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How to Easily Move Your Site from Joomla to WordPress (Step by Step)

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Do you want to move your website from Joomla to WordPress?

While Joomla is a good content management system, it is NOT as powerful, flexible, and user-friendly as WordPress.

Users may sometimes start with Joomla but eventually switch to WordPress.

In this article, we will show you how to easily migrate your website from Joomla to WordPress.

How to Easily Move Your Site from Joomla to WordPress

Why Switch From Joomla to WordPress?

Both Joomla and WordPress are open-source software. They are both written in the PHP programming language, use the MySQL database, and have similar hosting requirements.

However, Joomla is more complicated to use, and fewer extensions and designs are available.

On the other hand, WordPress is the most popular website builder in the world, easier to use, with tons of extensions and design choices. See our comparison of Joomla vs. WordPress for more details.

When we say WordPress, we are talking about the self-hosted platform and not Yes, they are two very different platforms. is a hosted solution that offers limited features of WordPress, whereas is the famous platform that everyone has come to love and use. You can see our complete comparison of vs. to see the main differences, but in short, you want to use

Now that being said, let’s take a look at what you will need to move a Joomla website to WordPress:

Step 0: Getting Started

The requirements for both Joomla and self-hosted WordPress are quite similar. You’ll need a domain name and a WordPress hosting account to start with WordPress.

Chances are that you already have a domain name and website hosting account for your Joomla website. You can use them for your WordPress website as well.

If you want to move to a different hosting provider, then we recommend using Bluehost.

Bluehost website

Bluehost is one of the top hosting companies in the world and an officially recommended WordPress hosting provider.

Plus, WPBeginner readers can get up to 61% off web hosting with Bluehost, which includes a free domain name and SSL certificate. Basically, you can get started for only $1.99 per month.

Note: At WPBeginner, we believe in full transparency. If you sign up with Bluehost using our referral link, then we will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you (in fact, you will save money and get a free domain + SSL certificate). We would get this commission for recommending just about any WordPress hosting service, but we only recommend products that we use personally and believe will add value to our readers.

Step 1: Install and Set Up WordPress

WordPress is famous for its 5-minute install. Many good WordPress hosting companies will automatically install WordPress for you. Or, you can find 1-click WordPress installers inside your hosting account dashboard.

If you’ve signed up for a Bluehost account, WordPress will automatically be installed for you. Simply click the ‘Edit Site’ button next to your website in your hosting account.

Login to WordPress by click on the Edit Site button in Bluehost

This will bring you to the WordPress admin panel.

It will look like this:

WordPress admin area

Need more instructions? Follow our complete WordPress installation tutorial for step-by-step instructions.

Step 2: Import Your Joomla Website to WordPress

Now that you have installed WordPress, you can import content from your Joomla site.

First, install and activate the FG Joomla to WordPress plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, go to the Tools » Import page from your WordPress dashboard. You will see a list of import tools available for your WordPress installation. Click the ‘Run Importer’ link below the Joomla (FG) importer tool.

Run Joomla importer

This will launch the Joomla (FG) importer script, and you will be asked to provide your Joomla website information.

First, you need to enter your Joomla website URL and then its database settings.

Provide your Joomla website information

You can find your database information from your Joomla website’s admin area.

Simply go to the System » Global Configuration page and click on the ‘Server’ tab.

Gather your Joomla database information

This page will show you all the necessary database information, such as the database username, database name, database tables prefix, etc.

The only information it doesn’t show is the database password. If you don’t remember your Joomla database password, then you can find it inside the 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 it in a text editor like Notepad.

After entering your database information in the Joomla importer, click the ‘Test database connection’ button. If everything is entered correctly, then you will see a success message.

Connection successful

Below, you will find additional options to control what you want to import, including featured images, content images, and more. If you are unsure, then leave these options as they are.

Click on the ‘Start / Resume Importer’ button to continue.

Start or Resume the Import

The importer will now start fetching content from your Joomla website. This may take a while, depending on how much content you have.

Once done, you will see a success message.

Joomla import completed

Now that you have imported content to your WordPress site, the next step is to check for internal links that might be pointing to your old website. The Joomla FG importer will also fix that for you.

You need to scroll down to the bottom and click on the ‘Modify Internal Links’ button.

Modify internal links

You can now visit your WordPress website to see the imported content in action.

Things to Do After Moving Joomla to WordPress

After moving your website from Joomla to WordPress, you will need to perform a few tweaks to finish the WordPress migration process and set up your new platform.

Your old Joomla website may have a different URL structure than your WordPress site. This means that people finding your articles in search engines will now see a 404 error page.

To fix this, you need to set up permalinks and properly redirect users and search engines to the new URLs.

First, you need to visit the Settings » Permalinks page in WordPress. Under the ‘Common Settings’ section, click on the ‘Post Name’ option.

Then, click on the ‘Save Changes’ button.

WordPress' permalink settings

Next, to set up redirects, you will need to install and activate the Redirection plugin on your WordPress site. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit the Tools » Redirection page.

In the ‘Source URL’ field, you will enter your old Joomla URL, and in the ‘Target URL’ field, enter your new URL, as shown in the screenshot below.

Add New Redirection to Your Website

Make sure to select the ‘301 – Moved Permanently’ option, and then click on the ‘Add Redirect’ button to save your changes.

WordPress will now redirect the old Joomla website URL to your new WordPress permalink structure.

Repeat the process to add redirects for any other pages or posts. Remember to visit the old URLs to make sure that they are redirecting properly to the new URLs on your WordPress website.

For more details, see our guide on how to set up redirects in WordPress.

As an alternative, you can also use All in One SEO (AIOSEO) to redirect pages and posts from Joomla to WordPress. AIOSEO comes with a powerful Redirection Manager that lets you set up full site redirects.

Enter new domain address for relocation

AIOSEO also offers 404 error tracking to easily catch any broken links that may occur when moving your site from Joomla to WordPress.

Other powerful features include unlimited keywords, schema markup, custom breadcrumbs, local SEO modules, WooCommerce SEO, and more.

Step 4: Setting Up WordPress Theme

WordPress gives you access to an enormous collection of themes that you can use. Themes control the appearance and design of your WordPress website.

There are thousands of free and paid WordPress themes available that you can install on your new WordPress site. However, not all themes are suitable for all kinds of websites, and this abundance of choices can make beginners feel a bit confused.

We have made this easier by doing research and hand-picking the best WordPress themes. Here are some of our theme showcases that you can visit to find the perfect theme for your website:

Need help installing your new theme? See our beginner’s guide on how to install a WordPress theme.

Step 5: Install Essential WordPress Plugins

Plugins are the best part of using WordPress. WordPress plugins allow you to add new features and functionality to your website.

You can use WordPress plugins for backups, improving security, setting up caching, starting an eCommerce store, working on your search engine optimization, and more. If you can think of a feature, chances are that there is already a WordPress plugin for it.

There are thousands of free and paid WordPress plugins and add-ons that you can use. Since it’s easy to get overwhelmed with choices, we have created an ultimate guide on how to pick the best plugins for your website.

To help you out even more, here are a few of the top plugins we recommend installing on your new WordPress website:

  • WPForms – The best WordPress form builder that makes it easy to create contact forms, payment forms, registration forms, surveys, and more.
  • SeedProd – A powerful drag-and-drop website builder for WordPress. You can use it to create custom WordPress themes and page layouts. No coding is required.
  • AIOSEO – One of the most popular SEO plugins for WordPress. It helps you optimize your entire site for better search engine rankings in less than 10 minutes.
  • MonsterInsights – The best analytics plugin for WordPress that lets you know how many visitors are coming to your site, where they come from, and what they do on your site.
  • OptinMonster – A powerful conversion optimization toolkit that will help you turn website visitors into email subscribers and customers.

For more plugin recommendations, here’s our list of the essential WordPress plugins you should install on all your WordPress websites.

Step 6: Learning WordPress

If you are not a WordPress expert, then don’t worry. WordPress is fairly easy to use. However, occasionally, you may come across new things to learn. This is where WPBeginner can help.

WPBeginner is the largest WordPress resource site for beginners. We have lots of helpful content that is created specifically for beginners, business owners, and bloggers.

The following are a few of the helpful resources you will find on WPBeginner (all of them are completely free):

  • WPBeginner Blog – The central place for all our WordPress tutorials and guides.
  • WPBeginner Dictionary – Our WordPress glossary is the best place to familiarize yourself with the WordPress lingo.
  • WPBeginner Videos – New WordPress users can start with these videos to master WordPress.
  • WPBeginner on YouTube – Need more video instructions? Subscribe to our YouTube channel, which has more than 300,000 subscribers and 56 Million+ views.
  • WPBeginner Blueprint – Check out the plugins, tools, and services we use on WPBeginner.
  • WPBeginner Deals – Exclusive discounts on WordPress products and services for WPBeginner users.

Many of our users use Google to find answers on WPBeginner by simply adding ‘wpbeginner’ at the end of their search terms.

We hope this article helped you move your site from Joomla to WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on how to create a free business email address and our picks of the most useful tools to manage and grow your WordPress site.

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  2. Joseph Matt says

    I really appreciate this content as it’s insightful. However, I noticed you did not talk about the domain which we are supposed to install the wordpress before importing Joomla website.

    I’m asking this because I want to move my website from Joomla to WordPress however, I still want to maintain my domain name. It is also not possible to install to CMS on a domain though, I noticed the tutorial states that Joomla website must be live for the importation to work.

    My Question: How do I move from Joomla to WordPress while still maintaining my Joomla domain name on the new WordPress website.

    Thanks as I await your response.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      For that, we would recommend checking with your hosting provider as some have a temporary URL or a staging site option that would allow you to set up the site without moving your domain name. It would depend on the specific host for the method that would need to be used.


  3. Pantelis says

    Great info! What I do not understand is: As we need to pick a theme after the import is complete why migrate the website and not built it from scratch in the selected WordPress theme. What do we win from the migration? Thank you

    • WPBeginner Support says

      It would depend on how much content is on your site, the export attempts to move the content while the theme styles your content.


  4. Laura says

    this article is definitely what I was looking for given that I was asked to update an old Joomla website and I decided to convert it into a WordPress website.
    I have a question: the Joomla website is very old (Joomla version running is 1.5.25). Would this technique work even with such an old version of Joomla?
    Thank you very much for your useful articles!

  5. Shahidul Islam says

    Thanks for share this helpful article.
    If I migrate my Joomla site to WordPress then my all products will transfer from Joomla to WordPress or only the content & media will transfer on WordPress

    • WPBeginner Support says

      It would depend on how the products were added. If you reach out to the plugin’s support they can let you know if those products are transferred


    • WPBeginner Support says

      You can certainly move your content from Joomla to a local WordPress site if you wanted.


  6. Klyde says

    Can we use this conversion process if the website has more than one version of Joomla on it? It looks like ours (I am new) has mostly 2.5.0 but some components, modules, etc. are lower or higher.

  7. Caroline says

    Our current website was built in Joomla years ago and we want to revamp it in WordPress.
    We want to keep the current domain name but we don’t want to keep the old Joomla content; instead we prefer to start fresh since most of the content is outdated, anyway. That said, I’d like to keep the old website “live” until the new website is ready to publish.
    Do I still need to technically “move” the site from Joomla to WordPress or can I just change the platform from Joomla to WordPress without importing the content?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      If you don’t want to keep the content then you could create your WordPress site from scratch without worrying about your content. You would just point the domain name to your host once you are ready for the new site to be live.


  8. uysy says

    Hi WPB Team,
    I want to migrate my joomla site to WP. But I don’t have option to backup my Joomla site before i start migration to WP.
    Does WP plugin change anything on Joomla site during migration? Or this is only straight copy > to WP site?

  9. Javier Eraso says

    Your guide is very useful for those who decided to migrate from one CMS to another. However, it is not accurate to say that Joomla is not as powerful or flexible as WordPress. I’ve been working with both for many years now and I can say that you are wrong. The fact is that WordPress is simply more popular and perhaps slightly easier to setup for very novice user with very basic functionality. It is like the Windows vs. Linux discussion.

  10. Brad says

    Joomla was the platform we originally built upon, yet the difficulty with imbedding a customizable favicon became a real issue as the website looked incomplete, amateurish, with the seemingly unchangeable default favicon (a Joomla logo). Other WordPress websites of ours easily customize favicon images, thus we have elected to go all WordPress at this time.

    Your post is a tremendous resource. Thank you!

  11. Vinny Hebert says

    How can you tell people that Joomla is not powerful or flexible? At Joomla’s core, it is more powerful and flexible than WordPress and more secure.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      We do not say that it is not flexible or powerful, it is our opinion that WordPress is MORE powerful, flexible, and user-friendly


    • WPBeginner Support says

      Hey Ronny,

      WordPress can be multilingual using third-party plugins. We are not sure if those plugins would be able to recognize and sort multilingual content from another platform.

      We would suggest that you import your Joomla site to a WordPress installed on local server first.


  12. Giulio says

    Hello! Thank you for the great article.
    I have a Joomla website that I want to migrate to WP. I have no subdomains available and I want to install WP on a subdirectory of the website, then install the plugin, import all the Joomla data into WordPress and finally change WP installation from the subdirectory to the principal root.

    Do you think it’s a good way to do it?

  13. Gjergji Kokushta says

    Thank you for the article, but I do have a question: MySite has Joomla installed. As I understood, I need to have another domain+hosting where WordPress is intalled, so I can migrate from to MyNewSite?

    Is there a way to do it within the same hosting account?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Hi Gjergji Kokushta,

      Please contact your hosting provider. Many Joomla hosting providers also support WordPress. In fact, your account may already be fully ready to install WordPress. However, if it is not, then you will need to move but you still wouldn’t need to change domain names as you can point your existing domain to your new WordPress website.


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