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Behind the scenes: Switching from Wix to WordPress

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….. turns out that switching from a Wix site is almost impossible!

I built my WordPress site on Local host 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.

I had my site finished on Localhost, so I backed that site up and restored it to my website on WPEasy site through Namecheap.

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 half weeks.

In the end I couldn’t be more happy with my WordPress site. A special thank to my followers who stayed with me though the change.

Now I will go through the plug ins I used to create my site.

1. Elementor – this is a drag and drop plug in. This plug in helped me create my site so it looked similar to my previous site.

2. Foogallary – a gallery plugin that allows images to go directly to 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.

***3. Jetpack – a plugin for security, anti-spam and stats

***4. Yoast SEO – this is a plug in for SEO basically this plug in helps people find my blog posts as well as my site

5. Instagram Feed – displays my Instagram feed on my site(home page and the side bar on my blog)

6. Custom Twitter Feed – displays my Twitter feed on my site (I have mine in the sidebar on my blog)

7. Accesspress Pinterest – displays Pinterest feed or single board on my site. (I have the recently sold board on my blog)

***8. Akismet Anti-spam – protection my website against hackers and spam

***9. Contact Form 7 – a basic contact form

10. Image Watermark – protects against right click, screenshots and allows all images on the site to be watermarked

11. Blue Velvet URLs – change image URLs

***12. Updraft Plus – backs up and restores your site safely, (I used this plug in to restore the backup of my local host website to my WPEasy site)

13. amr shortcode any widget – allows any widget to become a shortcode, so they can be placed anywhere on the website

14. Elementor Header, Footer and Blocks – Allows a custom header or footer on your website (MUST have Elementor installed to use)

15. Secure Copy Content Protection – Another added step of security. Disables any key commands and drag and drop.

*** Any plugin with these stars next to them, I recommend for any WordPress blog.

I am using the Plox theme, it is very customizable and works with Elementor.

Thank you for reading!

-Abby(Purelifephotoss)

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