Althoug Joomla is known to be a great content management and a highly sophisticated system that has been designed to power a website or blog of any type, it is never meant to be used by any person. In case you happen to be among those individuals who have made the great decision to move from using Joomla to WordPress, with the latter powering almost a quarter of all the websites in the world, the conversion process is always easy and straight forward thanks to the availability of various plugins that are capable of helping you.
However, before you get started with the conversion process, it is appropriate that you select a hosting company and install WordPress. In order to achieve the best results, you need to settle on a hosting company that will be able to provide you with simple one click installation for the WordPress.
- Install Joomla to WordPress Plugin
The first thing you what to perform is to get to the WordPress dashboard straignt to the plugins tab and click on new
Thereafter, you will encounter the most popular WordPress plug-in. However, you will have to ignore them since we are not interested in installing anything else before we migrate the Joomla content. There will always be a search bar on the right side. Key in FG Joomla to WordPress and start searching.
The plugin in you are looking for will be the first among the results not unless you have made an incorrect entry in the search bar. There, you will discover there are many other plugins that might be capable of performing similar task. However, the best choice should be the highest rated one and the most commonly updated one among the bunch. They are some of the common factors you should always watch out for whenever you are looking for new plug-in and you are new to the WordPress.
Click the FG Joomla to WordPress option and a window with additional information concerning the plug in will appear and click on Install. You will come across a few brief lines that provide details of the installation process of the new plug-in on your new page. Always feel free to skip it and click on the Activate plug-in in order to move on.
You will be sent back to your plug-in lists that are different from the ones that come with the WordPress by default. For you to be able to proceed with the process of migrating from Joomla to WordPress, you will headback to Joomla in order to be able to retrieve some important details.
- Get Your Joomla Database Parameters
Since you will be migrating from Joomla, we will assume that you have knowledge on how to navigate around its control panel. Log in and get into the system tab, click on the global configuration from the available drop down list.
Head over to the Server tab after getting to the Global Configuration panel, the Database settings are the information we are looking for.
We are using the local Joomla setup for the purpose of this guide. Hence you need not to get any funny ideas on hijacking the imaginary Joomal site. Ensure the tab is kept open ready for the next step since you will be required to copy the database name, host, database username and the datable tables prefix values within one minute.
- Import the Joomla Content into WordPress
You are now ready to go through with the real migration process after approximately five minutes of preparatory procedures. For you to get started, you will have to return to your WordPress Dashboard and get the Tools tab therein, select the import option.
WordPress is made up of lots of import tools by default. However there is non-for Joomla thereby we have to undergo through the installation process of a dedicated plug-in for the task. You will always find the Joomla option nested between the LiveJournal and Categories and Tags Converter. Click on it.
You will have to fill in a number of fields. However, you will only be concerned with the first choice if you have already tinkered with the WordPress install. You will need the pristine installation in order to migrate properly.
Change the Internal Links
The process of migration should have taken good care of transferring all your contents from Joomla to WordPress if the migration process went on smoothly.
You will always be faced with many options whenever you start looking at what is present in terms of WordPress themes and plugins. Hence, if you are looking for a great process of converting Joomla Website to WordPress, the procedure above will guarantee you the best possible results.
Jason is an experienced WordPress developer with over 5 years of experience. He has achieved a great success in delivering projects in Joomla to WordPress conversion and PSD to WordPress conversion. Get in touch with him now for any assistance regarding WordPress development.