There are several reasons why you might need to export a WordPress site. For instance, you might want to move to a new host, create a backup, or save your blog posts on your computer. However, this task can often seem daunting, especially if you’re a beginner.
Fortunately, exporting your WordPress site can be relatively simple. Depending on your level of experience, there are several methods that you can follow. For most, the easiest way is to use a migration plugin such as Duplicator, which enables you to download your entire site, including your database. If you’re more tech-savvy, you can export your site manually via File Transfer Protocol (FTP) and phpMyAdmin. Alternatively, you can use WordPress’s native export function if you just want to back up your content.
In this article, we’ll show you three ways to export a WordPress site:
- Using WordPress’s native export features
- Using the Duplicator plugin
- Exporting your site manually with FTP and phpMyAdmin
We’ll also discuss a few things you should keep in mind when migrating to a new host. Let’s go!
How to export a WordPress site (3 top methods)
Before you proceed with exporting your site, it’s worth taking extra precautions to ensure the process goes smoothly.
If your goal is to migrate your site to a new host, you’ll probably need to set up your new hosting account first and check if your provider offers any migration assistance. Some web hosts can migrate your site free of charge or for a small fee, so it’s worth looking into those options before tackling the task yourself.
Then, take an inventory of your website and note which plugins, themes, and media files you want to export. If you’re using a migration plugin such as Duplicator, you will be able to select the files that you want to include in your export package. However, this is also an excellent opportunity to reduce unnecessary plugins that might be heavy on your server’s resources.
Finally, pick a convenient time to export your site that won’t compromise its performance. For instance, if you experience most of your traffic during the day, it might be better to undertake your site export activities in the evening or even at night in case of unexpected downtime. Also, make sure to review any relevant security instructions if you’re transferring sensitive data.
Last but not least, we recommend upgrading to the latest PHP version to avoid conflicts with your migration plugin. Once you’ve gone through the points above, you can proceed with your preferred export method below.
Method 1: Use WordPress’s native export feature
The first method we’ll cover is how to utilize WordPress’s native export feature, which you can use while your site is online. Note that this solution will only enable you to export information stored in your site’s database, which includes your blog posts, comments, pages, navigation menus, and taxonomies.
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This article was written by John Hughes and originally published on ThemeIsle Blog.