How to Export Your Website to WordPress.org Without FTP

FTP (file transfer protocol) is one of the most popular methods of transferring files online, originally developed to allow users to download files from a server. Although many might still use FTP to download WordPress themes and plugins, there are now other ways to get what you need without needing to use FTP for the task.

WordPress.org is a free website hosting service owned by Automattic that provides users with the ability to create and host their own websites. One of the best things about WordPress.org is that it provides users with a built-in FTP client that makes transferring files between your computer and their servers very simple and convenient.

With WordPress, you don’t typically need to set up an FTP server nor do you need to learn how to use FTP. All you need is a reliable internet connection and a WordPress account. Once you have both of those, setting up your site to export to WordPress.org is easy. In this tutorial, we will discuss the steps required to set up your WordPress site to be exported to WordPress.org. While there are many different ways to set up a WordPress website and build your audience, these steps will walk you through the basics so you can get up and running successfully.

Choose A Domain Name

The first thing you need to do is choose a domain name for your site. For this tutorial, we will be using blog.jeffbrown.com as our domain name. Don’t use www. or.com at the end of your domain name as it is considered ‘tricky’ domain names and could cause issues with your site if you use them. For more information on domain names, check out this article from Google.

Create Your Database

The next step is to create your database, this will be where all of your posts and pages will be stored. To create your database you will need to visit yourapi.com, login with your email address, and then click on the database icon to continue to the next step. From here, simply enter a database name and click on the Create button to continue to the next step.

Choose A Username And Password

The next step is to choose a username and password for your database. For this tutorial, we will be using jeffbrown as our username and pass as our password. Don’t use a space in your password as it will break it, and if you use single quotes instead of double quotes in your password, it will look a little nicer!

Install WordPress

Now that you have your database created, you can install WordPress. To do this, visit wordpress.org and click on the Install button. A window will pop up asking you to enter your email address, server address, and password. Once you have entered these details click on the Install button to continue to the next step.

Activate Automatic Updates

Once WordPress has been installed, you need to activate automatic updates so that you can be notified whenever there are updates to the software. To do this, click on the Settings button in the upper right-hand corner of your WordPress dashboard and then click on the Updates button to continue to the next step.

Check For Updates

Now that your WordPress site has been set up you can check for updates by clicking on the Updates button in the upper right-hand corner of your WordPress dashboard. You will see a list of updates available for your WordPress site. Simply click on the Update button next to the latest version to begin the process.

Login To WordPress Dashboard

Once your WordPress site has been updated you can log in to your dashboard using the username and password you set up during the installation process. To do this, click on the Tools button in the upper right-hand corner of your WordPress dashboard, then click on the My Site button to continue to the next step.

Create Your Blog Posts

The last step in this tutorial is to create your blog posts, these will be the articles that you publish on your site. For this tutorial, we will be using jeffbrown.com as our site name and then using the free WordPress app called Blogging to quickly setup our first blog post. To create your first blog post, visit blogging.com in your browser and then click on the Start a New Blog button to continue to the next step.

Now that you are on the Blogging website you will see a search box in the center of the screen. Type in jeffbrown in the search box to bring up a list of blogs that have this word in the title. jeffbrown.com is at the top of the list so you can be sure that this is the blog you are looking for. Once you are on the Blogging website, click on the Add New post button to continue to the WordPress dashboard where you can begin writing your first blog post.

In this first blog post, you will need to cover the following areas:

  • What is WordPress?
  • Why should someone consider using WordPress?
  • How does WordPress work?
  • What are some of the amazing benefits of using WordPress?
  • What are some of the common challenges that people face when using WordPress?
  • What types of businesses can benefit from using WordPress?

Once you have finished writing this post, you can publish it by clicking on the Publish button in the upper right-hand corner of your WordPress dashboard. Congratulations! You’ve just published your first blog post.

Publish Your Blog Post

Now that your blog post is published you can visit your blog in your browser and begin exploring the content you have created. You can click on any blog post to read the full article. As you begin exploring your new blog, you will notice that it automatically pulls images and snippets of text from other websites. If you are not comfortable with this, you can disable the feature by clicking on the Gear icon in the upper right-hand corner of your WordPress dashboard and then selecting the Comments option.

To comment on a blog post you will need to click on the small circle with a plus icon next to the comment section of the blog article. To comment on multiple blog posts at once, simply click on the small circles with the plus icon located under each comment section.

WordPress stores the comments in a database that can be accessed from the backend section of your site. This information can be found by clicking on the Settings button in the upper right-hand corner of your WordPress dashboard and then selecting the Database option.

Customize Your Blog

One of the great things about WordPress is that it provides you with a blank canvas upon which you can build your blog. You can use the Theme Previewer feature to quickly see how a particular WordPress theme will look in your blog. For this tutorial, we will be using the Twenty Fourteen theme by Fancy which is an amazing free WordPress theme. To use the Theme Previewer feature, simply go to twentyfourteen.org in your browser and then click on the Theme Previewer button to continue to the next step.

In the Theme Previewer, you will see a list of WordPress themes. Choose the Twenty Fourteen theme by clicking on the blue link located under the headline “Twenty Fourteen” and then click on the Install button to continue to the next step.

Activate FTP Client

The last step in this tutorial is to activate the FTP client on your WordPress site so that you can begin importing files from your computer to your site. To do this, click on the Settings button in the upper right-hand corner of your WordPress dashboard and then select the FTP option. A window will pop up asking you to enter your FTP information. In this tutorial, we will be using an FTP service called FileZilla , you can input your information below: