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Migrating to SharePoint 2013: What to do with blog sites

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The SharePoint blog site has always been the black sheep of the sites family. It’s just not like the others. But we still like it and chances are in SharePoint 2010 a few Blog sites were created in the farm. Migrating could prove to be difficult unless you want to keep the exact same architecture by using a database migration.

Let’s face it, you’re the owner of a nice little blog site and you just want it in 2013. In this article, I decided to show you how to migrate a Blog site to SharePoint 2013 with Sharegate in the hands of the Power User.

What’s in the Blog Site

Before we start actually migrating to SharePoint 2013, we have to understand what’s actually inside a Blog Site. Basically, it’s made of lists and libraries so let’s look at what comes with a Blog site:

Migrate a SharePoint blog site

So what we need to do is migrate these lists and libraries as well as their content to our destination on SharePoint 2013.

But we can’t just take them all at once and migrate to SharePoint 2013. Why? Because some depend on the other. Let me explain.

The essential item is the “Posts” lists that contains our blog posts, right. However, our posts are tagged with “Categories” and contain “Photos”. These are located in their respective list or library.

Therefore, we’ll need to migrate the Categories list and the Photos library before we can migrate the Posts. On the other hand, there’s a Comments list that has all the comments for each article. We can only migrate that list once the posts have been all migrated to the destination.

Using Sharegate, we can move and copy a SharePoint list or library including its content or any workflows assigned for a quick and easy migration. You can migrate to SharePoint 2013 for free until January 1st 2013 –

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How to move your Blog sites when migrating to SharePoint 2013


  1. Migrate Categories list and Photos library
  2. Migrate the Posts list
  3. Migrate the Comments list
  4. Migrate any other list or library that may exist like the Links list

Don’t hesitate to check out our video tutorial on our support page.

Video Transcript

Hi. What I want to do this time is migrate to SharePoint 2013 my SharePoint 2010 blog. It’s actually going in the cloud, which is Office 365 at the moment.

For this, what I’ll use is Sharegate. Now the application has a Copy Site Objects tool that will allow us to migrate list, libraries, including the content as well. So I’m going to connect to my old environment, SharePoint 2010. I’ll select my site called Cool Blog, and then I’m going to select my 2013 environment and select my blog site there.

Now of course, what I want to do is I want to migrate the SharePoint list, including the content, but I have to do this in order as my blog posts depend on the categories and the pictures that are in the library.

First the categories, then the content

So first, what I’ll do is I’ll select the list categories in the library called Photos. I’ll just drag and drop to the right which is my destination. And I’ll just choose to include the list content as well, and copy all the site content types and columns that come with it. Of course, what I’ll do is I’ll merge any changes.

There we go. My lists are copied, including the content. We’re going to double check. So what I’ll do is I’ll open my browser to my SharePoint 2013 environment, and I’ll check out the outside content. Make sure that my categories list includes my new items, the ones that come from SharePoint, and that my pictures library include my pictures. So that’s great. We can see that it was just added.

And go back to Sharegate, and this time I’ll migrate my posts and my links list over to the destination. Include the content. I’ll merge any changes.

And there you go. I just migrated my blog from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013. Just to make sure, I’m going to double check here. I’m going to go to my SharePoint 2010. We see I have this blog post here. I have some of these categories here. And of course if we look at the pictures library or the photos if we want in this case, we’ll see these amazing pictures over here.

And if I go to my 2013 environment, I’ll see that, yes, I do have these two pictures. And if I look at my posts, I also have my posts that were brought over so we can see my Cool Migration tool blog that was added as well.

Perfect. Everything was migrated as we wished from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013 using Sharegate.

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