How do I export content from Joomla?

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How do I export content from Joomla?


We need to move some of our website’s content and images away from our current Joomla site. Is there a way we can easily export it all out as an XML or CSV file so that we can import it into another CMS like WordPress?


The client wants to know the best way to export their content from Joomla and transfer it over to WordPress.

Possible solution

Exporting content from Joomla is relatively easy. You can use a variety of tools to transfer your data, including plugins, scripts or manual exports.

Built-in export tools in Joomla

Our first suggestion would be to try using the built-in Joomla export tool. This will allow you to export all of your content from Joomla as an XML file which could potentially be used for importing into another CMS platform such as WordPress or Drupal.

Honestly, though, we don’t see 100% success using any one method to export Joomla data. The method that is right for your situation really depends on what you are exporting. In our experience, migrating data out of Joomla can be really challenging.

There are a number of third-party tools that can help engineers tasked with migrating Joomla content. Remember that as the size of a Joomla site grows (think larger numbers of articles, pages, and blocks), so does the complexity of migrating it to a new platform with different architecture.

Plugins and tools to export Joomla content

If you are looking for a more automated way to transfer your data and content from Joomla to another CMS platform such as WordPress, then there is also the option of using a third-party migration plugin.

Our engineers like FG Joomla To WP (which supports both single and multiple site transfers), but there are numerous options to choose from. This plugin enables users to quickly and easily migrate their existing website’s data without any additional coding required. The exported content will include pages, articles, custom fields, images and other data.

CMS2CMS is another option if you’re looking for something more in-depth. It is an automated platform that migrates content from Joomla to WordPress (or other platforms) in just a few clicks and provides additional features such as SEO analysis, broken link checker and custom post type support.

For those with more technical capabilities, manually exporting content as an XML or CSV file can also be done. The exact steps to do this will vary depending on the version of Joomla you are using and your individual setup, but generally speaking it involves installing a custom script that parses through each page’s data before exporting out the desired information into either an XML or CSV format.

Learn more about Migrating from Joomla to WordPress and how this can work for your organization’s website move.

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