For so long, I have been meaning to make my blog completely static (plain old HTML will do). No more dynamic fancy decorations for a simple blog.

The following are the steps I followed to migrate my blog from wordpress.com to GitHub pages:

  • Create an initial personal GitHub Page repository online.

  • Clone remote repository to local computer:

    git clone https://github.com/username/username.github.io

  • Follow the instructions to set up Jekyll for GitHub pages locally on your computer
    • Install Ruby from official sources.
    • Install Bundler.
    • Install Jekyll using Bundler.
  • Build/preview your site locally (from the root directory of your repository) before publishing posts to GitHub servers.

    bundle exec jekyll serve

  • Export your data from wordpress
    • Go to the WP Admin tab for your blog, then go to tools and export.
    • Export all content.
  • Download the Exitwp tool created by Thomas Frössman (Thank you).
    • I tried several tools, this one worked the best for me.
    • Follow the tool instructions.
  • Import data using the Exitwp tool.
    • See the build directory for the imported posts and pages.

Manual Tedious Work (get a coffee)

Build/preview your site locally at every step to check your progress.

  • Copy posts in the _posts directory to your local Jekyll _posts directory.

  • Rename and copy pages to Jekyll top directory.

  • Fix the YAML Front Matter at the top of every post.
    • Get rid of extraneous unneeded variables.
  • Create resources directory for linked images and docs (referred by posts)
    • You can name this directory however you want.
  • Download linked images and docs from wordpress servers to your resources directory.
    • This might take some time.
  • Go over every post to make sure out-links are working and post images and docs are loaded from your resources directory and not from wordpress servers.
    • This will take some time.
  • Install Jekyll RSS plugin.
    • Jekyll-feed
  • Clean up your blog build configuration (_config.yml)
    • Define site properties: blog name, author, contact …etc.
    • Define build configuration: theme (minima is a good start), markdown parser, gems used …etc.
    • Define default variables: so that you don’t have to define them in every post.
  • Find a commenting solution.
    • Disqus, GitHub Issues …etc.
  • Set-up URL redirects from previous wordpress.com blog.

  • Preview your blog locally (make sure everything looks good)

    bundle exec jekyll serve

  • Push changes to GitHub pages.
    • Give it a couple of seconds to build your site.
  • Keep you Jekyll build tools updated. Check for updates every once in a while.

    bundle update

Other references (good reads):




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