There are many ways you can import and export your WordPress blog. The best is to backup the entire system and restore it on the other server or domain, though it is might be difficult for a beginner. The advantage of this method is that all your setting, themes, plugins etc. can be exported, so you will have a clone blog which is totally the same as the original one.
The technique I would like to show you is a simpler one and can be done easily by a beginner user, as well. The disadvantage of this sort of WordPress exporting and importing is that you can only use it to transfer your content. Therefore, on your new blog you should add the plugins, themes etc. and then you need to set them up on your own.
Using the built in WordPress Tool
1. Log into WordPress and click on the tools tab, and then on export. As you can see, it allows you to export different sort of content. You can export your posts, comments, tags etc separately, but you can export your full blog, as well. Choose which you want to use and click on the “Download Export File button”. (As we want to export everything select the first option)
Wordpress will automatically generate the XML file which we will use for importing on your other blog. It will be saved on your computer.
2. Log into your new blog, click on the tools tab and then on import.
3. Within the import options click on the last one “Wordpress”. You will have to install the importer plugin. Then you should activate it and run it.
4. Next you will have to upload the XML file made on your old blog. Find it and upload it.
5. The plugin will automatically generates the posts, contents etc.
This is perhaps the simplest way to transfer your blog to another server, domain etc. But keep in mind, if your WP site is freshly installed, you will have to set it for your own needs, install the plugins etc. This technique can be used with the WordPress.com blogs, as well.
Here is a Video How to Do It (older, but the steps are the same)
Source: Backup using Import / Export
FAQ on Importing Content to WordPress from Different Sources
Below you can find some useful tutorials on how to export and import different sorts of WordPress content.
Within this tutorial you can get check out how you can import all your content to a text file. This can be really useful in many cases. By using this simple method you will be able to get all the content in text format.
Can I generate text files from my WP posts?
Yes. Sometimes we need to import & export the menu, this can be dome very easily. Follow the tutorials below.
If you are using WordPress.com, you can easily download a WordPress appliance from Turnkey Linux, export your posts from wordpress.com, import them into your virtual machine, and upload the exporter to there instead (hopefully that makes sense).
How can I move my WP menu?
Importing and exporting WordPress Menu from a site to another site using WordPress Menu Exporter plugin which is very easy to use. Menu is default Post Type.
How can I import blogger to WordPress?
Many people start their website on blogger.com because to is easy to use, free and in many cases it offers enough features. However, in many many times bloggers want to have their own websites, with their own domain as it offers more freedom. Of course, they do not want to let their content and work on their old blogger blog.
Fortunately, there are some techniques as well tools you can use to import your blogger content to WordPress. Below you can find a post on how to move your blogger blog to WordPress.
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If you have found the tutorial above a bit hard, check the video below which will show you how you can do it by using a plugin.
How to export Drupal content to WordPress?
Drupal is a very powerful CMS and maybe better than WP. However, I think it needs more knowledge of programming and the general usage of it is a bit harder than WordPress. There are a few techniques which you can use to export Drupla content to WordPress. Within the next article you can read a tutorial which is not so complex.
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How can I export Joomla content to WordPress?
Another powerful CMS is Joomla which needs less knowledge of programming, however, it is still harder to use. There are manual techniques as well as plugins which help to move your content to WordPress. The following tutorial will tech you how you can do this task by using plugins.
One step I did here was first move the date to a fresh localhost install of WordPress and then use the WordPress export/import function to get the data into my Websynthesis site.
If you have more questions on how to import content to WordPress, you can send theme within the comment section. If you feel your tutorial must be listed here, let us know.
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