With the announcement that My Opera will be closing down on March 1, 2014, users of the blogging service are being advised to download and export content to another platform. For current My Opera users the most obvious choice for migration is WordPress, which is not only the most popular content management system (CMS) on the market, but also the most flexible and powerful.
In this guide, we will show you how you can use all of your current My Opera content to create a new WordPress website.
Finding a Web Host
To move your current My Opera blog to WordPress.org you will first require a hosting provider that has a good reputation of hosting WordPress websites. There are a number of reputable names out there, but WHC.ca and GreenGeeks are excellent choices, each offering simple one-click WordPress install, which will help you install the CMS in minutes.
Exporting My Opera
To begin exporting all of your current content, you will need to log in to your My Opera account and click on the wrench icon in the top right corner, followed by Account.
In Blog settings, click on the Export your blog button to begin the process. Once My Opera has readied the files and folders for exportation, you will receive an email with a link to the WordPress export file. Click on this link and save the file to your local computer.
Importing My Opera to WordPress
Working on the assumption that you have successfully installed WordPress through your hosting provider, the next step will be to import your My Opera content to the new platform.
In your WordPress dashboard go to Tools > Import to be taken to the imports screen. You will notice that My Opera does not feature on the list of available import options – don’t worry! As your files are already in WordPress format, they can be installed like any other WordPress blog.
Select WordPress from the list of available options and click on the red Install Now link to install the WordPress importer plugin. With the installation complete, click on the Activate Plugin & Run Importer link and then Choose File to select the My Opera XML file from your local computer.
WordPress will then take care of the rest, uploading all of your content for use on the platform. Once the upload is complete (it could take a few minutes depending on how much content you have), you are free to begin exploring WordPress and creating a fresh site for your blog.
If you have never used WordPress before, check out some of our other tutorials – these will provide you with all the information you need to put together a great new website.