How to Split Large XML Files in WordPress (Free Tool)

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Is your WordPress export file too large to import into your new website?

WordPress comes with built in import and export functionality that uses the XML file format. Sometimes the exported XML file is larger than your web host’s upload limit.

In this article, we’ll show you how to split large XML files in WordPress.

How to Split Large XML Files in WordPressHow to Split Large XML Files in WordPress

Why Split Large XML Files in WordPress?

When moving your blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org or moving content from a self-hosted WordPress website to a to a new host or server, you will need to export your WordPress content.

WordPress allows you to export your entire WordPress website as a single XML file that contains all of your posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, and tags.

This is known as a WXR file and stands for WordPress Extended RSS.

You Can Export Your Website to an XML FileYou Can Export Your Website to an XML File

However, sometimes you may find that this file size is larger than the upload limit allowed by your WordPress hosting provider. If the file size is too large, then you will see an error message, and you will not be able to import your website data into the new WordPress installation.

This limit can vary, depending on your hosting provider and plan.

There Is a Limit to the Size of XML File That Can Be ImportedThere Is a Limit to the Size of XML File That Can Be Imported

While you can ask your web hosting company to temporarily increase the file size limit, most shared hosting companies will not allow it.

So the only other option you have is to split the XML file into smaller files manually which is hard work.

Luckily, there’s an easy free online tool that can help you automatically split large WordPress XML files.

With that being said, let’s take a look at how to split large XML files in WordPress.

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How to Split Large XML Files in WordPress

Once you have exported your WordPress site to a single XML file, you need to go to the Free WXR File Splitter Tool website. This is a free online tool that is designed to divide a large WordPress export file into small chunks.

Once there, you can upload your XML file by dragging it onto the area labeled ‘Click or drag a file to this area to upload’. Alternatively, you can click the ‘WXR File’ button and then select the XML file.

Upload the XML File to the Free WXR File Splitter ToolUpload the XML File to the Free WXR File Splitter Tool

After that, you need to move the ‘New file size’ slider to your website’s maximum upload size or smaller. The goal is to create multiple files that are small enough to be uploaded to your host without surpassing the limits.

When you are ready, you need to press the ‘Submit’ button. Your large XML file will be split into smaller files of the correct size.

Download the Split Files in a Zip File to Your ComputerDownload the Split Files in a Zip File to Your Computer

Finally, you’ll need to press the ‘Download’ button to download the files to the default download location on your computer. The files will be contained in a single file which will need to be unzipped so that you can import them into your new website.

We hope this tutorial helped you learn how to split large XML files in WordPress. You may also want to learn how to create a free business email, or check out our list of the best drag and drop WordPress page builder plugins.

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