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  • Resolved gendem

    (@gendem)


    Hi there

    I am trying to transfer a blog hosted on wordpress.com to a custom hosted blog. I have used the export/import function to take care of the posts and so on, but I see no way to copy all the images that were uploaded and live on the wordpress.com site.

    Is there an easy way to do this transfer?

    …Mike

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  • Is there really no way to do this? I can’t be the fist person to ask, can I?

    What does wordpress.COM support say about saving (offloading) your all your images say to your local computer?

    Actually, the Administration > Manage > Import > WordPress option allows you to download attachments. Have you tried that?

    The import function is for posts, categories and other database things; it’s the wordpress custom XML file, so no images.

    wordpress.com has so far nothing to say on the subject.

    …Mike

    The importer is smarter than you give it credit for. Look closer.

    It can directly download the attachments it finds in the XML from the original website (wordpress.com in this case) and make the attachments in itself.

    This may be new to 2.5, I have not checked.

    So far this is not in fact how it works. As far as I can tell, the links in the database are not updated, the images are not downloaded to be stored on the new server, and the images remain on WordPress.com.

    Not such a great import/export system if it ignored everything that is not text. Anyone have any solutions?

    …Mike

    Help!! We just transferred our blog from one server to another and we lost all of our images in the process. We are using the new version of WordPress on our blog and can’t imagine the time it will take updating all the images. Anyone else had this problem? Is there a pluging, somethiing we did wrong?

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    Karin

    We just transferred our blog from one server to another

    That, if done correctly, means that before the move you downloaded all your WP files and folders (including wp-content/uploads with your images) to your machine and uploaded everything to the new location.
    You also backed up the database and restored it at the new location.

    I don’t see how the images could get “lost”.

    As far as I can tell, the links in the database are not updated, the images are not downloaded to be stored on the new server, and the images remain on WordPress.com.

    Did you try turning on the “Import Attachments” checkbox?

    Seriously, I know this works. I’ve done it myself. It does exactly what you say that it does not do. There’s whole functions in the import/wordpress.php file designed specifically to do just what you’re talking about. The backfill_attachment_urls() function changes URLs of attached files in posts to their new values when they get imported. The process_attachment() function actually retrieves the remote attachment from the old server.

    Now, this may be new to 2.5 (pretty sure it is, in fact), but it’s there and it does indeed work.

    Thanks guys. I am going to pass this message on to Jack. He’s the one pressing all the buttons… 🙂
    Karin

    In the event that we have more problems, is there someone out there we can hire to help us diagnose the problem? We’re all pretty new to wordpress and would hate to have to manually re-add pics to 250+ posts. Bleh.
    Karin

    One more thing to note — sorry to be a pest — we were moving our blog from a server, which WAS NOT a wordpress server. The company couldn’t host us. Said we were sucking up too much system resources on a shared server, so we moved over to another hosting provider… we had no choice.

    Hey, this is Jack,
    the problem is that our site was perfect before the nameservers change took effect. once the domain name transferred, BOTH sites (on each server) lost many of the pictures…

    Are the pictures still actually on the site? Not visible on the website, but there on the site when you access it directly? If so, then probably just the links got broken.

    Well, Jack, you and karinkl shouldn’t post in a completely UNRELATED thread. That’s for starters. Next time start your own topic!

    “lost” is not a technical term, really.
    What happened with the images? What is displayed instead? Did you look at the source code to see what exactly is in the code?

    I described the proper moving process above, but none of you ever answered whether you followed it or not.

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