Migrate Posts/Pages Between WordPress Websites

WordPress has feature that allows for migrating posts and pages without copying any other content. This is primarily useful when merging two WordPress sites or when manually migrating a website to WP Engine.

The built in import/export WordPress function allows you to easily sync new posts and pages without needing to reimport the database. Even though the export will contain all of the posts and pages, it will not create duplicate content, and only new posts/pages will be created.

Export Content

Exporting the correct content is the first step of the process and can be done with tools directly in WordPress. Be sure to preform the export from the source site that you want to copy the posts/pages from.

  1. Login to the wp-admin of the source site
  2. Hover over Tools
  3. Click Export
  4. Choose what to export
    • Should you choose to export posts only, keep in mind that featured images will not be carried over and must be manually imported again on the destination site.
  5. Click Download Export File

Import Content

Importing requires you’ve first exported the necessary content correctly. You should have a file downloaded from the previous step that you wish to import before beginning.

Be sure to perform this step on the destination site that you want to copy the posts/pages to.

  1. Login to the wp-admin dashboard of the destination site
  2. Hover over Tools
  3. Click Import
  4. Click WordPress
  5. Click Install Now and/or Run Importer
    • If you do not have the WordPress importer installed, you will see a prompt to install the plugin and must do so before continuing
  1. Browse your computer for the exported XML file from the source site and select it
  2. Click Upload File and Import
  1. Select the name of the Author user that will be assigned the posts and pages
  2. (Optional) Download and import file attachments
    • Check this box to import photos and other media files attached to the post
  3. Click Submit

NEXT STEP: Downloading wp-content directory from another host

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