Missing entries after import – how to fill the gaps?
After a recent import from Livejournal to WP.com, I find that there are many gaps in what’s been imported. Over the course of multiple years, many posts (consecutive and otherwise – no detectable pattern) are missing on the WP side. Total amount that failed to migrate might equal as many as 100 posts. Unfortunately, I only discovered this *after* having edited/tagged several hundred posts on WP, so there’s no chance of a wholesale re-import after all the work I’ve done. Ugh.
I could go back and cross-reference the two blogs and manually fill-in the missing ones by backdating, but (apart from being grueling) that won’t bring comments over.
So – is there any way to selectively import specific entries without ‘damaging’ what’s already migrated over? I mean on a per-entry basis? Short of that, I can think of no solution.
Any suggestions are is appreciated.
The blog I need help with is nodeli.com.
Okay – let me ask this, then:
What if I export my current WP to an XML file, RE-import my LJ to the same place (hopefully obtaining all entries this time) THEN re-import the XML file?
Is content overwritten on a per-date basis – or erased completely, then imported?
No ideas, huh?
I don’t have any idea what would happen and suggest you contact staff directly: http://support.wordpress.com/contact
It would be great if you could post your solution from support for members that will have this problem in the future.
Hi nodeli, I’m responding here rather than to the support ticket you submitted so that other people can see the response as well.
Duplicate detection is done for *posts*, but not for *comments* during the import, so if you tried to import again, it should skip over all duplicated posts, but then you’d end up with doubled comments everywhere, so that’s not really an option.
If you did your XML export idea, then the same thing would happen unfortunately. So you’d export your current blog to XML, then presumably delete everything that’s in the blog, import again from LJ, then import the XML. The XML import would detect duplicates and skip most of those entries because they were already there (losing all your work, which would be in the XML file at this point).
Unfortunately there’s no date-range option for importing either, so there’s no way to selectively import content (it’s “all or nothing”).
I’m afraid I can’t think of any easy way to do this given the tools at your disposal. If I come up with anything more useful, I’ll be sure to post it here.
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