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Export

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

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 fee of $129.00 for the Guided Transfer service.

If you like the the Guided Transfer option, head over to the Guided Transfer support page to purchase the service. Follow the steps started by the purchase process.

If you’d prefer to download your own export file, keep reading.


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Export Your Content to Another Blog or Platform

This will ONLY export your posts, pages, comments, categories, and tags; uploads and images may need to be transferred manually to the new blog. The XML file does contain references to image files, so if the site you’re exporting from is still live, your new site should be able to pull the images from there after importing.

  • Before exporting your content, clean things up as much as possible. Review and delete any comments marked as spam. If there are pending comments that need review, approve or delete them as needed so that the export file is as small as possible.
  • Open the “Tools” section in the sidebar and click on Export
  • A series of .xml files, that contain your posts, pages, comments, categories, tags, and references to your site’s images will be in the file.
  • These files are also referred to as WXR (WordPress eXtended RSS) files.
Sidebar menu with the Tools section expanded and the Export item highlighted

If you’d like to export all of your content, press the Export All button. If you’d like to export a portion (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.

You can remain on the export page to wait for the export file to become available. A 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 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.

The current version of the WordPress.org 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.

If you intend to delete content (or the whole blog) here at WordPress.com, 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 WordPress.org installation, take a look at these recommended web hosts.


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Media From Private Sites

If your WordPress.com 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 WordPress.org site will use to import your media.

Before you begin your export process, you will need to make your WordPress.com site public under My Sites → Manage 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 WordPress.com 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 Export under “Tools” in the sidebar menu. 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 double-clicking on the icon. For Windows you might need to download a program like 7-Zip to allow you to do this.

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.

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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Backups

If your blog is hosted here at WordPress.com, we handle all necessary backups. If a very large meteor were to hit all the WordPress.com servers and destroy them beyond repair, all of your data would still be safe and we could have your blog online within three 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 Export option described above. This is 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.

Sites on our Business plan also have access to download entire site backups from the Activity page through Jetpack. There’s more information on these Jetpack backups here.


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Setting Up a Redirect to Your New Domain

Are you leaving WordPress.com? You can easily redirect yourgroovysite.wordpress.com (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 WordPress.com Premium or Business upgrade, you can set custom fonts for your site title, headings, and body text. Guided Transfers are not available for blogs using custom fonts. You can transfer your blog elsewhere by following these steps or revert back to the default theme font before purchasing a Guided Transfer.

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