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Importing WordPress XML files

  1. venomviper0001
    Member

    I just found out this week that Xanga has transitioned to a new service and my old blogging site has been archived into a zip file of 18 xml files in wordpress WXR format. I have 12 xml files from my Xanga archive. How do I import all of them? Do I do them one at a time?

    I just tried the Tools -> import, and selected Word Press, and I uploaded the very first xml file of the 18 that I have in the zip file. So what do I do with the other 17?

    Please e-mail me back.

    Thanks.

    The blog I need help with is mike696969.wordpress.com.

  2. venomviper0001
    Member

    Hi Auxclass,

    Thanks. I didn't see that link before. I found out from reading this that I started importing the right way, but I only imported the first xml file so far, so the article says:

    You will then need to do this with each of the import files you received from Xanga.com, which could be three or more separate files.

    So I will need to do this.

    The thing that's disappointing is:

    Important note about media files: Xanga.com does not make your media (image) files available as part of your export. Instead, the import process will embed links back to Xanga.com for all of your images. While this will work for now, keep in mind that you will not have a backup of these images and if something happens to Xanga or your account on Xanga, those images will no longer work. This is an issue with the export files Xanga.com creates, and we hope that it will change in the future.

    So that means all of my blogs that had pictures uploaded and displayed in the posts will probably not be there anymore.

    I will try to add the other xml files and see what happens.

    By the way. My Xanga archive had 18 xml files. So I will be in a sense tracking which xml files that I'm importing one at a time, but is there a sure way of checking that the whole import is complete with all the necessary xml files to link the history of blogs together?

    I with they had made it something where you can import multiple at once, that way, there's less error if you accidently skip a file.

  3. The only thing I can think of for the file list is to make a screen shot, and print the graphic of it out with the file names and check them off

  4. venomviper0001
    Member

    It's strange. I just tried to import my first of 18 xml files, and I'm getting stuck on this page:

    Import WordPress
    Processing…
    We're processing your import now and will send you an email when it's all done. If you don't hear from us within 24 hours, please contact support, and we'll get everything fixed.

    It doesn't kick out of that page when I get to the import option so I'm unable to import all 18 xml files one at a time one after the other. It looks like one import has to be approved first before I can do another import, so this can drag out to only doing one xml import a day or two.

  5. venomviper0001
    Member

    I need to edit the previous post. I meant to include that when I first try to import, I get a page that's blank and just says "import wordpress"

    but if I refresh f5, then I get that last quote that I submitted. Is this normal or some bug with wordpress?

  6. I have check your importer for venomviper0001.wordpress.com and I do not see the job is stuck, so you should be able to continue your imports.

    As far as the content of your export file, Xanga has decided not to include images but only includes links back to Xanga, and their export file contains multiple .xml files. Unfortunately there is nothing we can do about those issues at WordPress.com. If this is an issue for you, I'd encourage you to reach out to Xanga directly.

  7. venomviper0001
    Member

    HI Jackie,

    What do you mean by this?

    Xanga has decided not to include images but only includes links back to Xanga

    Can you explain further? What links are you referring to? I've imported some xml files so far and double checked on them and some images are loaded, so I'm not sure if the images are loaded because they're in the XML file or if they're somewhere else.

    Also, the XML getting stuck...I just noticed that the page after you import the file and select the "author", it reaches a blank body page, which you can click out of with your dash board menu, but I figured that there should be some text accompanying that page saying that the import was successful and to wait 10-15 minutes for it to successfully import and get the e-mail notification. I am running this on Google Chrome by the way.

  8. Xanga does not include image files in the export, only links back to the image hosted at Xanga.

    Some import files will complete the import process quickly; some may take a little longer.

    If you're running into issues with the author screen, please walk me through what you're doing to get the white screen, as I am not able to reproduce that error with Xanga imports.

  9. venomviper0001
    Member

    Hi,

    Xanga does not include image files in the export, only links back to the image hosted at Xanga.

    It seems like these image files are links that are saved in the export, because when I used Xanga, I did not use their upload option to attach images onto their servers, but just include a image link to some internet website that had the image and it loaded in my blog, so maybe the images that I see loading in my blog come from the links in the xml files that were saved??

    Also, with the author screen, I swish there was a way I could attach a screen shot of what I'm seeing. What's happening is that there's some steps that you go through.

    1. tools -> import -> wordpress
    2. upload from computer XMR file
    3. next page asks to select the author
    4. next pages shows a blank center body page (not a full white screen page, but there's no confirmation of any directions on this page and I just have to click somewhere else on my dash board to get out of it and wait 10 minutes or so for the e-mail to come to my inbox saying that it was successfully imported.

  10. Are you being directed to https://venomviper0001.wordpress.com/wp-admin/admin.php?import=wordpress after starting an import?

    As far as the images go, if you were just linking to images elsewhere (as you appear to have done) then you would not be affected by the export file not including the files.

  11. Hi,

    So I just imported my 14/18th xml file, and here's what I saw including the steps:

    1. http://venomviper0001.wordpress.com/wp-admin/admin.php?import=wordpress

    upload file and import

    2. http://venomviper0001.wordpress.com/wp-admin/admin.php?import=wordpress&step=1&_wpnonce=137a4f0642

    import author

    3. http://venomviper0001.wordpress.com/wp-admin/admin.php?import=wordpress&step=2

    Import WordPress

    See: blank grey area page

  12. Thanks for the screenshots. That definitely isn't what you should be seeing. Are you able to continue your imports or are you stuck at #14?

    Would you be willing to share your Xanga .zip folder with me, so I can see your import and try to finish the process for you (if you haven't done so)? You can upload it to Dropbox or a similar sharing service so I can download it.

  13. venomviper0001
    Member

    Thanks for the screenshots. That definitely isn't what you should be seeing. Are you able to continue your imports or are you stuck at #14?

    No, it appears that it still ends up importing, but the screen I don't think should be blank like that. I end up waiting for a minute on that screen since I see my mouse cursor have a dialing motion and then after that, I click somewhere else on the dashboard pane and wait for the successful e-mail to arrive so that I can mark it down that that xml file is finished. I do see after it's successful that my number of posts increase so I know something got imported.

    I also notice all imports so far are considered in total "1 page" in the dashboard settings. Is that normal?

    Would you be willing to share your Xanga .zip folder with me, so I can see your import and try to finish the process for you (if you haven't done so)? You can upload it to Dropbox or a similar sharing service so I can download it.

    Sorry, I wouldn't be comfortable sharing my zip folder of blogs and xml files to anyone unless it's absolutely necessary. No offense.

  14. From what I have been able to determine, your Xanga import will not show up as complete on WordPress.com until all export files have been imported.

    I asked for your export file to try testing the import myself to see if and when it failed on my end. It only contains the same content as what you are importing into WordPress.com which I will have access to once the import is complete (you can open the files in a text editor to verify this).

    Without the ability to test your imports, this is about as far as I can go to assist you. I hope that you will be able to get everything imported successfully. If not, we can revisit this issue at that time.

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