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WordPress Guide: Migrating website content

Migrating from an old WordPress website to a new one? And still want the old posts and comments?

Worry not. Here is a complete guide on how to migrate the old WordPress content to the newly installed setup.


We will be exporting the old post comments,pages,etc. using the in-built WordPress feature.

  • Open the old WordPress website you will be migrating from using wp-admin.
  • In the Dashboard, go to Tools and selectExport‘.

MigratingDepending on your requirement, you can choose from the above options given.

For example: If you are only interested in migrating the posts, then select the Posts option.

  • Select any 1 option.
  • Then click on ‘Download Export File‘.

A file will be downloaded on the browser. It will be in XML(.xml) format.


After exporting the old WordPress content to a downloaded file, move on to the new website where you will be importing.

  • Open the old WordPress website you will be migrating from using wp-admin.
  • In the Dashboard, go to Tools and then selectImport‘.
  • There is WordPress option, click on ‘Install Now‘.
  • It will begin installing immediately.
  • After it is successfully installed, you will get the following message :


  • After getting the above message, selectRun Importer‘.
  • PressChoose File‘ and then browse through your directory to the downloaded file(.xml format).
  • ClickOpen‘.
  • Now click on the ‘Upload file and Import‘ and wait for the file to be uploaded.
  • After this step it will ask for ‘Assign Author‘.
  • You can assign the new Author to the posts by selecting it from dropdown.


  • Check the ‘Download and import file attachments‘ because selecting will also download the attachments automatically.
  • Then select on ‘Submit‘.
  • After import is successful, you will  get the following message


That’s it !! The migrating process was successful because if it had some issues if it would never display a success message.

Note: WordPress will throw an error while importing if the file(.xml) exceeds 2Mb , increase the Max Upload Limit size.(Default is 2Mb)

Want to improve your site perfomance more? Here is WordPress Guide : 7 Best Practices .