Get a Move On: Import Your Blog to WordPress.com

If you want to move your website to WordPress.com from another platform, one of your biggest concerns is probably whether you can import existing content to your new site. After all, wouldn’t it make life easier if you could quickly and easily move your posts over in one go instead of individually copying and pasting each one?

While it’s possible to import content to WordPress.com from other blogging and site-building platforms, it’s important to understand the current possibilities and limitations of this process. Without further ado, here’s how to import your blog to WordPress.com.

Can you import content to WordPress.com?

The short answer is yes; you can import your existing site or blog to WordPress.com — but you can only automatically import its content from certain platforms.

Currently, WordPress.com supports automatic imports from:

  • Blogger
  • Medium
  • Self-hosted WordPress.org sites
  • Squarespace
  • Tumblr
  • Weebly
  • Wix
  • Blogroll
  • GoDaddy Quick Blogcast
  • Israblog
  • LiveJournal
  • Movable Type and TypePad
  • My Opera
  • Posterous
  • Storylane
  • Xanga

If you’re using a drag-and-drop HTML builder or another blogging platform not listed above, you have to manually import your content. The silver lining is that once you move your content over to WordPress.com, it will be exponentially easier to manage and update in the future.

What content types can you import?

There are many different pieces that make up a website, ranging from standard text posts and multimedia, to comments and domains. Ideally, you want to transfer as many of these items as possible when moving over to WordPress.com. It’s important to note that the site you’re importing content from dictates exactly what can and cannot be moved over.

Some sites allow you to move almost everything (posts, comments, media, and domains), while others only allow you to transfer limited pieces. For example, if you’re moving from Blogger to WordPress.com, you can import all of your posts, comments, and attached media content. However, your Blogger theme and personal settings cannot be imported.

On the other hand, when moving from Wix to WordPress.com, you can import blog posts and images, but will have to manually move your pages. Further, your themes and forms on Wix will not move over.

The items that you can import to WordPress.com vary slightly for each website. Read the specifics for your particular host on the Transfer to WordPress.com page, as well as detailed instructions on how to make the switch.

Where does imported content go?

You’re probably wondering where your content ends up once it’s imported to WordPress.com — it’s no use if you can’t find it, right?

Once your import is complete (this can take a while if you have a lot of existing content) you can access your content by going to My Site and then Blog Posts.

If you have any issues while moving your blog to WordPress.com, contact WordPress.com support and they will walk you through the process.

Whether you want access to the enhanced features available on WordPress.com, or are feeling dissatisfied with your current platform, moving to a platform that will meet your needs is an important step. Now that you understand how to import your blog to WordPress.com, you can begin the process of taking your site to the next level.

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