Importing from Movable Type

Squarespace allows you to easily import entires from your Movable Type weblog to your new Squarespace journal.

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

Step 1 - Export from Movable Type

To export your Movable Type blog, access the Tools menu within your Movable Type account and click the Export button in the drop-down menu.  Clicking this link will take you to the Export page where you can choose your blog and click the Export Blog link to generate and download an export file of your content. Depending on the size of your weblog this may take some time to download.


Step2 - Access the Blog Importer

Login to your Squarespace account and navigate to the  Data & Media > Blog Importer section of your Website Management area.  

Note: If you have multiple authors in your blog and wish to carry these over, you must be using a plan that supports member features. Also, ensure you have created accounts for those authors before you import your journal -- author names should match the Display Names of the authors in your Squarespace account.

Step 3 - Select Import Option and Add File Information

Select the Import via an export file option, as Import via web is the default option.  Choose Movable Type from the drop-down menu, fill in your blog URL and click to continue.  

Step 4 - URL Redirection

On the next screen you can choose to provide additional information to enable URL redirection. This will allow us to redirect requests for your original URLs to their new location within Squarespace in an SEO friendly way. This will require you to use your Movable Type web services password instead of your normal password.

This step is optional. You may skip it by clicking the button to not redirect your old URLs. If you skip this step you can go to Step 6 of this guide.

If you wish to proceed with the URL redirection, you will need to go into your profile within your Movable Type installation and copy your web services password. To do this, click on your name in the upper-right corner of Movable Type and then scroll to the bottom of your Profile page to the Preferences section and click on the Reveal link to display your web services password.

Go back to your Squarespace site and add your web services password to the password field, your login name for your Movable Type blog, and then click the Get Redirect Information button.

Step 5 - Select Blog to Redirect

Next, if you have more than one blog within your Movable Type, select the blog you are wanting to import.

Step 6 - Upload Your Movable Type Export File

Then use the file uploader to select the previously exported blog file from your computer and click the upload file button.  Once the file has uploaded you can click to Import Entries

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.

If you choose to proceed with Steps 4 and 5, your media assets will be transferred to Amazon S3 storage. 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 7 - 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.

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Importing from Movable Type