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[resolved] How do I transfer images from wordpress.com to a custom hosted site? (22 posts)

  1. gendem
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Hi there

    I am trying to transfer a blog hosted on wordpress.com to a custom hosted blog. I have used the export/import function to take care of the posts and so on, but I see no way to copy all the images that were uploaded and live on the wordpress.com site.

    Is there an easy way to do this transfer?

    ...Mike

  2. gendem
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Is there really no way to do this? I can't be the fist person to ask, can I?

  3. MichaelH
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    What does wordpress.COM support say about saving (offloading) your all your images say to your local computer?

  4. MichaelH
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Actually, the Administration > Manage > Import > WordPress option allows you to download attachments. Have you tried that?

  5. gendem
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    The import function is for posts, categories and other database things; it's the wordpress custom XML file, so no images.

    wordpress.com has so far nothing to say on the subject.

    ...Mike

  6. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Posted 6 years ago #

    The importer is smarter than you give it credit for. Look closer.

    It can directly download the attachments it finds in the XML from the original website (wordpress.com in this case) and make the attachments in itself.

    This may be new to 2.5, I have not checked.

  7. gendem
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    So far this is not in fact how it works. As far as I can tell, the links in the database are not updated, the images are not downloaded to be stored on the new server, and the images remain on WordPress.com.

    Not such a great import/export system if it ignored everything that is not text. Anyone have any solutions?

    ...Mike

  8. karinkl
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Help!! We just transferred our blog from one server to another and we lost all of our images in the process. We are using the new version of WordPress on our blog and can't imagine the time it will take updating all the images. Anyone else had this problem? Is there a pluging, somethiing we did wrong?

    http://www.greenprophet.com

    Karin

  9. moshu
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    We just transferred our blog from one server to another

    That, if done correctly, means that before the move you downloaded all your WP files and folders (including wp-content/uploads with your images) to your machine and uploaded everything to the new location.
    You also backed up the database and restored it at the new location.

    I don't see how the images could get "lost".

  10. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Posted 6 years ago #

    As far as I can tell, the links in the database are not updated, the images are not downloaded to be stored on the new server, and the images remain on WordPress.com.

    Did you try turning on the "Import Attachments" checkbox?

    Seriously, I know this works. I've done it myself. It does exactly what you say that it does not do. There's whole functions in the import/wordpress.php file designed specifically to do just what you're talking about. The backfill_attachment_urls() function changes URLs of attached files in posts to their new values when they get imported. The process_attachment() function actually retrieves the remote attachment from the old server.

    Now, this may be new to 2.5 (pretty sure it is, in fact), but it's there and it does indeed work.

  11. karinkl
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Thanks guys. I am going to pass this message on to Jack. He's the one pressing all the buttons... :)
    Karin

  12. karinkl
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    In the event that we have more problems, is there someone out there we can hire to help us diagnose the problem? We're all pretty new to wordpress and would hate to have to manually re-add pics to 250+ posts. Bleh.
    Karin

  13. karinkl
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    One more thing to note -- sorry to be a pest -- we were moving our blog from a server, which WAS NOT a wordpress server. The company couldn't host us. Said we were sucking up too much system resources on a shared server, so we moved over to another hosting provider... we had no choice.

  14. rpophessagr
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Hey, this is Jack,
    the problem is that our site was perfect before the nameservers change took effect. once the domain name transferred, BOTH sites (on each server) lost many of the pictures...

  15. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Are the pictures still actually on the site? Not visible on the website, but there on the site when you access it directly? If so, then probably just the links got broken.

  16. moshu
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Well, Jack, you and karinkl shouldn't post in a completely UNRELATED thread. That's for starters. Next time start your own topic!

    "lost" is not a technical term, really.
    What happened with the images? What is displayed instead? Did you look at the source code to see what exactly is in the code?

    I described the proper moving process above, but none of you ever answered whether you followed it or not.

  17. rpophessagr
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    hmm, actually, now that you mention it, those images are actually missing from where they are supposed to be.
    do you know, if I re-upload from my backup will it double everything? or is there a way to access from the backup file just the images?
    thanks!

  18. moshu
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Man, you think too much... Just answer the question I asked above.

    Did you look at the source code to see what exactly is in the code? - and I meant where the image is supposed to be.

    Or why don't you just give us a link, so somebody can see it instead of getting the necessary info bit by bit?

  19. gendem
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Did you try turning on the "Import Attachments" checkbox?

    I searched for this term and discovered a description of the feature. Turns out it is a feature of 2.5 which i could not see as the blog in question is 2.3.3.

    So it has been fixed in the current version.

    Thanks

  20. obelar
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Hi,

    Did you try turning on the "Import Attachments" checkbox?

    Where exactly is this feature in wordpress 2.5.1?

  21. riquard
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    http://michaelsync.net/2008/01/28/bulk-image-downloader-for-wordpress-users

    just found this program... it can download all your images from wordpress.com you can upload them again to your new server and if needed you can do a search-replace on a sql export. and then import it again.

  22. sewpafly
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    otto42, I don't see the checkbox that you mentioned... under Administration -> manage -> import -> wordpress [1]. Could you have a plugin installed that is giving you that checkbox?

    [1]: http://img522.imageshack.us/img522/5899/wordpressimportgx9.png

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