downloading all my WP files to transfer to self host site

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    Hello everyone,
    I recently bought a new domain and self hosting through blue host. I followed al the instructions from several tutorials on exporting the file and importing it into However the .xml file isn’t working. Only a portion of my “unattached” photos can be found in my wp-content folder but my posts and photos used within each post are not transferring.

    I have done the export/import 4x, and have un-installed and re-installed within Blue host.

    I’ve talked to Blue host 4-5 x and they recommended I contact wordpress on how to download all my files- photos, posts and pages manually so I can upload them all to my new domain at

    I’d love any and all suggestions and help on how go do this. It’s been a frustrating process.

    The blog I need help with is



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    Thanks so much for passing this on to staff. Much appreciated!



    You’re welcome.



    P.S. Are the missing images ones you uploaded into the blog ie. are they on servers and appearing in your Media Library? Or are they images that are hosted on other servers like Flickr, Photobucket, etc.?


    All the photos are in
    But 1 of the 4 times when photos appeared only ones that were “unattached” appeared.
    I since un-installed and re-installed

    I thought it would be a simple transition of export/import.
    Short answer: images are not hosted on other servers


    Also, the xml file seems to only have/transfer 2011, 2012 and 2014. (I’m not sure if all the images from those years are there, either). 2007-2010 is missing as is 2013


    Hi @roamingtheworld,

    I just did a test import with your content, and I was able to pull all of your images and posts into a blog. Can you confirm that you’re importing both of the xml files? When you pull the export file from your blog, you should receive a .zip file that has two .xml files in it.


    Hi Jeremey,
    Thanks for getting back to me. That’s interesting. It only downloads 1 .xml file. I’ve exported this file 5x now and when it does import properly into within blue host only 2011, 2012 and 2014 data appears/uploads to the wp-content folder.
    I can email you the file that I’m receiving. I know it should be way more simple than it has been.

    Thanks for your help,

    imroamingtheworld (@) gmail (.) com



    I went ahead and sent over the two xml files through email. Can you try uploading both of those files and see if all of the posts carry over?


    Hi Jeremey,
    I uploaded both files. I see some of the posts/photos/pages carried over but all of 2013 is missing and many files from 2014 too.
    When I go to file manager, click my wp-content in the uploads folder of cpanel of blue host only 2011, 2012 and 2014 are listed.

    I also responded to your email.

    Any ideas what’s going on? Do I need to un-install/delete the files and try again? Some of the media files we’re duplicated too. When you tried did all my latest 2014 +2013 files transfer over?

    Original site is, new domain is

    Thanks for your help!



    That’s interesting. When I import the files on my test blog, I have a ton of content from 2013. Can you point me to an image on your blog that you’re missing on the import? I want to make sure I have that file on my side when I’m doing the import into a test blog.


    Weird. Maybe it’s a case of needing to delete and re-import both files again?

    this is what my website currently looks like with the last post from Dec 20 2012-

    For example none of these posts appear on the new website:



    Hmm…that is odd! I see the blog post you mention in my import shown here:

    Screen Shot 2014 04 14 at 7 20 27 AM

    It looks like you haven’t uploaded anything from 2013 or 2014 (the only 2014 post is a “Hello World” default post with the WordPress install). Just to make sure, you did import the second xml file with the title “roamingtheworld.wordpress.2014-04-11.002” correct? That file should have all of your 2013 and 2014 content in it. Can you try uploading that one more time and let me know what happens on the import (i.e. if everything appears to go smoothly)?


    I just uploaded the file again and after import it said all “media already exists.” So I’ll have duplicate files in the wp-content folder.
    However, when I checked my new site now the latest post is May 20, 2013.

    What do you recommend?
    Should I delete everything and re-import the 2 files again? And hope it all works?


    So, it appears as though it’s pulling over only a few posts at a time. Does that sound correct? The latest post was not May 20, 2013 before the latest import. This makes me think that the issue is with BlueHost, and the import is stopping for some reason before all of the information is pulled over.

    One way around this would be to break the XML file into smaller pieces. Currently, the import is in two files. Breaking it into four may help to solve the problem. It would probably be best if you deleted all current content and tried to reimport fresh. To break an XML file, you can follow these steps:

    1. Export the XML file.
    2. Open the XML file with Notepad or another text editor. Open at least one other instance of Notepad (which will become part 2, etc.)
    3. Copy the XML file headers from the master file. Stop highlighting just before the first <item> tag, and copy this into File Part 2.
    4. Depending on the size of the master, and if you need to break it into 2, 3, 4 pieces, scroll halfway/one-third down the Master file. Find the next tag (do a search) at this point in the Master file. Select and highlight starting from the tag. If dividing the file into two, select until the end of the Master file, copy and paste into File Part 2. Save Part 2 as an .xml file. DELETE the part copied into Part 2 from the Master file. Save Master file.
    5. If dividing into 3 or more parts, for each part highlight approximately 1/3 of the Master file, making sure to BEGIN highlighting with and end with otherwise it will break. You’ll need the xml headers for each Part X file as indicated in Step 3.
    6. After saving the pieces, go to Tools > Import > WordPress and upload each file. The order in which the files are uploaded is not important.

    Can you give that a shot and let me know if you have better success with information being pulled over?

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