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Import self-hosted WP 2.7 XML into existing WP.com blog?

  1. I started http://IEBA.wordpress.com.
    Then a company I work for asked me to write for them:
    http://TechThoughts.org
    Did that for two years, now I'm back on WP.com.
    I want to pull 2 years of content from their servers (currently WordPress 2.7) and merge it with what I have on IEBA.WP.com, where there's currently a 2 year gap of content.

    1) can it be done at all?

    B) will it interleave properly (posts & images into proper places, not worried about comments) with a simple import or does everything have to be migrated manually?

    III) how do I do it?

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

  2. It can be done. You'll first want to download an export of the TechThoughts blog.

    Importing this into your WordPress.com blog will then be automatic. We have instructions at:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog/#moving-from-wordpress-org

    The importer will automatically check for duplicates and will keep the tags, categories, dates, images, and comments of your old posts.

  3. Great news. Almost sounds too good to be true. :)

  4. :) If you run into problems with the import you can always contact us at:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact

  5. Uh oh... I asked the admin for a dump of the old blog and two years of content somehow is only 2.7 MB? He sent me an XML file, which is the same thing I get when I export my blog as an archive.

    But when I went to IMPORT it I read:

    Howdy! Upload your WordPress eXtended RSS (WXR) file and we’ll import the posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, and tags into this site.

    Choose a WordPress WXR file to upload, then click Upload file and import.

    I never heard o the WXR file before. Should I have asked for something different from the Admin?

  6. Did it today and it looked okay at first, but then I found out that all the images weren't IMPORTED, only the posts. The html in the posts pointed back to the old locations for the image son the old server. That's not IMPORTING, that's referring (and also poor blogging practice). I've re-contacted support to work that out.

  7. I have e-mailed support staff twice (was previous communicating with Hew) and I have not received an answer on this importing issue. I am currently STUCK.

    The old blog won't get any more posts.
    The new blog is getting updates.
    But I can't redirect the URL because the IMPORT left all the images on the old server (two years worth of images) and merely POINTS to them through the domain name I want to redirect.

    Redirecting it now BREAKS the link to two years worth of images.
    Is there a 3rd party tool that can take all the images off the old server (just "read" them because I do not have admin access to it) and populate them on WordPress.com?

  8. Try and import them again; this didn't happen to me when I exported my WordPress.com blog to an independent install. I realize you're going the other way, but presumably the import/export programs work the same.

  9. Interestingly, it's not every image. I only found out when I tried to redirect the URL the current blog, and the references to the un-moved images didn't work. WP asked for more info and I provided it. AFAIK, they're looking in to it.

    Wouldn't a second "import" double up on everything?

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