Part 3 in multi-part series.
I have used the WordPress export tool to successfully move Web sites and blogs from a WordPress.com site to a hosted WordPress.org site several times over the past five years. I have even used it to migrate WordPress.org sites to a new Web host. It is especially good when using a new theme.
It is precisely for that last reason it is not good for doing a backup of your site (although it will do in extreme conditions for lack of another plan).
The reason is clear. It is time consuming.
When you use the Export Tool as a backup plan, you will have to reinstall your theme, change all the default settings, set up your home page, background, header, widgets and any custom coding you may have done.
In addition, sometimes the images migrate well in the tools export function and sometimes they do not. WordPress claims “This will ONLY export your posts, pages, comments, categories, and tags” while images may have to be exported manually.
The WordPress Export Tool is found on the left sidebar of your admin(istration) panel under Tools > Export
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