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Problems importing Blogger into WordPress 2.0.1 (38 posts)

  1. haejin
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Hi -

    First, my specs:
    - Just upgraded to WP 2.0.1
    - Importing Blogger content into WP
    - IE 6.0 (all updates current)
    - Win XP, SP2

    I've been trying to import my Blogger content into WP using the built-in Import tool in the WP Admin interface. I keep getting a javascript error icon in the left corner of my IE browser saying "Done but with errors" and then the import window goes blank and freezes. I have to hit reload in order to get it working again, and it takes me back to the Blogger import login screen. It only imports 2 Blogger posts at a time before it freezes.

    I've tried importing on three different computers with different configurations - and all give me the same error messages.

    Anyone have the same experience? Any suggestions?

  2. sewcrafty
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I'm having the same trouble importing from Blogger.

  3. Pragmatik
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I'm having the same trouble importing one of blogs right now. I wonder if it has something to do with the multiple crashes Blogger has been having today. Reminds me of the greatness of one's own server, with WP on it:)

  4. hellkitten
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I'm having the same problem. I've reset the dang thing more times than I can count and yet it still has problems with the last 7 months of blogger blogs. Arg! If anyone figures a way around this problem, let me know +o)

  5. Pragmatik
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Still not working. I wonder if it's Blogger's constant problems for the last few days. I imported another Blogger blog to another WP blog last weekend, and it worked just fine. Blogger's down now, as a matter of fact. Good reasons to be swithing my other blog to WP:)

  6. haejin
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Well, it took me a good two days to finally import all my posts....had to just keep resetting the import tool all day until it finally imported everything over. What a pain in the a$$, but thankfully I only have to do it once. :)

    Also, I've noticed that the import process somehow screws up the formatting of the original blog post....especially for posts with multiple images. For example, it inserted divs where there weren't any to begin with....

  7. Poco
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I'm also having problems with the Blogger import but they are slighty different. They were happening with 2.0 and now also 2.0.1.

    My problem is that when I enter a name and password I immediately get a "The page cannot be displayed" (in IE) in the frame indicating some sort of server or DNS error. It doesn't matter whether I enter a valid or invalid name and password, it is almost immediate, like there is something wrong with the POST.

    When I first setup WordPress 2.0 last month this didn't happen, instead the page would loading forever (and usually give up). It is possible that my host has changed something since then, but the fact is it still doesn't work. The only sign I see that something is going wrong on the server is a line that shows up in my server logs at the same time...

    [Mon Feb 06 04:59:00 2006] [error] [client xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx] not well-formed (invalid token) at line 139, column 29, referer: http://www.okuda.ca/

    Any ideas?

  8. Pragmatik
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Still stumped. I imported another blog from Blogger just last week, with no problems at all. This week, the importer keeps stopping, skipping comments and deciding it wants to post dozens of posts twice. I've cleared the database a dozen times (so that my post IDs don't start in the 70s or 90s).

    Since I have to upload 347 images and do all the comments manually for 400+ posts, I wonder if I shouldn't suck it up and do them all one by one and then just try to import the comments...

    Now Blogger's going to be down for one hour tonight, from 7-8 Pac. time.

  9. Poco
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I keep asking about this, but it seems like it should be possible for someone who is smarter than me to write some php script to fix the image links from a blogger import.

    Parse the WP DB, look for any .jpg files hosted on blogger.com, download them into a directory, and update the links. Anyone want to give it a try?

  10. niziol
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    This might be an obvious question, but are all of you encountering these errors using IE? Has anyone tried a better browser, like Firefox or Opera. I know IE gives strange errors sometimes, even the server/DNS error - all while the very same page is working perfectly in Firefox.

    Maybe give a different browser a try, clear your cache and that stuff. I believe blogger is having some issues as of late, that could be a cause as well.

    Good luck,
    Michael.

  11. annieh
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Niziol asked,
    > are all of you encountering these errors using IE? Has anyone tried a better browser, like Firefox ...?

    I use Firefox; have had that error and am still waiting for a reply to my question days ago (:> |

  12. Walnut
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I use Firefox, and I'm having problems importing blogger files into WP2.0.

    First attempt, 27 posts came over without a hitch, comments and all. Great. Only ~480 more posts to go. Then it froze, and nothing happened for the next thirty minutes.

    I tried doing it all over again, after first repairing my blogger template, but now NOTHING happens.

    I'm very frustrated . . .

    Doug
    http://ballsandwalnuts.com

  13. Poco
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I got an idea from another thread. I'm going to setup an Apache+php+MySQL server on my PC and try importing my blogger blog to that. This way I have full control over the server and software that could be causing problems.

    If that works then I assume there is a way to export the DB and import it to my live server.

    Can anyone who has done a flawless blogger import recommend a server combo (prefereably one of those all-in-one downloads) that should work?

  14. Pragmatik
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I cleared my databases and tried again, and it worked this time. I got someone to help me check, and it got all 400+ posts and 900 comments except for one, and that was easy enough to fix. I didn't do anything differently, other than try at university with a better connection speed that my back-country DSL. Same browser (latest Firefox), too. I hope some other folks are finding that it works, too.

  15. Poco
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I've started a new thread http://wordpress.org/support/topic/60220?replies=3 regarding installing a local version of WP to do the blogger import and then copy my DB. I am mid process, but so far so good.

  16. denniswan
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I've got the same problem for weeks, but I tried using FireFox in WinXP it works fine and importing now.

  17. sygyzy
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I had no problems with the importing but it did make some mistakes.

  18. Walnut
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    How do I clear my databases?

    This is the error I get when I try to import from blogger:

    404 Not Found
    The requested URL /wp-admin/login.do does not exist.

  19. haejin
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Has anyone had any problems with their old Blogger posts showing up in the archives?

    When I click on any past month containing imported Blogger posts, it takes me to an unformatted page containing just a directory listing of the old blogger posts. I thought that if I clicked on any archive link, it would take me to a page containing all the selected archived posts for that month, with the current theme/stylesheet settings applied. But nothing.

    Any thoughts?

  20. squalor
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I get Walnut's error as well, after the app imported about half my blogger entries and then fizzled, also mangling the blogger template and entries in the process. Anyone? I'm not supersmart about this stuff, just want to copy my blog!

    "404 Not Found
    The requested URL /wp-admin/login.do does not exist."

    Argh!

  21. amorton
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Same problem in that I can't import from Blogger but for a different reason,

    Here's what the error says:

    "Failed to connect to 66.102.15.100: Permission denied"

    I have enabled curl, etc. but no luck. Any ideas?

  22. liwag
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I can't import from Blogger too. Same message. But it worked well the other night. No problems.

    Maybe it's a problem with connecting with Blogger.

  23. Goatie
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Why is nobody answering our problems? I'm having a problem where when it goes '100% Moving on...' in IE it just freezes and I eventually get a 404. In Firefox it asks me to save an admin.php file to my desktop then does nothing.

    It just stops after about 5 posts or something. Is there ANYONE who knows who to fix this or get around it. I have a good few hundred posts to import.

  24. niziol
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I'd guess that some of the above describe issues are server issues and not WordPress itself. Perhaps upload a fresh set of files and see if that helps, you may want to re-download the files to be sure the ones you currently have a not corrupted.

    Like I said, I think some of these things, especially as described by Goatie are server related, possibly some wrong/messed-up MIME-types, timeouts and things like that. If you haven't, you should check with your host, mention the issues and see if there is something wrong on there end - though they will likely blame WordPress, as seems to be customary with some hosts.

    If after refreshing the files and what-not it is still giving you grief, perhaps post back with more details (PHP version etc). I certainly understand how frustrating all of this is, hopefully someone can figure this out or at least point you in the right direction. :)

    Good luck,
    Michael.

  25. Oshawapilot
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Exact same issues here - I can NOT get more then two or three posts at a time to import from my Blogger account.

    I've tried Firefox (my usual browser) and even (gack) tried IE to see if it was a compatibility issue.

    Same result with both - 2 or three posts import, and then it just seems to either error out, or simply stop. If I reset, it takes me back to the start...and manages to import another 2-3 posts...and freezes again.

    Is there ANY other way to accomplish this task? This will take me days at this rate!

  26. Oshawapilot
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Sorry to dredge this up again, but is NOBODY else still having this issue? I've been trying rather fruitlessly for 2 days now to import my blogger.com account.

    I even resorted to a completely fresh WP install tonight, with a new SQL Database, and it still wont import beyind my first 20 or 30 posts...and even those took about 15 attempts to import that far.

    It seems, based on my observations, to simply be a "timeout" issue in the import script - I think that the script isn't getting information quickly enough from either blogspot, or perhaps my own domain, and is simply timing out.

    Is there something in the import script that I can change to increase the length of time before the script times out? I strongly suspect that with a little tweak in this regards, the import would go flawlessly...?

    Help!

  27. Poco
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    All my problems went away when I imported my blogger blog to a server running locally on my PC. I used easyphp from http://www.easyphp.org/ that is easy to install and only required minimal changes through their GUI. I had to enable curl in PHP and mod_rewrite in Apache (for permalinks).

    I have not yet exported this DB into my official blog, so I cannot comment how easy that is, but there are instructions given in the DOCS section of this site on how to do that. I think it is something like export the DB, search and replace the old URL (127.0.0.1) with the new URL (yourdomain.com) in the export file (it is text) and then import it to the new location.

    I have also used this server to run my plugin to import any blogger hosted images from blogger to my server http://dev.wp-plugins.org/wiki/BloggerImageImport.

    I have been to busy recently to switch my blog over. I need to understand how to create new posts with images in the correct format (with the correct thumbnail sizes) before I make the move permanently.

  28. skeltoac
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Hi all. I built the present importer and I'll do what I can to help. For starters, I just this minute tested it on my own server: Ubuntu Linux, Apache 2, MySQL 4, PHP 4, no problems.

    From reading your many bug reports above, it appears that the cause of the problem is in the responses your servers are getting from the Blogger servers. This is a very delicate relationship and any variance will break the process. What's worse, I can't get Blogger to replicate the problem for me.

    All I can do is conclude that Blogger's service level has caused the issue, or your hosting situation is somehow preventing the importer from doing its work. I'd actually lean toward the latter because my tests have never failed in the ways you are experiencing. Poco's success favors that conclusion as well.

    If someone would like me to troubleshoot their issue by allowing me to log into your server, I may be contacted by email. The host is gmail.com and the username is skeltoac. I will need SSH access.

  29. Oshawapilot
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Like Poco, I was also able to successfully run the import direct from the WordPress page when I ran wordpress on my local server. Funny he should post that result, as I ended up doing exactly the same thing as he did the evening after I posted my last response, and success.

    However, from my "real" wordpress installation (Running the exact same version of WP), the import procedure would fail every time.

    On my local installation, it worked perfectly.

    So, I took the successfully imported entries from my local installation, and applied them to my "real" live installation..and problem solved.

    There is definately something strange going on with the importer though..I'm not sure if it was intollerance on behalf of my web host as to the time it was taking the blogspot.com site to respond, or what the overall issue was, but over several days of trying fruitlessly, it just wouldn't go.

  30. Odyssean
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Just ditto and bump here.

    I tried the EasyPHP route but, being a novice at this, when I placed the database into my WordPress files, it overwrote everything and kept "looking" to my computer for all the files.

    I'm stumped -- I hope the importer gets updgraded for wee morons like me!

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