A long time ago, I followed a guide on how to do it using the FG Joomla to WordPress plugin, a well-known add-on. With this plugin, you can bring your WordPress posts, pages, groups, tags, and users over to Joomla. It also brings in your video files and WordPress theme.
Yes, it is possible to convert a WordPress site design to Joomla. There are numerous methods available, such as employing migration plugins. The most popular free migration solution for WordPress to Joomla transfers is JConverter. Alternatively, a cost-effective option for smaller websites is to manually export the database using phpMyAdmin, which avoids the requirement for pricy extension subscriptions and migration services.
Converting your WordPress site design to Joomla involves several key steps that you can break down into manageable tasks.
Content Migration: In this step, you'll be moving your content from WordPress to Joomla. Start by copying the text from your WordPress posts and pages, then paste it into the corresponding Joomla articles. Remember, you have to do this manually as there's no direct copy-paste method. Additionally, transfer your images and media files, ensuring they are well-organized in Joomla. Don't forget to create categories and tags in Joomla that match your WordPress setup. Categorize and tag your Joomla articles to maintain a structured content hierarchy.
Plugins/Extensions: Identify Joomla extensions that serve the same purpose as the WordPress plugins you used. For example, if you had a contact form plugin in WordPress, find a similar extension in Joomla. Once you've chosen the equivalents, install them and configure their settings according to your requirements. This step ensures that your Joomla site has the same functionalities as your WordPress site.
Menu and Navigation: Create menus in Joomla that align with your site's structure. Add the necessary menu items and link them to the corresponding Joomla articles or pages. Utilize the menu module to configure how these menus are displayed on your Joomla site. Proper menu setup ensures smooth navigation for your visitors, replicating the user experience from your WordPress site.
Launching Your Joomla Site: Once you've migrated your content, installed extensions, and set up your menus, it's time to thoroughly test your Joomla site. Check all links, forms, images, and overall site navigation to ensure everything functions as expected. If everything looks good and you're satisfied with the result, you can update your domain settings (if necessary) and officially launch your Joomla website for the world to see.
These are basic steps that you can convert your WordPress site design to Joomla while ensuring a smooth transition and maintaining the integrity of your content and functionalities.