October 29, 2019
October 29, 2019
Many new webmasters use Squarespace for their first projects as it’s a beginner-friendly website building platform.
However, while it is great for basic sites, Squarespace has quite a few shortcomings – not having enough options to extend functionality and limited design selections, for example.
On the other hand, despite having a steeper learning curve, WordPress offers more control and flexibility when it comes to managing a website. Users can add and customize any themes and plugins to optimize their site’s potential – the possibilities are endless!
Luckily, migrating Squarespace to WordPress is not as complicated as you might think. Read on to learn how you can do it!
Note: This tutorial shows how to migrate to the self-hosted WordPress platform. So, the steps provided below may not work if you’re planning to host your site on WordPress.com.
The first step of migrating your Squarespace site to WordPress is to export all of your website data. Unfortunately, you can’t export everything automatically from Squarespace.
Here are the lists of content that you need to export manually:
Now that you know the exporting limitations, follow these steps to start exporting your website data from Squarespace:
Once the download is complete, proceed to the next step.
As this tutorial shows how to migrate Squarespace to WordPress, we’re going to assume that you already have WordPress installed beforehand.
But if you haven’t, the steps below show how easy it is to install the platform using Hostinger’s Auto Installer.
IMPORTANT: Write down your administrator username and password as you will need them to access the WordPress dashboard.
To import the content from your Squarespace site to WordPress, follow these steps:
Now you can review your WordPress website and make sure all of the needed content is successfully imported.
IMPORTANT: If the process runs out of time or returns errors, try unchecking the Download file and import file attachments option. Depending on the size of your Squarespace account and server configuration, this option may prevent the import process from completing successfully.
While checking your new website, you might have noticed that some of your images stare still hosted on Squarespace. It’s normal, sometimes WordPress importer fails to import images automatically.
To migrate all of your images to WordPress, you will have to add them manually or with a plugin. Since doing it manually takes time, we’ll show you how with the Auto Upload Images plugin.
The plugin searches for image URLs in your posts and uploads them automatically to the WordPress media library once triggered. It also replaces old image URLs with the new ones in your server.
All you need to do is install and activate the plugin in WordPress, then update all of your posts containing images to trigger the auto-upload using Bulk Actions. Here’s how to do it:
If you’ve been using a custom domain name with your Squarespace site and want to continue using it after migrating, you will need to change your DNS (Domain NameServers) details.
The process depends on where your domain name is registered. If the registrar is Squarespace, then DNS details must be changed within their control panel. Refer to this tutorial for guidance.
However, if you register the domain name with a different company, then the DNS details will have to be changed in their system. We have a great guide that you can follow here. Plus, the process is similar to most registrars
ProTip: This method only works if you have a custom domain name as you can’t point the built-in Squarespace subdomain to any website or server.
As Squarespace uses a different link structure than WordPress, migrating sites from it to WordPress without changing permalinks will result in your visitors hitting 404 error pages.
Therefore, this step is vital if you don’t want to lose your search engine rankings and incoming traffic.
Page URLs on Squarespace use year/month/day/post-name as the link formats. While WordPress also has this format option, Squarespace tends to use prefixes like blog-1 for its post URLs too.
A Squarespace URL with a custom domain looks like the following:
Here’s how it looks like with a sub-domain:
To change the permalinks of your new WordPress site to match the Squarespace URL structure, simply follow these steps:
ProTip: It’s recommended to choose post name as your WordPress default’s permalink setting for your next posts as it’s short and concise, arguably the best URL structure to maximize SEO.
Now that you have successfully migrated all of your content from Squarespace to WordPress, you can start changing the look of your website with the vast selection of customizable themes in the WordPress directory.
If you wish to extend the functionality of your site, WordPress also has thousands of free plugins you can use to optimize your website. As an example, Woocommerce is a powerful plugin that allows you to set up ecommerce sites.
What’s more, WordPress has a big community ready to answer any questions you have about the CMS. Plus, there are thousands of in-depth guides and tutorials created especially for it.
Take a look at all of Hostinger’s WordPress tutorials here.
There you have it! In this tutorial, you’ve learned how to migrate your Squarespace website to WordPress. You also know how to point your Squarespace domain to the new WordPress site and modifying its permalinks to avoid losing traffic.
Here’s a quick recap of the steps:
Pretty easy, right? Depending on the size of your Squarespace website, migrating all of your content to WordPress can take a while. But, it’s still worth it as WordPress is a powerful and more flexible platform. Good luck!
July 03 2019
Can you repeat these steps if you have multiple blogs on squarespace? Will the additional blogs import into your blog posts section?
Replied on September 24 2019
Hey Mike, Yes, multiple blogs can be imported into a single WordPress site.