How to Move Your Current Site to WordPress
If you’re reading this, I assume you’re either a) searching for tips on moving your website to WordPress or b) you’re thinking about moving your website to WordPress. Congrats! You’ve come to the right place. 😃
WordPress is the world’s #1 content-management system (CMS). It boasts more than 15.5 million downloads and 75.7 million active monthly users as of April 2021. The convenience of using a CMS means your site will be presentable to a larger audience and more likely to attract potential customers, build a following, and grow your business. Plus, you’ll have all the functionality you need right within the app. There’s no need to hire a web developer or move to a dedicated hosting environment. You’ll have all the tools you need to manage and grow your site.
WordPress is a robust, feature-rich, and powerful application that can handle almost any type of website or online project. Let’s explore how to move your current site to WordPress.
Find The Right WordPress Host
You’ll need a place to host your website. You have two options:
- 1) Use WordPress.com to host your site.
- 2) Use your own server.
If you’re new to this, we recommend the first option. You can use the WordPress.com platform to create a free blog with no fees or limits. Just remember that this is a free service with some restrictions. For example, you’re restricted to 1,000,000 visits per month. And you can’t use this service if your website is >20MB in size. For a more robust solution, use your own server. You can download the WordPress app on your iOS or Android device and follow the on-screen instructions to install it on your computer. Once you’ve installed WordPress on your computer, you can create a free blog with no limits or restrictions.
Choose A Theme For Your Blog
After you’ve launched your blog with WordPress, you’ll need to choose a theme for your site. There are thousands of free themes available for download. Just remember that not all themes are created equal. Some themes are much more robust than others. Choose a theme that compliments your blog’s personality and content.
Export Your Blog Posts And Comments
WordPress has a built-in feature that makes it easy to export your content. Just go to Tools in the left-hand menu and click on Export. You’ll see a pop-up with your content. Simply click the Download button and you’ll have all your content in a.csv file you can easily import into a different platform or CMS. This is one of the most basic and important steps to moving your site to WordPress. You’ll need these files to import into your new site. You can also export your comments as well so you can keep all your existing comments when you migrate to WordPress. You can find more information about exporting content from your blog at
How To Export Content Using WordPress
Create A Plan
Like many big projects, the work involved in moving your site to WordPress is going to be a lot of fun once you get into the groove of things. Before you start doing anything though, take some time to plan out the process. It’s important to have a clear goal in mind and to create a plan to achieve that goal. You can use the same steps to move your site to any other platform or CMS. Just remember that everything will take longer than expected. And you’re going to have to deal with plenty of unforeseen issues that may slow down or bog down the process.
Use These Tools To Help Move Your Site
Moving your site to the next level is a lot of work. But it’s a necessary step to take if you want to succeed. And truth be told, it’s a lot of fun. But it’s not going to be easy. So you’re going to need all the help you can get. That’s why we’re here. Using the Google Sheets app, you can create a checklist of everything you need to move your site. Just make sure that you copy and paste this list into a document. And make sure that you check off all the items as you go.
Here’s the list:
- Domain name
- SSL certificate (optional)
- One-click installer for WordPress (optional)
- Blog posts
- Social media profiles (optional)
This will help you keep track of everything you need to move your site. You can also use the checklist to confirm that you’ve done everything needed before you start moving around files. If you run into any issues, you can refer back to this list.
We also recommend using tools like UpdraftPlus to automatically create blog posts for you. Or if you’re particularly busy, you can use Contentedly to create and schedule content for your blog. With these tools, you can simply enter a few sentences describing what you want and then click the buttons to get a blog post published. When you’ve got a few minutes, you can come back and read the content that’s been published. There’s no need to worry about whether or not a blog post was accepted by a publisher. All you need to do is sit back and enjoy the content that’s been created for you.
Put All Your Blog Posts And Content Into A Calendars
If you publish new blog posts frequently, it’s important to put them in a calendar so you can keep track of all the content that’s been produced. If you don’t do this, it’s difficult to keep track of everything that’s been published because it’s all going to appear to happen at once. And this can lead to a serious information overload, especially if you have a lot of content published over a short period of time. Putting all this content in a calendar will help you see everything that’s been published and it will give you an idea of what’s been done and what needs to be done. Plus, it’ll help you plan upcoming blog posts and events. You can do this with Google Calendar or you can use a dedicated blogging calendar app like DayOne. Just remember that whatever tool you use, you’re going to need to enter all your content manually. This can be a time-consuming process, particularly if you have a lot of content to add. So it’s best to plan out this process well in advance.
Join A Blogging Community
Blogging is a much more than just creating content and publishing it on the web. It’s a community of individuals who are there to support and help one another. If you’re looking for inspiration, you can join a blogging community, find a niche, and build a following. Every Tuesday, a group of WordPress bloggers get together to share their latest content and give one another advice and support. You can find communities like this in several places online. Just be sure to look for the right communities for your needs.
Set Up A Product Listing And Sales Page
If you’re an affiliate marketer and you’ve been successfully selling a product or service for a company, it’s time to transition from being a freelancer to an affiliate. An affiliate is someone who promotes a product or service and gets a commission when a purchase is made. An affiliate marketer promotes products and gets paid when somebody clicks a link or buys a product that’s been featured on their site. To set up an affiliate account, you’ll need to create a sales page. On this page, you’ll choose which products you want to promote and how much you’re willing to pay per sale. From there, you can add affiliate tracking cookies to your website. When a user lands on your site, these cookies will indicate they’ve come from an affiliate site and how they got there. This is also called ‘affiliate marketing’ or ‘earning money from promoting products’.