How to move a site from WordPress Multisite to Single Install?

This article is devoted to brief, few-steps instruction of changing WordPress multisite into single install. Remember that this is somehow invasive action and definitely advisable is to create a full backup of all your WordPress content.

#1 – EXPORTING

First thing we need to do is to export a single site in WordPress network. Login into a dashboard of a single site you want to move and go to Tools and then Export. After this download the Export File on your disk (in the form of XML file).

#2 – IMPORTING

Login into your WordPress account and go to Tools → Import. There will appear few import possibilities offered by WordPress on the screen. If you do not have WordPress Importer Plugin this is the right time for downloading it. Whether you do it in this moment or already supported yourself with this expansion, now you have to Activate& Run Importer. WordPress will ask you for what you have previously exported.

The whole process takes some time. WordPress will import your users, attachments, content and the data. Be prepared for few minutes of waiting.

#3 – REDIRECTING

At the very beginning let us say, that is you are not a great coding fan, and would prefer to avoid this activity, you may simply download the Safe Redirect Manager plugin and set up all the settings thanks to this tool. However, we strongly advise you to be traditional and take an usage of more careful and more satisfying method described below.

Another step is to set up redirecting, which is nothing else as simple opportunity to go straight to your new website, even if the user will type down the old domain’s URL. Definitely necessary tool, while taking care of our marketing, recognizability and simple improvement of the visitors of our webpage.

Open .htaccess file and generate the command:

  • Options + FollowSymLinks
  • RewriteEngine on
  • RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^subdomain\.example\.com$ [NC]
  • RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://example.net/$1 [L,R = 301]

Of course example is the page that the users are going to be directed to. Which is your “new” website.

#4 – MOVING

The last thing that is left to do is moving your website. Due to being an extraordinary activity, troubleshooting the migration may become a little bit problematic. The most common issues, which we may come across are: too heavy file, incorrect image import.