WordPress makes it easy to import and export content. See below for explanations of both Import and Export processes.

Import WordPress Content

We can import import WordPress content from your previous website to your new Blue Fire Site.

If your original site is still online and active

If you have a WordPress export file that was provided to you then we can use this to import content.

  • We will require administrator access to your current live website to do this.

If you do not have this, then we can create this but we require "admin" access to your old site so that we can create the export / import XML file.

Although importing pages and content is reasonably fast, please note that extra time will be needed to review each imported page and make adjustments to ensure that the old content is presented appropriately using the new layouts and styling. The WordPress export file includes links to images and other resources from your old site and so if this is no longer online then these assets can not be imported.

If your original site is no longer active

If you have a WordPress export file that was provided to you then we can use this to import content. However, the WordPress export file includes links to images and other resources from your old site and so if this is no longer online then these assets can not be imported.

Here's What to Expect:

  • Any theme associated layouts will not be imported.
    All your content will be moved into our themes and will inherit their associated styles.
  • We use the Yoast SEO plugin. If you are already using this plugin, all your settings will be moved over.
  • Please note: We do not support content or functionality created by third party plugins on your existing website.
    Removing remnants of this content may increase the costs of your website build, depending on volume.

Export WordPress Content

If you want to move your site to another host then we can create a WordPress "export" file for you (at no cost to you). You may then use this to import pages and content to your new site. The export capability moves the content of your site but NOT the design theme, infrastructure or other technology components.

What To Expect

  • We use the WordPress Importer plugin which will generate an Export XML file of all your wordpress content. Once exported, we send the Export XML file to you.
  • Using the instructions below, simply import this file.
    All information will be identical to what it was before. Therefore, posts and pages will have the same publication date and be assigned to the same categories.
  • Please note: Export capability is limited to the generation of the Export XML file only.
    We cannot export the following:

    1. We cannot export the Themes and Designs we use, this includes the css styles used for various layouts.
      Your new theme should have layout options included if you wish to recreate the original layouts.
      Older websites with content from discontinued plugins are not supported.
    2. We cannot export the WordPress database
Please Note: Export capability is limited to the creation of a standard WordPress XML export file only, which will include pages and posts with the respective content such as text and images, menus, categories and  tags.
Because the websites we create are constructed on layers of our proprietary technology, code and server infrastructure, as well as highly customized WordPress themes and other components, it is impractical to even consider a complete site, theme or database transfer and we do not offer this capability or service.

So, when considering a site move, make sure that you have your new site built and hosted so that you can then login to your new WordPress website admin panel and import your content using the file we created for you.

Also, it's VERY important to take prompt action to use the Export file we create for you otherwise you may not be able to use it to import linked assets such as images and other resources once we remove your old site from our servers. Therefore we suggest that once you have the export file, that you import content within a a few weeks.
If your new site is not yet available, then you may wish to import to a temporary additional WordPress website so that you can get all the images and other linked assets.

How to Use the Export File

  1. To import the Export File that we provide to you, login to your NEW website.
    Find the Tools section of the Dashboard and select the "Import" option.
    Click on the WordPress link on the import page.
    This will bring up a pop up box that allows you to install the plugin directly through your website.
    Once the plugin has been installed and activated, you will be taken to the import page.
    This is where you will upload the XML file.
  2. Import Options
    Once you upload the file, you will then be given the option to assign imported authors to existing authors on your website.
    This is useful if the same authors exist in both websites. Alternatively, you can create a new account for each author’s posts.
    This page also has an option for downloading attachments. When you select this, WordPress will attempt to import all of the images that are attached to the posts and pages you are importing.That’s all there is to it. Your content will now be imported into your new website. You can verify this by checking your posts and pages.
    All information will be identical to what it was before. Posts and pages will have the same publication date and be assigned to the same categories.

Please note: We cannot export the themes and designs we use. You new theme should have layout options included if you wish to recreate the original layouts.

Copyright

Avoid Copyright issues when moving your site:

  1. Be careful when re-using images on any new site you create.
    Unless YOU provided the images to us, you will need to purchase the rights to any photos we used on your site. We are unable to transfer these rights to you.
  2. My Buying Buddy® widgets, designs, coding, scripts and methods are the Copyright of Blue Fire Group. See our Terms

 

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