Export Wordpress to Jekyll static hosting

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The examples show GitLab but of course work equally well with GitHub/Bitbucket/etc. I use GitLab instead of GitHub Pages because of GitLab’s unlimited free repos.

  1. Prereq: on your laptop


    apt install php-cli php-xml git ruby-dev nodejs gcc make zlib1g-dev

    Do not install ruby-bundler because in general it’s out of date–we’ll install it later.


    brew install git
    brew install node
    # rest is for php-cli
    brew tap homebrew/dupes
    brew tap homebrew/versions
    brew tap homebrew/homebrew-php
    brew install php70
  2. Export Wordpress site to XML. This method doesn’t capture tags or comments. It requires manual upload of images. But doesn’t use server Wordpress plugins that are broken for current Wordpress versions.
  3. Log into your Wordpress dashboard then click: Tools → Export → All
  4. execute Wordpress to Jekyll exporter on your laptop
    gem install bundler
    gem install github-pages
    cd ~
    git clone https://gist.github.com/522402.git
    mkdir username.gitlab.io
    cd username.gitlab.io
    php ../gist-522402/WordpressExporter.php ../wordpress.xml

    You’ll notice lots of .html files in a _posts directory. Note that Drafts and Privates will be in there too!

    You’ll need to tweak image references, and you lose tags, but it’s better than converting years of Wordpress posts by hand.


    There is not a native way to export your Wordpress Media Library (another good reason to ditch Wordpress). I suggest grabbing your images and video using FTP to your Wordpress server. Look at your server provider’s documentation for how to do this.

  5. Create a Jekyll website with this easy procedure.




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