WordPress Migration – How to Migrate a Django website to WordPress?
Why would you want to migrate from one platform to another? Maybe it’s about increasing user engagement, getting more customers, or boosting your website’s security. Whatever the reason may be, this guide will walk you through the steps to migrate the Django website to WordPress, so you can reap all the benefits that WordPress offers and get back to focusing on what matters most – your business! With our step-by-step instructions, it’ll be easy to move all your content and data into WordPress without having to start from scratch.
Decide you want to move
There are many reasons you might want to consider moving your site from Django to WordPress. Maybe you’re ready for more features or less overhead, or maybe there’s been the acquisition and new leadership has different tech preferences. Regardless of why you think you might want to make the switch, it’s important that you ask yourself if it’s really worth it. Unless there is some sort of technical reason or performance issue, it can be difficult and expensive to port an entire database full of content from one platform to another—particularly if WordPress is not something your team has used before. (And yes, sometimes, a code rewrite does happen—but that comes later.) Keep in mind: We suggest a phased approach when it comes time for migration.
Create a list of all content
Start by making a list of all content you’ll have to port over, including both posts and pages. You can include images as well; WordPress supports uploading and displaying pictures. Once you’ve made your list, write out drafts for what each item will say on its new WordPress home—you can either recreate entire posts or rewrite them with different formatting styles or focus points. The goal is for everything that currently exists on your site to be preserved in some way when it lands on WordPress. If there are multiple versions of an image file saved around your site, for example, make sure you save only one version of it in WordPress so users don’t lose any details when they click through from your old site.
Add each item individually, be patient
If you are looking to migrate your website from Django to WordPress and to make things easier, you can run each command one by one while activating your virtual environment with source env/bin/activate. Don’t forget to activate it or your new site won’t work! Make sure you write down any passwords or settings you set during installation (we’ll use them later). You’ll know when something’s working if your brand new site is up and running on localhost:8000 (it might take a few minutes). If not, there are plenty of guides out there that describe how to fix common errors. There’s also debugging info in comments on these instructions if anything goes wrong. If this is too technical for you then you can hire a Web development company for the technical part.
Import without duplicates
If you’re bringing your data into WordPress via an import, be sure to set up your connection settings correctly. Otherwise, you may end up with duplicate entries that are impossible to sort out. For example, if you import using a direct connection and leave everything as-is (which is likely), WordPress will automatically create posts for each item in your feed, resulting in duplicates that are hard or impossible to remove without manually editing every individual post. To avoid duplicates during imports, go into Settings > Import and make sure you have Also created a post with each item unchecked.
Create custom meta fields if needed
It’s helpful to create custom meta fields for things like social media data. By doing so, you can more easily migrate your Twitter, Facebook, and other social media profiles over to WordPress. However, these custom fields are completely optional. I recommend creating them if you plan on migrating content from another platform (like Twitter or Facebook) in bulk via CSV imports or something similar. Alternatively, some of your information might already be included in one of WordPress’ default meta fields (for example, some blogging platforms include author/name info). We’ll look at how to get that information into WordPress automatically with our next step: setting up post types and taxonomies.
Keep up with maintenance
Not all hosting companies are created equal. Finding someone reliable and affordable can be tricky, but it’s essential for keeping your site up and running. If you have a managed hosting provider, they should take care of routine tasks like ensuring patches are applied promptly, that there is adequate memory or CPU to accommodate your traffic, and that file permissions are correct. There are still steps you can take: if you have shell access on your server (which most shared plans do), consider running cron jobs or scripts that check things like disk space, load average, or available RAM; ensure services like Apache or Nginx aren’t set at insecure defaults, or update any third-party libraries with security vulnerabilities.
So, Why should you move your website from Django to WordPress? The same reason that you might want a custom website built: because it’s not easy, or even possible, to accomplish on your own. Many small businesses start out using premade solutions like WordPress and then realize they need some custom features. Or they outgrow them (and then either abandon their site or hire someone else). Either way, developing in-house has two main advantages over-relying on other tools: First is control: no one but you can access your data with an open-source solution. Second is time management: WordPress can often be installed for free—there’s no overhead for setup or maintenance.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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This is determined by the website’s size, data volume, and functional complexity. The more complicated the site and the quantity of data to be moved, the longer it will take to migrate, and vice versa.
Scrutinize your Django website. It’s time to transfer your Django CMS to WordPress if you believe you can’t scale your website as efficiently as your rivals and its performance doesn’t match operating standards like speed.
Your present website will determine this. To gain a deeper understanding, we will conduct a complete examination and audit of your Django website to acquire all necessary data for a successful website transfer.
The cost of the Django to WordPress transfer service is determined by various criteria like size, complexity, and more.
No, your whole database will be transferred to your new WordPress website.
Your Django site will just be transferred from one CMS to another if you relocate it to the same domain and nothing else.
You will need either MySQL or PostgreSQL for your database. The two types of databases are not interchangeable, and we’ll need to know which one you’re using when you begin. If you’re running a Linux server, it may already have one of these programs pre-installed; if not, we’ll be able to tell you what (if any) version is available on your system as well as how to download and install it. For a clearer picture of how these two database systems compare, check out our Differences Between MySQL & PostgreSQL guide.
It depends on your application. If you’re using Redis for caching, then you should be OK as long as you have enough memory available. It would be unlikely that your site would crash because of a temporary shortage of memory, so there’s no need to migrate Redis separately. In contrast, if you are storing information about users or your object cache in Redis and not memcached or some other solution, then it might make sense to start a new installation of Redis alongside your Django instance and migrate only data from Redis into memcached or another storage service while leaving user-related information alone.
Not at present. If you have an existing database, it’s very likely that there are other existing apps on that database that you also want to keep. The best thing you can do is backup your data (using mysqldump or whatever method your DB supports), check which of those apps work with MySQL, and then install them on a fresh WPDB installation. Then import your data using WP’s built-in importer.
Yes. Both are great databases, and both work well with django. If you’re considering switching because of a performance issue, consider first looking into any additional tuning you might be able to do with django’s built-in database configuration tools, like AUTO_INCREMENT fields, or CACHES (the default cache backend is MyISAM , which may have certain issues.) For these reasons, we recommend using PostgreSQL or MySQL whenever possible. If performance isn’t a concern (or if you need platform-specific features that aren’t available in PostgreSQL or MySQL), then it’s no problem – but make sure that your new DB server can actually handle whatever data size you expect when/if it grows.
It’s hard to give an exact number. On average, migrating a site will take 4 hours of development time and 2-3 hours of testing time. The actual amount of time required is highly dependent on how large your site is, what technologies you’re using, etc. In my experience, as long as it’s under 30 hours for development and 20 for testing I’m happy with that cost!