Importing from Wordpress (via file import)

You can import Journal entries created in your Wordpress site directly using your Wordpress Export File by following these steps.  When you import your entries, your comments, and categories will be imported as well.

Problems or Errors with your import? Read our Wordpress troubleshooting guide for help.

Note: Trial Accounts have an import limit of the most recent 20 entries and a maximum file size of 20MB.

Step 1 - Export from Wordpress

Login to your Wordpress account and click the Tools tab. Then click the Export link and use the drop-down option to select to export Posts. You can also use the drop-down menu to select whether to export entries by all authors or just a single author. Then click the Download Export File button to export your data.

Note: You must select the option to export posts only and not pages. The Squarespace Blog Importer cannot import any other pages from your WordPress site, so it is important to select to only export posts.

Step 2 - Access the Squarespace Blog Importer

Login to your Squarespace site and click the Website Management link. Then navigate to Blog Importer under the Data & Media heading.

Important Notes:
  • If you have multiple authors in your blog and wish to carry these over, you must be using a plan that supports member features. Ensure you create accounts for those authors before you import your journal and that the Display Names you create in your Squarespace account match the author names of the source blog. 
  • When entering a URL for the blog to be imported, please enter the URL that you currently use to reference that blog whether this is a custom domain URL or a subdomain like: yoursite.wordpress.com.  
  • If you're using a custom domain in your current blog you must NOT map that domain to your Squarespace site until your import request is complete.  Doing so will prevent proper URL redirection and prevent referenced media files from correctly transferring with the imported entries.

Step 3 - Setup File Import

Make sure to click the Import Via an Export File option, as Import Via the Web is the default selection. Enter the full URL for your Wordpress site and then select Wordpress from the list of options in the drop-down menu (this is the default option for the File Import).  Click the Continue button to proceed to the file selection page.

Note: Markdown formatting is not supported in Wordpress import files. If you're using Markdown syntax you will need to manually update it or remove it from your entries to correct any format errors.

Step 4 - Select Import File

Next you'll be prompted to choose a file from your computer to upload for the blog import. Click the File button to open the File Upload dialog and select your Wordpress export file from your computer. After selecting the correct file, click the Upload File button. Once the file has successfully uploaded, you'll see its path within your Squarespace storage area listed in the text field. You can then click the Import Entries button to begin the import process.

This process can take some time, depending on the number of entries being imported from your previous blog. You'll see a status bar after clicking the Import Blog button that will update you on the status of your import request. The import will transfer all entries (only up to 20 for Trial accounts) from your previous blog site as well as images and embedded video references automatically. Your previous URLs will also be automatically redirected to the new URL locations for those entries on your Squarespace blog so your visitors using established links to your content don't see a "page not found" message when accessing one of your older entries via direct link.

Step 5 - Verify Import

Once the import has finished, click the Finish button to complete the process. Your newly imported blog page will begin as a disabled page within your Squarespace site titled Imported XXXX-XX-XX (where "x" represents the date of your import).  You can access and enable this page clicking the Website Management link and navigating to Architecture under the Structure heading.

Note: You can also import your Wordpress blog directly over the internet by following the guide linked here.
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