Migrating from Wordpress to Squarespace
Making the move from Wordpress to Squarespace can take a few steps but it certainly does not have to be a complicated process! You may think your Wordpress site is already the way to go, but I am a huge fan of Squarespace and think it is a better fit for your online business. Read this post for more about why you are going to want to make the switch! In this blog post, I will be covering what you need to do to migrate from one platform to another.
A few things to note before you dig in. This process is best for websites that are smaller and don’t have a ton of content to transfer over. If you website is a little bit more extensive, you may want to hire an expert for this process.
However, if your website has a more manageable amount of content, you can certainly handle these steps on your own.
Getting things set up
Make sure you have Wordpress 3.2 or higher. This type is required to move forward. You will also need to disable any Wordpress plugins before exporting your .xml files from Wordpress. This is the only file type that Squarespace will accept.
Squarespace will be able to pull the following items from your Wordpress import.
Blog pages, blog posts, and authors
You won’t be able to import plugin content, image captions, your media library collection of content that isn’t already existing on a page or can custom CSS or stylized portions of your site.
Importing your content from Wordpress
The following steps are for basic Wordpress sites, but if your site is a little bit more advanced, check out the steps Squarespace covers on their support page.
Step One: Go to the Home menu and select Settings.
Step Two: Select Advanced and click Import/Export
Step Three: Select Import, from this window click Wordpress.
Step Four: Click Basic and enter your Wordpress login information and website URL.
Step Five: Then select Begin import.
Step Six: A completion message will pop up on your screen after the import is completed.
*Note: All imported content will appear in the Not Linked section of your Pages menu.
Updating your imported content
You’ve finished the hard part getting the content into Squarespace, but you need to update the content and stylize it for your current website. Particularly for blog post, you’ll still have to go in and format to make sure each post is as it should be - so take time to devote to double checking everything.
While this process isn’t fool proof, it can save you a ton of time! I have had great experiences with the process with my clients (see a real life example here!) so take a chance to get your content on a better platform!