One of the things I hear about Squarespace a lot is that it's a pain in the arse to transfer your WordPress content into it if you already have a functioning website. Y'all... this just isn't true. I've moved sites between the platforms flawlessly. There may be exceptions, but isn't that the case with everything?
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So I thought sharing a quick how-to today would be a good way to address this. This is an excerpt from The Squarespace Course btw, which launches Friday if you're interested in learning more about DIYing your own website with a friendly guide walking you through it all! Watch this space for more info.
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Anyway. If you want to switch platforms, it's not that hard. First, I recommend disabling your WordPress plugins if you can do that without effing things up. SS has to deal with the plugin data but it can't process it and it can slow down the import. .
Second, log into your SS site and go to Settings -> Advanced -> Import/Export. You’ll see buttons for WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger, Shopify, and Big Cartel. If you don't have a lot of content you can try importing this way by clicking WordPress and entering your login info. This might be all you need. If so, congratulations, go grab a hot chocolate!
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If not, no biggie. Hop over to your WP site, log in, and find Tools -> Export. Choose your content or export it all, then download and save the export file somewhere handy. . 
Back on SS, click the Advanced tab on that WP import box. Choose your export file from the upload box and click Begin Import. This might take a minute. You'll see a success message when you're good to go. . 
Your content will be in the Pages area under Not Linked. If you don't see it at first try refreshing. Take a quick peek into each page and make sure your videos, photos, and things look okay, or add content blocks if not. You may have a few quirks to work out but for the most part content transfers beautifully. .
Now you can enable the new pages, move them to the correct menu areas, and voila! You're done! I transferred a site while making this how-to and the whole process took less than 30 minutes.
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  • heylenadesignsOne of the things I hear about Squarespace a lot is that it's a pain in the arse to transfer your WordPress content into it if you already have a functioning website. Y'all... this just isn't true. I've moved sites between the platforms flawlessly. There may be exceptions, but isn't that the case with everything?
    .
    So I thought sharing a quick how-to today would be a good way to address this. This is an excerpt from The Squarespace Course btw, which launches Friday if you're interested in learning more about DIYing your own website with a friendly guide walking you through it all! Watch this space for more info.
    .
    Anyway. If you want to switch platforms, it's not that hard. First, I recommend disabling your WordPress plugins if you can do that without effing things up. SS has to deal with the plugin data but it can't process it and it can slow down the import. .
    Second, log into your SS site and go to Settings -> Advanced -> Import/Export. You’ll see buttons for WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger, Shopify, and Big Cartel. If you don't have a lot of content you can try importing this way by clicking WordPress and entering your login info. This might be all you need. If so, congratulations, go grab a hot chocolate!
    .
    If not, no biggie. Hop over to your WP site, log in, and find Tools -> Export. Choose your content or export it all, then download and save the export file somewhere handy. .
    Back on SS, click the Advanced tab on that WP import box. Choose your export file from the upload box and click Begin Import. This might take a minute. You'll see a success message when you're good to go. .
    Your content will be in the Pages area under Not Linked. If you don't see it at first try refreshing. Take a quick peek into each page and make sure your videos, photos, and things look okay, or add content blocks if not. You may have a few quirks to work out but for the most part content transfers beautifully. .
    Now you can enable the new pages, move them to the correct menu areas, and voila! You're done! I transferred a site while making this how-to and the whole process took less than 30 minutes.
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