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Exporting WordPress Site Using the Dashboard


Exporting a WordPress site using only the WordPress Dashboard itself is possible. This is very useful if you are missing or do not currently have access to the database to export or cannot use FTP.

Note: If imported via the Dashboard, you must reinstall and configure any themes or plugins you wish to have on your WordPress site.

We strongly suggest using database exports and FTP to retrieve your WordPress site as-is from the current location. If you have that access, please use these instructions:    

If you are a new HostGator customer or have upgraded your HostGator plan, you may be eligible for our free content migration service.

HostGator offers FREE professional website migration services for new accounts on Shared Business, Cloud, WordPress, Reseller, VPS, and Dedicated hosting or an upgrade to these accounts that may require a server move within 30 days of signup or upgrade. If you are not on one of these plans and/or need assistance migrating your site from another hosting provider, we will gladly offer a quote for the site migration.

If you have had your account for more than thirty days, please contact us via phone or chat for a price quote.

If you are moving from a host where you used cPanel, you can perform a full backup, and our Migrations department may be able to help you restore it.

  • Please contact us via phone or chat to request a quote from our Migrations department.
  • If you already have a quote or are eligible for free migration, please use our migration form.

Step 1: Export your files from your current WordPress site

  1. Log in to your WordPress dashboard.
  2. Click Tools and then Export.

    WP Dashboard Tools Export

  3. Select All content, and then press the Download Export File button.

    WP Dashboard All Content Download Export File

  4. Choose where you wish to save the file to your computer. (Note: Some browsers may not automatically prompt you to provide a download location but will default to the Download folder on your computer.)

Note: This method will also function for moving from WordPress.com.

Step 2: Install an empty WordPress site on your HostGator account

Follow the instructions in the Softaculous article on installing a script and select WordPress as the script to install. 

Step 3: Import your content

  1. Log in to the new WordPress dashboard you created in Step 2.   
  2. Click Tools and then Import.    

    WP Dashboard Tools Import

  3. Choose WordPress as the system to import from and select Install Now under WordPress.

    WP Dashboard Install Now for WordPress

    Note: If you are importing from Blogger.com, use the option labeled Blogger. It will prompt you to log in using your Blogger Username and Password.
  4. After the installation of the plugin, select Run Importer

    WP Dashboard Run Importer

  5. Click the Choose File button.

    WP Dashboard Choose File

  6. Browse your computer to locate the exported file you downloaded in Step 1 and select it.   
  7. Click the Upload file and Import button.

    WP Dashboard Upload File and Import

  8. You can import, change, or add a new user to assign the newly added posts and pages in the Assign Authors section. If you want to leave everything as it is, click.

    WP Dashboard Assign Authors

  9. Lastly, click Submit.
We recommend that you run the import 3 times to be sure all content was properly imported.

Step 4: Install Themes and Plugins

Although all your pages and posts have been migrated to the new WordPress site, you will still need to install any themes or plugins you had at your previous location. Here are articles that can assist you if you are having trouble there: