Taking your site with you

When you leave the College, here are the instructions you need so you can take your ePortfolio with you.

You will need to create a free WordPress account or EduBlogs account by going here and signing up for a new account using your personal email address:



1.  Log into your original blog dashboard.

2.  Go to Comments and permanently delete any unnecessary comments such as spam comments.

High numbers of spam comments can make the export file too large and you shouldn’t import spam comments into a new blog.

3.  Go to Settings > Reading

Readings settings

4.  If the blog is using a private blog option, change privacy to “Discourage search engines from indexing this site”

This is necessary on both the original blog and the new blog otherwise the import won’t work.

Change privacy

You can switch back to a private setting once the import is complete.

5.   Go to Tools > Export.


6.  Click on Download Export file and save the XML (WXR) file onto your computer.

Make sure you select All Content.

Download export file

7.  Log into your new blog dashboard.

8.  Go to Users > Add New and add all users that published posts on the original blog as a user to the new blog.

Don’t create new users during the import process.  Assign all posts to the blog admin user during the import process if you don’t want to create their user accounts.

9.  Go to Settings > Reading

Readings settings

10.  Change privacy to “Discourage search engines from indexing this site” if the blog is using a private blog option.

This is necessary on both the original blog and the new blog otherwise the import won’t work.

Change privacy

11. Click on Tools > Import.


12. Click on WordPress.

Click on WordPress

13. Click on Browse and browse to locate the Export file you saved on your computer.

14. Click on Upload file and import.

Upload File and import

15.  Assign all posts to existing users.

16.  Select ‘Download and import the file attachments‘ and then click Submit.

  • This will import all pages, posts,  comments, all media files.
  • If you don’t select ‘Download and import the file attachments‘ it won’t import your media files and will link the media files to their location on the original blog.
  • You need to manually set up your blog theme and widgets.

Select Authors

17.  A progress bar will appear will your blog is importing.

Progress bar

18.  Leave your browser tab open until it completes importing and you see “All Done.  Have Fun!”

  • This can take minutes to hours depending on the size of your original blog.
  • The last step of the import process is to attach the media files to the posts and pages.  If you interrupt the import process the media files will link to the location on the original blog and won’t be attached to the imported files in your media library.
  • Restarting the import process won’t attach media files that haven’t attached to posts.  All posts, pages, comments and media files that were imported need to be permanently deleted if you need to restart the import process.


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