How to properly move Medium to WordPress


How to properly move Medium to WordPressỜ Thanks to a free tool and integrated WordPress feature, you can easily switch from Medium to WordPress and bring all your posts and images. In this section, we discuss some of the things you need to consider when converting. Then we show you how to move Medium to WordPress without losing any of your content.

What you need to consider when you move Medium to WordPress

Before you start moving your content from Medium to WordPress, it is important to realize that moving from Medium to WordPress involves more than copying and pasting content. Some additional things to consider include:

  • Data movement

  • Correctly configuring WordPress

  • Store images on your own WordPress server (Previously, Medium automatically handled this for you)

  • Set up redirects so people who try to access your old content on Medium are sent to the right place on WordPress

In other words, there are many moving parts to combine and work with. However, transferring all your content is not difficult - all you have to do is follow these five steps.

How to move Medium to WordPress (5 steps)

Before we get started, you'll need your WordPress website set up and ready to go. This relates to:

  • Buy WordPress hosting - here are our thoughts on the best WordPress hosting.

  • Buy a domain name (if you don't already have a custom domain name with Medium).

  • Install WordPress software on your hosting.

Once you have installed the new WordPress, you are ready to switch Medium to WordPress.

1. Export your data from Medium

Previously, Medium let you export your content in a format compatible with WordPress's integrated import tool. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case in 2020. But to solve this problem, you can use this free export tool to export your Medium content in a format that works with WordPress.

All you need to do is enter:

  • website URL

  • Name

  • Email


If you have a custom domain name with Medium, the web starts exporting immediately. However, if you do not, you are required to export the average file. To get your picture, log into Medium and click on your profile picture:


Scroll to the bottom of the drop down and settings menu. In the Download information section, click the read .zip download button:

On the next page, click Export. An email will be sent to you with your average export file, you should download the file in there with uploading it to the average export tool to WordPress.

Return to the home page of the tool, click Export my average site. You will then be given an option to download your average export file:

Click the big green button and your file will download, at that time, get your export.xml file to get ready for the next step.

2. Enter your Medium content into WordPress

With your output file in hand, it's time to log in to your WordPress admin screen. Go to Tools> Import. This will bring up a list of input tools:


Scroll down until you see WordPress, then click Install now to download the tool. When it's ready, the link will change to Run Importer. Click on it and you'll be presented with a section that helps upload your file:

Next, click Choose file, select the export.xml file that you downloaded earlier. On the next page, you are asked to specify an author:

You are free to choose the author of your content, enter content from Medium or select new users. You should select the option that matches the specified Blog Medium author. Also, be sure to check the box that says Download and import attachments. This will help your images transfer as well.

Finally, click Submit and WordPress will automatically import all Medium content. You should check to make sure everything is in order by visiting your Articles page and manually scrolling your content.

3. Upload your images to WordPress

Although Importers try their best to transfer images, they may not get it all because of the way they are stored on Medium. If this is the case, you will need another tool to make sure they move properly. For this, we recommend the Auto Upload Images plugin.

When you install, activate the plugin, go to Posts in WordPress admin, use the checkboxes to select all posts. Then use the bulk drop down menu to select Edit and click Apply. From there, all you need to do is press the Update button - no changes are required.

This will retrieve any missing images from the content and upload them to the web. Images that cannot be transferred during the transfer will be uploaded to your new web and you can move on to the next task.

4. Set up redirection from Medium to WordPress

At this point, you want to set up redirects so that visitors to the old web will find the new web. Unfortunately, if you have a domain name, you will not be able to do this.

However, for people with custom domain names, you can apply the handy Redirection plugin to link pages.

This is important because the URL structure used by Medium does not match the permalink structure of WordPress. Those who try to enter the Medium post will go to a 404 page, unless you set up redirects to send visitors from the old post URL to the new post URL on WordPress.

With this plugin installed, activated, go to Tools> Redirect. When you finish setting up the plugin, you easily add redirects between your old and your new web.

In the Source URL, simply enter the URL for one of your Medium posts. Next, paste the URL for the new web site in WordPress into the target URL field. Repeat this process until all pages you want to redirect are located.

5. Install a WordPress theme

Your final step is to choose a theme in WordPress. Not only do your topics identify web appearances, they affect their navigation and functionality.

Therefore, making the selection here is important for the entire brand and the presentation of the site, so you should take some time for your initial selection.

To install a theme, go to Themes> Themes:

There are a number of themes installed and ready to apply, and this is all you need. However, if you click the Add New button, you browse the WordPress Theme Directory - the categories vary from completely free themes ready to show off your content. You want to consider whether premium themes will suit you better by reading our guide to this topic.

Once you've found something you like, move your cursor over it and click Install and then Activate. You will then be able to customize it to meet your needs. The great thing is that you are not constrained by your old Medium design.

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