Whatever you are using an older Joomla version or Joomla 3.x, it is possible to migrate your website to WordPress.
In this article, we have covered a couple of methods that you can use in transferring your Joomla website to WordPress.
Why would you migrate from Joomla to WordPress?
There are multiple reasons why you would migrate from Joomla to WordPress depending on your needs and desires:
- You want an easier and more user-friendly dashboard.
- You want to customize your front end whenever and wherever you like to do that without knowing programming languages.
- If you want to have additional features and designs available for your website.
- You need a different type of website, maybe a blog, a bbPress, or a WooCommerce based website.
- You want a more user-friendly and easy to use front end for your visitors.
- If you want more control and more power.
- You want to use fewer resources on your web host.
Methods to Migrate from Joomla to WordPress
If you really want to migrate from Joomla to WordPress you need first to research both content management systems. You should look after the resources they use, after the compatibility between them and other technical details.
After that you can use one of the methods presented below –
1. FG Joomla to WordPress
The FG Joomla to WordPress plugin is one of the easiest methods to migrate. First, install WordPress on your new domain name or subdomain. Then install the plugin by using the plugin manager from WordPress or either by downloading the zip file. And extract the plugin folder via FTP at your WordPress.
After you activated this plugin, you should go to Tools, and then at Import, you have available the Joomla (FG) options as an available tool for import. After you selected the Joomla (FG) you just need to enter the Joomla website parameters such a formation such as Joomla database parameters is required: hostname, port, database, username, password, Joomla table prefix.
Now you can test the connection. If you are missing information regarding Joomla, you need to go at your Joomla dashboard at Global Configuration at the Server tab where you can see information regarding your Joomla installation. These parameters are available also at the configuration.php file in your Joomla root folder.
After you wrote the information, you should scroll down at Behavior where you can choose additional options such as Posts with a “read more” split, Medias, Meta Keywords and Create pages.
Next, just press the blue button entitled Import content from Joomla to WordPress. It will take a couple of minutes until the process is finished. You will get notifications and warnings such as don’t forget to modify internal links.
FG Joomla to WordPress plugin will import categories, posts, images, attachments, and so on. You should modify internal links after the migration. If a database error appears you just need to verify your database parameters.
Another method is to use the CMS2CMS website, but this method is a paid one so you should have a couple of bucks depending on the number of posts, images, tags and categories you want to import.
In the short version, you just need to create an account and follow the on screen steps offering the link and the content management system for the Joomla and the WordPress website.
3. Copy/Paste Method
The first way to migrate from Joomla to WordPress is the copy/paste method. Here you can manually migrate your content from a website to another using the mouse or the keyboard to copy and paste each widget/block, page, and article.
This method is hard to do but at least it is free and you have full control. Also, it takes a lot of time.
4. Joomla/Mambo to WordPress Migrator
Joomla/Mambo to WordPress Migrator is another plugin used for WordPress in order to move articles to WordPress from Joomla or Mambo. You can install this plugin in the same way you install any plugin or the FG Joomla plugin going at WordPress plugin repository and install it manually via FTP or automatically through WordPress dashboard.
Its settings are available at the Settings and Joomla2WP section where you need to enter the MySQL parameters such as server, user and password in order to connect to your Joomla website.
Next, you just need to press the Start Migration to WP button and you will see the status such as processing category together with the script execution time and the notification when the migration is done.
5. Mambo2WordPress Import Wizard
Using the Mambo2WordPress Import Wizard you can easily import old versions of Joomla to old versions of WordPress in order to test and to see how the entire process works.
First, you need to install WordPress and create a folder in the root one named Export. Next, you need to update the WordPress config.php file using your database parameters and adding the proper password, username, hostname, database name, and table name prefix.
Upload the index.php file together with the config.php file into the Export folder and surf at the http://yourwebsite.com/export where you will follow the on-screen steps from the wizard in order to import your articles and links into your newly installed WordPress website.
The last method to convert your Joomla website to WordPress is to use the gConverters services where with the help of four steps you can convert your Joomla site to WordPress.
These steps are the following ones:
- Service request that takes about 5 minutes and you just select the conversion type, the options and fill a form,
- site review which takes about 1 to 6 hours and the gConverters team send you response for your request,
- the site conversion takes from 24 hours to even 7 days and it is actually the step where the hole migration happens and
- the payment, the last step which is approximately 3 days and you need to pay for the third step to happen else only the first two are free for use.
Using this team you can either migrate only content which costs starts from $155 and raises depending on the number of posts, pages, and users, either the theme which costs around $250-$500, or everything.
The last option is usually used in order to migrate either a basic package of content or an advanced package, the theme, plugins and so on. With these services, you can import also social network buttons, save and print buttons, widgets, comments, ratings, and so on.
All Joomla versions such as 1.0, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, and 2.5 are compatible together with all WordPress versions.
So which method works for you the best for moving a Joomla website to your WordPress?
Whatever method you choose, make sure you have a good web hosting service that will provide good service and support for your new WordPress site.
Our top pick for WordPress hosting is BlueHost, which has been featured on our website as well as on WordPress.org.
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