Please note: do not use any third-party clone plugins since they might overwrite our system settings and break your blog.

You can import existing blogs into Easy Blog Networks by following the steps below. It’s the easiest to do if the blogs are live and working on a domain.

We don’t recommend importing eCommerce or any other complex WordPress installation.

How To Easily Transfer Your Existing Blog

  1. Update WordPress to the latest version, update all plugins and themes, disable all security and admin plugins, delete pending and trashed comments, remove all inactive themes and plugins.
  2. Log into Easy Blog Networks app. Add a new blog. Enter your existing blog domain and generic title. Click Add Blog. Do not change DNS addresses.
  3. Wait for the blog to be deployed.
  4. Go to blog info page and click Import on the right.
  5. Enter your existing blog’s URL, username, and password.
  6. The system will clone posts, pages, comments, custom fields, terms, navigation menus, custom posts, up to 1000 media files, then overwrite settings, add active theme and plugins from WordPress.org directory and add users (without passwords).
  7. Review the blog before changing DNS addresses by changing your hosts settings (see the bottom of this page).
  8. Change the DNS addresses.

If Automatic Import Fails

Some servers may block our attempts at connecting remotely to your blog. In that case, you’ll need to manually install our clone plugin. Instructions are also given directly after a failed automatic import or by clicking “manual import” link.

  1. Download EBN Clone Plugin and install it on your existing blog.
  2. Go to Tools, click EBN Clone Plugin.
  3. Under Clone Export, click Create Now. Copy the backup files links.
  4. Go to your blog info page in Easy Blog Networks app, click Import and at the bottom click link to “manual import”.
  5. In the Clone Import box paste the backup files links.

Keep in mind:

  • At this time the system cannot import paid plugins/themes or their settings. You’ll need to do those manually.
  • Because passwords are encrypted, you’ll need to reset passwords for existing users when the deployment is finished.
  • Any files that are above 10 MB or are other than .jpg, .png or .gif will not be imported.

If the blog is not online but you have files and database

If your blog is not online and/or you’d like to restore directly from files and database, you will first need to restore the blog somewhere else – either on your local server or on some other host. Then you can use the above process to import to EBN.

Free Import Service

If you need help, you can use our free import service and we’ll do it for you.

Checking Import Before Changing Nameservers

Before changing nameservers, we highly recommend you login to your new blog by changing your hosts file to the new server’s IP. This way you can check if anything’s missing and how many things you will need to manually import.

Read more on how to change etc/hosts file on any operating system on Rackspace or HowToGeek.

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