Introducing Toolset’s complete guide on how to migrate your custom website to WordPress

October 10, 2018

You might think if you migrate your custom website to WordPress it will be incredibly complex and time-consuming, right?

Not any longer.

Now, thanks to our new complete guide on how to migrate from a custom database design into WordPress it will be quicker and easier than ever.

Our detailed guide will cover everything – from understanding how WordPress stores content to designing the front-end display for your custom content. If you are an advanced developer hoping to migrate a custom database then this guide is for you.

That’s not all. Toolset’s plugins can solve many of the problems you might come across when you are migrating your website to WordPress. Toolset makes it easier to:

If you are someone who prefers video over text check out our guide on how to import your website into WordPress below:

Before we explore exactly why Toolset will help you migrate your custom website to WordPress let’s explore exactly why you will benefit from our comprehensive guide.

Why Toolset’s guide on migrating your website to WordPress will help you

Toolset’s guide on importing your custom database design to WordPress will take you through every step of the migration process.

Many of the guides available online are fairly general and will not cover the main problems you might encounter. Additionally, they do not cover what you do if you have a custom design which needs migrating.

This is not your typical migrate to WordPress guide but one which will take you through each of the major hurdles to importing a custom database. We break down each problem into smaller, more manageable tasks which are easier to carry out.

Our guide is not only comprehensive but it is reliable. Each of the steps that we outline within has been tested to ensure they are foolproof. You can trust our guide safe in the knowledge that by the end you will end up with a fully functioning WordPress website.

3 major problems Toolset solves when you migrate your custom website to WordPress

Using Toolset along with our guide will help you overcome three of the most common issues when it comes to importing your custom database to WordPress.

1. Maintain your previous structure on your new WordPress site

One of your greatest concerns over migrating your database into WordPress might be the danger of losing your content structure. Fortunately, thanks to Toolset that is no longer a worry.

Toolset Types will add all of the sections you had before with the exact same template for each post. Custom post types will ensure your sections – “Testimonials,” “Products,” “About Me” just to name a few – are the same on your new WordPress site. Meanwhile, custom fields can be used to easily design the exact same templates as in your previous website.

To find out how to create your custom post types and fields, follow our guide on setting up post types, fields and taxonomies.

CSV file
With Toolset, your Machines section becomes a custom post type while each of the columns will be custom fields.

Not only can you retain the structure of your website but the same relationships too. Toolset’s post relationships feature means you can set up the same connections as before with just a few clicks.

Post relationship
Post relationships allow you to maintain connections between your sections.

2. Toolset and WP All Import makes importing your content simple

Toolset is integrated with WP All Import to ensure you can migrate your website to WordPress as smoothly as possible.

Toolset WP All Import

WP All Import lets you import data to plugins, theme fields or anywhere else on WordPress. It works well with images, XML and CSV files using its drag and drop interface.

Using one of the importer plugins with Toolset means you can adjust and migrate your CSV files to your new WordPress site without any hassle. Take a look at our guide on importing content to WordPress using CSV files to find out more.

3. It is easier to display and design your content on the front-end

Using Toolset means that you never have to use PHP again when you are designing your content on the front-end. Features that might once have been too difficult to build and design are straightforward when you build them with Toolset.

You have two options to design the content on your website with Toolset – by creating templates using HTML or with a page builder. Toolset is integrated with the most popular and reliable page builders so you can be safe in the knowledge that you will have a website that looks great in less time than ever.

Not only is it easier to design your content but with Toolset you can add a number of features which are crucial for a professional website. Some of those include a custom search and front-end forms.

Custom search
A custom search can be built and designed with Toolset without using any PHP.


With the combination of our new guide and Toolset’s plugins, you will be able to migrate your website to WordPress more easily and quickly than ever.

Access our guide now and find out exactly how easy it is to finally make the move to WordPress.


Comments 7 Responses

  1. Up to now, TOOLSET’s major drawback was that they assumed all their customers were highly fluent in WordPress, and knew mostly nothing about databases. They failed to address those users who were fluent in databases but brand new to WordPress.

    This posting and video, but more specifically the accompanying article does an excellent job of fixing this.

    I was a database applications development professional for 12 years before WordPress came on the scene, and the article linked above FINALLY turned on the light as to how WP handles non-WP databases, and how I can use Toolset to develop the kinds of applications in WP I have always wanted to.

    Thanks for this article, and I very much hope to see more like this, especially articles covering setting up, data entry for, and displaying pages based on relationships between tables.

    David in Mississippi

    • 100% agree, David.

      Up until now, I couldn’t put my finger on this disconnect, or verbalise it. However, you have described this very well.

      This tutorial, along with the videos for WP All Import (looks like a great plugin that I wish I had known about before now), marries up the concepts of database design with their application within the WordPress environment.

      I suspect that the majority of websites that use multiple custom post types may only need one or two one-to-one, or one-to-many relationships.

      To create more complex web applications requires a good understanding of how to design the database structure and connections, so that data can readily be entered and retrieved as required.

      This tutorial shows that it is not only feasible, but relatively straightforward to import more complex data structures from other web sites, and then use the functionality of the Toolset suite to enhance the user interface.

      It also has me thinking that I should export the data from an existing, long-term project, restructure it within the necessary csv files, then import it into a fresh WordPress installation with the required custom post types and field groups. For the number of records involved (2000+) it will be worth effort.

      • Thanks, Stephen. Actually the post-relationship support in WP All Import is a new thing. We are yet to announce it. Now it’s in beta so their Toolset add-on is free. Thank you for your comment once again. It motivates us to continue with such initiatives.

    • “Up to now, TOOLSET’s major drawback was that they assumed all their customers were highly fluent in WordPress, and knew mostly nothing about databases.” That’s very interesting what you are saying but that’s true. I’m happy that you find this article useful. Amir came up with this idea after having feedback calls with Toolset users. Turns out that many Toolset users are advanced developers. Many come from Drupal. Thanks for your great feedback David (I assume the YouTube comments were also posted by you).

      • Hi again, and yes — the YouTube comments were also mine. I have had correspondence with Amir in the past about these steep uphill getting started issues. I am not surprised that many Toolset users are advanced developers – it is exactly what we need to be able to apply our expertise within the WordPress workspace.

        Tutorials targeted to your customers who are advanced developers but not yet fluent in WP will light a fire under our ability to use Toolset in more and more projects – things we envision but do not yet know how to implement. (I have four HUGE such projects pending my learning how to build them.)

        Besides being an old-school database developer, I am also an educator, so please let me know how I can help.