This article will guide you through using the WordPress exporter to save your WordPress content such as pages, posts, images and menus to a single file that can be imported later or to a different WordPress install. This is often safer and easier than restoring an entire backup when you only need the content pieces restored and not the entire database or configuration.
You should backup your site content using this method periodically, and always when your site is first launched or prior to a theme update.
If you need to backup your entire site and database, please see How to Manage Backups or Restore your Site
Backup Content to XML
The WordPress exporter will create a file for you containing the content selected during the export process, such as posts, pages, categories and attached media. This file can be used to import all of this content, including the media library, in the event you lose your database or need to import it on a different WordPress install.
- Click on Tools→ Export
- Click the WordPress link.
- If prompted, follow the steps to install and activate the WordPress Importer plugin
- Go to Plugins > Add New
- Search for Widget Importer and Exporter and install/activate
- Go to Tools > Widget Importer and click the Export button
- Save the file to a safe location
Backup Theme Options
Your theme may offer a separate export process for saving your theme options to a file that can be restored later. To find out, go to the Theme Options for your theme and look for an Import/Export option. Please refer to your theme's documentation for detailed help.
How to Import
The following process is the same for importing theme demo content XML files or WooCommerce dummy data on your new site. View Steps