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Moving from WordPress.com to Local Installation

  1. Hi folks,

    Is it possible to export a free WordPress.com weblog and then import it to a local installation of WordPress, should I ever come to that point?

    Thanks!

    Jim

  2. victoriacarolina
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    Not without a lot of agony I think. There's a post lower down that indicates the poster knows how. Perhaps find it and post therein as well?

  3. The only way to do this right now is through RSS or XML-RPC, but we will be adding more import/export within a few months.

  4. Can you please explain by what means one uses RSS or XML-RPC? I've held off using my blog because I can't have a local backup copy.

    If that's resolved, I'll start using my blog.

  5. Can you please explain by what means one uses RSS or XML-RPC? I've held off using my blog because I can't have a local backup copy.

    In your options panel, you can specify the number of last N posts that are to be shown in your RSS feed. You can also set your RSS feed to display whole post rather than an excerpt/summary. Then you can just save the feed like any other XML file, that can serve as your backup. When you want to import it in your WordPress installation, just use the RSS Importer available in the package & import all your RSS backups that you made. Its simple. :)

    As for doing it via XML-RPC, I'm not really sure. Maybe Matt or someone knowledgeable enough can shed some light on it.

  6. Doh! That is easy. I should have figured that out. Thanks, itsme!

  7. within a few months.....

    still looking forwards to ....

  8. You are welcome 'wethepeople'!! :)

  9. That won't back up comments, though, will it?

    It would be nice to have a way to export all of my wordpress.com blog's content to a local installation in the future.

  10. I do want the same feature, i.e to export the whole blog, not just the posts., but also the comments.

  11. Doesn't everyone? ;)

  12. That won't back up comments, though, will it?

    Maybe using the Comments RSS feed? :)

    I don't know if that would be importable though. I kind of doubt it actually.

    Could copy them over manually I would think. I moved over 200+ posts manually a few days ago in about an hour. (Even went and helped a student find a book too. :) )

  13. well moving comments on my blog won't be much of a problem to me, just about 100 comments in all so far, but if your blog is kinda like scoble's, then it'll be hell of a job with hundreds of comments!! ;)

  14. If you were scoble, Matt would probably let you have a complete backup of your database for being so 'special' :(

  15. yeah, I guess so!! ;)

  16. How can I save the RSS feed, say, using Firefox (does this depend on the browser?) - I'd really like to have a backup. And to import my wordpress.com to a locally hosted wp. Thx!

  17. Anybody knows? It's quite urgent... :-(

  18. So how can I backup my blog???? I can not continue using my new blog until I haven't imported my old data!

  19. Some themes don't provide direct links to the feed so you have to do it manually:

  20. Thanks, this worked. Actually I went to the page you indicated (.../feed) and saved it directly from the browser. It's a pitty it won't export commentaries (also for backup purposes).

  21. and you should save it as .xml file rather than .rss which IMHO is not a valid file extension!! :)

  22. Hi,

    I have a problem that I believe is related to this topic...

    I had a free WordPress blog account (alwayslookaround.wordpress.com) that I never really used. I then installed a verson of WordPress on my personal website (words.alwayslookaround.com). I've been using it without problem, until today. In the WordPress version installed on my personal website, under the "Options" tab, under "General", I changed the "WordPress address" value from "http://words.alwayslookaround.com" to "http://alwayslookaround.wordpress.com". I didn't realize it would change my website version to reference the WordPress hosted version. I immediately tried to change it back, but I get an error message that says "Sorry, you need to enable sending referrers for this feature to work.". I believe the setting I am trying to change on my website version is actually being submited to the WordPress hosted verion, hence the error. How do I fix this issue? Please help!!! I've been trying for 2 hours, and I can't figure out how to di it.

    Many thanks in advance for any help.

    -Mike

  23. Please ignore my last comment under this post - I have created a new post for my issue: http://wordpress.com/forums/topic.php?id=809

  24. Moving your WordPress Comments to a New Site

    I just figured this out for a friend.

    Some templates don’t have an RSS feed. Just switch your theme temporarily to Regulus 2

    ( Presentation>Themes) . That template has it as a menu option on the right side bar. But I also think it installs the files needed to use the straight links I describe below.

    So for example. I just moved all the posts from:
    http://blueutah.wordpress.com/ to http://www.utahblue.info/

    In your adminstration panel of the source blog:
    Option>Reading – Set Syndication Feeds to as many posts you want to dump. You can choose full text or summary.

    Load your feed page http://blueutah.wordpress.com/feed/
    At least in Mozilla, a new page comes up that starts with it comes up in a browser window. The first two lines of the page are:
    <!-- generator="wordpress/MU" -->
    − <rss version="2.0">

    Save that page. File>Save As…Choose File type “WebPage MXL”

    If the page doesn’t appear, change the theme as explained above to one that does have an RSS feature like Regulus 2

    Now. Go to your new hosted website
    In my case To http://www.utahblue.info/

    Go into your admin panel http://www.utahblue.info/wp-admin/

    Do Import – and click Import from RSS Feeds. You should get something like: (it may take awhile)

    · Importing post...Done !
    · Importing post...Done !
    · Importing post...Post already imported
    · Importing post...Post already imported

    You can also import comments by doing the same routine
    Load your feed page http://blueutah.wordpress.com/comments/feed/

    But when you import it from Options-Reading Options as I explained above, it imports them as posts.

    The following does another dump. I’m not sure what that’s for.
    http://blueutah.wordpress.com/feed/rss/

    Compliments of cliff at http://www.OneUtah.org

  25. Hi there, I have tried this method of importing posts but I get the message
    "
    "The uploaded file could not be moved to "

    Anybody help?

    Mark

  26. I want to move my wordpress blog to typepad, so that I can upload much bigger files.

    Anyone know how I can do this quickly and easily? Where Typepad offers 'export' options, WordPress doesn't appear to.

    WordPress is surprisingly basic and has disapppointed me time and again which is why I'm moving.

  27. @blueutah:

    I just figured this out for a friend.

    Some templates don’t have an RSS feed. Just switch your theme temporarily to Regulus 2

    a big mis-conception on your part. some templates don't have a link to an RSS feed, that I can accept, but not have RSS feed is just absurd!! RSS Feeds are made available by WordPress & not any template, so there is no role of template here!! also, your feed URL remains same, just append "feed/" to your blog URL, like mine is "http://itsme.wordpress.com/" & it becomes "http://itsme.wordpress.com/feed/". whatever template I have on my blog, this feed URL will work!! :)

    The following does another dump. I’m not sure what that’s for.
    http://blueutah.wordpress.com/feed/rss/

    Its for RSS 0.92 feeds. the earlier url with just "feed" at the end of it outputs RSS2 feeds.

    @iloveprinting

    WordPress is surprisingly basic and has disapppointed me time and again which is why I'm moving.

    I guess you'll be paying for your Typepad blog, right? So why not get some server-space & a domain of yours with a webhost & host your own WordPress blog which is downloadable from WordPress.org. You'll get a lot more features in there, more than those available at WordPress.com & Typepad!! If you don't know of any webhosts, you can ask around in the forums etc. or look up at the ones mentioned on WordPress Hosting. Out of those mentioned, Dreamhost is offering a lot of space & bandwidth for very cheap, if you want to host bigger files!! :)

  28. I understand, that the WP-team doesn't like to make the export very easy. But what about an import-feature for WP blogs?

    That's what I mean: You did a good job importing e.g. the blogger-posts, and because you know how WP works it should be easy to make this working for WP, too.
    So: if somebody want's move from WP.com to his own WP blog - he can do so - and if somebody wants the opposite - that's not a problem, either.

    But: if sb wants to move from WP.com to XYZ.com - He still has the same problem, he had before.

    just an idea.

  29. For me, importing posts worked fine, using the RSS importer. And the categories were preserved as well.

    For comments I used this import script. The weird thing is that, although comments got imported, the comment count still shows zero.

    I'm posting the links for you to see
    http://bdsays.wordpress.com
    http://bdsays.com/blog/

    all the post in the hosted blog show zero comments even though they have comments in them. Weird eh?

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