How I Escaped the Claws of WIX Platform Part II

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In my last post, I wrote about why I decided to leave Wix. And today I will explain how I did it. Steps are very simple, and if you’re already somewhat familiar with WordPress back-end and you know what theme you’ll set up, then this will be the piece of cake for you! 

What is the main problem with migrating from Wix? 

  • Wix doesn’t allow outside redirects
  • RSS Feed isn’t working
  • This instruction will work if your domain is at another registrar, mine was GoDaddy. If youe domain is with Wix, I can’t guarantee these steps will be the same. I’m guessing you’ll have to move your domain away from Wix also.

One more thing – this works for the paid plan on Wix. 

Let’s begin! 

What you’ll need: 

  • Domain access
  • Hosting company
  • WordPress.com free plan
  • Time
  • Nerves
  • Cup of coffee/whatever you drink

Don’t stress about RSS or anything else. Trust me. This is the outside-of the-box solution for migration from Wix to WordPress. 

So once you select the hosting company – mine is Namecheap – you’re gonna install WordPress. It’s really simple to do it, just follow the instructions and consult with your hosting provider if you get stuck. 

Why I selected Namecheap? I’ve googled up most of the recommendations I got on my Twitter and Facebook, and they all had some issues. So I figured if they all have problems, I might as well go to the cheapest one. 

Moving on with screenshots of what you will be doing: 

This was my Wix blog

Here you’ll see all the pages only because I’ve already deleted blog posts. Note that I’ve taken my Wix blog offline and I was genius enough to NOT screenshot what I did along the way. But you’ll get the picture – pun intended.

Go to wordpress.com and make a website. Nothing matters – the theme, the design, the name – nothing matters. You’ll use this as a tool to bridge the lack of RSS in Wix.

Go to Tools – Import. Guess what we have. A Wix Import option.

wordpress.com
Wix Import option

Naturally, you’ll enter your domain name and follow the steps to import your website. I can’t do it now since my domain is already pointing to my new WP website.

Enter your URL

Proceed to the admin dashboard to see your pages and blog posts. The example below is my blog posts, trashed so that they’re not doubled on Google in any way. You’ll notice that the date of posting is also correct. The only problem with this is that you won’t save some images, comments, and other details from your website, but the overall migration will be done.

Blog posts from Wix

In the same WordPress, move on to Tools – Export.

Export

Now we’ll migrate this WP website to your self-hosted WP website, which is a piece of cake on its own. Select export content (I didn’t try the Export Library since many images were lost). You’ll be able to download your posts and pages.

Download your content

Now go to your self-hosted WP and click Tools – Import. Select the downloaded file and wait for it to load.

There you have it! You’ve successfully migrated from Wix to self-hosted WordPress.

If this doesn’t work on the first go, try multiple times. Check to see if you’ve done it all.

BUT THERE’S MORE

Before you turn off the auto-renew of Wix, you need to make sure your domain will now be redirected to WP. DOING THIS MAY BE CONFUSING, DEPENDING ON YOUR DOMAIN REGISTRAR. Mine was GoDaddy. And since Namecheap and GoDaddy are a mess to handle and are a topic for a whole other post (leave a comment if you want me to cover that too) I’ll just show you a brief explanation how not to lose ANY OF YOUR LINKS on the social media that you’ve already shared.

Not. A. Single. One.

No outbound 301 redirect is possible from Wix. What does that mean? Wix only allows you to redirect your URLs and domain towards another Wix website.

Luckily, WordPress has got your back. All you’ll do is change permalinks.

I had to turn my permalinks’ dash to slash, and you’ll probably have to do the same. Now, the pages weren’t that big of a deal, but I wanted to keep all my blog posts.

Original permalink on Wix for my blog post was something like this:

https://inspirationwise.com/post/nameexample/

Upon migration, all my posts and pages became

https://inspirationwise.com/post-nameexample/

If I hadn’t fixed this, all my ranking and all my Pinterest pins and Alexa would have become obsolete. Look what I did to fix it below, and select the same option:

Settings – Permalinks

Don’t touch anything else!

Save the changes.

You now have all your links the same as when you were on Wix. Nothing is lost. Test it out and see if it works. In case you had a different URL structure, you’ll need to alter it to fit your old links.

Move on to setting your domain name to point at your new self-hosted WP. I moved mine to Namecheap, as I like my blog stuff to be all on the same page.

Additional things to consider:

SSL certificate

Check if all is migrated – take screens to remember how you designed things, like the footer

DON’T FORGET to cancel your Wix subscription and delete all the posts. Google doesn’t like double articles (I’ll write about the canonical tag too in the future).

After this, decide on a cool theme for your WordPress – I made mine with Elementor since I like to be different (also let me know if you’ll want me to cover what Elementor can do?)

Enjoy fixing up your new WP website!

Summary

I’ve encountered a new issue – my links are now blocked on Facebook and Instagram. I’m working on resolving this, and I will probably consult with Namecheap support to see if they can help me.

I believe I have covered all important aspects of the WIX to WordPress website or blog migration. Let me know what you think in the comments.

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