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Transfering wordpress.com to wordpress.org

  1. I wanted to ask for some additional information.

    thesacredpath did a wonderful job explaning how to transfer a blog to wordpress.org in this post: http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/transferring-wordpresscom-to-wordpressorg-1?replies=3

    I have two additional questions:
    1. I used XML to transfer one blog to another in wordpress.com. Interestly, the image links updated properly. When I do the same import to my wordpress.org blog the images URLs stay with wordpress.com. Any way for the export/import to update the links to the wordpress.org location? Or, is it not possible because it is not a wordpress.com to wordpress.com export/import?

    2. In the post link above, the sacredpath recommends providing a posting indicating the new blog's URL. I recently found this link to redirect using a domain "trick." http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/redirecting-your-blog. In the post it indicates that "yourblogname.wordpress.com (as well as all of your permalinks)" will be redirected. Do you know what the will do in the wordpres.org blog to the image links that are pointing back to wordpress.com. I'm assuming the images will be broken?

    Any advice is appreciated!

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

  2. When you use the wordpress importer on your other hosted blog, it gives you the option in the import process to download all the images during the import. If you didn't check that off, it will just import the URL of the original image. You can try the import again with checking off that option without worry as it shouldn't import the posts again.

    Trent

  3. Thanks, Trent

    I've had a horrible time getting the XML file to import. Support broke it into 3 separate files for me. In any case, many of the images are not importing. I get a "remote sever error" and the import moves on the next image. I didn't seem to me that the URL changed even for those images that successfully imported?

    Bob

  4. The good thing about the images Bob is as long as you don't delete your current blog here at wordpress.com, it will always serve up the old images in your new blog from here. Images are created not through the domain name, but rather your username.wordpress.com format. Worst of worse, if you really need them, you can always go through your media library for the important ones and upload them to your new blog as an option, though not favourable.

    Trent

  5. Thanks, Trent

    Will the image URLs update to my new blog if I can get the import to work properly? Or, is the designed behavior to server up the images from the wordpress.com blog?

    Also, is it possible to forward my existing wordpress.com blog to the new URL using the domain mapping upgrade discussed here: http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/redirecting-your-blog.

    If I do this "trick" will the images serve-up properly from the old blog?

    Thanks, much!

    Bob

  6. Hmm....I just tested this again and it imported just the URL's of the original image like you are reporting. It wasn't always like that. It shouldn't matter to you though Bob as just the images will be linked to your current http://bobspory.wordpress.com/ blog even if you domain map to say http://bobspory.com as the viewer will still see the image regardless where the actual image resides. For example, I just put my flickr images into my blog and don't upload them to the wordpress.com blog, even though it looks like they are hosted there.

    As long as you never delete your blog here at wordpress.com, it will always show the images correctly regardless of the end URL or domain mapped name you pick.

    Trent

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