Why I Switched From Wordpress to Squarespace and How To Do It Yourself

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I started my business website on Wordpress a few years ago…and that’s about all that ever happened.

At that time, I knew Wordpress was the most popular CMS and figured it was the best option to start with. But boy was I wrong.

My business was primarily focused on helping people build websites on Squarespace, so the reason why I designed it on Wordpress still doesn’t make much sense to me today.

Although I had some experience with Wordpress, I found it a lot harder to update, maintain, and customize the website to my liking.

With a busy schedule and full-time job, I didn’t have enough time to maintain a Wordpress website. I needed something that would help me build and customize a website fast while having little maintenance to do once it was live.

I’ve used Squarespace in the past and knew how easy it was to build a professional website quickly. Plus, I knew I had nothing to worry about when it came to maintenance or plugins because Squarespace handles all that themselves.

Their all-in-one solution was a no brainer (and I should have figured that out a long time ago) for a busy entrepreneur like myself.

I knew it was time to make the switch over to Squarespace and now I’m going to show you how you can do it too.

How to transfer your website content from Wordpress to Squarespace step-by-step

I’m going to show you to how to import content from your Wordpress site over to a Squarespace site. It’s fairly simple and should only take a few minutes to transfer your content over.

1. Pick a template

First, you need to pick a template and create an account if you haven’t yet. I reccomend choosing a template in the Brine family if you don’t know where to get started.

Selecting a squarespace template


2. Export your XML file

Once you get set up with your template, head over to Wordpress and export your XML file. To do that, log into to Wordpress and in the main menu go to tools > export, select all content, and click download export file.

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3. Go to advanced import setting in Squarespace

Once you have the XML file, head back over to Squarespace and go to settings > advanced > import/export > Wordpress.

You’ll see two options to import content: Basic and Advanced. Squarespace recommends the advanced import option just to make sure everything gets imported correctly, so that’s the route we’re going to go.

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4. Upload XML file

Upload your XML file and wait for it to load all the content into your site. You’ll see a success message when the upload is done.

Wordpress import success.

5. Re-Adjust or add additional content

Once complete, all your imported content will be in the non-linked section under pages. You’ll see most of your content has been imported over, although, you might have to re-adjust your content and/or add additional content to make it look the way you want.

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6. Go live!

When you have your import content re-adjusted, the next step would be to launch your new Squarespace website.

You can do this in two ways: 1). You can connect your domain from your existing web hosting service to Squarespace or 2). You can transfer your domain from your existing web hosting service over to Squarespace.

I recommend transferring your domain over to Squarespace, this way you will have everything you need under one platform. Plus, it doesn’t make sense to pay for a separate web hosting account on top of paying for a Squarespace subscription.

Get help transferring your website from Wordpress to Squarespace

And there you have it! You have successfully imported your content from Wordpress to Squarespace. Now you can focus on building a beautiful website with ease and forgetting all that extra baggage that comes with a Wordpress site.

Need help importing content from Wordpress to Squarespace and launching your new website? Set up a free 20-min consultation call or book a one-on-one training session with me and we’ll work through getting your website over to Squarespace.

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