If you have a website on sites.miis.edu, sites.middlebury.edu, or middcreate.net, you will lose access to your site six months after you graduate. (See our resource on What to do with your Middlebury accounts when you graduate.)
However, your website doesn’t have to be lost forever – you can migrate it and/or sign up for web hosting. Here are some steps you can take to preserve your website.
The simplest option to keep your MiddCreate website is to sign up for Reclaim Hosting, which supports MiddCreate. The most popular hosting option is $30 per year for 2GB of space.* This should be enough unless you have a large volume of content or media (tip: resize your photos to less than 100KB each to save space).
Reclaim Hosting will give you the option to purchase your own domain name (so it will no longer be yourdomain.middcreate.net) and it will migrate the site for you – easy peasy.
This is the option we recommend – it’s the easiest and most cost-effective solution for most students
Note: If you are migrating a subdomain (subdomain.yourdomain.middcreate.net) instead of a top-level domain (yourdomain.middcreate.net), submit a support ticket to email@example.com so that Reclaim Hosting will know to migrate your site for you.
You can also choose to migrate your site to another self-hosted platform. You may want to install a plugin like All-in-One WP Migration or Duplicator to help with the transfer.
sites.miis.edu & sites.middlebury.edu
If you want to take advantage of the convenience of Reclaim Hosting, you can follow this step-by-step guide to transfer your site from sites dot to MiddCreate, and then have Reclaim Hosting migrate your site.
You can also migrate your site to another self-hosted platform. You can follow a guide like this to transfer your WordPress site, and some hosting services will assist with the migration.
What about free options?
You can have a free WordPress site on wordpress.com. Your website URL will be whateveryouwant.wordpress.com, unless you buy a domain name through wordpress.com. This guide explains the differences between wordpress.com and wordpress.org, in case you’re wondering.
Basically, wordpress.com has a free option, but functionality is limited. You will keep all your pages, posts, and photos, but you won’t be able to use any plugins, and you will have to choose one of the themes available on the platform.
WordPress.com hosts your content for you, whereas a site using wordpress.org is hosted by a third party, like Reclaim Hosting. If your main goal is to preserve your content on a free platform, wordpress.com might be a good solution.
Here are some more resources for making a wordpress.com site.
If you missed it, here is our guide to what to do with your online Middlebury accounts when you graduate.