Can't import to blog from Moveabletype OR blogger formats

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  • #1047664

    danielbprice
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    I’m new to wordpress but a reasonably technical user. I’ve tried several times to import my blog in movabletype format into wordpress.com. No luck. I also have a dump of the blog in blogger format. I tried that, and no luck.

    I should say that I get a dialog asking about userID mapping (seems good) and an email saying “it worked” but no posts appear.

    I’d like to use this service, and would pay for some of the upgrades, but only if I can import my content. Any suggestions? Is help available? Thanks!

    -dp

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

    #1047764

    timethief
    Member

    Hi there,
    I flagged this thread for Staff assistance with your import. Please be patient while waiting.

    #1047765

    macmanx
    Staff

    Did the Movable Type export file have a .txt extension?

    #1047860

    danielbprice
    Member

    macmanx: Yes, the movabletype export file does have a .txt extension.

    #1047861

    danielbprice
    Member

    Guessing the next step, I tried importing the same file to a test blog without using a .txt extension, but no luck. FWIW, the export file comes from an installation of roller at my work, but purports to be in moveabletype format. I checked the spec on the moveabletype website and the file looks conformant.

    The entries look like:


    --------
    AUTHOR: user12618941
    TITLE: Tiny Robot, Nice Lens
    DATE: 06/02/2008 00:58:33
    PRIMARY CATEGORY: Miscellaneous
    STATUS: publish
    ALLOW COMMENTS: 1
    -----
    BODY:
    <p>Here's a toy I picked up recently
    ...

    #1047864

    macmanx
    Staff

    Hm, that could be the problem.

    Do you have access to a Movable Type blog to import that into?

    If so, try importing it there first, then export it from Movable Type.

    #1047865

    danielbprice
    Member

    macmanx: this was a good idea. I installed movabletype, set up my blog there; it was able to import my blog entries but the bodies were missing. So using that as a clue, I was able to iterate to discover the problem. The export file from my old blog had:

    “BODY: ” (that’s BODY, a colon, and a space)

    Whereas moveabletype’s output is:

    “BODY:” (that’s BODY, a colon, and no space).

    Apparently that is enough to confuse both movabletype and wordpress. But at least movabletype was able to import the headers, which was key to narrowing down the issue.

    I will say that the import process is pretty painful– some debugging output would really help. But thanks for giving me a clue in the right direction.

    #1047866

    macmanx
    Staff

    You’re welcome!

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