Blog Migration Details

What content is included in a blog migration

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Written by Kylen Downs
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Our Showit Support Pros happily handle the entire blog migration process for you.
We handle each blog migration by hand in order to ensure the safety of your content!

Note: Blog migrations are available for the Advanced Blog Subscription only.

Our Basic Starter Blog Subscription is for new blog setups only. Downgrading from Advanced Blog to a Basic Blog would result in downgrading to a new blog, no posts can be migrated over.

Showit Blog Migration Support


Showit currently supports the following platforms for our blog migration service:

  • WordPress (self-hosted) - also known as Wordpress.org

  • Wordpress.com

  • Squarespace

Note: Before transferring to any new host, it's always recommended you make a backup of your own blog.

Advanced Blog - WordPress Migrations


Under the Advanced Blog subscription, the Showit team will transfer your content using WP Engine's migration plugin.

The WP Engine migration plugin will transfer ALL WordPress files and configurations as well as your current WordPress database. This transfer essentially makes an exact copy of your existing site and migrates it to our hosting servers. 

⚠️ Non-WordPress directories will not transfer. Showit does not support or assist with the migration of non-WordPress content.

WordPress.com

If you are coming from WordPress.com and have an active Advanced Subscription, migrating your site with the WP Engine migration plugin may not be an option. WordPress.com requires the use of the paid Business plan to use custom plugins. Unless your site may have this active plan, we are only able to migrate your site through the XML route identified above. 

To read a bit more on the differences check out this handy article.

SquareSpace Migrations

The SquareSpace platform only offers one route to export content to WordPress through a SquareSpace generated XML file. Refer to SquareSpace's Export Documentation for what Will and Will Not migrate.*

The Showit team will use the file to import your posts, pages, and images to your new WordPress site. 

*Showit does not have any input or control over how a SquareSpace export XML file is generated. We are only able to import the content included in the export file exactly how SquareSpace created the export file. In some cases this can result in differences in the content, including but not be limited to, layout, formatting, and excess spacing.

**Because of the differences between WordPress and SquareSpace, it is not uncommon for post urls to change. We recommend reviewing these articles for an overview of where to find and adjust WordPress settings and how to set up redirects if needed:

Canceling Your Old Hosting


Once the migration is complete, log in to your new Showit blog and verify that all of your posts and content are loading correctly. Once you make sure everything looks good, you can safely cancel your old hosting for your site and blog as Showit is your host for those items. Other items like domains and emails are not hosted with Showit, learn more here.

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