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Import Posterous into WordPress (30 posts)

  1. docflo
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    It would be great to be able to import an existing Posterous blog into WordPress.

    I tried out Posterous for a couple of months and would like to go back to WordPress now. Turns out that their export features aren't really non-developer friendly.

    They have an api, the part about exporting is here: http://posterous.com/api/reading

    Would it be possible for WordPress devs to add a posterous import function in Tools/Import?

    Or would a plugin be the right solution?

  2. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Posted 4 years ago #

    The generic RSS importer should work. Won't get comments though.

  3. docflo
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Would be a shame to lose the comments.

  4. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Posted 4 years ago #

    The "WordPress" importer reads a "WXR" file. This is a WordPress Extended RSS format, which basically means that it's an RSS file with extra bits in it for comments and such. The format itself is not well documented, but relatively easy to understand and create. It would be possible for somebody to write a converter using the Posterous API.

    Of course, it'd probably be equally easy for somebody to write a WordPress importer for Posterous. Importers are fairly easy to write.

    If somebody does write one, make sure to submit it to trac. Maybe you can get it included in the core code.

  5. docflo
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I'm talking to a PHP-savvy friend of mine, maybe he can conjure something up.

  6. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Request placed on trac as well:
    http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/11434

  7. DilemmaLA
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I was curious if anyone has any updates on the capability to import comments from posterous to wordpress.

    For simplicity's sake, I am starting a blog on posterous, but envision there may be a time in the future that my blog/company presence may expand to justify updating to the more robust features of wordpress. Just a bit concerned that if and when that day comes I may not be able to import comments that will have accumulated on my posterous blog to date into wordpress to complete such a theoretical upgrade.

    Any advice/news on the potential for wordpress to do this at some point would give me peace of mind about starting in posterous now for speed's sake. Thanks!

  8. docflo
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    My advice at the moment would be to start your blog on http://wordpress.com/ You can always import that to your own self-hosted wordpress site at a later point in time.

  9. Brian Colinger
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Howdy,
    I'm working on a Posterous importer for WordPress.com. I should have it up and running very soon. I'll try to release this for self-hosted blogs as soon as I can.

  10. counselorart
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi Brian,

    I currently blog on Posterous and am very interested in your importer. Please advise as soon as you have it ready.

    Thanks,

    Art

    http://www.elderlyfraudrecoveryhelp.posterous.com

  11. Brian Colinger
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    @counselorart, will do!
    All that is really left is to do is make a usable UI for it.

  12. vishalanand
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi Brian,

    Another user eagerly waiting for your plugin..

  13. Samuel B
    moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

    with the posterous api many things should be possible
    http://posterous.com/api

  14. Brian Colinger
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    We've released the Posterous importer on wordpress.com. Hopefully we can release the importer to wordpress.org soon.
    http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2010/02/09/posterous-importer/

  15. In theory... You could import from Posterous to WP.com and export THAT to WP self hosted, right?

  16. niftycorp
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    so very exciting! thanks for this Brian.
    i'll keep an eye on this thread for the release of the .org version

  17. Brian Colinger
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    @Ipstenu, that is correct.

  18. @briancolinger - Good :) That'll get folks though the day till your copious free time gets the .org one done ;)

  19. niftycorp
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    @Ipstenu nice thinking! i've never really messed around with .com so this is a good excuse to go have a play

  20. Brian Colinger
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Professor Farnsworth: Good news everyone!
    I've finally been able to release this as a plugin.
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/posterous-importer/

  21. henmaker
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Briancolinger, Thanks for the posterous importer plugin, however, i discovered there is a small bugs :

    It doesn't work in wordpress 2.9.2, you have to change this line in your plugin file:

    require_once ABSPATH . 'wp-includes/class-http.php';

    to

    require_once ABSPATH . 'wp-includes/http.php';

    As class-http.php is not exist.

  22. henmaker
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Sorry, i mean the one in "class-wp-importer" plugin, since we need that to get posterous importer plugin to work.

  23. Brian Colinger
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Thanks @henmaker for catching that one! I just realized I'd been testing this on 3.0-beta, that file exists in that version. But it was still the wrong API file to load... fail!
    Fixed.

  24. mlazopoulou
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    @briancolinger Thank you so much for the plugin!
    However I've tried it on both wordpress 2.9.2 and 3.0 beta and it is not working.. When I hit the submit button nothing happens...
    Any ideas/tips?
    Thanks again!

  25. Brian Colinger
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    @mlazopoulou, thanks for reporting that. I've got to do a better job of testing these things!
    There is a fix for this in the latest version of class-wp-importer. You should see an update for that plugin soon.

  26. Kadr
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Brilliant!

    I was looking for a way to import Ning into WP. But the Ning import plugin only imports the user data. Now, posterous only imports the post data from Ning and now with this plugin I can move onward from posterous to WP!

    Brilliant again!

  27. glamgeek
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi all,

    I first posted this under http://wordpress.org/support/topic/plugin-posterous-importer-fatal-error-on-import?replies=1#post-1634238. Please forgive the double-post, but perhaps it belongs here better:

    I tried to import my Posterous stuff to my WP 3.0 site http://almud.auner.net, but I get the following error on submitting my Posterous login data:

    Fatal error: Call to undefined function: simplexml_load_string() in /WWWROOT/61611/htdocs/wp-content/plugins/posterous-importer/posterous.php on line 121

    EDIT: I read that the importer only works for wordpress.com sites. Is that the reason for the error? Do I need to take the workaround of creating a .com blog to achieve this?

    Help, anyone?

    Thanks in advance!
    Ally

  28. glamgeek
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I took the workaround. It's now sorted.... sort of. ;-)

  29. bigpappayo
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi everybody,

    I'm getting a similar problem as glamgeek when trying to export/import my Posterous blog to my WordPress blog, here's the error message I'm getting:

    Fatal error: Call to undefined function: simplexml_load_string() in /home/content/t/r/o/****/html/yourdailydoseof/wp-content/plugins/posterous-importer/posterous.php on line 121

    (****= my username)

    I'm using WordPress 3.0.1. I don't really want to create another blog on WordPress.com to import to from Posterous and then export to my WordPress.org blog because the reason I created the Posterous blog in the first place was to export my TUMBLR blog...

    I know, right? Starting to get a little complicated here. However, I have figured out a work-around to export/ import from Posterous to WordPress:

    Posterous has the capability of allowing you to "autopost" to various other platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Buzz and WordPress to name a few; there's about 28 listed). On the "Manage" screen of your blog, click on "autopost" and then click on "add a service" a Flash box will open up and allow you to choose which platform (and your blog address) that you want to autopost to. Choose "WorPress" and enter the URL for your blog.

    Once you have that set up, go back to your posts choose one and click on "edit." If you need or want to make changes go ahead and do so now; now click on "autopost" (again, in the right hand column) and another flash box will pop up with the name of your blog. Click on that and boom goes the dynamite, DONE! You have exported your post to WordPress. You may or may not have to edit in WordPress once you get it over there. Written posts look okay but you may have to "center" your pics & vids, the pics & vids I "autoposted" were left-aligned.

    NOTE! Your tags and comments will NOT export with the post. Also, it autoposts immediately so you will have to go and set your tags and backdate the post to when you originally posted it for conformity.

    May be a little time consuming for most of you but this is probably going to be the best work-around for me- I only have about 100 posts, no comments to worry about and since Tumblr wouldn't let you use tags anyway it won't take me but a day or two to get this set up.

    Was really excited to use the Posterous importer plugin but it didn't work for me and it looks like the guy that wrote the code hasn't checked this thread in four months so, going the route detailed above is probably going to be the quicker one for me.

    Sorry for being so long-winded but I hope this helps.

  30. cjdsie
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hey I just installed the import posterous to my WP blog and I'm getting a similar scenario as mentioned above. I've entered the information and hit submit but nothing is happening. Is there a workaround or a fix for this? I just recently upgraded to the 3.0.3. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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