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How to Move Your Site from Joomla to WordPress

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How to Move Your Site from Joomla to WordPress

A lot of people use Joomla to manage and publish their websites. While Joomla is a good platform, it is definitely not for everyone. Maybe you are among those users who have decided that you want to switch from Joomla to WordPress. You have heard a lot of people talking about WordPress and it’s ease of use. You want to utilize the power of WordPress plugins and themes. Well if you want to migrate your Joomla site to WordPress, then you are in the right place. In this article, we will show you how to move your site from Joomla to WordPress.

First thing you need to do is choose a web host and install WordPress. Once you have WordPress up and running, go to the WordPress admin area to install and activate FG Joomla to WordPress plugin. (Learn how to install plugins in WordPress).

After activating the plugin, go to Tools » Import. You will see a list of import tools available for your WordPress installation. Click on Joomla (FG) from the list of available tools.

Now you have reached the Joomla Importer for WordPress page. On this page, you need to provide your Joomla website and database information.

Provide your Joomla website database information

You can get the database settings from your Joomla website’s administration area, under Global Configuration » Server tab. This information is also stored in configuration.php file in your Joomla website’s root folder. You can access this file by connecting to your website using an FTP client and opening configuration.php in a text editor like notepad.

Getting your database settings from Joomla Administration area

After providing your database information scroll to “Behavior”. If you want to import media files such as images from Joomla to WordPress make sure that you have checked Force media import option. Finally click on “Import content from Joomla to WordPress” button.

Import content and media from Joomla to WordPress

The plugin will run a script and start importing your content from Joomla to WordPress. Depending on how much content you have, the import process may take some time. Once it is completed you will see a notice like this:

Successfully imported content form Joomla to WordPress

Once you have imported all your content from Joomla into WordPress, the next step is to fix all broken internal links. Scroll down to the bottom of the Joomla (FG) importer page and click on Modify internal links button.

Fix broken internal links after importing content from Joomla to WordPress

Troubleshooting Joomla to WordPress Import

  • The most common error people report during the import is “Fatal error: Allowed memory size of ****** bytes exhausted”. You can easily fix WordPress memory exhausted error.
  • If you see database connection errors then you need to recheck your database settings and make sure you are using correct login credentials.
  • Sometimes importing media may not work because your web host may have disabled allow_url_fopen directive in php.ini.

We hope that this article helped you move your site from Joomla to WordPress. If you need help, you will find plenty of tutorials in our archives. WPBeginner is the largest free WordPress tutorials site for beginners, and we are excited for you to join the WordPress community.


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  • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Staff

    Yes, once you have imported your content from you can delete the importer plugin.

  • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Staff

    You will need access to either phpMyAdmin on the server, or FTP access to modify configuration file.

  • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Staff

    Linda at the end of the import process you can fix your internal links by clicking on the modify internal links button.

  • Karen

    Are there any issues with moving a Joomla site to WordPress on my local server to do development and then moving the new site back to replace the old site?

  • Kuba

    Only 1 item imported but joomla site contain many articles. My Joomla version is 3.2.1

  • H. Olden

    This is a great add to your articles and it worked like a charm. In fact, imported 5 years of data off my old Joomla 1.5 install and brought the site back up on WP. Thanks for posting…

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      We are glad that you found it useful. Thanks for the feedback.

  • Dani M

    Do you know if there is a way of exporting the look and feel of the site not just the info?

  • chrys

    Hi,

    I read in the previous comments that it’s better to have a new database when migrating on the same server. But what does it mean? If my host only provide me with one database, I’ll buy another and when I install wordpress in a new directory I give the details of the new database and when migrating joomla I give the joomla database code in the plugin. Thoses database are completely independent aren’t they? Then I move up the wordpress directory at the root and I’m done? All my content will have gone on my new database won’t it?

    By doing that, assuming I have kept the same domain name, I guess only my wordpress site will be live, but what about the old links that are still visible on google? Don’t I risk a duplicate content and be blacklisted? i’m a bit confused..
    Thanks !

  • crooso

    i have joomla site, i need convert all them to wordpress.
    can i do export ALL THE THINGS into wordpress without deleting joomla site,

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      Yes you can and you should first import everything in WordPress. If you deleted your Joomla site before starting then you will not be able to import anything.

  • babu

    hi iam nagababu i want to Migrate my existing Joomla website (1.5) to WordPress and i have one question can you please help me

    First what i have to do
    may i need to uninstall Joomla and fresh installation Of wordpress in existing domain

    Can you please clarify this

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      If you have joomla installed on the location where you would want to install WordPress then the best way to go is to create a new directory and then install WordPress in that directory. Once you have successfully migrated your Joomla site you can change your Domain’s settings to point to to the directory where WordPress is installed.

  • Anoo

    Thanks for this article ! Great Job !!

    I have little different issue here,I’m facing a technical confusion !

    Problem
    One of our client want to purchase a WordPress theme and do a fresh installation on server ! (This can be done easliy)
    but the old website is working with joomla and it has around 8 other websites running on its “subfolder”
    eg : http://www.example.com ( main web) , http://www.example.com/abcd, http://www.example.com/1234 etc
    all web is working on joomla.

    This is sort of redirection done !

    My task
    I have to install and develop the main web ,and connect the other webs as it is

    how to reconnect the sub installations on WordPress ?

    eg : http://www.example.com ( will run on wordpress ) but can’t change the subdomains which is running on joomla

    it should work as http://www.example.com/abcd even after the installation

    What hosting people told me
    They said, i can’t do this because different platforms , but there should be a solution right ?

    Could you help me ?

    Thanks in advance !

    Links : (http://www.nispana.com) has to install wordpress , Sub domain, can’t change any installation (http://www.nispana.com/buildindiasummit/)

  • Ahmad

    Thank You for Such a Useful Post :)

  • Khaled ababneh

    Anyone can help, I get this error

    Import Joomla (FG)

    This plugin will import sections, categories, posts and medias (images, attachments) from a Joomla database into WordPress.
    Compatible with Joomla versions 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 2.5, 3.0 and 3.1

  • Dan

    thank you! this saves me a lot of time!

  • Sanjin

    Please say that you have some similar method to move Drupal site to WordPress! ! !
    I manage the Drupal site with simple membership content. When users register they can download some PDF files. I have a database of users with just main informations about them and that is all. So I would like to move the site with all members data to the WordPress. Could somebody tell me there is a easy way to do it? :o)

    Thanks to the WPB stuff for doing a great job!

  • Debasis Sabat

    I think this plugin is useful for migrating joomla article to WP post/page, but i do not think this will do anything for joomla component/module/extension.

  • anda

    Hello, I have a question, mabye stupid but i really don’t know how this works. I want to move a joomla site on a wordpress platform (on the same server). I have to create a new database and user for wordpress, or do i use the same database and user?
    Thank you very much!

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      It is better to create a new database and user.

      • anda

        Thank you so much, you’re doing a great job!

  • Ali

    Really thanks for your helping :)

  • Nico

    Great post! But is there a way to import links from the Joomla Weblinks Component to WordPress?

  • Girendra

    We keep getting the error “Fatal error: Class ‘PDO’ not found” when we try to run this plugin. We had SiteGround enable PDO globally (VPS) and we have confirmed that the extension is enabled.

    Any help will be much appreciated.

    Girendra.

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      Contact plugin support.

  • Jimrelay

    Hi, Thanks for the article it was great,
    I just have a question, maybe is obvious, but you didn’t mention if this IMPORT, do not ERASE all that information from your actual Joomla site? Because I has been working on a WordPress Demo page, and I don’t want to erase anything from my original Joomla site… just make a copy of the content and images…
    Thanks in advance for your answer…
    Jimrelay

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      No it will not delete any thing from your Joomla site.

  • Wesley

    Great article, helped me immensely to migrate my site from Joomla to WordPress.
    Good job!
    Thanks also to Jack Cola and Zimbrul for additional comments.

  • Muneeb

    Thank you for the article!, but i wanted to know how would we convert the theme from joomla to wordpress, we want to keep the design as well including navigation, sidebar, content each and everything. Basically it will look like the same website but with a different CMS in the background.

    Can you suggest us something with this regard?

    • Jack Cola

      Keeping your theme the same theme will be harder, as they is no way to convert it. You will need to contact the theme developer to see if they offer the same theme on WordPress.

      I know programs such as Artisteer allow you to export the same theme from WordPress and Joomla, so if your theme was built using that program, just export the WordPress version.

  • Jack COla

    I have just completed moving my website from Joomla to WordPress. I problably spent 30+ hours getting it perfect, testing, ensuring there are no 404 errors.

    Problems I found were:
    -Needed to perform the migration on a local host to ensure as the URL structure would stuff up.
    -Image redirects will result in 404 errors (which I manually had to change – only effects those -images ranking high on Google Image or those evil hot linkers.
    -Comments needed to be migrated

    • Pash

      Hi Jack
      How did you migrate the comments over? I did my site a few years back and didn’t manage to migrate the comments but now I have to do our corporate intranet and it’s important that the comments get moved over too.

  • Zimbrul

    Another error you may get into is regarding the database. If your sites are on different hosts you may have problems connecting to Joomla database and you won’t be able to complete the process.

  • Steve Eilertsen

    Thank you for your awesome high quality WordPress articles.

    They are much appreciated and demonstrate the true spirit of the Internet

  • DJ Wade-O

    I needed this post about 8 Months ago. lol. Glad you guys made this post though. My site has taken off since I made the switch!