I’m so sad to see it happening but Cucumbertown, the world’s leading food blogging platform, is just saying goodbye. On 18th October 2016, They published an article entitled “saying Goodbye” on their website. In this guide, I will show you how to migrate your blog from Cucumbertown to WordPress without losing Google rankings.
For those who may not know about it, Cucumbertown has been one of the leading food blogging platforms on the internet for a while. It helped tons of food bloggers to get started with an awesome online food blog. They just made it possible for many people around the world to boost their food passion and turn it into a blog to make living from.
The shutdown is a very hard decision especially for those who spent years building up and branding a food blog on their platform. Although they gave a window for their users to make the transfer and get on top of things again, They just left many users without a clue on what’s next or what to do to get my blog back up and running?
If you’ve been using Cucumbertown, then it’s the time now to make the move and transfer your blog over in order to keep it online. The staff at Cucumbertown decided that they will stop the technical support and close the service completely by March 31, 2017. This simply means that you need to start working on the migration as soon as possible to avoid any data loss for your current blog posts and recipes!
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How to migrate from Cucumbertown to Worpress?
Cucumbertown staff made it easy for their users to just export their blog posts, images, recipes and everything in order to migrate them over to a new web host. They recommended that you first get your web hosting account ready, and then start and proceed with their exporting tool.
On this comprehensive guide, I will walk you through the steps you need to follow to migrate your Cucumbertown blog and get it back to work. I will also make sure to support every single step with a screenshot to make it clear and so easy for you even if you’re not a technical savvy.
Here is the breakdown of what you need and how to get started:
- Get a web host and a domain name.
- Install WordPress (Self-Hosted) Blogging platform.
- Install the necessary plugins and do the initial tweaks.
- Export your Cucumbertown blog and download the backup file.
- Import the backup file onto your new WordPress blog.
- Importing Image Attachments.
- Correct Permalinks.
- Ensure Data, and You’re done!
1. Get Web Host and Domain Name:
This is the very first step you need to go over to proceed with migrating your blog over from Cucumbertown onto your own site. After that, you will need to install WordPress blogging software on your newly purchase web hosting account. As a further clarification, let me tell you what is the web host, the domain name, and what we mean by installing WordPress?
What is the domain name? The Domain name is simply the address (URL) by which people will be able to discover your blog online like for example (eg. www.myname.com). If you already got your domain, that’s totally fine and we still can use along with you new web host account.
What is the web hosting? The web hosting space is the place where the majority of your blog files, images, records, ..etc will be hosted on the web. So, when someone is going to type in the browser for example (eg. www.myname.com), the files on this web hosting space should be recalled and then your blog will be displayed on the browser.
What is WordPress.org? It’s a web software you can use to create a beautiful website, blog, or app. We like to say that WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time. WordPress will allow you to start and run a blog without any required technical experience. It will allow you to add, edit, delete posts with ease.
Well, You got to know the basics here.
There are tons and tons of web hosting providers available out there. BlueHost is at the highest recommendation levels. It’s simply the first suggested web hosting provider by WordPress Developers themselves (check it yourself on WordPress official website).
There are dozens of web hosting providers available out there. Web hosting is usually billed monthly or annually at a rate between $10 – $50 or even more per month. The cost of purchasing a premium domain name (.com, .net, .org, .. ) is ranging between $10 – $15 per year. I usually recommend BlueHost to all newbie or experienced bloggers.
- They provide a FREE domain name (worth $15/year).
- Their price is very competitive – $3.45/month.
- They’re always available 24/7 and ready to help you.
- Over $150 USD advertising credit on Google, Yahoo, Bing.
- It is the host I initially used when I started out my blogging career 6 years ago.
- It has been the most prescribed web hosting provider for nearly 10 years.
The advertised price for BlueHost basic package is $7.99, However; they give our readers a special discount rate at $3.45 per month instead. Make sure to use my link here to claim your discount (the 40% of coupon code added in the link).
Very Well! Now, How To Create My Blog on BlueHost?
The first thing to do now is to head over to BlueHost and click “Get Started Now” button.
It will then ask you to choose your web hosting package. You will then come to a page that looks like this:
I would recommend that you select the basic plan. It offers a very good value. And as a newbie blogger, you won’t need the plus or pro packages until you grow your blog and get more regular readers.
After you choose your plan, You will be taken to a page that looks like this:
Here is the most interesting part of the process. It asks you on this page to choose your new domain. It’s the URL of your blog. You can play with names and come up with ideas and see if available. Some people just go with their first and last name as the domain name ex: JohnChris.com.
If you already got your domain name, then just enter it on the right box “I have a domain name”. Later on the final step, we will point the domain over to your new web hosting account after we ensure the successful migration of your blog files and data.
Once you find an interesting domain name you’re satisfied with click “Next” button.
It’s here asking you to put in details like Name, Address, Email and more information about you. Once you finish, scroll down to proceed with placing your order.
Here it’s asking you to choose your package information and add-ons. if you’re just starting up and a little bit worried about the investment, I would strongly recommend that you go with the Basic 12 month at the beginning. If you’re okay with the pre-investment, then it’s better to go with Basic 36 month to get a better discount rate.
Also, I see that you don’t need any of Domain Privacy Protection, Site Backup Pro, or SiteLock Security at the beginning. I suggest that you start your blog as it is and upgrade your package as you grow your blog on the way.
So if you choose the Basic 12 month, and uncheck Domain Privacy Protection, Site Backup Pro, and SiteLock Security, your package will be for$65.45 with a free domain name.
After that scroll down. It will ask you to put in your payment information to finalize your order.At this point, You will receive a confirmation email from BlueHost along with all the necessary login information for your web hosting account and domain name.You’re all set up and ready to install and configure your WordPress blog. Woohoo!
NB: If you decided to use your current domain name, then you will need to work with the temporary URL mentioned on the email you’ve just received from BlueHost. Once you migrate your data from Cucumbertown to WordPress, we will re-point your current domain name to your new web host.
I will explain further about repointing the domain name at the last step after we ensure a successful data migration.
2. Install WordPress:
Now, you’ve logged into your BlueHost account (login at https://my.bluehost.com) and see this screen:
Scroll down to the ‘Website Builders’ tab and click on ‘Install WordPress’. See the snapshot below:
You’ll be referred to the next page where it asks you to confirm installing WordPress. Click the green ‘Install’ button to start installing WordPress onto your site.
Afterward, Choose your domain name you want to install it onto. Then, click on ‘Advanced Options’ to choose and customize a username and a password for your WordPress blog.
After you finish, Click ‘Install’ and you’re done!
You now do have an online presence!
To login to your WordPress admin dashboard, you’ll need to go to the following URL in the browser: http://yourdomain.com/wp-admin
It will then ask you for your username and password to log in. Once logged in, it will take you to your website admin panel where you’ll be able to manage your website pages and look.
In the beginning, The admin dashboard looks weird and hard enough to let you forget about blogging. But believe me; In a short period of time, you will get to know everything about it.
3. Install Plugins:
In order to be able to import all the data from Cucumbertown and get them to fit as they were, you will need to install a couple of plugins on your WordPress installation. Let me first show you how you can install a plugin on WordPress, then I will give you the list of plugins you need to install right away.
What are WordPress Plugins?
Plugins are the tools that bring in additional functionalities to your WordPress blog. WordPress is empowering almost 22% of the online websites. Thus, It’s well-supported and has a lot of plugins and resources available to integrate and add to your site.
How to install a plugin on my WordPress site? Installing a plugin on a WordPress site has never easier. All you need to do is to go to your WordPress dashboard (via yourdomain.com/wp-admin or the temporary URL we just mentioned about in the first step). Once you’ve logged in, head to Plugins > Add New for the left sidebar like the screenshot below:
Now, You got to know how to search for plugins and add them to your WordPress installation. Let me give you the list of plugins you’ll need to install for a successful migration process.
You will need to download and install the following plugins:
- WP Ultimate Recipe plugin.
- Yoast SEO.
- Simple 301 Redirects.
- Simple 301 Redirects – Addon – Bulk Uploader.
Kindly make sure you installed the above mentioned plugins before you continue.
4. Export Your Blog:
After installing the plugins, you should be ready for completing the migration of your blog from Cucumbertown to WordPress. The next step is to login to your Cucumbertown account, head to Blog Settings, and click ” Export your blog data ” as shown below on this screenshot:
Once you click on it, the following page will come up:
Make sure to check ” Self-Hosted WordPress Blog ” option, then click ” Export “.
You will then be advised to wait for an email confirming export. This email may take some time depending on the number of posts. While I was doing the migration for a friend of mine, the email didn’t arrive in the first 24 hours. We had to contact the support staff to get it corrected, then we received the email successfully.
Once you receive the email, download the attachments in zip folders.
5. Import Data To WordPress:
Now you’ve completed exporting the data from Cucumbertown, and it’s time to import it to your new WordPress Installation. Go to your WordPress admin dashboard, head to Tools, and navigate to the Import tab.
Click on ” Run Importer ” under WordPress.
Here it will ask you to choose the file you want to import. Go to the files you’ve just received, you’ve got two zip files, extract both of them, then choose file ” .wpbackup ” and click ” Upload file and Import ” button. It will proceed with uploading the file and importing the data.
After the upload is done, it will ask you to put in the user for the imported posts. You got two options here: either to assign the imported posts to your current user, or to create a new user for them. Decide the choice here, then hit Submit.
Once finished, WordPress will send you an email notifcation.
6. Import Image Attachments:
Attachments and images should be imported using a separate plugin. Cucumbertown staff have worked on an existing WordPress plugin and made tweaks on it so it supports Cucumbertown export. You can download the plugin from here.
After that, you will need to install this plugin on your WordPress installation and activate it. Once done, then go to Tools, head to Import, and then navigate to Attachment Importer (Run Importer).
Choose file and user, don’t forget to extract the earlier file used in WordPress importer and provide that file (file that ends with wpbackup.gz extract this and use). Once you click upload it will show a progress bar.
Do not close the window or put your computer to sleep until all images have imported. It will display an All done message when it is finished. (In case the above process was interrupted repeat the process)
7. Correct Permalinks:
All the URLs will be maintained as it was on Cucumbertown.
To map the URLs correctly after export, go into Settings tab, navigate to Permalinks under it, and add /%postname/ as shown in the screenshot below.
Also, go into wp ultimate recipe settings and enable the Remove recipe slug option.
8. Ensure Data:
Now, you should have completed the migration process. All your data on the Cucumbertown blog should has been migrated to your self-hosted blog successfully. I would say that it’s important to go to your website as it is now and review posts randomly to ensure a successful migration.
If your domain still points over to Cucumbertown, then you’ll need to point the nameservers for the domain name to your BlueHost nameservers. This process may take time to be completed, so allow up to few hours until the DNS has been fully propagated and the nameservers changes applied.
In this article, I walked you on how to migrate your blog from Cucumbertown to WordPress self-hosted like a pro. Cucumbertown is stopping their support completely by March 2017, which means you need to plan for the migration and schedule it as soon as possible to avoid any expected data loss.
I made sure to clarify things as much as I could, but if you still got any questions or inquiries, I would be more than happy to assist you on. Just let me know in the comments section below, and I will get back to you shortly. I’m also willing to do the whole thing for you if you need further help!
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