Are You Lost in the Wilderness of Transferring WordPress Content?
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you need to transfer content from one WordPress site to another? Whether you want to move your website to a new domain, merge multiple WordPress sites, or simply transfer content to a new website, the process can be overwhelming. But don’t worry!
Backup Your Website
The first step to transferring content is to backup your website entirely. It might seem tricky, but there are different ways to do it. You can either use a plugin or manually backup your WordPress site. Luckily, plugins such as VaultPress, UpdraftPlus, and BackupBuddy can make your backup and storing procedure a breeze. These plugins allow you to store your website in remote servers like Dropbox, Google Drive, or Amazon S3.
Create a Test Site
After backing up your website, the next step is to create a test site to test the transfer process without affecting your live website. You can quickly generate a test site using a subdomain or subdirectory like a subdomain such as test.yourdomain.com or a subdirectory like yourdomain.com/test. If you’re unfamiliar with creating a subdomain or subdirectory, contact your hosting provider for assistance.
Export Content from Source Site
The next step is to export your content, including posts, pages, comments, and custom post types, from your source site. You’ll have to log in to your site’s WordPress dashboard, navigate to Tools > Export.
On the Export page, select the content you want to export, including posts, pages, and comments. If you want to export custom post types, you’ll need to find and install a plugin like Custom Post Type UI. Once you’ve selected the content you want to export, click the “Download Export File” button.
Import Content into Destination Site
After exporting your content, the next step is to import it into your destination site. To do this, log in to your destination site’s WordPress dashboard and navigate to Tools > Import.
On the Import page, select the importer based on the type of data you want to import, such as WordPress or Blogger. If you’re importing from another WordPress site, select the “WordPress” importer.
Upload the export file you downloaded from your source site during step three, and once the upload is complete, click the “Import” button. During the import process, you may need to create a new user account or assign content to existing users.
Transfer Media Files
The final step in transferring content from one WordPress site to another is transferring media files. These media files include images, videos, and audio files used on your website. You have two options for that: manually transferring media files through FTP or using a plugin like WP Migrate DB or Media Files Mover.
In manual transfer, you’ll have to connect to your source site’s FTP account, navigate to the wp-content folder, and select the “uploads” folder, and export it to your local device. After that, connect to your destination site’s FTP account, navigate to the wp-content folder, and then upload the “uploads” folder you downloaded from your source site.
Transferring content from one WordPress site to another might cause some distress. It’s important to follow the steps mentioned above to avoid missing anything. Backing up your website before starting the transfer process is crucial in case anything goes wrong. Moreover, creating a test site will allow you to carry out the transfer process without affecting your live website. Exporting and importing content, as well as uploading media files in the right place, are essential to avoid broken links and missing pictures.
We hope this article helped you understand how to transfer content from one WordPress site to another. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below. Happy transferring!