If you’ve been writing articles on Medium for a while, and have been looking for a way to migrate to WordPress for a more customizable look and feel along with more control over your content, we’re here to help. Today, we’ll be looking at some of the pros of moving over to WordPress from Medium, and more importantly, about how you will take your blog with you.
Reasons to move to WordPress from Medium
Although powerful and packed with various important content distribution features, Medium is not the go-to choice for many experienced bloggers. WordPress offers a lot more flexibility wherein you might want to consider migrating from WordPress to Medium. The main reasons for this boil down to the ease of customization, content optimization for better audience reach, and monetization.
WordPress is a powerful content management system allowing you to manage your blogs with ease, and handle things on a more micro level. That is, with WordPress, you gain flexibility in terms of content creation and presentation.
Being a content management system, which makes it easy to manage the entire website without needing to code things out, the power of WordPress shines due to its customizability. Therefore, although a great place for new writers, Medium is not the perfect place to grow yourself, improve and experiment on content, and make it the go-to place to serve content for your readers.
Then come the facts about monetization. With a hosted WordPress, you will be the owner, and so, you will be able to monetize the content as you see fit. This is a distinct advantage over having your blogs on Medium, wherein your monetization schemes are fairly limited.
How to Move your Blog from Medium from WordPress
Although Medium is a fairly robust blogging platform, migrating your existing articles from Medium to your personal WordPress site isn’t all that easy. There are several steps in the process before you can start blogging on your own site.
Register a domain and get hosting
The first thing you want to do is to register a domain. There are numerous sites wherein you can purchase a domain for your new site. It’s important that you try to get a domain name that matches your content or niche. That way, your audience reach will be wider. During this process, have a look around and determine how you want to host your site, as domain vendors often offer hosting services as well, making it all the more important to find yourself a reliable and trusted vendor who promises to provide you with great support whenever you might be in need of it. Finally, ensure that you purchase some security certificates as well, like SSL certificates. This way, you can ensure that your site is secure and that it appears more trustworthy to search engines, making your blog more recommendable to new readers. If, however, you decide to forgo these steps and decide to settle with WordPress.com, the hosted platform you can jump right ahead and start exporting articles from Medium.
The installation of WordPress is fairly easy and is often just a click and proceed with the process. If you do run into issues, you can search for help online, and look for solutions provided by other WordPress users.
Exporting Articles from Medium
Here’s when we get into the main migration procedure. In this step, you will be exporting your existing articles on the Medium platform. Here, you should first log into your account and navigate to the Account Section. From there, search around a bit to find an option that allows you to download all your information. This is when a download is started containing all your data shared on medium, including posts, drafts, profile information and most importantly of all, your articles. Due to the differences in format, you cannot simply plug the data into your WordPress site.
Import Articles to WordPress
Now there are a number of ways you can go about this step. WordPress.com, the hosted platform, offers an easy to use tool which takes in the downloaded file from your Medium account and parses it automatically into a WordPress friendly format.
This is done by navigating to the admin page of your WordPress site and then hitting the tools button. From there, an import option should be visible. Install the WordPress importer plugin, and once it has been installed, you are ready to start the importing process.
Here, you should upload the previously downloaded WordPress friendly format, and feed it to the WordPress importer plugin. Allow the plugin to carry out its task, and once that has been done, you will be able to see that all the content has been assigned to your WordPress account. And essentially, that is all there is to it. Moreover, the plugin is smart enough to fetch the images associated with your articles, so, you will find that all of your content, including images, have been posted against your WordPress account on your WordPress site.
Installing a Trendy Theme
The next step is to brush up your WordPress site with a polished theme, to add some more character to your content and allow your users to have a better experience on your WordPress site. In order to do this, feel free to browse WordPress theme downloads and select one that matches your content, and is a good fit for your target audience.
An issue about URL redirecting
Previously, Medium had allowed users to link their articles to a registered domain, which allowed users to use the hosted Medium articles under their domain names. However, at present, this feature is no longer present and the URLs associated with the Medium articles are for Medium only, you will not be able to redirect users landing on the Medium article to your personal WordPress site.
From here on out you will be the master of your own WordPress site, and be able to manage how you want to present your content to your users on a more granular level. More, feel free to explore more about WordPress and go on ahead towards tweaking your site to a greater extent, to make it truly personal.