Migration of WordPress Data

Migration of WordPress Data

When transitioning out of your current school, you will often need to think about “what do I bring with me when I go?” Your school blogging is no exception. This tutorial is intended to walk you through the process of exporting your pages and posts from one WordPress site and importing them to a new location that you own.

Below is the step by step process, but you may wish to follow along with this video instead. It’s up to you!

Content vs. Design

An important concept when starting this is the division between content and design. Both areas are stored differently, so let’s take a look at the differences. Design are the aesthetic elements that make up your blog; font colors, font families, font sizes, background images, icons. Content is the actual data of what is being communicated; sentences, paragraphs, bulleted lists, images uploaded along with a post, categories, pages, tags. Often design elements lay on top of content, giving the content a different look, a different size. Under how content is styled is the raw content itself. This is what we migrating today. More information on this can be found here – http://mchannigan.com/content-vs-design/

Steps for Migration

Step 1 is preparing a home for where your migrated site data will exist. The simplest solution is a free WordPress.com account.

  1. Step 1 is preparing a home for where your migrated site data will exist. The simplest solution is a free WordPress.com account. This is done in 3 steps.
    1. Choose a theme – again this is the Design of the site. The content we import into this will take on the look and feel of the theme you choose. You may choose a similar or same theme used on your existing site.Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 11.48.12 AM
    2. Choose your domain – this will be nameyouchoose.wordpress.com. This could be your name for example.Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 11.48.05 AM
    3. Create your account – this your username and password to access your site in the future.Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 11.47.54 AM
  2. Once your site is created, you can click on the title of your site in the top left to view it as is. It is a blank site ready for blogging. Rather than that, we are going to bring in all our past blog posts to populate the site. We’ll come back to this screen to Import the data. First, we have export this from our existing site.Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 11.53.23 AM
  3. It’s best if you open a new browser tab so the new site is easy to get back to. In a new tab, head to the dashboard of your existing site where you would craft a new page or post.
  4. We are looking on the left sidebar for a section called Tools. Within Tools there is an “export page”. Leave the settings for “all content” and “Download export file”. Save this .xml file to your computer.Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 11.56.47 AM
  5. Back to our new site, we are navigating to the “Settings” and “Import” section. We simply choose the export file we just created and start the import. This may take a while as all of your images are referenced in the .xml file and need to be uploaded into the new system.Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 11.58.22 AM
  6. That’s literally all there is to it! If you click the title of your page on the top left you’ll be taken to your new site with all of your posts and pages pulled over! Congratulations!

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