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How do I import a blog using the RSS feed? (25 posts)

  1. Shan
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I have a friend who is using Doodlekit as her blog platform. She wants to switch to WP but the blog platform WILL NOT give her a back up of her blog that she pays $30/month for. She was told that we can use the RSS feed for the posts and comments. I don't know how to find it or upload it to WP.

    Can anyone help me? I have to get her off that horrible platform.

  2. Samuel B
    moderator
    Posted 5 years ago #

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Importing_Content#Importing_from_an_RSS_feed

    you will need to actually install wordpress somewhere for this to work

  3. Shan
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    So if I can find the RSS feed link for her blog and paste it into my browser, it will give me a copyable document that I can then copy & paste into a file and save that can then be uploaded to WP? (Forgive my ignorance, but I am just not quite getting it). So it would look something like my RSS feed URL http://lastshredsofsanity.com/feed?

    What would the RSS feed for the comments look like and would it be the same procedure?

  4. Shan
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I found the RSS feed, but when I paste it into my browser, it gives me a page to add it to my Goggle reader.

    OY

    This is the RSS link: http://www.shopwithmemama.com/blog/rss

  5. Samuel B
    moderator
    Posted 5 years ago #

  6. Shan
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I read that, Sam. But am I to just put the URL of the RSS feed in a file or get the XML or data file of the feed? THAT is what I am confused about.
    And am unsure how to do. I found some RSS feed converters on the web, but all it does is convert the RSS URL into java script or an HTML code that you can add to your blog to have that feed show up. I need an actual data file, correct?

    How can WP import a URL and turn it into blog posts & comments?

  7. Chris_K
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Go to her feed link.
    Right-click on the page and "View Source"
    Select all, Copy.
    Create a new text document, paste in the contents and give it a useful name.
    Go to the WordPress import and feed it that file.

  8. Shan
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thank you, Chris, but when I paste her feed link into my browser, it simply gives me a page to add it to my Google Reader. I can't do it from a feed reader, it won't give me the right data or will it? And how do I get the comments RSS link?

    Am I over thinking this or is this just not going to work?

  9. Chris_K
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    but when I paste her feed link into my browser, it simply gives me a page to add it to my Google Reader.

    * Right-click on the page and "View Source"

    (you're over thinking!)

  10. Shan
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Do you mean right click on her BLOG page and view source or the RSS feed link? (I'm sorry, I'm just not understanding this. If I paste the RSS feed URL into my browser, I get redirected to a page to add it to my Google Reader.)

    If it is simply right clicking on her blog page, viewing source and copying that, I feel like a complete idiot.

  11. Chris_K
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    If I paste the RSS feed URL into my browser, I get redirected to a page to add it to my Google Reader.

    That page. Viewing source should show you a bunch of XML. That's the raw feed.

  12. Shan
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    OH. Ok. I Think I get it now.

    Thank you for being so patient with me. I am really not this much of an idiot.

    I will let you know how it goes.

  13. Shan
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Ok, I just tried it. I did get a bunch of XML. I copied and pasted it into a text document. Then I uploaded that file to my test blog. It took two seconds and then it said "have fun". I checked, but there is nothing imported.

    OY.

  14. Chris_K
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Then I uploaded that file to my test blog.

    Elaborate a bit on that?

    Tools -> Import -> RSS?

    Anything logged in your web server's error logs?

  15. Shan
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Yes, Tools>>>Import>>>RSS>>>upload

    Nothing. I am wondering if there is a problem because what I uploaded was the Google Reader page that gives you the choice "add to home page" or "add to Google Reader". I thought about trying to extract her "parts" from the view source file of my actual reader (with her feed up), but am not sure.

    Is there any way to maybe use the CSV file from her feedburner?

    And I just checked my error log in my Cpanel and it's blank.

  16. Shan
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Any more ideas about how I can get the raw RSS feed? PLEASE? I am STUMPED.

  17. Chris_K
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Do you think you'd be willing to share a link to the blog that you're importing from?

  18. Shan
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I thought I did already. LOL Sorry.

    http://www.shopwithmemama.com/blog

  19. It's not a valid feed, and that's probably why you can't import it.

    http://validator.w3.org/feed/check.cgi?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.shopwithmemama.com%2Fblog%2Frss

  20. Shan
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    That's the feed link that DoodleKit gave and that I found in the Page Info>>>RSS. Do you happen to know how I find the actual valid feed link?

  21. That's the one and only feed, but the code doesn't validate. I'm not familiar with DoodleKit, but I don't think that there's much you can do, as the broken code appears to be related to how the feed is generated rather than the content.

  22. Shan
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Well this kind of sucks. Thank you for alerting me to this. Maybe I can get this DoodleKit thing to fix the feed or provide a non broken one. You would think that for $30/month the feed wouldn't be broken and it would have cool option for your blog...it doesn't.

  23. Yeah, $30/month is a little bit crazy, especially when you can get decent hosting for $25/year and WordPress is free.

  24. Shan
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I know! THIS is why I am trying to get her moved over to WP. She is being ROBBED with that price each month.

    Does anyone know if I could make the CSV file from feedburner work for this kind of import? Maybe convert it somehow to XML?

  25. You might be able to do that. Try the two solutions listed here:

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Importing_Content#Excel.2FCSV_Spreadsheet

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