Importing WordPress Entries

You can import your previous Journal content from your Wordpress site over the web 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 - Enable XML-RPC in Wordpress

If you have a self-hosted Wordpress site, you will need to make sure that XML-RPC is enabled within your Wordpress admin area in Settings > Writing > Remote Publishing.

Step 2 - Access Blog Importer

You'll need to log into your Squarespace site and click the Website Management link then navigate to Blog Importer under Data & Media. By default, the import via the web option is already selected.

Step 3 - Enter Required Information for Import

By default, Wordpress is already selected in the drop-down menu, so you'll just need to enter your Wordpress blog's full URL along with the Username and Password you use to login to your Wordpress account. Once you've entered the correct information you can click the Continue button.

Important Notes:
  • 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:  
  • 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.

Your blog import request will begin immediately. 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.

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 - Verify Import

Once the import has finished, you'll be greeted with a Data Import Complete message and you can click the Finish button to finalize the import. 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 from Wordpress using an exported blog file (.xml) format by following the guide linked here.
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Importing WordPress Entries