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Quick Tip: Easily Move Your Blog To/From Squarespace

So Squarespace is looking like an interesting platform for you and you want to import your WordPress, Blogger, or Tumblr content to a shiny new Squarespace site?

Sean Anderson
Sean Anderson

So Squarespace is looking like an interesting platform for you and you want to import your WordPress, Blogger, or Tumblr content to a shiny new Squarespace site?

Or maybe Squarespace just isn’t cutting it for you anymore and you want to export your content and give it a new home someplace else (like a certain cat-themed productivity site recently did on Ghost)?

Today’s your lucky day, friend, because you can do both of those things with some relative ease. It’s a good thing, too, because I don’t believe that your content should be siloed and inaccessible to you. Ever. It’s your content. Thankfully, there are platforms out there that have your back.

Getting your stuff into Squarespace

Squarespace will support importing content from a Squarespace 5 site and also WordPress, Blogger, or Tumblr. You’ve got loads of options here. Just make sure you have a Squarespace 7 (or 7.1) site going.

Squarespace 5

Squarespace 7 will import your:

  • Journal pages and blog posts
  • Blog post comments
  • HTML pages
  • Picture gallery pages

That’s about it. If you’re wondering if it’ll import anything else, then that’s going to be a firm “no.” You’ll need to add all that content, e.g. Markdown content, analytics information, and uploaded files, manually after the import is finished.

Let’s get to uploading.

  1. Click Settings in the Home Menu.
  2. Click Advanced.
  3. Click Import/Export.
  4. Click Import.
  5. Select the V5 icon.
  6. You’ll need to login using your Squarespace 5 credentials, i.e. the first part of you Squarespace 5 URL and your password.
  7. Click Begin Import.

Your imported content will appear in the Not Linked section of the Pages panel. Everything is disabled at this moment, giving you the opportunity to check your content and update it all before enabling your desired pages. This is a good opportunity to manually add any content that may be missing from the import process.

WordPress, Blogger, or Tumblr

Importing your content from these platforms will follow nearly all the same steps listed in the Squarespace 5 section above. However, instead of clicking the V5 icon, we’ll click either the WordPress, Blogger, or Tumblr icon, depending on where your content is coming from.

Depending on the platform, some content may be missing from the import. Generally, all of your blog/text posts will transfer over. Most images will come over. CSS styling is pretty much guaranteed to not import because of the differences in Squarespace’s HTML code.

Getting your stuff out of Squarespace

If you’re currently living in Squarespace but have been feeling the itch to try out another platform, first, I feel you; Dandy Cat Design used to live on Squarespace. Second, it’s a piece of cake.

The easiest platform to transfer to, and the one Squarespace plays best with, is WordPress, so we’ll focus on how to do that.

  1. We’ll to go Settings in the Home Menu.
  2. Click Advanced.
  3. Click Import/Export.
  4. Click Export.
  5. A window will pop up with a WordPress icon. Click the icon to start the export process.
  6. Two buttons will appear after a moment. Click the Download button. You’ll be given an XML file. Save that someplace memorable on your computer.
Screenshot of the export for WordPress option on Squarespace

We’re going to zip over to WordPress now. This WordPress import process will work best with a site, but it will still mostly work with a self-hosted site. We’re going to use a plugin called WordPress Importer to bring in all of our compatible Squarespace content.

After installing the plugin, you can import your Squarespace XML file. When it’s all finished, you’ll have a bit of work to do making sure all your content shows up the way you want it to, but it’ll still save you a good deal of time. Believe me, doing everything manually is a lengthy process.

When we’re dealing with moving content from one platform to another completely different platform, there’s bound to be some issues. This won’t be a perfect 1-to-1 transfer of your content.

However, it’s still going to save you a whole lot of time compared to moving everything over by hand. If you’ve got hundreds of blog posts, you don’t want to have to repost every single one of them over again. What a headache that would be!

Tools like these can help make your website life easier. Make sure to take advantage of them whenever the opportunity arises.

Import some happiness, cats.

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Sean Anderson

Lover of productivity tips, Apple devices, and vegan ice cream. Mostly, I'm busy petting cats 🐱 and dogs 🐶

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