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Combining Two Blogs

  1. Hi! I want to simplify and reorganize my blogging experience by combining two of my WP.com blogs. I plan to choose a new, more robust template and sort posts using custom menus/categories for http://janmundo.wordpress.com. I'll create new nav tabs and categories; then I want to move/incorporate some, but not all, of the posts (which contain photos), pages, and widgets from my other site, http://theheadachecoach.wordpress.com, to my Jan Mundo blog.

    Is there a way you'd recommend doing this? I'm thinking for each item that it's a cut and paste process from the Visual Editor (not a coder). Is there a wholesale way to do this instead? Do I have to redo all the widgets? After I move the posts, would then I select the original publish dates to keep them in order?

    Thanks!

    The blog I need help with is theheadachecoach.wordpress.com.

  2. You can export the content out of one blog and import it into the other blog and then make the blog you don't want to use private.

    Log into the old blog, go to Tools → Export, and download the XML (WXR) file to your computer.

    In the new blog, go to Tools → Import → WordPress, and upload the file you downloaded in step 1. After you upload the file, you can choose the option to Download & import file attachments if you want to move your media files.

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/privacy-settings/

  3. Thanks, timethief, for your rapid response! That sounds good!

    So, the process you detailed above will then add the imported files in without overwriting the posts already on that blog, right?

    I have two follow up questions:

    1) Can I use the same process to transfer material from my website (after I relearn how to get in to the FTP upload area from my ISP.)

    2) Can widgets be transferred or do I have to redo them -- and can they be used on some but not all pages (meaning Pages or Post pages) of my blog? Hope that makes sense.

    Thanks!

  4. So, the process you detailed above will then add the imported files in without overwriting the posts already on that blog, right?

    Yes.

    1) Can I use the same process to transfer material from my website (after I relearn how to get in to the FTP upload area from my ISP.)

    There is no FTP access to free hosted WordPress.com blogs. To import from a WordPress.org install into a WordPress.com blog see here > http://en.support.wordpress.com/import/

    Advice: upgrade the WordPress.org site to WordPress 3.5.1 and delete all spam before you create the XML export file.

    2) Can widgets be transferred or do I have to redo them -- and can they be used on some but not all pages (meaning Pages or Post pages) of my blog? Hope that makes sense.

    All text widget content must be copied and pasted into text widgets on the site you move the content too as it cannot be exported.

  5. Thanks, again, @time thief. I don't have a WordPress.org site and don't know CSS or code (eyes glazing over right now ;), so that part of your response, I think, doesn't apply to my situation. The website I meant, http://www.mundolifework.com, was built by a designer, and I don't know how to update it, so I thought of just incorporating some of the material into my blog. I know there's a back end that he uploaded the files to, so I was talking about accessing some of those files (not the CSS design part, the body copy/text) and moving them into my destination WordPress.com blog. So I'm gathering that I couldn't do that, right?

  6. My reply was in response to this:

    1) Can I use the same process to transfer material from my website (after I relearn how to get in to the FTP upload area from my ISP.)

    Where is your website? What is the URL? Who hosts it?

  7. Oops! I see the link now. We cannot assist with http://www.mundolifework.com/ and I cannot even determine who hosts it http://ismyblogworking.com/www.mundolifework.com

    Who do you pay to host it please?

  8. Oh, okay. Thanks, timethief. My site is hosted by lmi.net. I'm a creature of habit and have used them since 1999! I use private domain reg, so maybe that's why you couldn't see it?

  9. Does your host have an exporter so you can make an XML export file of the content and then import it into your blog here?

    If not then does that site have an RSS feed?

  10. Okay, I'll talk to my host tech support, and they should be able to help me with that part. Thanks for all your help. Now, I've got a big row to hoe! :)

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