Exporting all WordPress URLs in Plain text

Exporting all WordPress URLs in Plain text

WordPress is a huge area and it is quite obvious that you may not know everything about it. In this article we will try to discuss about one lesser known aspect of WordPress. Did you know that you can export all the URLs of WordPress in a plain text or CSV format? If you did not then this is what you need to read. It is a possibility that you would need these URLs if you want to for example need to migrate the website or set up redirects. So are you ready to know before about exporting all the URLs in your WordPress to a word or a CSV file?

Why will you even need to export the All WordPress URLs into plain text?

Some of you must be wondering why we at the first place even need to export the All WordPress URLs into Plain text. Yes this is a good question. The WordPress is built in such a way that it already has built in tools that can be used to export any content to an XML file. This file can be easily used if you want to import the content into another WordPress site. With these tools you can easily move the WordPress to a new domain name and you can even use this to transfer from a local server to a live site.

However, although this amazing feature is a part of WordPress and most of the WordPress users know about it. There can be a need to list the URLs and the reasons for this can be many. We cannot list all the reasons because some of them can be very situation based. Nevertheless, for an example we can consider this scenario. There might be a need for you to set redirects to a new website and to do this you will have to share the URLs with the SEO team or setup a tracking using some very effective SEO tools. So we hope that we have made it clear that why you may need to export the WordPress URLs to a word or a CSV file. Now let’s move on to how exactly you can get this done.

Exporting WordPress URLs in text and CSV format

Let’s move to the first step to get this job done. As a first step you will have to install and activate the Export All URLs plugin in WordPress. We will give a step by step guide on how you can install this particular WordPress plugin. We have already explained in details about installing the WordPress plugins in our previous article titled “How to Install a WordPress Plugin“. Please refer to that and install the “Export All URLs” plugin.

Once you have activated the Export All URLs plugin using the steps that we have mentioned in our previous article about installation of WordPress plugins you can move to the next step towards exporting the URLs. You will have to click on “settings” and then click on “Export all URLs” page. We have enclosed a screenshot below to explain the same. The plugin is so effective that it will allow you to export the URLS for all your posts, custom post types and pages. If you want to can ensure that the types of URLs are selected and you do not have to waste much time to look for a specific URL.

After you are done with the above step you can also select the data that you actually want to export. The Export all URLs plugin will help you to export categories, title and URLs. You also an option to either export this data in a CSV file format else you can directly display the data on the setting page. After you have selected all the settings that you need you will just have to click on the “export” button as shown in the screenshot attached above and continue with the rest of the process.

The ultimate result will look something like the screenshot that we have attached below. It will depend on the settings that you have selected. The plugin will either be displayed on the plugin’s setting page itself or it will appear in the CSV format.

CSV files are nothing but simple text files that have a comma to separate the values. This is exactly why you can open these files in a plain text editor too. Another advantage of these files is that they can also be opened in various types of spreadsheet software like a “Microsoft Excel”, “numbers” and even Google Sheets. These features make Export all URLs plugin of WordPress very useful indeed. As the data can be represented in various forms it is even easier to share with others.

We hope that this article on exporting all WordPress URLs in Plain text will help you. Do use these ideas and see how easily you can actually do this. We always try to ensure that we can help the readers do their work better and faster. Keep looking at our forthcoming posts we will try to cover more such fascinating and unknown features of the WordPress that can really make your life easier.