I have recently installed WP and have been trying to move over my Typepad posts for a few days now. The problem isn’t the text, which imported beautifully…it’s the images. The images come up but they are being linked to my Typepad site. I thought if I edited the import.txt file and swapped the typepad.com info for my info, it would switch…but it didn’t. Is there a simple way to link the images to my database and not theirs? What am I doing wrong?
Thanks a million.
So instead of linking to the images in my new URL,, they continue to link to the typepad.com info…
I don’t know if that helps or not.
I wrote a plugin to sideload all the images from Typepad, unfortunately it hasn’t been packaged but you can download it here:
Ah thanks…I added this to my plugins and just now (hours later) realized it conflicted with another plugin (a stylesheet one). So, now it lists what images I could cache but when I click “Cache these images”, I get a message saying:
Your upload folder is not writable
How can I fix *this*? Is this more to do with my host or can I change privileges on my end?
You need to change permissions on whatever “your upload folder” is, to allow the server to write to the file. You can do this through your ftp client, or through cpanel if you are on a host that supplies it.
The minimum chmod for server write would be “666” – occasionally you will have to chmod a folder to “777” but that’s not a very good idea. Use the minimum you can get by with….
That might be the problem…I don’t know exactly where my “upload” folder is (be kind, I’m new to this). I created a folder named “upload” with full permissions but it’s not working. Is there a simple way to find the upload folder? Or do I have to create it in a special place on the server?
Apologies if these are basic questions. I have really tried to figure this out on my own. 😉
Generally, I would place a folder for uploaded images f’rinstance in the wp-content folder, but that’s just me. Others would probably place it in the root WP folder (the same place as wp-admin etc. folders live).
So using either your ftp client or your cpanel or however you access your site to change things, you’d look for something like public_html/wordpress (or whatever the folder WP is installed in is named)/upload; or if you’re like me, public_html/wordpress install folder/wp-content/images (my image upload folder). Once you find it, you need to see what the permissions are currently set at (most likely 644), and change that to 666. If 666 still gives you an error message, then you’ll need to change it to 777.
If changing the permissions isn’t an intuitive thing with your host (some aren’t, believe me!), then you should email your host support staff and ask them exactly how to accomplish the change.
Don’t apologize for basic questions. We all asked ’em at some point!
Thanks again. I know how to change permissions but I don’t think I know where my upload file lives. So, then I created one as you described and then set the correct permissions and the plugin still doesn’t work. I’m wondering if there is something about the plugin that I’m not understanding….like I have to name the upload file something very specific and put it in a special place on the server…?
Right now, I have an images folder with full permissions set up in my wp-content directory. Maybe it just doesn’t know where to find this file…?
I am lost.
I can’t tell from looking at the file Matt sent you to. It gets the info through php functions, and I don’t “read” them well. This may be something Matt will have to address for you?
It’s the folder specified under Option > Misc.
Oops. *embarrassed grin* I forgot about having to specify it there, Matt!
Laugh…I created an “images” folder in /wp-content/ and then went to Options–>Misc. to “allow file uploads” and dangit! It still doesn’t work. It still says it’s not writable.
You put the relevant path into the destination directory and URI locations, right? And you double checked to make sure the relevant folder was actually showing 666 in permissions?
Assuming a “yes” to both of those, try changing the folder permissions to 777 for right now.
[Just for a comparison, here’s how the above locations look in my Options/Miscellaneous page:
Destination directory: /home/username/public_html/wordpress/wp-content/images
URI of this directory: /wp-content/images
Note that there are no trailing slashes after “images”….]
I have spent 40 minutes trying to get this to work, it jsut wont work. The directory stuff is all right, I knwo how to chmod, i set it in options>misc, and yet it still says that the directory is not writable! Is there anyway to manually specify the directory in the file itslef? That would be *so* much easier.
I can’t get cache-images to work either. I activated the plugin, created the folder in wp-content/uploads and gave it 666 permissions (also tried 777, but no difference). But when I run the plugin, I just get the message “Your upload folder is not writable”.
I’m running WP 2.0.
I am having the exact same problem.
My upload folder is writable – I have tried it at 777 and 666? I am able to upload other tuff – just not this! What’s the go? 🙂
Can someone please give me some tips?
Does the plugin not work for WP 2.0? Is there any other way of importing all these images?
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