LiveJournal is a useful platform for compiling journal entries. But most veteran users quickly run into the limitations of the platform. The natural evolution of a popular LiveJournal website is to upgrade to WordPress; we are going to show you how this can be done.
Why LiveJournal is Heavily Limited
LiveJournal comes with many limitations and lacks a lot of the customisation features present in WordPress. It’s really a platform designed for those new to blogging and/or are only writing for an extremely small group of people.
If you want to take your blog to the next level, WordPress is far more streamlined and comes with much more choice, which is better for both individual users and their readers.
Step 1 – Understand the Immediate Issues
Before we get started, we shall quickly discuss the main issues you’ll come up against. The main one is that you cannot implement redirects on your LiveJournal website, so you can’t automatically send your regular readers to your new site.
You have to delete the account and wait for search engines to rank your new website. You will also have to wait for your old site to be removed from the listings.
Furthermore, the conventional WordPress importer will not directly import images. For this, you have to upload them manually or download the images from LiveJournal.
Step 2 – Importing Content to WordPress
The WordPress import tool is your best friend when it comes to importing the majority of your content from LiveJournal. Go to the Tools>Import page and press LiveJournal. It will bring in all your entries, comments, and tags.
Ignore any warnings that state the plugin has not been tested with your version of WordPress. It works with every version of WordPress regardless.
Run the LiveJournal plugin on your WordPress site. From here you’ll have to enter the details of your LiveJournal account. This allows WordPress to freely access all your content on the LiveJournal site. We recommend removing password protection from all your posts otherwise you will have to keep entering your password over and over again during the importation process.
Step 3 – What to Do with Your New Content
LiveJournal is nothing like WordPress. That means when you have your content on your new WordPress site, the chances are it will not be optimised and ready to go. It will need some additional styling to either fit in with your current WordPress theme or some formatting to make it work with WordPress in general.
Typically, you cannot import anything to do with SEO, so meta tags and descriptions will have to be added manually.
Also, as mentioned above, the images will not have come with you. This can make the importation process a lengthy one. Currently, the fastest way to get your images back is to re-upload them to your WordPress database and add them yourself.
Sadly, there is no way to get around this.
Transferring your website from LiveJournal to WordPress can come with its unavoidable snags. The best way to make the process as smooth as possible is to make the switch at your earliest convenience.