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  1. TabithaPowledge
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I have just started with WP and moved my blog to a new host. I exported my previous posts from my old host into a text file on my computer and also ftp'd the file to my new host. The file looks fine (complete with html coding). But I don't know how to import it into my new WP.

    Can you help? Thanks much.
    t.

  2. Brian Layman
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Is it a MySQL text file? How did you do the export?

  3. omgitztrey
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Why don't you just use the export and import feature if you're coming from another blogging platform

  4. TabithaPowledge
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Brian: I have no idea. I clicked on Export to text and saved it to my hard drive. Looks like a conventional text file to me. I'm surprised importing a text file isn't one of the WP choices; it seems like such an ordinary thing to be able to do.

    OMG: My old platform is not among those listed under the WP Import instructions. It was QuickBlog on the GoDaddy site, which I believe is their proprietary platform. Perhaps one or more of those listed is similar enough to work, but I have no way of knowing that.

    Thanks for your speedy responses. All further suggestions welcome.

    t.

  5. omgitztrey
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    you'll know it's an sql file if it has an .sql extention. and it does look like a normal txt file. If that's the case you may be in a little luck. It'll probably just take forever trying to parse out the data to the appropriate fields in the post table.

  6. TabithaPowledge
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    It just has the usual .txt extension. Since it seems to be a conventional text file, I don't suppose I could just *change* the extension to .sql???????????

    t.

  7. garryconn
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    When you say,

    "The file looks fine (complete with html coding)."

    it almost sounds like you have a copy of all your actual posts. Is this true?

    I am trying to follow and get to know more about your situation in order to better help you.

    If you happen to have a back up copy of all your actual posts that are written in HTML, and if there isn't a lot of posts... you could probably enter them in by hand. But before I go into detail about that... I would need to know more about this back up you made.

  8. TabithaPowledge
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    What I have is an exported text copy of all my posts in a single file. The file also contains html coding (for formatting I guess), plus some boxes and dashes that I think might indicate spacing, although I'm too ignorant about this stuff to be sure. But the html is (I believe) only to indicate BF, Ital, links, and the like. The file itself is text. Doesn't sound like what you're talking about, does it? I appreciate your help, though; keep those cards and letters coming!

  9. garryconn
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I wonder if it would be possible for me to look at the file you are talking about? If this back up actually contains the html code of every post, you could be able to just manually add the posts in one by one... If you have 100 posts to manually add it would only take a few hours... break it down over a few days, 20 minutes here, 40 minutes there... eventually you would get them all added. Secondly, I am sure along the way you will run into a few you want to purge anyway.

  10. TabithaPowledge
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Yeah, of course I could simply enter each post into WP on the new host. But I'm not sure it's worth the time it would take, which is why I was looking for a shortcut, a one-step way to import this file into WP as one seems to be able to with posts from lots of other blogging software. I keep being surprised that there's no way to import a text file into WP--seems like such a basic thing to be able to do. But what do I know? Obviously.

    Thanks for your advice; I appreciate you taking the time.

  11. garryconn
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    You are welcome... WordPress holds its data in a MySQL database... and unless your back up is not the same or comparable, it will not import.

    It seems the only way you can get your posts transferred would be to copy the HTML code of each individual post and past it in and to manually type in the titles of the posts.

    If this was a critical situation, I am sure that you would appreciate the thin thread of opportunity you have to save your posts. Most people aren't that lucky.

    However, if the posts aren't worth the investment in time, then scrub it... and build a brand new and wonderful blog and have fun! :)

  12. TabithaPowledge
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    More news. The folks at my former host told me I could import a text file by using WP's file for importing Moveable Type files with some tweaks.

    Instructions for importing MT files are at:
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Importing_from_Movable_Type_to_WordPress
    and
    http://carthik.net/blog/vault/2004/05/14/movabletype-to-wordpress/
    and
    http://wordpress.org/docs/tutorials/import-mt/

    Unfortunately, these tips do not seem to apply to the current version of WP; the file for importing MT blog posts does not look like the ones described in these links and so I don't know how to alter it in the way these links suggest. I would be grateful for suggestions.

  13. Karenscott
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I currently have two blogs.

    My current blog keeps having outages, so I switch to my spare blog.

    I would like to pull my posts from my spare blog over to my main blog.

    If I use the import action to try to pull the posts from my spare blog to my main blog, do I run the risk of losing the stuff that's on my main blog already?

    Also, can I pull over just the posts and the comments. If so how?

    I was thinking that if not, then I could pull all the posts from the spare blog (there are only about 10 posts), then just delete the ones I didn't want.

    Would this work?

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