WordPress Tutorials – How to Export Content
If you have spent a significant amount of time on your WordPress blog, you should consider backing up your data. While it is not likely that your Web hosting company will suddenly lose the contents of your site, there is always the risk of data loss due to hackers or accidental deletion. For this reason, keeping your own backup of all your posts, pages and other content is highly recommended. Exporting content is not only useful for backing it up, however. You can export content to make it readable offline or more easily distributable. If you are moving to another Web address or to another blogging platform altogether, you can also export content into a single file. This file, saved in the universally recognized XML format, is supported by many other content management systems. This will allow you to quickly and easily export your posts and other data into another website in many cases. Exporting data from WordPress into an XML file is a simple process comprising just a few clicks.
Log in to your WordPress dashboard and mouse over the “Tools” button on the sidebar. Click “Export” to open the Export page. By default, using this function will export all textual data on your website, although it will have no effect on media such as images, video or audio. You will need to back these up separately if they are stored on the same Web hosting server as your WordPress blog.
If you only want to export either the pages or posts of your WordPress blog, select the appropriate option on this page. Otherwise, leave the “All Content” option selected to export everything. Click “Download Export File” to continue. The file should download in a matter of seconds, unless you have a particularly large blog. The XML file will be saved to the default download directory on your computer.
To import the data from one of these exported WordPress files into another WordPress installation, you will need to install the WordPress Importer plugin. This is accessible by moving the mouse over the “Tools” button on the sidebar and clicking “Import” followed by “WordPress.” You will then need to install the plugin and follow the onscreen instructions to import the contents into your blog.