Moving from WordPress.com to Local Installation

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  • #880

    jimbiancolo
    Member

    Hi folks,

    Is it possible to export a free WordPress.com weblog and then import it to a local installation of WordPress, should I ever come to that point?

    Thanks!

    Jim

    #985

    Not without a lot of agony I think. There’s a post lower down that indicates the poster knows how. Perhaps find it and post therein as well?

    #989

    matt
    Staff

    The only way to do this right now is through RSS or XML-RPC, but we will be adding more import/export within a few months.

    #1271

    wethepeople
    Member

    Can you please explain by what means one uses RSS or XML-RPC? I’ve held off using my blog because I can’t have a local backup copy.

    If that’s resolved, I’ll start using my blog.

    #1272

    itsme
    Member

    Can you please explain by what means one uses RSS or XML-RPC? I’ve held off using my blog because I can’t have a local backup copy.

    In your options panel, you can specify the number of last N posts that are to be shown in your RSS feed. You can also set your RSS feed to display whole post rather than an excerpt/summary. Then you can just save the feed like any other XML file, that can serve as your backup. When you want to import it in your WordPress installation, just use the RSS Importer available in the package & import all your RSS backups that you made. Its simple. :)

    As for doing it via XML-RPC, I’m not really sure. Maybe Matt or someone knowledgeable enough can shed some light on it.

    #1273

    wethepeople
    Member

    Doh! That is easy. I should have figured that out. Thanks, itsme!

    #1274

    stone
    Member

    within a few months…..

    still looking forwards to ….

    #1275

    itsme
    Member

    You are welcome ‘wethepeople’!! :)

    #1309

    joshg
    Member

    That won’t back up comments, though, will it?

    It would be nice to have a way to export all of my wordpress.com blog’s content to a local installation in the future.

    #1310

    sadish
    Member

    I do want the same feature, i.e to export the whole blog, not just the posts., but also the comments.

    #1311

    wank
    Member

    Doesn’t everyone? ;)

    #1312

    drmike
    Member

    That won’t back up comments, though, will it?

    Maybe using the Comments RSS feed? :)

    I don’t know if that would be importable though. I kind of doubt it actually.

    Could copy them over manually I would think. I moved over 200+ posts manually a few days ago in about an hour. (Even went and helped a student find a book too. :) )

    #1313

    itsme
    Member

    well moving comments on my blog won’t be much of a problem to me, just about 100 comments in all so far, but if your blog is kinda like scoble’s, then it’ll be hell of a job with hundreds of comments!! ;)

    #1314

    wank
    Member

    If you were scoble, Matt would probably let you have a complete backup of your database for being so ‘special’ :(

    #1317

    itsme
    Member

    yeah, I guess so!! ;)

    #1323

    How can I save the RSS feed, say, using Firefox (does this depend on the browser?) – I’d really like to have a backup. And to import my wordpress.com to a locally hosted wp. Thx!

    #1324

    Anybody knows? It’s quite urgent… :-(

    #1325

    So how can I backup my blog???? I can not continue using my new blog until I haven’t imported my old data!

    #1326

    wank
    Member

    Some themes don’t provide direct links to the feed so you have to do it manually:

    #1327

    Thanks, this worked. Actually I went to the page you indicated (…/feed) and saved it directly from the browser. It’s a pitty it won’t export commentaries (also for backup purposes).

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