Squarespace is a great website building and designing tool. However, it has its limitations. They do not allow for increased website functionality. Likewise, Squarespace severely lacks customization flexibility. SEO is also a variable in this regard. A site is more likely to reap the benefits of SEO if it is a WordPress site. These variables make a good case for you to use WordPress for websites.
Also, keep in mind that WordPress here refers to the independent WordPress.Org and not WordPress.Com.
Following is a short tutorial for you to migrate your website to WordPress:
1. Export Squarespace Data:
The first task for you when you migrate website to WordPress is exporting your data. You will need to export the Squarespace website’s data to WordPress. The issue with Squarespace is its limited exporting capabilities. Since there is no auto-export feature in Squarespace, you will have to export some of the data manually. These include:
- Multiple blog pages/posts
- Product files
- Custom CSS and other style changes
- Folders and drafts
For the remaining components, you can use the Import utility available in Squarespace.
- Access the admin section in Squarespace. Select the desired website. In the left-hand menu, select Settings.
- Then head to Advanced >> Import/Export.
- Select Export, and then WordPress.
- After the .xml file is available, hit Download.
- This .xml file will be helpful in the forthcoming steps.
1- Import Images to WordPress:
Once done exporting, we now need to move forward with importing. You will now import the .xml data file in WordPress. Make sure that WordPress is duly initialized and ready on your system. If not, download it from your current hosting service. The 5-minute install is a peculiar feature of WordPress.
Log in to your WordPress account. Access the admin section from the dashboard. Here, several options are available for your website.
- Now, head over to Tools>>Import
- Under this section, locate WordPress.Hit Install Now stated below it. After the completion of the installation, click on Importer.
- When the window appears, click the Choose File button. Now, upload the .xml data file from the previous step.
- Finally, hit the Upload File and Import button. After this, a page that has settings relating to admin roles will appear. You can also manage attachments from here. Adjust the settings as per your liking and click Submit.
2. Import Images to WordPress:
A few times this may happen. WordPress’ built-in importer might not completely import all data. This mainly includes images. If such is the case, then you will have to choose the manual route. But manual import and upload will eat up a lot of time. Now would be the right time to use some plugin wizardry. The plugin you will use for this is known as Auto Upload Images.
You have to make the below changes once the plugin is initialized:
- SelectPosts>>All Posts from your WordPress dashboard. Locate the Screen Options button. In the menu that pops up, make the desired amends. Hit Apply.
- Subsequently, access the Bulk Actions menu. In the menu that appears, select Edit followed by Apply.
- In the window that follows, simply click Update without making any adjustments.
Check your WordPress website. The images you imported would now be up.
3- Managing Permalinks
WordPress helps you utilize all of that good SEO magic, all thanks to its framework. However, the URL structures of Squarespace are different from those of WordPress. Consequently, your viewers might land on an Error 404 message. You need to accordingly alter WordPress settings to avoid this. Below is a sample Squarespace link:
- Access Settings from your WordPress dashboard. Subsequently, locate Permalinks.
- Select Day and Name from the menu that follows. This option largely resembles the link structure of Squarespace.
- Find the Custom Structure field. Insert the ‘blog-1’ prefix just before the link in that field. The link should look like the one below:
Save your changes using the Save Changes button.
4- Customizing WordPress
You are all set to use WordPress for your website. Nevertheless, you have to make the website visually appealing. Use the plethora of themes offered by WordPress for this job. As for customizing and fine-tuning your website, make use of plugins.
Plugins will prove to be more useful if you have an e-commerce website. Likewise, there are many online communities and resources available. Use them to learn anything about WordPress web development.
In today’s digital space, reach matters to a great extent. WordPress’ popularity and technological framework give you that reach. It may take some time to learn the nuances of WordPress. But once you’re done, this is the limit. This tutorial was just the beginning. Good Luck!