Please delete all content!
To WordPress.com Support: Please delete all content from australianclimatemadness.wordpress.com.
The blog I need help with is australianclimatemadness.com.
I’ll tag this for staff attention and hopefully they will be around soon to take care of this for you.
You can quickly remove your contents by deleting them in bulk.
Alternatively, we can empty the whole blog for you, but that will remove all data including posts, pages, tags, categories, comments, and uploaded files.
Once deleted, the data cannot be recovered.
If you are sure you want to proceed, please reply to confirm the name of the blog you want us to empty.
I have tons of content, and I need a clean start, so please empty the blog! Thank you!
There is also a follow up question, if I may. I tried importing an XML file created via my self-hosted blog. I had to use a utility to cut it down into manageable sized chunks (it was 36MB) and upload each separately. However, the image paths were wrong. They were still pointing to my self-hosted server with /wp-content/uploads/ instead of to files.wordpress.com. How do I get round this?
Thanks in advance!
(Thanks also thesacredpath for tagging it so quickly!)
PS. I have pointed my domain back to my self-hosted blog for the time being until I can resolve the image URL issue.
Hi again kardotim, when do you think you may be able to clear the content and respond to my question about the image urls?
Just noticed, it’s done, thank you!
Are you able to answer the question regarding image URLs not working correctly? Is there some background process that works to update these somehow?
The blog has been emptied as requested. The domain needs to be pointed to your self-hosted site during the import process. This way the images can be imported and the image links will be updated.
When the import is done you can point your domain to your WordPress.com blog.
Thanks for the reply. Just to be clear: on WordPress.com, I ensure that the primary domain is set to a_c_m.wordpress.com, and that my name servers for my domain are pointing at my self-hosted blog. Only once the import is complete do I point my domain at the WordPress nameservers and change the primary domain – correct?
Also, are there any essential settings on my self-hosted blog that I need to change before exporting?
Very grateful for your help!
Correct! that’s all you need to do.
Thank you – I am very grateful. If there are any problems, how do I get your assistance again (i.e. how do issues get tagged as thesacredpath did earlier?)
You can simply reply in this thread and I’ll help you out :)
Thanks – here’s the issue demonstrated that I had when I tried firstly to migrate.
I uploaded a single post from another old blog of mine (also self-hosted) to the new, cleared wordpress.com site, the link is here.
You will see there is an image there, however, if you look at the URL for that image, it is being retrieved from my original server (simonfromsydney.com) not from the local copy on wordpress.com. Checking the media shows that the image is present (see here), but the HTML hasn’t updated to reflect the location of the locally stored copy of the image.
The result of this is that when (eventually) I redirect my personal domain to wordpress.com, it will attempt to search for an image on wordpress.com with the incorrect path, including the /wp-content/uploads/ that is not present on wordpress.com.
Following me so far? ;-)
So how can I ensure that absolute paths to images in my self-hosted blog are updated to point to locally stored media?
Thanks in advance!
I see. After the import is done we can run an image fixer for you to properly update the image links.
Sorry for the inconvenience.
That’s great, thanks.
Just one final question – is there any way I can upload the 36MB XML file in one hit without having to split it into many parts? Are you able to do that for me if I give you access on Google Drive or Dropbox?
If not, is the XML splitting method approved? If so, which application do you recommend? Mac preferred but can do Windows also.
Sure, you can upload it using Google Drive/Dropbox or any other file sharing site. And I’ll import the file for you. After downloading I’ll remove the link from this thread.
Great – the link is [removed].
Please kindly import the file, delete the link and run the image fixer – how long will all that take, do you think? There are 2500+ posts, 1000+ images and 13,000 comments…!
You have been very helpful, thank you again.
The import is running (which might take a while). I’ll contact you as soon it’s all fixed.
Thank you for your patience.
Thanks for the update, I look forward to hearing in due course.
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