Xanga to WordPress.com Import: Image Issues

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    I have just imported the .xml file that Xanga recently made available for its users into a friend’s new WordPress.com blog. It imported everything beautifully. The posts, comments, images, etc. all were imported. The problem I am having is that all of the images in the posts are linked back to Xanga even though the images were imported into my WordPress.com media library.

    Is there an easy way of getting all of the images to link to their proper place in the posts without having to do it manually. I really don’t relish the thought of having to go through six years of posts trying to manually link over two hundred photo images. Once Xanga closes shop, the posts will not have photos in them anymore. Please tell me there’s an easier way! Thanks.

    http://godsducks.wordpress.com/

    #1324658

    supportbot
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    #1324659

    timethief
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    I’ll tag this thread for Staff assistance. Please subscribe to the thread so you are notified when they respond and please be patient while waiting.

    #1324660

    Thanks. I am subscribed to the thread. :)

    #1324661

    timethief
    Member

    P.S. My response above is in reference to http://godsducks.wordpress.com/ as we provide support here only for free hosted WordPress.COM blogs.

    If you are referring to http://dappledthings.me/ then you are posting to the wrong support forum. We cannot help you here. WordPress.com and WordPress.org are completely separate and have separate logins. If you don’t have a username account at WordPress.org, click http://wordpress.org/support/ and register one on the top right hand corner of the page that opens, so you can post there.

    #1324665

    I am posting from this WordPress.com account: http://dappledthingsphotography.wordpress.com/ about a problem I am having with a friend’s ( http://godsducks.wordpress.com/ ) account. This *is* a WordPress.com support issue. It has nothing to do with my self-hosted WordPress.org blog.

    #1324816

    jackiedana
    Member

    Hi there,

    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:
    http://thexangateam.xanga.com/774035061/update-on-relaunch-xanga-fundraiser-and-xanga-arc%E2%80%A6/

    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.

    #1324835

    Jackie,

    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.

    http://godsducks.wordpress.com/

    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. :)

    #1324839

    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.

    Gail

    #1324842

    jackiedana
    Member

    Hi again,

    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.

    #1324843

    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. ;)

    #1324844

    jackiedana
    Member

    Hi again,

    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?

    #1324845

    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. :)

    http://godsducks.xanga.com/

    #1324846

    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. :)

    #1324847

    jackiedana
    Member

    Hi again,

    I got your third email and file, and will see what I can find out for you.

    #1324854

    jackiedana
    Member

    Hi again,

    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.

    #1324856

    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. :)

    #1324866

    jackiedana
    Member

    Hi again,

    We’re still digging into Xanga so I appreciate your patience. I will update you when I know something more.

    #1324880

    jackiedana
    Member

    Hi dappledthingsphotography,

    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.

    #1324881

    Thanks, Jackie! I really hope the do come up with something. Keep me posted! :)

    Gail

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