It does not take a lot of your efforts when you are moving your WordPress website from one location to the other. There are many backup plugins and cloning techniques that you can follow to safely move your overall data.
If you are using WordPress website for your business, you may have used its blogging capabilities to spread your words to larger audience. Let’s suppose, for one reason or the other, you want to export all of your blog posts from your WordPress site.
Luckily, WordPress has made it easy for all of its users to transfer all of their blog posts from old website to the new one. The process is quite simple that a user with zero technical knowledge can do it.
Best Practices For Exporting Blog Posts From WordPress
There are a great number of chances that your website has different kinds of blog posts. Keeping the type of post in mind, we will discuss different methods to export WordPress blog posts.
But let us first discuss, why do you need to export posts in the first place.
Why You Need To Export Your WordPress Posts
There could be many reasons that why do you need to shut your previous website and move to the new WordPress website. Maybe you want to simplify your niches or completely want to shift to a different site. In either case, you should not leave your blog posts idly placed on the previous site. Or, instead of deleting your old posts, you can preserve your work by exporting them for posting back on the new site.
Another reason to shift can be getting a new domain. Maybe you feel that your old site does not have a good SEO score and have some serious Search Engine Optimization issues. So to get the fresh start, you may have decided to shift to a new site.
You do have the same blog ideas but creating new posts can drain a lot of your energy and also cost you a lot of time. And writing all those posts also feels crazy. So, its better to store all of your previous blog posts safely on your local computers.
However, we would like to mention here that exporting posts is not the same as backing up the WordPress website. So read carefully through the whole discussion to better understand how each method is used to export various blog posts.
Methods For Exporting Blog Posts
There are a few methods to export all blog posts from your previous WordPress website. All you need to see is which method is suitable for your blog post type.
Let’s discuss each method in detail.
Method 1: Exporting All Posts Using the Export Tool
This is the most commonly used method for exporting blog posts from your WordPress website. WordPress has a built-in function which helps in exporting posts content easily. It is accessible via WordPress Dashboard.
When you go to your website’ dashboard, you will find the option of “Tools” mentioned on the left panel. Click on Tools and then select “Export” option. This method will help you download posts, pages, and media files from your old WordPress website. All of the content will be downloaded in the XML file format which you can importin your new website.
Method 2: Exporting Specific Blog Posts From Various Categories
In case you do not want all of your blog posts, you can also narrow down your choice for downloading only specific content from your previous sites. WordPress offers you the option to export post content based on their category, date range, author, and status.
On the Export page, you will get to see the filter feature to export specific blog posts from different categories. Let us guide you how you can do that on your own.
Suppose you want to get the blog posts that the specific Author wrote in your previous site. What you need to do is to go to the Tools, click on Export and select Posts option. Select All in categories, choose that specific author name and press “Download Export File”.
Method 3: Exporting WordPress Posts With Images to PDFs
The first two methods are suitable for moving WordPress posts from one site to another. However, the downloaded files cannot be read outside of the WordPress platform. So, if you want to make the file readable, you can also download it in the form of PDF.
WordPress help you download your blog posts along with images in a more user-friendly format like PDFs. To export the PDF files from your website, you first need to install WordPress export post plugin. The method is useful for the bloggers who want to create the Newsletters using the blog post content. You will find many plugins used for this purpose from the WordPress plugin library. Let’s suppose you can use Print My Blog plugin that support the PDF format.
That’s how you can find the plugin from the library:
After successful installation and activation of the plugin, go to its setting, select Posts box and then save settings. Then go to the post you want to export and click on the PDF label on the top of the page. A new window will appear where you can select the “Save as PDF” option and click Save button to continue. The PDF file will be downloaded. That exported file will have the site title, date printed, post title, post featured image, and post content. When exploring the plugin features, you will also see page layout settings where you can control how your PDF file should display the content on the page.
What You Need To Know More
Your previous website might have hundreds of posts so the downloading may take some time to generate the files. So, you need to be very patient if you have a lot to export. Need to import content into your new WordPress website, you can checkout the next article “how to import posts in WordPress“.
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