Moved from to but No Option to Import Image Files

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    I just followed WordPress’s instructions and moved my blog from my self-hosted server to’s servers. The blog’s Thesis theme needs a lot of tweaking, but it otherwise seemed to import properly. Except:

    The WordPress docs say, “After you upload the file, you can choose the option to Download & import file attachments if you want to move your media files,” but I was never offered that option.

    My WordPress blog is a photo blog, but I now have 700-some odd blog entries without any photos!

    What did I miss?

    Should I simply delete the blog and start over?

    The blog I need help with is



    You cannot import a WordPress.ORG theme and use it on any WordPress.COM site.You can import only content. I do not know why you did not receive the prompt to include media files when importing. I’ll tag this thread for a Staff follow-up. Please subscribe to the thread so you are notified when they respond and please be patient while waiting.



    Thanks for the quick reply, timethief. I can’t import a theme from a site — but can I later install a 3rd party theme onto I’m starting to dig around and it looks like that’s not allowed. I sure liked my Thesis theme.

    Thanks for tagging this for staff follow up. I was puzzled and looked all over for the option to upload media files. I’ll follow this thread.



    I already answered you above and even expanded here:

    The only themes we can use on free hosted blogs like your blog are the themes found here

    There is no FTP access to free hosted blogs for security reasons and we cannot:

    upload any third party themes,
    create child themes,
    create our own themes,
    edit templates,
    create own own layouts,
    or use stylesheets from other themes.

    There is no upgrade you can purchase that changes that. offers free software that you can install on a web server. You can create themes, upload and install themes and plugins, run ads, and edit the database, etc. If you want FTP access and to install plugins or third party themes into a site then you will have to hire a web host and set up your own install.



    Thanks. Yeah, I’m getting my two threads confused! I’ll to stick to this thread, which you said is flagged for the staff to chime in on.



    Hi Joe,

    I just sent you an email to the address which we have on file. Please respond to that with a copy of your XML file so that I can see what might be going on with your images. I don’t see any place in your posts where images are even supposed to be attached, which isn’t good.

    Hopefully it’s just something where a reimport will fix it though!



    Two things: First, I worked out a way with my Web host to stick with, so I won’t be moving to after all. But I’ll give you the details anyway in case it helps you spot a bug or answer questions in the future for others. Or in case I change my mind!

    So, to answer your question, this is the original blog that I exported, before importing the XML file into my newly created blog:

    You should be able to see how the blog is structured. To add each image to a new post, I copy the URL of an image from the Insert Media page, and paste that into the Post Image text field, not into the body of the blog post.

    I hope all that helps.



    Ah. Thanks for the information, and glad that you worked something out with your host.

    Happy blogging!

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