Xanga to WordPress.com Import: Image Issues
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Currently WordPress.com does not have an importer specifically for Xanga sites, as they had not made exporting possible until this week. We will need to test these exports to see what they are including in the files.
In the meantime, from this post on Xanga.com, it sounds that images may not be included in the export file and you would need to download a separate file:
If you can send a copy of your XML file to us as an attachment via email (or as a dropbox link in an email if the file is large) we can also take a closer look at the file to see what is actually being exported from Xanga.
The images were in the .xml import file for WordPress, and they show up in the Media Library, but the images in each of the imported posts are still linking back to the image files on Xanga. If you look at the source code on my friend’s site, you can see all of the image links in the posts are Xanga’s.
I will send you the .xml file, but my concern is that the image links in the posts are all going to have to be changed over manually to the images in her WordPress.com Media Library before Xanga closes up shop, and we don’t know which image goes to which post anymore. She has 270 images linked to six year’s worth of posts. The task seems daunting, to say the least. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. :)
Oh, gosh. I sent you the wrong .xml file. I sent the one I created from her RSS feed that was limited to about ten posts. Let me resend the proper file. Thanks.
We definitely want to help you out if we can.
When you send the other file, I will take a look at it, and if I can get an export from my own Xanga site, I will test that as well (they are apparently experiencing some server issues).
This may take a while and may require a developer’s assistance, so I appreciate your patience as we test these things out and see what we can do on our end.
I resent the files. It is a zipped file of all of the archives including the photos. Basically, what you see on the site is what is in the files. I just was hoping to somehow have the image links in the posts change to links to the image files in the Media Library without me having to go into each post and do it manually. Thank you so much for looking into this! I will be patiently awaiting any information you may have for me. ;)
I see one email from you from 20 minutes ago, but the second email has not come through.
Can you provide the link to the Xanga site as well, so I can compare the two?
Sure! And I will re-send the file again. Let me know if you still don’t get it. It may take me a few minutes. :)
Well, as it turns out the second file was actually not the correct file anyway, so I have sent the correct one. It is named wordpressWXR.zip. That is what Xanga is putting out now for people who want to export their Xanga blogs to WordPress. It’s supposed to work on other sites that use .xml files, too. Let me know when you get it or if you don’t. :)
I got your third email and file, and will see what I can find out for you.
Looking at the .xml file, it appears Xanga is only including links to images in the file, not the images themselves – hence their recommendation to download the images separately. I ‘m not sure yet if we can incorporate those images into your blog or not.
Even so, I’ve passed the relevant info to our developers. I will let you know what I find out.
Well, somehow WordPress.com pulled the images from the links and added them to the Media Library. I’m hoping the developers can figure a way to point the images in the posts back to the proper links in the Media Library. :) That might be a pipe dream, but it is my hope. Otherwise, it is going to take forever to correct all those image links. I have downloaded the image files from Xanga, but they are already all there in the Media Library in the WordPress.com Dashboard. I look forward to hearing back from you whenever you find out if there’s a solution. Thanks for sticking with me on this. :)
We’re still digging into Xanga so I appreciate your patience. I will update you when I know something more.
Just wanted to let you know that our developers are looking into this now. The format that Xanga gives us doesn’t make it easy to merge the images into a WordPress.com import, but we’re continuing to investigate the situation to see if there’s a way to make it work.
Thanks, Jackie! I really hope the do come up with something. Keep me posted! :)
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