ClassicPress was launched by Scott Bowler in 2018, and since then, its evolution has been phenomenal. They went from zero to a team of 15+ volunteers in a matter of weeks. ClassicPress styles itself as a community-led fork of the WordPress content management system. The stability of ClassicPress is key for businesses who need predictability in their technology.
The DIY conversion process
Switch your WordPress site to ClassicPress
Migrating your WordPress website to ClassicPress is easy and only takes a few minutes. Follow the simple steps below to get started:
Step 1: Download the 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 the ClassicPress 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.
Let us help
If you are concerned about the changes to WordPress and want to switch to ClassicPress, but are nervous about doing it yourself, we can help. Contact us today.