How to migrate your articles from Medium to WordPress

headerWhen it comes to deciding where to publish articles, there are many platforms that can do the job, each with its pros and cons. The biggest two of which these days are WordPress and Medium.¬†WPBeginner has covered the differences in detail, and so we will not be rehasing the discussion here. Suffice to say, there are real reasons to prefer one to the other. But what happens when you decide to switch? You don’t have to lose all your hard work when moving from Medium to WordPress. Here’s how.

1. Get WordPress installed

If you’re a customer, installing WordPress is easy.¬†Follow the instructions after the ‘One-click WordPress’ link in your control panel and you’re done! If you’re using another hosting provider, there may be a similar feature, otherwise you can download WordPress from their website.

2. Export your data from Medium

In your medium settings, you should see a section called ‘Export Content’.screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-10-31-11-am

There you can start the conversion process of your content into a format that you can import into WordPress. Do note that you may have to wait awhile for the export to happen and you will received an email once that is complete.

When the email arrives, go ahead and download the files. You should have your articles in HTML as well as an XML file called medium.rss. That’s all you need at this point for the import.


3. Import your Medium articles using WordPress’ RSS Importer

WordPress has a cool suite of tools to import your blog from many services,¬†fortunately Medium’s exported file is in the RSS format which is what we will be using.

Clicking the RSS link would bring you to a popup asking you to install the importer plugin. Once the plugin is installed, the window will prompt you to activate & run the importer.


Once that is done, you will see a nice message saying ‘All done. Have fun’ and voila, your articles are now on WordPress.


4. One more thing.. Importing your images

By default, the RSS importer does not download the images hosted on Medium. Instead, it links the images from Medium’s server. We would recommend that you import those images into your media library so that it is all within your control. In order to do that, you will need a plugin like Import External Images. It helps you quickly move the images into your image library.

5. Website hygeine, time to remove the two plugins

As a matter of good practice, since you’re done using the RSS and Image importer, you should remove those plugins. This keeps your site nicely organized without clutter. Now you’re really done and ready to enjoy your new WordPress website!