An admin plugin that allows users to convert their Community Server blog to WordPress.
Both. The distinction for our purposes is purely semantic.
The importer has only been tested with WordPress version 2.6.1. If you're using an older version of WordPress and have or would like to test the importer on it, please contact me.
The importer has only been tested with Community Server 2007. If you're using an older version of Community Server and have or would like to test the importer on it, please contact me.
The beta version of importer uses SQL-XML features that are available in the 2000 and 2005 versions of Microsoft SQL Server. Future versions of the importer will not have this limitation.
The next version of the importer will provide wider hosting platform support by using ODBC for database connections. If you can't wait for the ODBC version, I may be able to provide assistance. contact me for more information.
The importer works by exporting data from your Community Server database into a WXR-compliant XML file, and then importing said XML file into your WordPress database. The WXR format is the same that is used by the WordPress importer, so most of the CS import process is identical to (and interchangeable with) the WordPress import process.
At present, the importer exports posts, comments, basic user information associated with posts, and tags/categories.
Because Community Server makes no distinction between these internally.
Yes. Because the importer creates a WXR-compliant XML file and saves it to your website's file system, you can exit the importer after the file is generated, download and edit the file, and then complete the import using the WordPress importer. If you choose to do this, be very careful not to change the schema of the XML document, lest your import fail miserably.
Yes. The XML file that is generated from the Community Server database is stored at the root of your website during the conversion, and is not removed when the import completes. This essentially gives you a "snapshot" of your CS site at the time you made the switch.
You need to increase the value of the uploadmaxfilesize property in php.ini to a value that is equal to or greater than the size of your import file. Many shared hosting companies allow this on a per-user basis; see your provider's documentation for more information.
On a limited basis, yes. I want to make the importer as useful and bullet-proof as possible, however, I cannot provide free support for miscellaneous issues not directly related to the plugin. Please contact me if you need to.
Maybe. Check http://www.bettersoftwarenow.com for more information and some other useful tools.