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  1. Sandman
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Since I don't know PHP very well yet, I'm thinking switching blogware.
    How can I export my posts from WordPress into a text file of some sort?
    Thanks in advance.

  2. OperaManiac
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    who said u need to know php to use WP?

  3. nsxpower
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    There is WP backup script that makes a SQL dump with all your entries in there or you can do it by hand. Also check forums/features of the new blogging tool you are looking at ... may be they have a WP import, although unlikely.

  4. WillM
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Which tool were you thinking of switching to? I can't think of any that wouldn't be a step backwards from WordPress, except possibly Textpattern and thats still only in gamma.

  5. Sandman
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Movable Type - since I know it so well.
    It's just that I want to add things to my blog, and I can't figure out how to add them, whereas with MT I knew exactly what to do.
    The only thing I can figure out if the style switcher.
    I'm just overwhelmed, I guess and think that if I go back to MT, that I can blog and not worry about PHP errors and the such.
    I even got one when trying to backup.
    Fatal error: Failed opening required 'brvars.php' (include_path='.:/usr/local/lib/php') in /wp-admin/backupRestore.php on line 133

  6. Sandman
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Well, I fixed the backup - but I don't think it will do me much good importing into MT.
    *sigh*

  7. Chris J. Davis
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I am sorry I am so late to this conversation, but what are the problems you are having?
    I refuse to believe that you are able to "go back to MT, that I can blog and not worry about PHP errors and the such."
    MT is a Perl monstrosity, and having tried to use it in the past I can't believe that you would find it easier to add and/or hack than WP.
    Have you given the community a chance to help you with your problems?

  8. tedfox
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I think u shld give the guy a chance. MT's tags are lot s lots more easier to understand. And at times... playing around with WP... has given me a fairly big headache.... The tags just arn't as easy to use and understand. (partly due to documentation... which i'll say is no fault of WP's. it's just well.. I don't know)
    As far as I know... there's no export tool as yet..... and I don't think there's a IMPORT for sure.
    However.. i sure would like an export tool... having a softcopy of all my entries will feel good... instead of just a sql backup. if u know what I mean.

  9. rayne
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I too agree that an export would be a good backup tool in addition to the sql backup. Sandman...if you can manage enough of the WP templates then you can create one that will put the WP entries into the import format for MT. The MT website has docs on the import format. Then from your browser, save the page, or in IE, view the source and save it out to your hard drive.

  10. WillM
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    http://wordpress.org/support/4/4215.
    Maybe we should be realistic and accept that sometimes people will want a plaintext backup, need to move their blogs to another server or even revert to an older tool which for whatever reason they found easier to use.

  11. tedfox
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    What a great script! I'm having a slight problem with it using the latest version of WordPress. It will only spit out one entry and on further investigation seems to choke on the $prev_entry variable. Any hints on how to fix it?
    Posted by: Tracey at April 6, 2004 12:43 AM
    From the page of the backup script for the b2. erm. oh no?? haha

  12. WillM
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    You would need to change every occurence of 'b2' in the code to 'wp_' to reflect the new table names, but I guess you already did that. I'll take a look and see what I can come up with.

  13. Sandman
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I appreciate the advice, and it's been very helpful.
    It's not that I am enamored by MT, it's just that I am intimidated by WordPress and the PHP.
    I do not understand PHP or MySQL - but can follow directions enough to get a blog up and running - which I did.
    http://www.shifting-sand.com/
    I just don't know how to handle SQL Dumps, PHP errors, and the like.
    I'm a newbie, and it sucks. Going back to MT would save me quite a few headaches, as I used it for almost 3 years.
    I love WordPress, but I'm not sure I need to be putting all of my blogging into a system I don't understand. I've already lost everything once since I started with WP.
    Thanks again.

  14. Anonymous
    Unregistered
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Going back to MT from WP? I just moved *from* MT to WP! I don't understand Perl scripts. Hell, even experienced Perl programmers don't understand them within 6 months of writing them. I find PHP easier to read and understand. There are lots of books out there on PHP, and it is an ideal language for working with mySQL databases.
    If backups are your problem and you don't want to write straight SQL scripts in order to get your data out, take a look at myPhpAdmin. It makes dealing with databases a *lot* easier. I just exported my entire WP database within a minute of realizing I should probably do it some time.
    But of course, blogs are personal, so our choice of blog software will be too. So by all means choose what feels right to you.
    Before landing on WP, I tried postNuke, Zope+Plone, coreblog, NewsBruizer, greymatter, MT, TextPattern, squishdot, Python Desktop Server.
    cheers

  15. pstew21
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I'd like to see a export entries option as well in WP.
    Not that I plan on dumping WP, but for a couple of reasons...
    One, the ability to start fresh with a clean install of WP and reimport only the entries...
    Two, backup. Sure I can backup my MySQL db, but having a quick backup of all my entries in a text file that is a universal would aid in the long future of my content...
    Maybe the RSS import option would do what is needed, just export all the entries to an .xml file and use the RSS import to bring them back in? Would this be robust enough??? And does anyone have templates for the RSS export of all entries with comments and all meta data?

  16. tontamoo
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I've been looking for some kind of export script as well. Back in the days when I used MT, the export into a text file was very convenient. It save the entries, comments, and all of the information -- hence, moving to WordPress was a breeze. I hope something will be created in the near future.

  17. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 10 years ago #

    If you have phpmyadmin, simply export all your entries to an .sql file.
    If you do not, then install the OneClickBackup plugin which will perform the same task.
    Saving any images folders will then give you all the information you need to move tools.
    As for "Why can't someone make a WP-MT import tool", the answer is anyone can, but the emphasis should not necessarily be on the devs to do that.

  18. Matt Mullenweg
    Troublemaker
    Posted 10 years ago #

    There's no need to "lock" anyone in to WordPress, it stands on its own merits. No one makes or loses money if you use WordPress or not. We do this because we love doing it. We don't have any propietary storage formats or obscufated code, anyone is free to do anything with the data they want, and they do. There are WordPress import tools for other systems (though they're all lossy at the moment). Also remember WordPress content is available through the same standard APIs (blogger, metaweblog) as everyone else.
    An export function has been planned out and the code has been assigned to someone, and as far as I know he has been working on it. When everything is done you'll be able to export and import to RSS/Atom and to a custom lossless XML format.
    Insinuations about the motivations of WP developers is uncalled for and not productive toward what we're all trying to do here: make WordPress better.

  19. Sandman
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I'm glad I moved to WordPress, I'm just intimidated by the SQL database.
    Thanks for all the hard work put into WP...I'm a happy user.

  20. michaelkpate
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I can think of all sort of reasons why having the ability to Export from WordPress to the mt-import format is handy. It certainly saves time typing in entries when testing a design.

  21. pvicnan
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Hmm.. I'm having trouble with the script.. I'm getting a blank page. Any help? Thanks.

  22. pvicnan
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Can any-one throw me a life-line? Much appreciated!

  23. Wybe
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    what I just did is simply edit wp-rss2.php since I don´t use it anyway (lol too bad for people who do :P). Ofcourse I guess you could simply copy that file and then edit it. You can ofcourse change the way the output is made. Instead of some kind of XML you could make an output of for example normal HTML, it´s real easy. Then you can include it in any other PHP file, or simply link right to it.

  24. decheung
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Has anyone since then created an easy Export from WordPress plug in?

    I'd like to switch hosting services but exporting SQL and restoring it doesn't look fun or easy. Switching hosts with MT was super easy!

  25. stonepoem
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I have a similar itch! I quickly need to export my individual posts into .doc or similar format so I can turn my online poetry blog into an offline document, suitable for book* publishing. Any help gratefully recieved.

    *Yeah, I know. A book? How quaint...

  26. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 8 years ago #

    You might want to take a look at what Khaled has done and is doing:
    http://www.brokenkode.com/archives/broken-kode-season-one-the-first-copy/
    and the other posts there and the comments.

  27. stonepoem
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    That's great thanks, I'm planning to do the LuLu thing also, it looks really good and easy to manage so I''l drop the guy a line and see how he got on. My main problem is that I've got 365 posts/poems to format and prepare. Not sure I'll stay sane if I have to cut and paste every one individually.

    It's actually quite interesting to see that crossing back over to print is not as easy as you think it might be.

  28. renmiri
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    There is an WordPress Export plugin that exports to Movable Type or SQL and it works very well. For the 1.5 or older version go to the author's page
    http://epierce.blog.usf.edu/2005/04/26/wpexport-02

    For a 2.0 version with added Export to XML and Export to Wikipedia functionality go here
    http://blogger-bee.com/index.php/Blog_to_Wiki_import

  29. netgautam
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    What if my Blog is hosted on WordPress and I want to export the content including posts, comments and categories?

  30. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 8 years ago #

    If you post is on wordpress.com, then currently you can only export posts, not comments. Matt has mentioned an exporter is near to release though.

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