If you’re looking to learn more about Tumblr and WordPress see here for more details on the differences between the two publishing platforms and for some insights and help on deciding between the two. On the other hand if you are already using Tumblr and if you are thinking of switching your blog from Tumblr to WordPress keep reading.
Tumblr was built in 2007 and has experienced huge growth in the social media space. It makes it easy for people to follow other people and post their own pictures, videos and quotes in a very simply interface that looks and functions much more like a social media platform than a blogging platform.
It is a very good introduction into publishing but you may outgrow its functionality and features and that’s where a software like WordPress comes into picture. For your blogging needs WordPress is the most popular and most widely used platform. It is a very flexible piece of software that allows you full control and ownership in terms of the way you run your online projects, and everything from the look and feel of your site to the way you publish and present your content and to the way you monetize it.
For people that are ready to switch from Tumblr to WordPress, there is a free Importer plugin that migrates all your posts and content from your Tumblr account into your WordPress blog. The process is all done in the browser, takes only few minutes of your time and you do not need any tech know-how. Imports using the Importer plugin have actually increased dramatically since the word got out that Yahoo was buying Tumblr and the numbers went from some 400-600 posts an hour imported, to over 72,000 posts an hour imported.
Here’s a simple step-by-step guide on moving your online presence from Tumblr to WordPress.
From Tumblr to WordPress – Step-By-Step Guide
First of all you will need to start your WordPress blog. WordPress is an open source software and you need a hosting account to be able to run the software. I have a detailed guide on starting a WordPress blog here. Take a look at it for clear instructions in text, image and video formats, before returning here to continue the process.
When you have your new blog setup and ready, please do follow this process inside your new admin dashboard to transfer all your Tumblr content archives into your new blog. Note that your old likes and reblogs will not be imported as that is part of the Tumblr network and cannot be replicated on your new home.
This is the step-by-step process:
- In your WordPress admin go into Tools – Import
- Click “Tumblr” to install Importer plugin that imports the content from your old blog
- In the “Install Importer” pop-up click “Install Now”
- Importer is now being installed. When done click “Activate Plugin & Run Importer”
- Type in your email and password, and click “Connect To Tumblr”
- Select which WordPress user should be listed as author of imported posts and click “Import This Blog”
Now the process of importing your Tumblr blog content to your WordPress blog starts. It will take few minutes depending on how large your blog is, so do wait a little bit and click on “Refresh View” to see the status of how many posts, drafts and pages have been imported from Tumblr.
When all the posts have been imported, the process is done. You can now see all your old Tumblr posts and other content on your new WordPress blog. Now is the time for you to explore the world of WordPress, start creating more new content and go out there to build a readership for all the cool stuff that you have published.
WordPress is a great piece of software so do take some time to learn about all the options you now have, as you may be surprised with all the functionality and features you now have access to, and most important you will be surprised by the ease of use when implementing some major changes. Happy blogging with WordPress!