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Backup and Import

  1. can we get the database backup and import?
    or just import our blog from rss xml?

  2. I'd love to at least import posts from a database; but it's not possible as far as I know.

  3. Importing is on the way, but it's a little buggy. There are importers for Blogger, Livejournal, MT and RSS and possibly others but we have to be 100% certain that they work ok before we put them live.

  4. There are also plans for a general WordPress import/export, which would allow you to bring your external WordPress blog into WP.com and also take all your WP.com content out if you wanted to run WordPress yourself on your own web host.

  5. I moved from blogger to WordPress.com last month and I would like to import my posts from blogger, What importers are currently available for blogger to WordPress.com or RSS to WordPress.com?

    Thank You..

  6. Racedriven, as it says two posts above you:

    "There are importers for Blogger, Livejournal, MT and RSS and possibly others but we have to be 100% certain that they work ok before we put them live."

    That means these importers are not available right this second, but we're looking into making them available soon.

  7. I would defently love to have a WordPress import/ export function, as I can't make up my mind to have my blog here or host it myself..

  8. Thanks for looking into import. As a former blogger.com user with 1,640 posts on my other blog, I'd greatly appreciate an import feature. Thanks for looking into it, and for providing an excellent free service.

  9. I'm more concerned about export. Currently the only method of creating a usable backup is to inconvenience my subscribers by increasing the number of posts in my RSS feed, which I'm naturally unwilling to do.

  10. thanks
    looking forward to..

  11. Thanks for looking into import/export. I believe what I want is to backup all those posts and comments to my local harkdisk to let me read them off-line. In this way, WP help us just as a personal knowledge management tool. Very cool !

  12. Anyone know when this feature will be added? I was just going to maunually add each post (HUGE PAIN, but what else can I do?) but if the import feature is going to be added in very soon, I may just wait. So, will it be added within a week or two, or are we talking months?

  13. yeah, can you look into it ASAP. i am sick of blogger..

  14. Add me to that too... I shifted from RediffBlogs to Blogger recently (read: a month back), because Rediffblogs was pathetic. Then I found that Blogger is s-l-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-w... I wish I had found you guys earlier...

    I found WP (.org) three months back, but I didn't know you allowed hosted sites (on .com). For the past six months I have always thought WP was a paid service. Suddenly today I found you guys and I freaked!

    Well, that's almost a testimonial for you there, in case you care to have one from petty users like us...

    Stinger.

  15. Donncha and Matt

    Read this w/regards to the current import functionality on
    wp.com.

    http://kreaper.blogsome.com/2006/01/14/what-happens-next/

    I want to hop over from blogsome.com but I need to save my comments too. right now the RSS feed import facility slurps up the comments as new posts.

  16. "right now the RSS feed import facility slurps up the comments as new posts."

    It does if you want to move to a blog that you create anywhere else.
    Right now it looks like posts are fine, but comments stay here .......................................

  17. Im using ModBlog, but due to some server issues, i'd like to make a new blog here on WordPress.com. Well, i made my blog, but im not going to go through and add all my posts manually. I can back-up my ModBlog via 'text' or 'ModBlog XML'...will either of those be supported? Im going to assume the 'text' will be since its plain text, but im still hoping for the ModBlog XML.

  18. You could probably adapt the XML file to RSS or Livejournal format and use those importers, since both those formats are also XML. I don't think either of those will import comments, though, so you may have to convert it to Movable Type format if you need to pull those in.

    I don't think ModBlog has a wide enough userbase to make it worthwhile adding a ModBlog-specific importer, but as long as you have some kind of editable export file it can be tweaked into a format that wordpress will accept.

  19. Not sure how i would import the comments...doesnt matter, but if i can then i'll try. But i do want my posts.

  20. Could anyone please help me out?
    i tried to import my Blogger blog.
    But it turned out an error:

    "Couldn't resolve host '-ooo-.blogspot.com'Your Blogger blog did not take the new template or did not respond."

    All my original post encoded in Chinese Traditional(Big5) became garbage!
    And no post moved into WordPress...

    Thanks.

  21. Akik, submit a feedback. It appears to be a bug. That's the quickest method of getting someone to take a look at this.

  22. Thank you drmike!
    Yes, i did submit a feedback before i posted the message here... no reply yet. =_=

  23. I did import all my blogger posts, and so far a spot check reveals the inport function worked just fine, except for dropping all the code to embed media files :-(

    Alas! I only rand across this

    http://justinsomnia.org/2005/06/importing-haloscan-comments-into-wordpress/

    ...after doing the import. If I had known about it before, I'd have tried to include my Haloscan comments (over 1,600) in my port. The page says it only works if you export the Haloscan comments BEFORE importing Blogger posts.

    May still try it down the road...

  24. akjk: Go to your Blogger options and change the encoding back to Big5, then restore your template from the backup you made.
    Then change your blogspot subdomain, something alphanumeric. Then try the importer again.

  25. andy: Thank you for your suggestion.

    Yes, i reset the encoding of all posts to Big5 and set the blogspot subdomain to something alphanumeric.

    Tried the importer again.
    The blogspot blog is okay now, same as original. :D

    But it isn't the end of the story...
    For the posts & comments (imported) encoded in Big5, they became garbage in WordPress blog...

    This is pretty interesting. The importer seems to handle language differently in different sections.

    Thanks.

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