Exporting WordPress

If you would like to move your WordPress site from Bergbuilds to either a free WordPress.com account or a different paid web host, you can do so with the export system built into WordPress.

From the WordPress administrative area, navigate to Tools>Export

WordPress admin console screenshot with Tools and Export selected

Most often, you will want to download all your content, but there are reasons you may want to download a partial archive. You may wish to migrate only your most recent content. Or you may wish to exclude content tagged a particular way.

In some cases, if you will be importing your content into a new site using WordPress.org, your new hosting provider may have a file size limit on uploads. If your export file is too big, you can download a set of partial archives by using the following filters:

  • Content published within a time frame – set a Start Date and/or an End Date
  • Content authored by specific users. Use the Authors drop-down menu.
  • Posts belonging to a specific Category or Tag.
  • Only posts or only pages, using the Content Types filter.
  • Specific post Statuses

This process will generate a file containing your blog’s content. This format, which WordPress calls WordPress eXtended RSS or WXR, will contain your posts, pages, comments, categories, and tags.

Note: This will ONLY export your posts, pages, comments, categories, and tags; uploads and images may need to be manually transferred to your new WordPress blog. The current version of the WordPress.org installation gives you the option to import uploaded files, but the blog you are importing from must be live and serving images properly in order for it to work. So, do not delete your Bergbuilds blog until after media files have successfully been imported into the new blog.

If you are planning to export your content to another blog platform, it may be best to manually download and save your images from your WordPress Media Library before trying to import/upload them into the new blog.

As with anything relating to Bergbuilds, if you would like support, encouragement, or consultation please come see a Digital Learning Assistant or a member of the ITDL team.