How to Move Your Lens from Squidoo to Your Own Website

Squidoo has been periodically locking some of my favorite Lenses.  At first I tried to edit them to get them up to Squidoo’s new ambiguous rules, but this is very time consuming.  So now whenever a Lens is locked, I’m moving it.  This is a guide on how to move your Lens from Squidoo to your own website.

What you will need

There are a few things you will need to move your lens.

  1. An HTML editor.  I used KompoZer.  It is a free what you see is what you get html (WYSIWYG) editor.  The rest of the tutorial will be based around the editor.
  2. Some web server to move your content to.  You are on your own for this one.

Step 1:  Getting to Your Locked Content

This is pretty easy.  Just go to your squidoo dashboard.  Select Lenses.

Below the Lens you want to get your content from, select edit.

Step 2:  Start Copying Your Content

You already have your lens open for edit in your browser.  Now open Kompozer also.  Select a section of your content, and copy it.

Now paste this section into Kompozer.  The nice thing about this copy and paste is that it still shows the images, however, it doesn’t mean that the images were actually transferred.

Repeat this with each section until you have all of your content for your lens copied over, and save your file in Kompozer.

Step 3:  Get Your Images

The copy and paste you did in Kompozer didn’t actually copy the images to your computer.  Thus, now you need to download the images themselves.

All you have to do is right click on the images and select “Save Image As…” (for firefox).  Do this for all of your images.  Save them to the same directory that you have saved your html file in Kompozer.

Squidoo often adds lots of extra stuff to the file names, so I recommend stripping out the extra numbers and letters.

Step 4:  Touch Up your image locations.

I always liked the arrangement of images in a Squidoo lens.  In this step we will get the text to flow around the images, just like they did in Squidoo.

In Kompozer right click on the image that you want to touch up, and select image properties.

In the image properties, update Image Location to just the name of the file.  (Be sure to use the same name that you saved the file as.)

If the image disappears in the Image Preview like above, then you don’t have the right name, or you haven’t saved your html file in the same place you saved your images.

Next go to the Appearance tab, and select the dropdown under “Align Text to Image”.  Select either “Wrap to the left” or “Wrap to the right”.  Click “OK”.

 Now your text should flow around your images like it did on your Squidoo page.

Step 5:  Final Touches

Depending on how much text you have in each section, often the pictures will overlap somewhat.  To fix this, click just after the last word in each section of text, and then go to “Insert” -> “Break Below Image(s)”.  This will separate the sections by the images.  It adds

<br clear=”all”>

below each image.

Finally, squidoo often adds the “nofollow” tag to links.  You probably don’t want this anymore.  Go to the “View” menu and select “HTML source”.

Next go to the “Edit” -> “Find and Replace” menu.  In the Find area type

rel=”nofollow”

Leave the Replace Blank and click “Replace All”.

Now all of your “nofollow” tags are removed.

Step 6:  Upload to server

Now that you have your html file complete, you can save it, and upload it to your server.  Be sure to upload all of your images also.

Extras

I was adding this new page to an existing site with a template, so I had to add on my html code, the php header and footer information.  To the top of my code I added:

<?php include ‘header.php’; ?>

To the bottom of my code I added:

<?php include ‘footer.php’; ?>

These two steps allowed my page to pick up the properties of my existing website.

 One Last Thing

Now that you have all of your content, you can delete your Lens from squidoo.  This is done from the Lenses menu in the Squidoo dashboard.  Under the lens, select delete.  Just be sure you have gotten everything you need from your lens, because there is no going back.

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