Using the Import/Export Tools in WordPress

Lately, I’ve been working with clients to move their website from WordPress.com to WordPress.org. With this request, I use the Import/Export tools to move the content from one site to the other. This tool bundles the content on the site into a .zip file which you can then move to another location. Disclaimer: It isn’t perfect, you only get the content of the site, so things like posts, pages, and settings on the site. The plugins, themes, and media arent’ included, so, if your site has a lot of media, or has a ton of plugins, this tool might not work for you. (I’m writing another post about a plugin that will move everything on the site for you so stay tuned).

As I’m writing to the clients with instructions on how to set up their site using these tools, I started looking for a tutorial that would walk them through the process. And can you believe it, there are no tutorials that show the process from start to finish? So I wanted to take the time to write the process down. This article will showcase the import/export tools within WordPress (.com and .org) the process is essentially the same for both, they just look a little different.

But wait, there are two versions of WordPress? Yes, there are, but they are run in different ways.  WordPress, in a nutshell, is an open-source content management software (if you want to look at a more in-depth explanation you can read about it here).  Automattic Inc. helps develop and maintain this software. We offer this software at Reclaim and users can install an instance on their domain, in fact, you’re reading this post on a WordPress installation.

WordPress.com is Automattic Inc.’s hosting company that runs the WordPress software explicitly. They offer free accounts with subdomains like meredithfierro.wordpress.com for free or users can purchase a domain. Then users can opt-in to pay a monthly fee to get full use of the software, like you would if you installed WordPress on your domain through your hosting company.


WordPress.com

Export:

The first thing you’ll want to do is export all of the content. Also, take note of the plugins and theme the site is using (this will save time on the other side).

  1.  Click ‘Settings’ under ‘Configure’ 
  2. Click ‘Export,’ under the ‘Site Tools’ section:
  3. From here you can choose the amount of content you’d like to export, or you can export the entire content on the website. When you’ve decided what to export, click ‘Export’: 
  4. WordPress begins to package the content together. When it finishes, a banner should appear at the top of the screen. Click ‘Download’: 

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Setting Up a Feed with Feedly

Working at Reclaim means I get to interact with people who do incredible work within the Ed Tech community. I was first exposed to this at #domains17 and I remember thinking that I wanted to keep up with all of these wonderful folks and the work their doing.

At first, I had no idea how I could keep up with all the blog posts except through twitter. I didn’t really like that idea though because I could lose tweets within my feed. I wanted a place where I could keep them all together. I don’t know too much about RSS feeds but I knew that’s where I needed to start. I a little bit of experience using FeedWordPress to syndicate blog posts to the main class hub but I knew that would chew right through my storage limit.

Then I came across Feedly. Feedly is a freemium (you can use it for free up to a certain threshold) service where you can ‘follow’ RSS feeds to different blogs. I’m enjoying it so far! The interface is simple and I had my feeds set up in a matter of minutes.

You’ll do most of your navigation through the left-hand sidebar. There’s an option to see what’s been posted today, what you want to read later, and filters you can set up to view the content more easily. From here you can do most of your feed’s organization. You can set up multiple feeds. Right now I have two feeds going, Ed Tech and Fashion/Lifestyle. These are both topics I wanted to curate within Feedly

Setting up these feeds were super easy. I searched for each person using their URL like http://meredithfierro.com/feed or http://meredithfierro.com/rss. These will bring up a feed of the website’s content. Then within Feedly, I searched that URL.

From here you have the option to follow this feed. Feedly also shows you how many followers this feed has, and how many posts they have per week/per month. In the case of my feed, it shows that I post one article per week (definitely not true, I don’t post that often).

Once you have the specific feeds you’d like to follow set up, you’ll see the posts you haven’t read yet. Currently, these are the ones I didn’t get the chance to read this weekend:

 

So setting up a feed through Feedly is as simple as that! I’m really liking Feedly so far. It makes reading people’s blog posts so much easier and is a great tool to keep everything in place.

 

 

 

Handy DNS Tools

DNS, in general, has always been an intimidating topic for me. But the more you practice and work with it, the easier it gets! The following list of tools helps make my life easier when changing records, troubleshooting errors, etc.

What’sMyDNS

Going to What’sMyDNS.com is super useful if you want to check the status of DNS records during a move. If you’re pointing your domain to a different hosting service, for example, or routing your domain’s email through Gmail, you’ll have to edit nameservers or MX records, respectively. Whenever you make changes to DNS records, a good rule of thumb is that it takes up to 24-48 hours for those changes to stick. So staying on top of where everything is pointed can be really helpful in understanding a website error or DNS delay.

Simply search the domain in question and use the menu drop-down to change the record that you’re interested in:

 

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Featured App: Airmail

Just wanted to pop in quick to say that if you’re in the market for a great email client, I highly recommend checking out Airmail. I’ve been using it for a couple of months now per a recommendation from Tim, and haven’t looked back since!

I’ve somehow found myself in a position where I’m managing 5 email accounts, so I needed an interface that would allow me to access all accounts in a clean, organized fashion.

A couple of things to note about the main view: the color coding is phenomenal. Each of my accounts has a different color. Each email that comes in is then assigned to that color automatically.  You can view the master list that includes every email in all of your inboxes, or you can view each account separately. You can also see a list of your email accounts on the bottom, left-hand side. Read more

From Asana to Suite CRM

One of my first changes that I established at Reclaim Hosting after being hired was moving all of our customer relationship content into Asana. (It was actually one of my first posts, too!) Fast forward a couple of years– I’m now transitioning Reclaim out of Asana and into Suite CRM.

Let me preface this post by saying the following: I love Asana. It has been a great tool to me personally and has been crucial to the inner workings at Reclaim for a while now. I set each university or institution as a “task”, and then separated the accounts into the following “projects”: Current Accounts, Opportunities, & Recycled Accounts. Each task description had the point contact, a link to the initial inquiry support ticket (if we were super organized) & sparse commentary about the account’s who/what/where/when/why. By using tags, assigning users, & setting due dates (i.e. our reminders) the RH team truly squeezed all we could out of the platform.

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Summer Cleaning: Kin HR

I was chatting with the team a few days ago about an internal vs. external focus within Reclaim, and always making sure there’s some sort of balance happening there. The last few months have largely been consumed by launching a sister web hosting company, hosting a two-day event out of state, and phases of heavy support. I consider this external. Everything listed is for the people.

Now that Reclaim has entered a slower season (*knock on wood*) we’re focusing a little more on the internal happenings at Reclaim.We’re spending time on internal + external documentation & organization, training & onboarding, and taking a break. Some projects are far easier than others, but all the more reason to tackle them, right? We’ve also just brought on our newest team member, Meredith Fierro, so make sure to read our updated About page here! And speaking of updated web pages, we have added an extensive list of schools associated with Reclaim Hosting, as well as a Code of Conduct within the last month.

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Featured: Casetify

My discovery of Casetify is the result of goofing around on a quiet Friday afternoon. I had just recently inherited my dad’s iPhone 6plus (he wanted the 7+) so I was on the hunt for a new phone case. Bryan Mathers has been doing some really awesome work for the Reclaim brand, so I thought it might be fun to showcase some of that work on a… case. Read more

Emoji Domain- 📍🇪🇸.ws

This weekend, I finally decided to jump on the bandwagon (if you can even call it that) and snag an emoji domain. Lol.

How to Register an Emoji Domain

First things first, you need to choose what you want. Chances are you’ll need to have at least two emojis in your new URL since it’s likely that single emoji domains are already registered. To search emojis on your computer, you can go to Edit > Emojis & Symbols on your Desktop,

but I much prefer going to emojipedia.org and searching emojis there. Once you’ve found your set of emojis, copy & paste them into a Punycode translator with a .ws extension: https://www.charset.org/punycode.

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Capture, Annotate and Share Screenshots

Newest app worth looking into: Annotate

I’ve been using this app for a couple of months, per Tim‘s discovery, and it rocks. As both the title of this post and the tagline of the app suggest, Annotate really does change the name of the game in the world of screenshotting.

Capture, Annotate and Share Screenshots

^Annotate allows you box out the part of a screenshot that you’re wanting to focus on. This is most useful in showing a customer where to click inside of their account. I love that it still keeps the rest of the screenshot visible so the viewer can keep their whereabouts, but still hones in on the important part of the screenshot.

Capture, Annotate and Share Screenshots

^Another favorite Annotate feature is the blurring out tool. I’m sure it’s assumed, but this is helpful for writing tutorials or support tickets where you need to screenshot a window that has holds private information. This screenshot also exemplifies the arrow and text features.

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Magnet: Window Manager for Mac

If you know me at all, you know that I’m all about trying to find the most productive & time efficient way to get from point A to point B– especially when it comes to my job and technology. This can be a slippery slope however, when one day you wake up and realize that your planning tools to “stay organized” take up more of your time than the actual items themselves. (You should have seen my planner in high school- it was more detailed than my actual homework.) So through the years of perfecting my “help, don’t hurt” productivity policy, I’ve found that the most helpful tools end up being the simple, obvious ones. Which brings me to Magnet, my newest find. Magnet is a window manager for Mac that allows you to take advantage of the space on your screen or monitor without a second thought. This comes in handy when you need to have multiple windows open at once, and you’re not interested in fiddling with manually sizing and placing all of your windows using those little cursor arrows. Magnet is compatible with a dual display set up, and is super easy to install and begin using right away. Read more