Export Your WordPress Blog to a Website
Are you looking for a way to export your WordPress blog to a standalone website, so you can start your own blog or use it as a reference for future articles? Or maybe you just want to use it as a way to keep all your favorite recipes, DIY projects, travel adventures and more organized and easily accessible? Either way, this article will teach you how to do it, so you can continue enjoying your blog (and our content) without any limits.
Why Should You Export Your Blog?
There are a variety of reasons why you might want to consider migrating your WordPress blog to a standalone site. Maybe you’ve decided to take a more corporate blogging approach and you want to create a website that’s more akin to a traditional business blog. Alternatively, you might just want a place to put all your favorite recipes, DIY projects, travel blog posts and other content you feel would make for valuable content and an engaging reading experience for your audience.
Whatever the case may be, you can rest assured that WordPress makes it incredibly easy to get started and allows you to grow your site organically as you see fit. Whether you decide to go the corporate route or just want a spot to blog about your favorite hobbies, travel exploits or recipes, WordPress is the clear choice for content-driven sites.
How Do I Export My Blog?
To begin, you will want to install the Bluehost WordPress hosting package. This is a reputable service that offers both free and premium options, making it simple for beginners or those just getting started to set up a blog. Once you’ve got your blog up and running, you will want to visit the admin area of Bluehost, and from there you will want to install the WordPress dashboard.
Once the WordPress dashboard is live, you can begin to configure it the way you see fit. From there you can install all the necessary plugins you might need (such as the Jetpack plugin to make it easy to create and manage a contact form, or the One Page Checkout plugin to make it easy for customers to purchase your products online).
You will also want to make sure that you install a security plugin, as this will help keep your blog safe from harm (both intentional and unintentional). Several popular WordPress security plugins exist, such as Sucuri Privacy Protect and Better WordPress Security, among others.
What About Themes And Plugins?
The WordPress “Themes” are what give your blog its aesthetic appeal and you will want to make sure you select a theme that speaks to you and your audience. One of the best things about WordPress is that it makes it incredibly easy to import and export themes, so you can take your pick from a plethora of options.
When selecting a theme, make sure to consider the colors you will be using, as well as the overall vibe you are trying to convey. For example, if your blog is geared more toward adults, you might want to consider a more mature theme, or vice versa.
Likewise, some themes are more suitable for certain types of blogs than others. For example, if your blog is mainly focused on news and current events, you might want to avoid selecting a theme that’s too fluffly or features a lot of pretty pictures. You want your visitors to be able to engage with the content you provide without being distracted by your choice of theme.
As for the “Plugins” that come bundled with WordPress, these enable you to add additional functionality to your blog. There are several useful plugins that can be downloaded from the WordPress website. Just search for the plugin you need within the site’s archives and download it into your WordPress dashboard.
For example, the Ultimate Gift Ideas plugin will let you create a catalog of products that are associated with individual blogs or websites you manage. When a customer lands on the associated product’s page, they will be presented with a customizable thank you page, loaded with gift ideas that are associated with the individual whose blog or website they are on.
Start With A Blogger Platform
If you decide to go the blog platform route, you have several options to choose from and it basically comes down to which one you feel most comfortable with. There’s the tried and true self-hosted WordPress.org option, which is what we recommend for new bloggers. If you’re new to WordPress, this is a great place to start and you can always upgrade later to a preferred hosting service.
The second option is to use a popular blogging platform, such as Blogger or Tumblr, and choose a domain name that goes along with it. The advantage of going this route is that you don’t necessarily need to do anything special to make your blog “work,” as all you need is a working email address and you can start posting right away. Disadvantages include the inability to customize the look and feel of your blog, as well as the inability to integrate with other platforms, such as Facebook or Twitter.
Import From Blogger
If you’ve already created a blog on the Blogger platform, the process of exporting is extremely similar. Simply log into your Blogger account and from the “Dashboard” click on the “Publish” tab. From here you can click on the three dots in the upper right corner and select “Settings”. Within the settings page you will want to switch over to the “Blog” section and from there you can find the “Import” option.
When you click on the “Import” option, you will see a page with several blogs imported from different sources. Simply click on the one you want to keep and hit “Start importing”. Once the process is complete you can click on the little blog icon in the upper right corner to view your newly imported blog.
Export To Shopify
The final option we will discuss is to use the Shopify platform to build a store front for your blog. Once again, this option provides you with all the functionality you need to launch your store, including the ability to incorporate affiliate marketing and display products that are associated with various blogs or websites you manage.
The major difference with this option is that you aren’t giving up the right to host your own blog. Instead, you are simply moving the authority to host your blog to Shopify, which is a widely used eCommerce platform. This means that all the content you post on your blog will be automatically pushed to your store, where it can be accessed by anyone who visits.
Additionally, if you’re looking to monetize your blog, you can set up a separate Shopify account for your store and then connect the two via the affiliate program. From there you can earn a commission on anything you sell, whether it’s a product from your blog or other peoples’ products you’ve linked to in your blog posts.