How to Move Your Site from Joomla to WordPress

Joomla is one of the most popular platforms for publishing content on websites. However, it is not a simple tool to use, and certainly not for everyone. An alternative to Joomla is WordPress, which is favored by many people because of its ease of use. For those looking to migrate from Joomla to WordPress, this article is just what the doctor ordered.

The first thing when looking to migrate from Joomla to WordPress is to look for a web host that can install WordPress. With WordPress up and running, the next order of business is to go to the admin area and install the plugin FG Joomla to WordPress.

The next step after activating the plugin is go to import on the tools tab. This will take the user to a list of tools available for importing the WordPress installation. From the list, click on Joomla FG. This is the stage where one will be required to provide their Joomla database and website information. If unsure of the database settings, one can get them from the administration site on Joomla, under the sever tab which can be found in the global configuration section. Alternatively, one can look at the root folder of Joomla’s website and find this information on the configuration.php file. This information can be accessed by connecting to the website suing an FTP client and opening the configuration.php file in a text editor such as notepad.

The next step after the provision of the database information should be scrolling down to behavior. If one wants to import media files like images from Joomla to WordPress, then they must make sure they check the option to force media import. Finally, click on the import content button to import from Joomla to WordPress. After clicking on the button, the plugin will then run a script followed by the import of content from Joomla to WordPress. He import process might take some time, depending on the amount of content that is to be imported. On completion, a notice will appear which will show the content categories exported successfully.

The next step after importing all the content is the fixing of all the broken links. To do this, scroll down to the bottom section of the Joomla FG import page and click on modify internal links.

While the description might seem straightforward, there often are errors that occur in the Joomla to WordPress import process. The most common error most people report is the fatal error: Allowed memory size of ****** bytes exhausted. The memory exhausted error is relatively easy to fix. For any database connection errors, one needs to check the database settings provided and make sure they gave the right login details. In some instances, the import of media might not work because of web host allow_url_fopen directive being disabled in php.ini.

Joomla, while certainly useful and popular among many users, cannot be compared to WordPress in terms of ease of use. This tutorial should be helpful to individuals looking to move from Joomla to the WordPress platform.

If you are having any issues with the migration, feel free to contact me.

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