The process from switching from Wix to WordPress was a headache… it took three weeks.
First I will share more about why I switched.
- Much more possibilities for my art website.
- More options (watermarking, increased spam protection and privacy protection.)
- People can actually comment on my blog posts and share their thoughts. Art is supposed to be social. Now you can!
Another plus of switching is that it is much cheaper! I can finally “own” the content on my site. So if something happens I have all the blogs and images in a backup.
With the Wix site, I could do none of that.
Beforehand I did lots of research on how to go about the process the right way….. It turns out that switching from a Wix site is almost impossible! I built my WordPress site on Localhost on my computer beforehand then migrated that site to the web host. I used Namecheap.
The thing I was worried about was importing my 100 plus blog posts…. I used a company called CSM2CSM to import the blog posts and the images from the blogs directly to the site on Localhost.
This was a complete headache. I didn’t know that the image URLs had to be switched so the images were still on the demo site then the site expired….. I spent a week with their customer service and finally got all the blog images sent to me in a.zip file.
After importing the images to the blogs the first thing I did was change the image URL, so they wouldn’t be on the demo site. This whole process cost around $80 but it was worth it, to finally have my website back on WordPress and be able to say I have control over my website.
At this point, I had to transfer my domain name from Wix. That process took about a week. So for a week, a had a temporary domain.
The full process took about two and a half weeks.
In the end, I couldn’t be more happy with my WordPress site. A special thanks to my followers who stayed with me through the change.
Now I will go through the plugins I used to create my site.
- Elementor – this is a drag and drop plugin. This plugin helped me create my site so it looked similar to my previous site.
- Foogallary – a gallery plugin that allows images to go directly to the website. Ex: I used these galleries on my shop page so all those images will go directly to the shop where the image is from.
- *** Wordfence Security – anti-virus and security to help protect my website
- *** Yoast SEO – this is a plugin for SEO basically this plugin helps people find my blog posts as well as my site
- Instagram Feed – displays my Instagram feed on my site
- Accesspress Pinterest – displays Pinterest feed or single board on my site. (I have the recently sold board on my blog)
- *** Akismet Anti-spam – protection my website against hackers and spam
- *** Contact Form 7 – a basic contact form
- Image Watermark – protects against right-click, screenshots and allows all images on the site to be watermarked
- *** Updraft Plus – backs up and restores your site safely, (I used this plug in to restore the backup of my localhost website to my WPEasy site
- Elementor Header, Footer and Blocks – Allows a custom header or footer on your website (MUST have Elementor installed to use)
- Secure Copy Content Protection – Another added step of security. Disables any key commands and drag and drop.
- W3 Total Cache – helps keep my website clean and running fast
- Custom Twitter Feed – Displays Twitter feed anywhere on your site
I also have my website on Cloudflare. Cloudflare is a DNS server that helps protect your website against hackers, improves the speed of my website and the reliability of my website. I am using their free plan but you are welcome to upgrade for your needs.
*** Any plugin with these stars next to them, I recommend for any WordPress blog.
I am using the Hesita theme, it is very customizable and works with Elementor.
Thank you for reading!