How to Move From Wix to WordPress
Wix is one of many simple website creation tools businesses turn to have an online presence. The builder is easy to use. Users pick a template and use a straightforward drag and drop creation to construct a basic website. Wix isn’t complicated. It also isn’t versatile. That’s why users look to move from Wix.
WordPress blows Wix away when it comes to customization and flexibility. Users leave Wix once they realize they’re not building the website they want. Instead, users have to develop inside a box. Unfortunately, Wix doesn’t make a move to WordPress very easy, but we can still do it.
Why is WordPress Better?
WordPress is an explosion of options and possibilities. WordPress has everything someone needs to build the perfect website from premade templates and plugins to the ability to create intricate customizations. Wix starts as an attractive option because the interface is user friendly, and the templates are enticing, but as the saying goes, you get what you pay for.
As your business grows and your needs grow, Wix’s limitations become more and more evident. The Wix app store sports a paltry 250+ plugins to improve functionality. WordPress features more than 50,000, ready-made plugins affecting every part of your site. Wix limits the ability to build and add the custom code you may need too. More than anything, WordPress has shown to be more SEO friendly than Wix sites. As users get more and more frustrated with their Wix site, they quickly migrate to WordPress.
And here is how.
Import Content to WordPress
Wix is closed-source software, meaning there are no direct ways to migrate your content. You won’t have to recreate your content from scratch or copy and paste page after page. However, you’ll need to do a little work to grab your RSS feed and import it into WordPress.
- Bring up your RSS feed by going to your domain and adding /feed.xml to the end.
- You’ll navigate to a page loaded with code. Right-click on the page and select Save As, so you’ll have a downloaded version of your XML file to upload.
- Go to your WordPress website and into the Tools -> Import section.
- Find the RSS area and click “Install Now.”
- After a second, you’ll be prompted to run the importer tool.
- Choose the file you want to import. You’ll be importing the RSS feed you recently downloaded and hit the Upload and Import File.
- You’ll be notified as soon as your import is finished!
Your content pages will show up, but unfortunately, not your images. Importing images from Wix requires a different process.
Import Images to WordPress
Like with the content, the move from Wix doesn’t allow a direct way to migrate images to the new website. Still, there is a simple way to upload your images with a little legwork. In this case, you’ll want to start by installing the Auto Upload Images plugin. The plugin helps you reupload all the images without having to do them one by one.
- Install the Auto Upload Images plugin.
- Re-save all of your posts in Wix that have images.
- Go to the All-Posts page and click on the Screen Options button.
- Make sure to update the items per page blank to 999 to include all of your pages.
- Select all posts and choose Edit from the drop-down.
- Click Apply. You’ll see an edit box come up, but just hit Update, and the plugin will update your posts.
Point Domain to New WordPress Install.
First, you can only redirect traffic to your WordPress website if you have a custom domain. If you have a custom domain, the move from Wix is a little more straightforward than some of our other steps.
- Sign in to your account and go to Subscriptions.
- Click the Domains drop-down.
- Choose the domain you want.
- Click on the “Advanced” tab
- Choose Transfer away from Wix and then Send Code.
You’ll receive an authorization email from Wix, allowing you to transfer your domain.
Recreate Your Template With Divi
Wix takes pride in offering a slew of crafted templates for their customers. Many users sign up mainly for a template they liked. That’s understandable. Some of these templates are chic, original, and beautifully done. However, there’s nothing done in Wix that you can’t do in WordPress. We completely understand wanting to bring your template when you move from Wix, but unfortunately, that’s not an option.
Instead, you can recreate the template with the Divi page builder, except now, you can create and make changes as you see fit. No template is one-size-fits-all. Moving to WordPress means opening up options for everything, including web design. You don’t need to be a graphic designer to build a beautiful website when you have the right tools.
Finally, the last step is making sure your page links line up with the Wix links. Wix tends to follow a basic .com/blog-name link pattern. Since this recipe is one of the best for SEO and the easiest to manipulate, we recommend the same.
- Open the WordPress dashboard and scroll over Settings on the left side.
- Click Permalinks to open the options.
- Click the Post Name radio button.
- Save changes.
You’ll want to make sure any imported posts have this link style. You can visit the posts by going to the All Posts section under the Posts menu. All of your new pages will follow the same link style.
Making the Move from Wix
Making the move from Wix is inevitable for many users. As your business grows, you need more space. You need more functionality. You just need…more. WordPress is the answer, and partnering up with a premium development and hosting firm like Shamrck maximizes the experience. Otherwise, you’re wasting the many tools and resources at your disposal.
Your website is the face of your company. It’s the first impression your potential clients have. Take advantage of the possibilities WordPress offers by building the perfect site. Why settle for less?
We’d love to take some time to talk with you more about where you see your brand. Our team of experts is here to help you make the move from Wix, so reach out and get started.
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