Importing from Posterous failing to pull images

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  • #852562

    icraigt
    Member

    Hi,

    I tried several times on icraigt.wordpress.com (now deleted) and a couple of times on icraigtimport.wordpress.com to import from Posterous (icraigt.posterous.com). While all posts appear to get imported, the images in the posts seem to be mostly linked to Posterous.

    Taking this post as an example (http://icraigtimport.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/my-cheeky-chaps/), the post content is fine but the image links to Posterous. However, when I look in the media library at this image, it has a WordPress URL. So, the posts, comments and media files all appear to import from Posterous but the pot then points back to the Posterous hosted media file, rather than the copy it imported.

    As an aside, I have noticed that each media file has imported multiple times (the example I give above has imported three times).

    Is there a way to: –

    a) point each post to the local copy of the media file
    b) do the above in one hit, rather than updating individual posts

    Many thanks in advance,
    Craig.

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

    #852728

    timethief
    Member

    Hello there,
    Volunteers answering questions on this support froum can’t assist you with this issue. I’ll flag this thread for Staff attention. Please be patient while waiting.

    #852729

    macmanx
    Staff

    Hm, that’s a tricky situation. We generally don’t want to make assumptions on where images link to and change them outright, as some folks may be linking images to other sites.

    We’re going to look into other options regarding this, but we probably won’t have any definitive answer until next week.

    If you really want to, you could change them manually now, but you do have quite a few posts there.

    #852750

    icraigt
    Member

    Thank you for the follow up. The ideal scenario would be a complete pull from Posterous to WP, media files stored and linked locally. I appreciate that every user has there own wants and wishes so I really appreciate you taking the time to look into this. There is certainly no rush.

    I did contemplate the manual update of each post but, as you mentioned, there are >500 posts so it would be a large undertaking :)

    As you are no doubt aware, Posterous was acquired by Twitter and there is a general consensus of opinion that it will likely result in the discontinuation of the service. Therefore, I am looking for a solid platform on which to base my (photo) blog. I run a self hosted WP install and really rate the functionality and features of WP.

    Thanks again for your help.

    #852782

    douglerner
    Member

    Is it not pulling in the actual media? I just imported from my Posterous blog.

    It appears that even pictures which Posterous didn’t originally import from my pre-Posterous blog (instead they referred to the previous location) actually seem to be imported and stored now at WordPress.com. If I am interpreting the URLs correctly.

    For example, this old post from 2007:

    http://douglerner.wordpress.com/2007/07/26/edo-no-koku-edo-era-time-keeping/

    has a picture of a timepiece. The image URL seems to be here at wordpress.com. Over at posterous it was actually a link back to my old self-hosted blog at hostgator.

    Am I misinterpreting where this image is stored?

    Thanks,

    doug

    #852785

    douglerner
    Member

    I just spot-checked many of my posts with attachments. Except for the new photo of my java sparrow posted today, all the posts were imported a few hours ago from Posterous.

    All the images, old and new, appear to have WordPress URLs of the format:

    http://douglerner.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/photo-scaled-10003.jpg

    (That was from a Posterous post I made yesterday and imported today).

    Doesn’t that image now reside here at WordPress?

    Thanks,

    doug

    #852810

    douglerner
    Member

    OK. It seems for sure that WordPress is pulling in the original image sources and saving them.

    I changed the URL for my old blog from which everything was imported, including this entry (imported yesterday):

    http://douglerner.wordpress.com/2007/07/26/edo-no-koku-edo-era-time-keeping/

    So the original URL for the attachment is no longer valid. I tried it, and you can’t get there from here.

    Yet the wordpress.com blog entry above still works and the media is still shown.

    So the import must have pulled in the media and stored it here at wordpress.com, right?

    Thanks,

    doug

    #852811

    timethief
    Member

    Hi Doug,
    Look in your Media Library. Are the images there?

    #852812

    douglerner
    Member

    Hi, TimeThief,

    Yes, the Media Library reports there are 1,097 images in the library and I can see them all there.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/43033891@N03/6866869960/

    Also, I’m using 160 MB of the allowed of the 3GB remaining. That must be images, because my 667 posts surely don’t take up 160 MB by themselves.

    So I believe the importer is pulling in and saving the images. Unless I’m completely misinterpreting everything.

    doug

    #852813

    timethief
    Member

    Thanks for your reply. It seems you are doing fine as all the images are there. BTW don’t count in the space allocation. It’s only for media.

    #852814

    timethief
    Member

    The missing word above was “posts”. sorry :(

    #852815

    douglerner
    Member

    Thanks, TimeThief.

    So the Posterous import does seem to import the images, which is great.

    doug

    #852817

    icraigt
    Member

    Just to follow up on my original post and the subsequent posts above…..

    All media appears to have been pulled into WP and stored and all posts have also pulled across successfully. I also confirm the Posterous imported works well.

    The only query I have remaining concerns the URL of the images from within the posts. Some posts now link to the local (WP) copy of the media file and some posts have a Posterous URL. It would be great if all images could be made to point to the local media file copy.

    #852818

    douglerner
    Member

    Where in the post is the link? I haven’t been able to find any in my blog where the image files themselves have Posterous links.

    doug

    #852820

    icraigt
    Member

    Hi Doug,

    Hover over an image (eg. the one in this post http://icraigtimport.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/my-cheeky-chaps/) and it shows a Posterous link.

    Cheers,
    Craig.

    #852821

    douglerner
    Member

    Craig,

    How was that post created at Posterous?

    I haven’t seen any instances of that in my newly imported wp blog.

    All my Posterous entries with images were created by emailing the images to Posterous. Was yours created in a different way so there is a static image link in the message body instead? Something that wp would not have known to import?

    doug

    #852823

    icraigt
    Member

    Most would have been cross posts from Instagram or via an ifttt task. Earlier posts would have been via the Posterous app or via Posterous in the browser.

    #852824

    douglerner
    Member

    I see. I don’t have anything coming FROM elsewhere. That may be the difference.

    Was that example post something created elsewhere and then cross-posted into Posterous?

    doug

    #852825

    icraigt
    Member

    Yes, it was posted from Instagram (the bulk of the posts from the last few months are predominantly cross posts from Instagram).

    #852826

    douglerner
    Member

    I guess those are somehow stored differently, or with a URL reference that somehow points back to Instagram.

    doug

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