Import: "Media Already Exists" errors (5 posts)

  1. Xue Faith
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hello all!

    I made a fresh wordpress install with 2011 theme and no plugins turned on. When I try to import previous site content I get a string of "media already exists" errors.


    and lots of errors in the log:

  2. Xue Faith
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I've been trying to track this down. I exported a WP.com site with about 700 posts. A 15mb .xml file. I made fresh installs at 3 different hosts: BlueHost, Media Temple & WP Engine. I increased the max file size in php.ini to accommodate. 2011 Theme and no plugins.

    Both Blue Host & Media Temple generated the errors as described in my first post above, and didn't end up importing any pages. WP Engine appears to have imported the whole thing fine.


  3. Xue Faith
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I've continued to do export / import tests to try to track this down. It seems like even a very simple WordPress.com export causes problems to imports at Media Temple or BlueHost, but not WP Engine.

    So I tried making a small new site on Media Temple, exporting that... and then importing... it seems to work flawlessly on BlueHost etc. I can't be certain since it was only 5 posts not 500, but at least with the small site, it seems that starting NOT at WP.com helped.

    Could it be that some customizing that WP.com does makes other hosts error on import? And that it does work for WP Engine because they've done something special to work with the WP.com exports?

    And if that's in any way right, then how do I import a site that, unfortunately, started on WP.com?

  4. Xue Faith
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Well, still struggling, the WordPress-2-Wordpress v0.6 importer is not a dream, at least not for a novice user like myself.

    One thing I feel certain about now, even though it may not be advertised or discussed, WP Engine and WP.com must be running special tweaked versions of this importer that "make nice" where most other installs have issues.

    Featured Images don't import and / or generate errors, yet work flawlessly if you're going to WP Engine or WP.com

    IDK why I don't see more on this. It seems like a fundamental thing that many would use and I think many would have problems with. Perhaps there are other ways of moving sites that Pro / Webmaster types use that I don't even know about...

  5. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    A 15mb .xml file.

    Try splitting that file down into smaller chunks.

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