How to Migrate from Joomla to WordPress


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Willing to switch from Joomla to WordPress? This detailed tutorial will outline the whole process of migration using CMS2CMS -automated migration service to make your website switch the most successful and rewarding experience.

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How to Migrate from Joomla to WordPress

  1. 1. How to Migrate from Joomla to WordPress by CMS2CMS Team June, 2013
  2. 2. Table of Contents 1. Why switch to WordPress? 2. Joomla to WordPress migration: a. How to migrate? b. How to prepare for migration? c. Migration setup d. What to do after migration?
  3. 3. Why Switch to WordPress?
  4. 4. Why Switch to WordPress? Number of searches for Joomla and WordPress since 2005 via Google Trends
  5. 5. How to Migrate from Joomla to WordPress? Automated Migration Service
  6. 6. How to Prepare for Migration? 1. Back up your Joomla website 2. Install WordPress 3. Set up custom URL structure for WP 4. Find FTP access details (for Joomla and WordPress) Find more info in this article
  7. 7. Migration Setup Step 1. Create your account Visit Register your CMS2CMS account or sign up via Facebook or Google
  8. 8. Migration Setup Step 2. Set up your Source and Target sites 1. Select your Current and New CMS types 2. Type in the URLs of your Joomla and WordPress websites
  9. 9. Migration Setup Step 3. Connect your Sites 1. Download Bridge file (zip) to your PC 2. Extract 'cms2cms' folder from the zip
  10. 10. Note. Root directory is the top folder with index.php file Find more info here or watch the video tutorial. o Connect to your Joomla website via FTP o Upload extracted 'cms2cms' folder to Joomla root directory. o Connect to WordPress website via FTP o Upload 'cms2cms' folder to WordPress root folder Migration Setup Step 3. Connect your Sites
  11. 11. Migration Setup Step 3. Connect your Sites Go back to Migration wizard and click "Verify Connection to your Sites"
  12. 12. Migration Setup Step 4. Select Migration preferences Check the boxes to activate the following migration options: • Migrate Media - to have images moved • Make URLs SEO friendly - to have internal links formed according to the rewrite rules on WordPress. • 301 Redirect - receive a set of rules to redirect Joomla URLs to WordPress URLs • Clear Target website data - delete all content from WordPress website
  13. 13. Migration Setup Step 4. Start Demo Migration You're all set to start your migration. It's recommended to run the free Demo migration to see how the service works. Note. You can skip this step and start Full migration right away.
  14. 14. Migration Setup Step 5. Start Full Migration Only one mouse click separates you from the new WordPress site. After you click 'Start Full Migration', your Joomla website content will be moved to WordPress. You'll receive an email notification as soon as the transfer is complete. You'll be able to check the results and enjoy your new WordPress website!
  15. 15. What to Do After Migration? 1. Set appearance & description When you migrate, your WordPress website has the default theme installed (currently, it’s Twenty Twelve). To personalise it, set up the suitable theme and template for your website. Don’t forget about the tagline - by default, it says “Just another WordPress blog". To change the tagline, go to Settings -> General in WordPress dashboard. 2. Add functionality Install the necessary plugins, like SEO, backup, security etc. You can access WordPress plugin directory right from your dashboard. Go to Plugins ->Add New. Use search function or browse by tag to find the needed plugin. 3. Take care of SEO • set up 301 permanent redirects (you can do so using redirection bridge you'll get from CMS2CMS after migration). • monitor your site for 404 errors and fix them. • create Google Webmaster Tools account for the new site • generate and submit to Google your new XML sitemap. Click here for more info. 4. Test your new site Make sure all the functions are working properly, pages and posts are displayed correctly and all forms (registration, contact, login etc function well)
  16. 16. Migrate your site now - it's never been easier! Go ahead and start the new life of your website!