Mastering WordPress XML Import: A Step-by-Step Guide

Mastering WordPress XML Import: A Step-by-Step Guide

By Muzammil | March 14, 2023

WordPress XML Import

If you're looking to transfer or migrate your website to WordPress, it's essential to know how to import content using XML files. XML files are a widely used format for exporting and importing data, and WordPress provides an option to import content using an XML file. In this article, we'll provide a step-by-step guide to help you master WordPress XML import.

Step 1: Prepare Your XML File

Before importing content to WordPress, you need to have an XML file that contains the data you want to import. Your XML file should include all the essential fields, such as post content, categories, and tags. You can export your data from another platform, such as Blogger or Joomla, and save it as an XML file.

This is the example XML File.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>

<rss version="2.0"


		<title>Test 1</title>
		<content:encoded><![CDATA[Test Post 1]]></content:encoded>
		<category domain="post_tag" nicename="redy"><![CDATA[redy]]></category>
		<category domain="category" nicename="teory"><![CDATA[Teory]]></category>
		<category domain="category" nicename="tree"><![CDATA[Tree]]></category>
		<title>Test 2</title>
		<content:encoded><![CDATA[Test Post 2]]></content:encoded>
		<category domain="category" nicename="test-category"><![CDATA[Test Category]]></category>

Step 2: Access the Import Tool

To import your XML file to WordPress, go to your WordPress dashboard and select "Tools" from the menu. Click on "Import," and you'll see a list of import options. Choose "WordPress" and click on "Install Now." Once the installation is complete, click on "Run Importer" to begin.

Step 3: Upload Your XML File

On the Importer page, click on "Choose File" and select the XML file you prepared in Step 1. Click on "Upload file and import" to proceed. You'll see a list of options to map the data from your XML file to the corresponding fields in WordPress. Make sure to select the correct options, such as post author, categories, and tags.

Step 4: Review and Import

After mapping your data, you can review the posts and other content that will be imported into your WordPress site. If everything looks good, click on "Submit" or "Start Import" to begin the import process.

The time it takes to import your content depends on the size of your XML file and the number of posts, categories, and tags you're importing.

Step 5: Verify Your Content

Once the import process is complete, you can verify that your content has been imported correctly. Check your posts, categories, and tags to make sure everything is in the right place. You may need to make some adjustments, such as editing post titles or reassigning categories.

Once you are done, you will see the window.

This process is beneficial when you want to import multiple posts usually generated by any automation software or script.


In conclusion, mastering WordPress XML import is essential for transferring or migrating your website to WordPress. By following this step-by-step guide, you can easily import your content and ensure that everything is in the right place.

With a little practice, you'll be able to master WordPress XML import and transfer your website with ease.

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I am Muzammil, a Self-taught Web Designer & Developer. I haven't yet completed my college degree. Started learning programming at the age of 12 and still learning. I love to work in Javascript and make eye-catchy designs.

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