In fact, in the hours following the announcement, WordPress reported a 250 percent spike in the number of Posterous imports. Wow.
It’s not unlike Instagram users who are leery of the app’s future after Facebook’s $1 billion purchase of the impressively popular photo app and are already on the lookout for Instagram alternatives, as well as ways to export their photo libraries ahead of deleting their accounts.
Here at V3, we tend not to rush to judgment (and action) when things change—because they always do. Instead, we like to sit back and let things shake out and see what happens. But if you’re on the fence about where Posterous is headed and want to hedge your bets and import your content to WordPress, that might not be a bad idea.
And the good news? It’s an incredibly easy process.
How to Migrate Your Posterous Blog to WordPress
- Sign up for a WordPress.com blog or, if you’re really smart, opt for a self-hosted WordPress site. If you’re not sure what that means, it means you own your domain and your site, and you’ll need to have it hosted somewhere. This is more work and you’ll need to select a template (there are some easy DIY ones like Headway) and figure out where you want to have it hosted. We like HostGator, but there are lots of choices out there. Don’t get all caught up in how complicated it sounds—it’s really not a huge deal. And there’s a big upside to a self-hosted site—mostly it puts you in control of your site or blog and has exponentially greater SEO value than a site hosted on the free WordPress platform. If you want to know more about that, ping us and we’ll explain further. Once you decide whether you’re using the free WordPress platform or going the self-hosted route, you’re ready to move on.
- Log in and go to Dashboard > Tools > Import > Posterous.
- Enter your Posterous log-in information. You’ll receive an email from WordPress when the import process is complete.
See? Easy, right? The hardest part of the process will be choosing a theme after your Posterous blog has imported. So. Many. Choices.
If you’re a Posterous user and have an idea about an alternative option to export your content, let us know—we’d love to hear your thoughts.
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