WordPress to WordPress import failure (Invalid WXR file)

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    [Already posted at .org forums – a moderator suggested it be re-posted here as well.]

    I’m attempting to move my WordPress blog to a new location. Specifically, from its current home at at http://www.canadian-abroad.net to a new free site at https://swaneekazoo.wordpress.com.

    Basically, I’ve had enough of paying hosting & domain fees for a site I hardly update. Problem is, when trying to export from the old site and import into the new site, I receive an “Invalid file – Please upload a valid WXR (WordPress eXtended RSS) export file.”

    I’m exporting from a site running WordPress 3.0.5, and the output file is tiny (under 500 Kb) so overall file size can’t be the issue. I’ve tried exporting ALL posts, and when that didn’t work, subsets of the data, but all with the same result.

    I’m attempting to import it into a free wordpress blog that I created only today, so I imagine it’s all up to date and ticking along nicely.

    Can anyone think of anything I should be trying? Are there issues surrounding exporting from sites that have different ‘non-wordpress appended’ URLs? I’m at a loss…

    Thanks in advance,



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    I can’t think of anything. Usually it’s file size that’s the issue. It is possible, however, that you’re attempting to import things that won’t run here because of our security restrictions (no iframes, javascript, flash, etc) although I certainly don’t see anything of that nature.

    If I were you, I would contact WP.com staff via your Dashboard Help button and they can help.


    Staff should be able to sort this out for you.



    Staff should be able to sort this out for you.

    Indeed. Please contact support and we will sort this out for you.

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