You can use the Export tools to move your content to another site or to a self-hosted WordPress site.

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What an XML Export Can and Cannot Do

When you use the export feature, your site’s content is downloaded into an XML file. This XML file includes your posts, pages, comments, categories, and tags.

An XML export can also move your images and other media. However, it’s important to know that XML export files don’t contain any images or media. They contain links to images and other media, which will be moved to the new site after you import the XML file to that site. The site you exported from must be publicly accessible. This process can take a few hours depending on how many media files you have.

An export file does not contain your theme or plugins, only content. If you wish to have the same design on the new site, you must activate and configure the same theme on the new site.

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How To Export Your Content to Another Site or Platform


Before exporting your content, clean things up as much as possible. Review and delete any comments marked as spam. If there are pending comments that need review, approve or delete them as needed so that the export file is as small as possible.

Sidebar menu with the Tools section expanded and the Export item highlighted
Tools → Export

Go to Tools → Export. Click Export All. A series of .xml files, that contain your posts, pages, comments, categories, tags, and references to your site’s images will be in the file you receive. These files are also referred to as WXR (WordPress eXtended RSS) files.

If you’d like to export a portion (a single author’s posts, for example, or a certain category or date range), click the arrow next to the Export All button to see the advanced options.

Export Selected

Once you’ve selected the content you wish to export, press the Export Selected Content button.

You can remain on the export page to wait for the export file to become available. A notification will appear, offering you a download link.

Export Success

The link will contain a download of a .zip file containing any export files (larger sites will include more than one export file). This ensures that your export process will be fast, and complete successfully. When importing into another site, you’ll need to unzip the file, and import each of the .xml files individually.

It’s safe to navigate away from the screen once the export is in progress. We’ll also email you a link to the export file, which will remain available for download for about a week.

If you intend to delete content (or the whole site) here at, please wait until after media files have been successfully imported into the new site, and make sure your site is not set to private.

If you would like to move your site to a self-hosted installation, take a look at these recommended web hosts.

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Media From Private Sites

If your site is marked “Private,” your media files will not export properly during a regular export. Part of the export process creates links to your media files which another WordPress site will use to import your media.

Before you begin the export process, you will need to make your site public under My Site(s) Settings → General in order for the media files to work properly in your new imported site. As soon as you have completed the import into your new site and have confirmed your media has been successfully imported, you can return your site’s visibility setting to “Private” again.

Privacy options, with Public selected

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Exporting the Media Library

If you wish to download your images and other media files to your computer, you can use the Export Media Library option:

Export Media Library option on the Export screen

Your media library will be downloaded as a .tar archive. On Mac OS X you should be able to unpack this archive by double-clicking on the icon. For Windows you might need to download a program like 7-Zip to allow you to do this.

If your media library is very large and/or you have a slower connection the download might time out before it completes. If your browser supports resuming a failed download you should be able to just resume it without starting over completely.

Media files downloaded in this way cannot be imported to another WordPress site. If you want to move your media to a different site, it’s best to use the regular export option described above.


This feature is not currently available on Business and eCommerce plan sites with plugins installed. Instead, you can download a backup of your site which will contain your media files.

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To learn how to export your Links (Blogroll), please see Import & Export Links.

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If your site is hosted here at, we handle all necessary backups. If a very large meteor were to hit all the servers and destroy them beyond repair, all of your data would still be safe and we could have your site online within three days (after the meteor situation died down, of course).

But if you want to back up your site content manually, you are free to do so by using the Export option described above. This is still a good idea, especially if you’ve assigned additional users to your site. Editors and administrators have the ability to delete any posts or pages, and there is no way to recover material that they remove from your site.

Sites on our Business and eCommerce plans also have access to download entire site backups from the Activity page through Jetpack. There’s more information on backups here.

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Setting Up a Redirect to Your New Domain

Are you leaving You can easily redirect (as well as all of your permalinks) to your new domain name with the Site Redirect upgrade.

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