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Moving to WordPress.com

Welcome to WordPress.com!

If you have a site hosted on another service and are thinking of migrating to WordPress.com, this guide will help you along the way!

We have laid out steps for popular services like Blogger, Tumblr, Medium, and more. Depending on the service, you may be able to import all content or just certain aspects of your site (such as posts.)

To begin moving to WordPress.com, start by clicking the service you’re transferring from on the left-hand side.

If you run into any trouble throughout the steps, you can always reach us through support at https://wordpress.com/help/contact.

Authenticate With Tumblr

To bring your Tumblr content to WordPress.com, go to your WordPress.com blog’s Dashboard (just add wp-admin to your site address like example.wordpress.com/wp-admin). In the left-hand column of the Dashboard, go to Tools → Import.

Choose the Tumblr importer:

That link will begin the import process. Click the “Connect to Tumblr to begin” button:

You will then be directed to your Tumblr account to connect it to WordPress.com (or to the Tumblr login page if you’re not already logged in at Tumblr):

Once you click Allow, your Tumblr account and WordPress.com account will be connected.

Step Two: Select the posts you want to import

Using Your Custom Domain

Want to use a domain you purchased elsewhere with your WordPress.com website?

We have a guide for that!

You can map your domain to use with your WordPress.com site. The specific instructions will vary depending on where your domain is registered. We have full instructions to help you along here.

Having trouble? Check out our frequently asked questions.

Choose the Content to Import

The importer will then fetch a list of your Tumblr blogs and let you pick which one to import. Click Import this blog to get going.

If your Tumblr site has a custom domain (like you.com instead of you.tumblr.com), then you’ll need to disable the custom domain temporarily while the import is processed. You can do this by going to your Tumblr Dashboard, clicking on the Settings button and then un-ticking the “Use a Custom Domain” checkbox:

Once you start the import, progress will be shown on the import page and you’ll receive an email when the import is finished.

We try super hard to make sure that all your Tumblr content, including your videos, are imported into your WordPress.com blog. Videos you had uploaded to Tumblr are imported into VideoPress and other embeds are converted to use shortcodes. Sometimes the importer finds an embed it can’t convert and a list of these is included in the import completion email for you to check.

Next: Connect Your Domain

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any trouble with your import into WordPress.com, you can contact us through support here. Here are some common questions regarding Tumblr imports.

How do I use my custom domain (example.com) with my WordPress.com site?

You can map your domain to use with your WordPress.com site. The specific instructions will vary depending on where your domain is registered. We have full instructions to reference here.

Create a Weebly XML file

Before you’ll be able to export your Weebly site, you will need to disable SSL for the site. You can do this on your site’s editor under Settings->General. There you’ll see a Disable button under SSL:

Once SSL is disabled, enter your weebly site URL on the following page to get an XML file that you will then be able to import into WordPress.com

Go to the following converter page:

http://weeblytowp.com/

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Enter your information at the top of this page and select WXR export format. You can also choose to include pages in the export instead of including only posts.

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Select Export my Weebly Website. You will then Download this file.

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This will create the properly formatted XML file that can then be imported directly to your WordPress.com site.

Next: Import your Content from Weebly

Create Pages and Move Content

You’ll want to start by creating a new page on your WordPress.com website for you to copy and paste your content over.

A: Upload your images. Go to the folder on your computer where you saved the information for this page, and upload any JPGs, Gifs, or PNG images for this page.

Note that there will be a lot of other files in this folder, but you want to find and upload only the images. The other files will not transfer to WordPress.com.

B: Open the copy your downloaded of the site in a browser, such as Chrome or Firefox, or go to the live version of your old website.

C: Copy and paste the MAIN WRITING/TEXT of each page onto your new WordPress.com page. Note: You do not want to copy and paste the navigational menu of a page; this is built outside each page itself and is known as a menu.

Here’s an example of what you would want to copy on your old website, to demonstrate.

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The above is an example of a page built on a page builder, somewhere outside of WordPress.com.

If you try to copy the entire page, it may make some rather interesting HTML, and it may not look the way you’d like. Thus, it’s generally best to only copy the main TEXT of a single page (knowing you’ll edit the overall look and feel of the website later), then insert your images for this page and align them where you want them in your text.

Here’s an example of a WordPress.com editor of what you would want to copy (and where to put it!) from the above page:

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Focus on adding only your text and your images. If you’re pretty savvy with HTML coding, you can copy and paste some codes, but not all HTML codes will work with Premium Plans and below; click here to see the list of supported HTML code.

A Note about CSS Code: Note that CSS code styling is only available on Premium Plans or above, and lives in a separate section.

D: Repeat steps A, B, and C for all of your pages. Having these set up ahead of time can save you a headache when you go to design the overall look and feel of your site, so we recommend creating all pages first.

Once you’re done creating all your pages and moving your text and images, it’s time for step 4!

Step Four: Set Up Your Menu/Navigation

Import your Content from Weebly

Login to your WordPress.com account dashboard to visit

Tools -> Import – you can read our full guide on importing here.

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You will select the WordPress Importer from this page. Select “Run Importer”.

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Choose the file you just saved and select “Upload File and Import”.

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Check the box next to ‘Download and import file attachments’. It will fetch images from your Weebly website into your WordPress.com media library.

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The import will take a few minutes to complete. Upon completion, you will see a success message:

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Finally: Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any trouble with your import into WordPress.com, you can contact us through support here. Here are some common questions regarding Wix imports.

What if some content did not transfer?
What will happen to my Wix site?
How can I use my custom domain (example.com)?
My Wix theme didn’t transfer. What do I do?
How do I add plugins?

All of my content didn’t come over from Wix. What should I do?

If your Wix site is still live, you can try to reimport the information following the steps above. Any existing content will not be duplicated. The importer will only upload new content that hasn’t already been uploaded.

It’s also important to note that the import can take 10 minutes or more depending on how much content you’re importing from Wix.

If you have tried the import multiple times and are still missing content, contact us through support here, and we’ll be happy to take a look.

Will my Wix site be available during the import? What about afterward?

Your Wix site will not be affected by the import process, however if you have a custom domain you can use that with WordPress.com instead of Wix:

How do I use my custom domain (example.com) with my WordPress.com site?

In order to use your existing domain name, you will need a WordPress.com plan. Then you can either:

My Wix theme didn’t transfer over. How do I customize the look of my site on WordPress.com?

Your Wix theme will not move to WordPress.com in the import. However, you can check out the available themes on WordPress.com at https://wordpress.com/themes/. You can use the selectors at the top of the page to choose between different theme features and click the ellipsis icon to view a theme demo or active a theme on your site.

I want to set up an online store or use a particular plugin on my new site. How do I do it?

For advanced functionality, your site will need a WordPress.com plan. See the articles for setting up a store and adding custom plugins for more information.

Creating Menus / Navigation

Your next step will be to create a menu for your site! This is how people will find the majority of the pages on your site.

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The menu from a drag-and-drop site.

One of the benefits of moving to WordPress.com is the ability to swiftly adjust the overall look and feel of your entire site rather than having to go page by page, like in some page builders; when editing menus by going through My Sites > Menus, your links won’t look exactly as they will on your website.

The Awesome Part: This allows you to change from a menu layout similar to this one:

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To ones that look like either one of these:

With a single click of a button!

This uniformity is what makes WordPress.com websites look so professional – they are crisp, clean, and quickly able to be edited!

A Note: Creating a page does not necessarily make it appear in your site’s main menu. This means you get to choose which pages do show up, creating a super polished appearance.

Step Five: Set Up Your Theme

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