Import »Import from Xanga
Are you making the switch from Xanga.com to WordPress.com?
This page explains how to import your blog from Xanga to WordPress.com and set things up just the way you’d like them.
Step One: Sign up for an account at WordPress.com
If you don’t already have an account here on WordPress.com, head over to the home page and get started! You will need to create a WordPress.com username and a blog address for your Xanga import.
Step Two: Create a Xanga export file.
Log into Xanga.com and then navigate to your Xanga Dashboard, which should be located at the following address:
Once there, you will see a page that includes a message about your Xanga archives. It also includes a download link. Click on the link labeled “Click here to download them!”. You should receive a .zip file in your downloads.
Double click on, or otherwise extract, the .zip file, which should convert to a folder. Inside you should have a few files with the .xml extension.
Step Three: Import your content
To bring your Xanga content to WordPress.com, go to your WordPress.com blog’s Dashboard (accessible in the drop-down menu under your blog’s name in the admin bar) and in the left-hand column of the Dashboard, go to Tools → Import. Choose the “Xanga” option.
Click on the button “Choose File” and find the first of your .xml files from Xanga on your computer. Once you have chosen the file, click on the button “Upload file and import”.
There will be a short delay (depending on how much content you have), and then you will receive confirmation of the import. You will then need to do this with each of the import files you received from Xanga.com, which could be three or more separate files.
Note: the importer does not work with Internet Explorer 9.0 or previous versions. Please update your browser or try a different browser (Firefox or Chrome) if you are having difficulty importing your content.
Step Four: Start using WordPress and create your own unique style
- Learn about WordPress
There’s a great tutorial just for new users at Learn.WordPress.com, which walks you through the basics of setup, importing, customizing your blog, and posting. There are also tutorials to assist you with changing your blog title and getting the right look for your blog, as well as more in-depth topics such as using WordPress on mobile devices.
- Customize your theme and design
You can customize the design of your site by picking one of 200+ themes. If you purchase the Custom Design upgrade, you can also modify your new WordPress.com blog’s colors, fonts and even your CSS if you choose.
- Post to your blog by email
To post by email, you just need to generate an email address for your blog within your dashboard and then you can get started right away. Our post by email document will walk you through the process. You can add galleries, tags, videos, slideshows, polls, and so much more, all via email!
- Add audio to your WordPress.com blog
You can add mp3 files to your blog by in a number of ways; using a handy shortcode, the SoundCloud player, or alternatively, to upload an audio file directly to your blog’s media library you can grab the Space Upgrade.
- Add video to your WordPress.com blog
We currently support adding videos from a variety of sources, such as YouTube, Vimeo, Ted, Flickr and many more. Furthermore, you can get the VideoPress upgrade to enable you to upload your own videos directly to your blog. Videos already in your Posterous export file will already be imported; you’ll need the upgrade only if you wish to add new ones.
- Upload or embed other file types
WordPress.com has support for a multitude of filetypes. Additionally, you can embed documents for viewing within your posts using a service like Scribd.
I’m still stuck!
If you’re having trouble with any part of the process, don’t hesitate to contact our Happiness Team. We’re here to help!