Transfer to WordPress.com

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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

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