How to Backup Or Export Your WordPress Data

Exporting your WordPress data (posts, pages, custom post types, comments, custom fields, categories, tags, custom taxonomies, and users) is sometimes necessary and useful. If you are moving your website or just want a backup of your site data, then Exporting your site is the answer. Once the Export file is created, that file can be used for import by the Tools Import Screen.

Using the Export Tool

  1. Login to your WordPress website’s dashboard.
  2. From the left menu select Tools > Export.
    WordPress Export
  3. Specify the desired export data then click the Download Export File button.
    WordPress Export

Once you have clicked the Download Export File button WordPress will create an XML file for you to save to your computer. This format, which is called and WordPress eXtended RSS or WXR file, will contain the data you selected for export.

Once you’ve saved the download file you can use Tools > Import > WordPress at another WordPress site’s dashboard to import this data.

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