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WordPress Importer

Import posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, tags and more from a WordPress export file.

11 reviews
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3 stars
3.2 out of 5 stars
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4 stars
Worked well!
By , for WP 3.8.1

It worked as stated - surprisingly fast!

4 stars
Great tool but only 4 stars
By , for WP 3.8

It's a great tool but I would give it only 4 stars.
For the 5th star it would have to give me few more options that would assist me in importing the data.

4 stars
Muy bueno
By , for WP 3.8

Lo unico malo es que a veces falla al importar las imágenes y también a veces duplica las categorías, pero lo uso muy a menudo y me ahorra mucho trabajo.

4 stars
By , for WP 3.7.1

Big Relief. Just imported a larger older site with about 1,180 articles. All came over including all images and attachments.
I installed Jetpack to insure a similar environment and matched WP.com permalinks to reduce confusion - they're also better for SEO.

So far the only bugs are:
- the import gives 0 feedback and does not refresh when done. Thus you cannot tell when it is safe to use other admin tools
- the in-post images lost their text wrap settings. So they take up a bar of space. Not huge for me.
- all the links inside posts to other posts are still pointing back at the old site. It means I have to maintain the WP.com referral service indefinitely. Thats a disappointment but modest cost.

Considering the many horror stories I've heard, I'm very happy to see it all OK and functional.

Considering the ability to migrate from site to site is one of WP's selling points, I'm surprised they have not polished this more.

4 stars
Makes moving a WordPress site so much easier
By , for WP 3.6.1

The Importer plugin is a necessary tool when developing for WordPress or moving a site, although it's not without its share of issues.

75% of the time it just works and all content/attachments will import correctly, but there are times when importing a file that is too large, or trying to import attachments from a remote server causes errors. This isn't a problem with the plugin per se, but with the web server that can usually be resolved by tweaking the server config (if possible).

Another issue that I've run across is due to a bug in the Safari browser which causes the importer to hang when importing a file. This is actually due to a Safari/Webkit bug that's been around since 2005 (https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=5760), and you can save yourself the headache by doing the WordPress import with Firefox or another browser instead.

4 stars
Good but with some bugs
By , for WP 3.5.2


When you import blogs from an XML file exported from another website, "post->guid" of posts remain unchanged, they should be the new permalinks of the posts.

I had to re-create new permalink in my template file to deal with this bug.

4 stars
Getting Posts Made Easy
By , for WP 3.5.2

Perfect for what it does but hopefully a new addition will become complete by exporting the database as well.

4 stars
Works as described with one glitch
By , for WP 3.5.2

It worked fine for me but not without a couple of stumbles, which I suspect are server related rather than any issue with the plugin itself.

It took me a few tries to move everything. On the first attempt it only imported tags a some images, but no posts, pages or comments (and no error messages). I ran the import maybe 6 times in total and each successive run imported more each time until eventually everything was imported. So if you have this issue, just be patient. Everything will import eventually.

Given the plugin cost $0, I have no complaints!

4 stars
hope it support thumbnail
By , for WP 3.5.1

hope it support thumbnail ~!

4 stars
Decent Product, Works As Stated
By , for WP 3.4.2

Backing up is easy; the real problem, and the important part, is restoring. I can't tell you how many times I've tried to restore a backup, only to find that there was some difficulty that I couldn't get around.

Importer is simple but effective. It backed up my blog. It didn't save the media, but when I uploaded those separately my blog was able to find them. I admit that I may have missed some feature in importer that would let me back up the media with everything else.

This is the best product I've found so far for backing up and irestoring my blogs\i.

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