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WordPress. How to use Import/Export tools

This tutorial will show you how to use Export/Import Tool in WordPress.

WordPress. How to use Import/Export tools

Export Tool

Exporting your content (posts, pages, custom post types, comments, custom fields, categories, tags, custom taxonomies, users) is sometimes necessary and very useful. If you are moving to a new host or just want to create a backup of your site data, then Exporting your site is the answer. Once the Export file is created, that file can be used for import by the Tools Import Screen.

  1. Navigate to ‘Tools’ > ‘Export’ menu in WordPress dashboard.

  2. Select the needed data for exporting. Click ‘Download Export File’:

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Filters and Other Options

  • All content – export all of your posts, pages, comments, custom fields, terms, navigation menus, and custom posts.

  • Posts – check this radio button to expose additional filtering when exporting posts.

  • Categories – select only one category with this pulldown or leave All Categories.

  • Authors – select a specific author from the pulldown or leave All Authors.

  • Date range – select both the starting and ending post date to include in export.

  • Status – select the post status (e.g. Published) to export or leave All Statuses.

  • Pages – check this radio button to expose additional filtering when exporting pages.

  • Authors – select a specific author from the pulldown or leave All Authors.

  • Date range – select both the starting and ending page date to include in export.

  • Status – select the page status (e.g. Published) to export or leave All Statuses.

  • Download Export File – click this button and the file, with any filters selected, will be created and you will be asked to save that file to your local computer.

Once you’ve saved the download file, you can log into WordPress Dashboard at another site to import this data. Note, Export Tool will not export your widget content/settings.

Import Tool

Importing data into your WordPress blog is necessary and useful. If you are moving from another host, or just to start your blog anew, then import data into your blog may be the answer.

  1. Log into WordPress dashboard as an administrator.

  2. Go to ‘Tools’ > ‘Import’:

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  3. Choose ‘WordPress’ from the list and click the ‘Install Now’ button in the modal window for the WordPress Importer plugin:

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  4. Activate it by clicking the ‘Activate Plugin & Run Importer’ link:

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  5. Upload your .xml file using the form provided on that page:

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  6. You will first be asked to map the authors in this export file to users on the blog. For each author, you may choose to map to an existing user on the blog or to create a new user. In addition, you can import attachments by checking the ‘Download and import file attachments’ option:

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  7. WordPress will then import each of the posts, comments, and categories contained in the uploaded file into your blog:

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Feel free to check the detailed video tutorial below:

WordPress. How to use Import/Export tools