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Site URL: https://www.dotsonphysiotherapy.com/

I have changed my business name from Dotson Physiotherapy to Own Your Health Physiotherapy. 
I would like to change my domain from dotsonphysiotherapy.com to OYHPT.com and have already purchased the new domain name.  I would also like to change my email from @dotsonphysiotehrapy to @OYHPT.

I had envisioned simply duplicating my website, making the copy hidden while I change all I want changed.  Once it's ready, I wanted to put a banner on my old site to send people to the new one.  Then, after a year, I would get rid of the old one and be fully transitioned. 

Similarly, I want to have both @dotsonphysiotherapy and @OYHPT email addresses available for the transition time.


Suggestions on the process to make this happen, or a better way?

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No need to manage multiple sites or email accounts. You can connect multiple domains to a site. I would duplicate all the pages you want to keep/edit within your existing site, leaving the current pages live until you've made all your changes. Then, connect your new domain and swap the new pages for the old. If you want, you can keep the old domain pointing to your new site. You could also set up a forward with your domain host to send visitors to the old domain to a special welcome page on your site that introduces the change.

With Google Workspace, you can also have multiple domains on the same account. You can receive email at seemingly unlimited number of mailboxes. You can only send from the primary address. But you can change your primary domain. So, similar to above, add the new domain to your existing account and you can begin to receive email immediately. Change primary domains at whatever point makes sense, and you can still receive email to the old boxes.

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Thank you for replying.

I see the option to duplicate my website. How would I go about changing the domain on the new one?  I do want to keep the old for a while as I have been directing people to it for over a year and expect some people will still reach out to that site in the next several months to try and find me.

How do I change my primary domain so that people will be receiving from the new domain as opposed to the old one?

Again, I have the new domain, but have not figured out how to apply it to a website or email.

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You don't need to duplicate the entire website. If you do, you will have to pay for another subscription. If you did and then disabled the old site afterward, Squarespace will *probably* give a pro-rated refund -- I have done that before -- but there's not any reason to do it that way, unless you want to run both sites simultaneously and/or you want to upgrade to the latest version of Squarespace. In that case, yes, you need to duplicate your entire site and pay a new subscription.

You can duplicate individual pages by clicking the gear icon next to the page you want to copy and hitting 'Duplicate' near the bottom. Make changes to the duplicate pages as needed and add new pages such that you build your new site "inside" your current one. Be sure to keep the new pages in the 'Not Linked' section.

When you're ready to switch to the new brand, swap the duplicated/edited pages into place, changing navigation titles and URL slugs on old and new pages as needed to keep your menu structure. If you have a high-traffic site, you might want to do that in the middle of the night. Be sure to run a broken link checker after to make sure you got everything.


Finally, make your new domain primary by clicking on it under Settings/Domains and picking 'Set as Primary Domain' under 'Actions' near the bottom. See screenshot below. Both domains will now point to your new site. Anyone going to the old address will see it change automatically to the new address in their browser.

Updating your email domain is not hard, but it's also not easy to summarize. Google has some instructions.


If that's too opaque, you can grab a 15-minute demo session at the link below. It would be much easier to just show you than to type it all out.




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