require data resolvers in order to work properly with the Umbraco Cloud deployment engine. Some common property editors that will require a data resolver are; Archetype, Mortar, and Nested Content which do not currently contain a data resolver and will not deploy properly. There are certainly other property editors that will require a custom data resolver but, for the most part, property editors that store data as Umbraco data will deploy without requiring any special attention.

    If you have used Courier with your site previously and deployments work as expected, then you can be relatively certain it will also deploy properly with Umbraco Cloud.

    With that in mind, let's get started: Prepare your site for migration