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If you already have a blog site hosted on, you can easily move the site over to your WordPress site.  Your current site can be migrated from your to your WordPress site with us in only a few easy steps that we will outline below.

Step 1: Install WordPress on your InMotion server

First, you will need to install WordPress onto the domain that is hosted with InMotion Hosting.  This can be done automatically through Softaculous.  For more information, please read our article on Installing WordPress. Also, see our Wordpress Education channel to learn how to build your WordPress site on your InMotion server.

Step 2: Export your WordPress site

Now that you have installed WordPress, log into your Dashboard at your old site.  Then, click on the "Tools" option on the left hand menu.  This will open an expanded menu, click on "Export":


Step 3: Save the Files

On the Export page, click on the "All content" radio button and then "Download Export File."  If a dialogue box appears, make sure that you choose to Save the file:


Step 4: Begin File Import

This will save a .xml file to your computer, make sure you remember where it saves to.  Now that you have saved your content, log into your Dashboard at your domain that is (or will be) hosted with InMotion Hosting.  Once you have logged in, click on "Tools" on the left hand menu.  This will open an expanded menu, click on "Import." On the Import screen, click on "WordPress":


Step 5: Install the WordPress Import Plugin

You will need to install the WordPress Import plugin to import your content.  The page will automatically pop up, click on "Install":


Step 6: Activate the Plugin

Once it is installed, a new screen will appear.  On this screen, click on "Activate Plugin and Run Importer":


Import the Files

Now you will be able to import your file.  Click on the Browse button and navigate to the location on your computer that has the .xml file.  Click on it, and it will display in the box.  Now click on "Upload file and import":


That is it!  Now your content from your site has been successfully imported.  Please check to make sure that all your content was transferred correctly before closing your account

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n/a Points
2016-10-19 11:46 pm

Hi,How do you do this but in the new AMP version ? I am trying to transfer my wordpress site to inmotion.



28,890 Points
2016-10-20 3:42 pm
These steps should remain the same since none of this is accomplished via AMP.

If you need assistance migrating the site, you can request a website transfer via AMP. But keep in mind this can take some time to complete.

Thank you,
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2017-02-20 1:56 am

Is it possible to perform this action while waiting on my domain name to transfer over? I have requested the transfer, but I'd like to have my WordPress site up and running once the domain points to my inmotion site. 




2,858 Points
2017-02-20 7:04 pm
Tyler, yes. You can transfer your website content while your domain transfers.
n/a Points
2017-02-23 12:35 am

Is there a way to only import select posts from my former blog into my new wordpress site? I would like to be selective and only bring a few over. How would I do this and/or is this possible.

Also, how do I go about forwarding my old URL, which is through (it does not have the behind it. I have paid within to upgrade the URL. 

OR should I go into admin site and have it redirect to, my new website, until the domain expires in Nov 2017 and then shut it down?


Anna Burrows

28,890 Points
2017-02-23 8:45 pm
WordPress now includes tools for importing/exporting under Tools in the dashboard. For example, you can choose which pages/posts to export from the old site. Then, use the same tools to import them into your new site.

You should be able to redirect (preferably 301) your old site to the new one. Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with the interface in and I could not find a helpful guide, so I cannot provide specific steps. If you want to keep your domain after it expires, you can transfer it to InMotion.

Thank you,
n/a Points
2017-02-26 10:16 pm

Hi, thanks for this tutorial!  This is my first time transferring a WordPress site.  I have WordPress installed and have imported my .xml file.  Now where do I import my plugins and themes folders?  Is this all done in the WordPress dashboard or should I upload it to my public_html folder in the files manager? Thanks in advance!

43,758 Points
2017-02-27 5:08 pm
You can either redownload your themes and plugins within the dashboard like you would new ones, or you can upload them into the wp_content folder. There is a theme and a plugins folder under there that you can upload them to.

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