InMotion WordPress Setup Guide

There are four CMS applications that are offered to website owners by InMotion and that includes:

  •  WordPress
  •  Drupal
  •  Joomla
  •  B2Evolution

However the most popular CMS application is still WordPress since it is an open source software that can be downloaded for free. Another reason for its popularity is that it is easily installed in the webhost server along with the thousands of free plugins.

WordPress or WordPress.com

There are two ways to make use of WordPress:

  •  using WordPress installed in the server
  •  using the online website WordPress.com

The main one is that the online WordPress requires an account to be setup with them so that the files are stored in their server. Installing WordPress in the webhost server means that the files created by the website owner remains in the server’s storage area. By ensuring that the files are stored in the website server, the website owner will be able to recover their website content anytime. The additional advantage of having WordPress in the website server is that the number of steps to develop a new webpage content is decreased since the website owner does not have to regularly open their WordPress.com account.

Backup the Contents from WordPress.com

The initial step is to install the WordPress application to the InMotion server, which is easily done through a one click process using Softaculous. Once the WordPress application is installed, the website owner will need to log in inside the Dashboard panel of WordPress.com. The website owner will need to click the “Tools” option located on the left hand side of the menu so that an expanded menu will be opened. In order to shift the website content from the WordPress.com website, the website owner will have to click the “Export” button.
The website owner will have to choose “all content” so that all the information included in the Dashboard account is compressed into an export file under the “Download Export File” button. A dialogue box will be opened, the website owner will have to choose “Save the file”. The resulting file will have an extension name of .xml and will be saved in the website owner’s computer. The website owner needs to log out at the WordPress.com site.

WordPress Installed in InMotion

Log in at the WordPress software inside the website account in InMotion. The “Tools” option will need to be clicked and this is located at the left hand side of the menu. There will be an expanded menu opened; the website owner will need to click the “Import” button before clicking the “WordPress” button.

The WordPress Import plugin must be installed in the cPanel before the website content of WordPress.com can be imported. The installation page will automatically open so that the next step will only be clicking the “Install” button. After the plugin is installed, a new screen will open revealing another set of options, the website owner will have to click the “Activate Plugin and Run Importer”.
The next step will be to locate the backup .xml file in the website owner’s computer. This is done by clicking the “Browse” button and clicking the .xml file. The next step is to click the “Upload file and Import” button. If the.xml file is backed up and uploaded correctly, the contents of the WordPress.com website will be completely imported.
The website owner must double check to ensure that all of the data is already transferred to the WordPress application installed in InMotion. The last step for the website owner is to close the WordPress.com account. Additional plugins are available to be downloaded for free from various developer websites. Various instructional manuals and videos are posted online on how to maximize the use of WordPress as well as its various plugins.

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