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From WP to GoDaddy: Images gone, authors uncredited (9 posts)

  1. scwilson86
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    I recently switched from wp.com to godaddy for a webhost. I exported my xml file and imported it to the new theme. Unfortunately the images are no longer in our media folder so I have to go through 150+ posts individually and upload a featured image. Also all posts are now being attributed to me, but I have over a dozen contributors/authors/editors. Also my name is showing up as my screen name instead of my display name, which is definitely not what I want.

    How can I fix this? Do I need to download my database or something? How? Is that even still an option? Is there a way to fix it some other way? GoDaddy support is not helpful on this front because it's not their software. I need help.

    The blog I need help with is thegeekiary.com.

  2. scwilson86
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    I have also noticed that all of my links now direct to the homepage instead of individual articles. I'm not sure how that happened or why. I'm not sure if this is something that can be resolved with wordpress support or godaddy. I have a lot of internal links and a lot of social media blasts all over and this is hindering everything.

  3. wpfan1000
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    Hi,

    For reference have you looked at:

    Moving WordPress - http://codex.wordpress.org/Moving_WordPress?

    and

    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/how-to-copy-wordpress-site-to-local-test-server?replies=34

    I hope this helps :-)

    Success!

  4. scwilson86
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    There is a lot of terminology and actions there I do not understand. How do I find the wp-config.php? How do I edit it so that my contributors and images swap over? Are things like cpanel, directpanel, etc third party software I have to install to do this? The codex speaks as though I should already know what that is and have access to it. I do not. What's a good one for beginners? It doesn't look like this is something beginners should be doing at all.

    I literally learned what an SQL is about 12 hours ago and on the wordpress.com help site they say they do not have the ability to download those from wordpress.com blogs. Only xml files (learned that term about 10 hours ago). Is it possible to download my SQL file/database from my wordpress.com blog and move it over to my wordpress.org account hosted through GoDaddy?

    The main thing I want to do is be sure all my authors are contributed correctly. Right now they are all attributed to me and that's not fair or correct at all. I can go the long way about getting the image situation fixed, but I need my authors to have their articles attributed to them.

  5. scwilson86
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    I just discovered there is a way to go through and manually change authors. So I guess I'm going to do it that way and hope I remember who did what. And I'll go through each post and save an image and upload it as a featured image. It's a long process, but I it'll probably be quicker and safer than me trying to figure out what all of this super complicating stuff means.

  6. leejosepho
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    I recently switched from wp.com to godaddy for a webhost. I exported my xml file and imported it to the new theme. Unfortunately the images are no longer in our media folder...

    Images are typically stored somewhere within a folder named wp-content, and you will have to talk with the folks at WordPress.com about how you might be able to copy or move them on over.

    Also all posts are now being attributed to me, but I have over a dozen contributors/authors/editors.

    I do not know very much here, but apparently your export file might not have included user meta. So again, you might want to ask about that here:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/

    Also my name is showing up as my screen name instead of my display name, which is definitely not what I want.

    You should be able to change that by editing your user account.

    I have also noticed that all of my links now direct to the homepage instead of individual articles...a lot of internal links and a lot of social media blasts all over and this is hindering everything.

    There are plugins that might help with that, and maybe someone else here can offer some suggestions there.

    How do I find the wp-config.php? How do I edit it so that my contributors and images swap over? Are things like cpanel, directpanel, etc third party software I have to install to do this?

    That file in is your site's root folder (such as possibly public_html or whatever GoDaddy uses there), and I use FileZilla with an SFTP connection to the server to work with my files there. To do that, you will need to download and install FileZilla, then have your host help you establish an SFTP connection.
    note: They might suggest using FTP, but FTP would send your login credentials and everything else out over the 'net in plain text.

    It doesn't look like this is something beginners should be doing at all.

    I felt the same way just a year ago when I got started, but it is really no different than working with folders and files on your local machine. Just go slowly and be sure to know what you really want to do and how to do it before changing things. Also, you will need a plain-text editor that will *not* add any kind of formatting and that will save a file such as .htaccess that is only an extension without a file name. http://notepad-plus-plus.org/ is great for that.

    Is it possible to download my SQL file/database from my wordpress.com blog and move it over to my wordpress.org account hosted through GoDaddy?

    I think that can be done with phpMyAdmin (such as can be found at your host cPanel), but I have never done that myself.

  7. scwilson86
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    WordPress.com sent me over here. But I'm going around this a different way. I went through and changed each person on the articles individually. Now I'm just going to go through and upload pictures per article. It's a long way to do it, but it's quicker at this point than the alternative.

    Thanks for your help. I appreciate it. Sorry I'm computer dumb. :(

  8. leejosepho
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    Understood, and also be sure to know security is another concern or responsibility at a self-hosted site. At the very least, go to Dashboard > Settings > General and un-check "Anyone can register" until you are sure you want anyone and everyone to be able to do that, and also possibly change your Comment settings at Dashboard > Settings > Discussion until you have some kind of SPAM control in-place. Also, at least this is highly recommended:
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Hardening_WordPress

  9. scwilson86
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    Thanks so much. Crap hit the fan at midnight and it's 3pm the next day and I got like a 4 hour nap at most so this is driving me bonkers. I appreciate all the help :)

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