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Moving here - Importing a large site

  1. I have a large site using wordpress for years with 100's of posts and lots of content which I have been building over the last 10 years or more.
    I'd like to consider moving this site to wordpress.com from the other hoster where I have been installing and maintaining wordpress.
    Your premium plan looks reasonable.
    I want to confirm somethings:
    - 13GB of space should be plenty for my site.
    - There are no bandwidth limits? Not that my site is the most popular, but I'd like to make sure that I don't run into some small limit.
    - I see I can import using a WordPress export file, but this does not answer the question about how I import the "content".

    My current site has 100's of postings over the last 10 years with 100's of images [mostly small ones] referred to in posts with galleries etc.
    I also have zips, etc. that I have provided on my site.

    I want to import this site over into WordPress.com with as little work as possible. Can you please provide a link to the procedure to get my content over. There are too many posts for me to edit each one to re-add all the links to image and content and too much content to upload each of the content items one at a time.

    Also, please provide a link to your procedure for dealing with my domain. My current hoster has my domain[s], but I'd like to move them to Hover.com and then point hover to my wordpress site when I migrate it.

    And one last question. When I have a premium service account, I don't expect to ever get a message saying that "Your site has been hacked and you have to re-install it from some backup." I would hope that if my site is hacked that this is a wordpress.com problem, not my problem. And while I might be informed of the problem, WordPress.com will be solving it. Correct?

    This may seem like a long and involved set of questions, but after 10 years of maintaining a blog, I think you can understand that moving it, even to the same platform - staying with WordPress - will generate a few questions.

    Thanks much,
    I look forward to a successful move to your hosted wordpress service.
    wp

  2. - 13GB of space should be plenty for my site.

    It likely will be enough, but without knowing how much media you have, it's impossible to say. We can work with you if you need a different upgrade.

    - There are no bandwidth limits? Not that my site is the most popular, but I'd like to make sure that I don't run into some small limit.

    There is no limit on bandwidth.

    - I see I can import using a WordPress export file, but this does not answer the question about how I import the "content". My current site has 100's of postings over the last 10 years with 100's of images [mostly small ones] referred to in posts with galleries etc. I also have zips, etc. that I have provided on my site. I want to import this site over into WordPress.com with as little work as possible. Can you please provide a link to the procedure to get my content over.

    You can create an export file in your Dashboard under Tools > Export and then import it into WordPress.com. I'll warn you, however, that a single import file may well time out (assuming you can even create a single export file, for the same reasons) so you may wish to break your export/import into smaller chunks by exporting by date range.

    Also, please provide a link to your procedure for dealing with my domain. My current hoster has my domain[s], but I'd like to move them to Hover.com and then point hover to my wordpress site when I migrate it.

    You can map your domain following the instructions here: http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/map-existing-domain/

    And one last question. When I have a premium service account, I don't expect to ever get a message saying that "Your site has been hacked and you have to re-install it from some backup." I would hope that if my site is hacked that this is a wordpress.com problem, not my problem. And while I might be informed of the problem, WordPress.com will be solving it. Correct?

    Yes and no. We maintain strict security for all of our sites, and if something happens because of a failure on our part that caused our users' sites to be compromised, we would do what was necessary to restore content. (I should note, this is exceedingly rare).

    Almost every site that is hacked on WordPress.com is due to lax security on the part of our users. You are also expected to maintain good security standards, which means choosing a strong password and making sure no one has access to it; that you do not log in on publicly-accessible computers, or if you do, that you ensure your credentials are removed afterwards; and that you maintain the same security for your email and email password (as that is often a vector to attacking a WordPress.com site). You can sign up for Two-step authentication, which makes it even more difficult for someone to access your site. http://en.support.wordpress.com/security/two-step-authentication

  3. Thank you for your quick response.
    I'll study the content of the links and get back to you.
    My site has 450 posts and 5 pages.
    I was easily easy to create an export XML file, and have backed up the SQL database as well, although I doubt if that's any use in the migration.

    However, I don't see the answer to the question about migrating all the "content" files - Images, zips and other content files. Can you provide a link to the procedure for moving my "content"? I have of course downloaded all of those to my local system from wp-content/uploads...

    I'm not clear on how I can put all these back on the wordpress.com site when I create it.
    Thanks much,
    wp

  4. Do you have content that is not in either blog posts or blog pages?

  5. If you have files that are not "attached" to a post or page, such as files you have uploaded to the media library for storage, you will need to add those files to your new blog manually. Only media and other files you have added to a post or page via the "add media" button would be exported/imported.

  6. Depending on what you do with your blog - if you have odd file types there will be problems - not all file types are accepted for security reasons

    File Types

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/accepted-filetypes/

  7. The "accepted filetypes" and the "Space Upgrade" will not be a problem, but your description of how to migrate my existing website with 450 posts and 100's of images and attachments is still not clear.

    It is clear that I will not want to individually upload and relink each attachment to the posts. Is there a detailed description of how this importing of a WordPress export XML file, and the content files to recreate the posts is accomplished?
    This would appear to be the last remaining obstacle to my migration.

    Thanks very much,
    wp

  8. Honestly, this is routine. We import sites far larger than that every day. The images that were originally attached to posts are AUTOMATICALLY attached to the posts on the new blog as well.

    If you want to understand the importation process from a code level, here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Importing_Content

  9. So you are saying that as long as my old blog exists on the web at the old webaddress where it used to exist, then it will move the content over automatically? Well that's pretty essential to know. I have the back up on my home computer, but if the only reasonable way to get it is to still have the old blog running at it's original address. I better leave it active.

    After you upload the file, you can choose the option to Download & import file attachments if you want to move your media files.

    And since there are probably a few filetypes that don't work, the process won't choke and just stop on those, but continue to do the whole thing.
    So after I import the blog content, then I can worry about moving the domain, not before. I thought there might be a gotcha in the process somewhere.
    ok.
    - wp

  10. For the import to work, the original site needs to be on the internet.

    Attached files should move fine, wrong file types should not choke the importer,

    Yes, the LAST thing you do is the domain mapping after you make sure things moved as you want.

    Make sure you have your old Media backed up to your PC just in case that "great picture or file" in the Media Library is the only copy in the world.

    Please note on the Media - depending on what you have done in the last 10 years or whatever - you might have Media and files stored outside the standard WordPress library structure (I did and had to address that outside the import) - use FTP to double check what you might have done

  11. Placement of files is mostly standard. I started long enough ago, that the ...uploads/yyyy/mm convention had not started yet. But everything that I care about is under ...uploads.
    Thanks. I'll start the process in the next day or so.
    - wp

  12. You be welcome & good luck

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