As you might have heard, Google is shutting down websites made with Google Business Profiles in March 2024.
This was a crucial service for many small and local businesses who did not want to deal with the challenges of running their own website. Websites are still important and often a differenciator when people looking for local businesses.
Not having a website can lead to fewer customers and, thus, less money for your business. To avoid that you should act before the service is shutting down and move your website to another service.
There are a couple of services out there to easily create and host a website, but do you really have the time for that? We offer a painless way of migrating your existing Google Business Website and hosting it for free without facing the challenge of creating a new one.
What are Google My Business Websites?
The Google Business Profile is an easy way to reach potential customers in the Google search. You add your company details, verify the address, and get a listing. Your listing will be shown on location-based searches within the search results and also on Google Maps.
Most local businesses already know that it’s important to have a profile and keep it up to date.
Later Google added the ability to create a website based on the information provided in the Google Business Profile. This has been an easy way to have a dedicated website and only have to keep one profile updated, as the website automatically gets updated each time you change something.
What to do now?
Your website will no longer be available after March 2024 and will be redirected to your Google Business Profile. While this at least ensures that people will get some information, you will lose the advantage of having a dedicated website for your business.
You can use one of the many offerings available online to create a new website.
Some of these tools are better than others, so here is a list of the most popular ones without any specific recommendations:
Creating your own website comes with its own challenges – are you good at designing? Do you have the technical knowledge to handle that? Do you have time for that? Most likely not, that’s why you have used the Google Business Profile Website in the first place.
Download websites made with Google Business Profiles
We offer a service that downloads entire websites, including all the images, videos, text, and even everything necessary for the layout of your website.
It’s fairly easy for you to use. Add the URL of your Google Business Website and your e-mail address and submit the form.
Our solution will fetch all the content, package everything up in a ZIP file, and send a download link to the e-mail address you’ve added.
The best thing? It’s free to use as most Google Business Websites are below our 200 pages/files limit – give it a try!
Download your Google Business Website
Go to our homepage, add the domain of your Google Business Website and your e-mail address, and use “Local Directory” as the use case, then click the “Download Website” button.
You get an e-mail containing a download link where you can download a ZIP containing all the pages and files or your website:
Upload it to Netlify to host it for free
Netlify offers a drag-and-drop solution to upload the ZIP file you’ve got from webtozip.com and deploy it to their server. You get a temporary domain to check the result in seconds, but you can also connect your own domain if you have one.
Here is how it works:
And there you have it – a self-hosted (free) alternative to your existing Google Business Website, yours forever.
A quick summary
- Download your website with webtozip.com
- Download the ZIP file from the e-mail
- Upload it to Netlify
- Attach your own domain