Switch your WordPress site to ClassicPress

The ClassicPress Migration plugin overwrites all of the WordPress files of your site with ClassicPress files. The plugin is open source and can be found on GitHub.

Migrating your WordPress website to ClassicPress is easy and only takes a few minutes. Follow the simple steps below to get started:

Please back up your site before proceeding with the steps below.

Step 1: Download our migration plugin

To download the plugin, go to the release page on GitHub and then click on switch-to-classicpress.zip under “Assets”. You don’t need to unzip it.

Step 2: Add the plugin to your WordPress installation

  • Login to your existing website and navigate to Plugins > Add Plugin
  • Press the Upload Plugin button at the top of the page
  • Browse to the file you downloaded on your computer and select the file
  • Press Install Now
  • Press Activate Plugin (activating the plugin will not switch your website – you’re in full control over when the switch will happen)

Step 3: Go to the ClassicPress migration screen

Once activated a new menu item will appear under your Tools menu. Hover over Tools and then press Switch to ClassicPress (clicking this link will not switch your website – you’re in full control over when the switch will happen)

Step 4: Run the migration

On the Switch to ClassicPress page you’ll see a series of circles – they should all be green with a big tick in the middle. If they’re not, this means your website might not be suitable for a switch – head over to our forums for support.

Important: the migration can take up to 60 seconds – please don’t refresh your browser screen.

Press the Switch this website to ClassicPress now button and wait for the installation to complete.

Step 5: Help support us!

We’re dedicated to making ClassicPress a success and with your help we can exceed our own goals. You can help in many ways:
  • Spread the word – share this page and talk about ClassicPress on social media, by email, by word of mouth
  • Get involved – we’re volunteer powered and your skills can be used!
  • Donate – help us fund our growth

Thank you for choosing ClassicPress!

Watch this short video to see the migration in action!

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Have questions?