You can use the Export tool to back up all of your content or move your content to a new WordPress site.

Manual export or Guided Transfer?

Free, self-directed exports are ideal for people who merely want to save a copy of their content, or who are comfortable migrating to other hosts without assistance.

We also offer a Guided Transfer service, which is a great option for people who find the migration process intimidating and would like expert help to assure an effortless transition. We charge a one-time fee of $129.00 for the Guided Transfer service.

If you like the sound of the Guided Transfer option, stop reading here, head over to the Guided Transfer support page, and purchase the service from there. The purchase process will take you through the next steps.

On the other hand, if you’d prefer to download your own export file, keep reading.

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Export Your Content to Another Blog or Platform

Before exporting your content, it is a good idea to clean things up as much as possible. Review any comments marked as spam and delete any that are spam. If there are pending comments that need to be reviewed and approved, do that also so that the export file is as clean and small as possible.

It’s your content; you can do whatever you like with it. Go to My Site → Settings  and select the Export option in the Site Tools section at the bottom to download a copy of your blog’s content. The content will be delivered as a series of .xml files, that will contain your posts, pages, comments, categories, tags, and references to your site’s images. These files are also referred to as WXR (WordPress eXtended RSS) files.

If you’d like to export all of your content, just press the Export All button. If you’d like to export a subset (a single author’s posts, for example, or a certain category or date range), click the arrow next to the Export All button to see the advanced options.

Export Selected

Once you’ve selected the content you wish to export, press the Export Selected Content button.

At this point, you can remain on the export page to wait for the export file to become available. A handy notification will appear, offering you a download link.

Export Success

The link will contain a download of a .zip file containing any export files (larger blogs will include more than one export file). This ensures that your export process will be fast, and complete successfully. When importing back into another blog, you’ll need to unzip the file, and import each of the .xml files individually.

It’s safe to navigate away from the screen once the export is in progress, if you’d like to continue blogging. We’ll also email you a link to the export file, which will remain available for download for about a week.

Note: This will ONLY export your posts, pages, comments, categories, and tags; uploads and images may need to be manually transferred to the new blog.

The current version of the installation gives you the option to import uploaded files, but the blog you are importing from must be live and serving images properly in order for it to work. So, if you intend to delete content (or the whole blog) here at, please wait until after media files have successfully been imported into the new blog, and make sure your site is not set to private (there is more information about this below)!

If you would like to move your blog to a self-hosted installation, take a look at these recommended web hosts.

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Media from Private Sites

If your site is marked “Private,” your media files will not export properly during a regular export. Part of the export process creates links to your media files which a site will use to import your media.

Before you begin your export process, you will need to make your site public under My Sites → Settings → General in order for the media files to work properly in your new imported blog. As soon as you have completed the import into your new site and have confirmed your media has been successfully imported, you can return your site’s visibility setting to “Private” again.


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Exporting the media library

It is possible to export only the files contained in your media library. As above, go to My Site → Settings  and select the Export option in the Site Tools section at the bottom. Then click Download in the Export media library section.

Your media library will be downloaded as a .tar archive. On Mac OS X you should be able to unpack this archive by just double-clicking on the icon. For Windows you might need to download a program like 7-Zip to allow you to do this.

Note: If your media library is very large and/or you have a slower connection the download might time out before it completes. If your browser supports resuming a failed download you should be able to just resume it without starting over completely, though.

Media files downloaded in this way cannot be imported to another WordPress site. If you want to move your media to a different site, it’s best to use the regular export/import option discussed above.

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To learn how to export your Links (Blogroll), please see Import & Export Links.

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If your blog is hosted here at, we handle all necessary backups. If a very large meteor were to hit all the servers and destroy them beyond repair, all of your data would still be safe and we could have your blog online within a couple of days (after the meteor situation died down, of course).

But if you want to back up your blog content manually, you are free to do so by using the My Site → Settings, Export tab option described above. This is certainly still a good idea, especially if you’ve assigned additional users to your blog. Editors and administrators have the ability to delete any posts or pages, and there is no way to recover material that they remove from your blog.

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Setting Up a Redirect to Your New Domain

Are you leaving You can easily redirect (as well as all of your permalinks) to your new domain name with the Site Redirect upgrade.

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Blogs Using Custom Fonts

As part of the Premium or Business upgrade, you are able to set custom fonts for your site title, headings, and body text. Guided Transfers are not currently available for blogs which use custom fonts. You can transfer your blog elsewhere by following these steps.

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