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Import Posterous into WordPress

  • It would be great to be able to import an existing Posterous blog into WordPress.

    I tried out Posterous for a couple of months and would like to go back to WordPress now. Turns out that their export features aren’t really non-developer friendly.

    They have an api, the part about exporting is here: http://posterous.com/api/reading

    Would it be possible for WordPress devs to add a posterous import function in Tools/Import?

    Or would a plugin be the right solution?

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  • Samuel Wood (Otto)
    WordPress.org Tech Dude

    @otto42

    The generic RSS importer should work. Won’t get comments though.

    Would be a shame to lose the comments.

    Samuel Wood (Otto)
    WordPress.org Tech Dude

    @otto42

    The “WordPress” importer reads a “WXR” file. This is a WordPress Extended RSS format, which basically means that it’s an RSS file with extra bits in it for comments and such. The format itself is not well documented, but relatively easy to understand and create. It would be possible for somebody to write a converter using the Posterous API.

    Of course, it’d probably be equally easy for somebody to write a WordPress importer for Posterous. Importers are fairly easy to write.

    If somebody does write one, make sure to submit it to trac. Maybe you can get it included in the core code.

    I’m talking to a PHP-savvy friend of mine, maybe he can conjure something up.

    Samuel Wood (Otto)
    WordPress.org Tech Dude

    @otto42

    Request placed on trac as well:
    http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/11434

    DilemmaLA
    Member

    @dilemmala

    I was curious if anyone has any updates on the capability to import comments from posterous to wordpress.

    For simplicity’s sake, I am starting a blog on posterous, but envision there may be a time in the future that my blog/company presence may expand to justify updating to the more robust features of wordpress. Just a bit concerned that if and when that day comes I may not be able to import comments that will have accumulated on my posterous blog to date into wordpress to complete such a theoretical upgrade.

    Any advice/news on the potential for wordpress to do this at some point would give me peace of mind about starting in posterous now for speed’s sake. Thanks!

    My advice at the moment would be to start your blog on http://wordpress.com/ You can always import that to your own self-hosted wordpress site at a later point in time.

    Brian Colinger
    Member

    @briancolinger

    Howdy,
    I’m working on a Posterous importer for WordPress.com. I should have it up and running very soon. I’ll try to release this for self-hosted blogs as soon as I can.

    counselorart
    Member

    @counselorart

    Hi Brian,

    I currently blog on Posterous and am very interested in your importer. Please advise as soon as you have it ready.

    Thanks,

    Art

    http://www.elderlyfraudrecoveryhelp.posterous.com

    Brian Colinger
    Member

    @briancolinger

    @counselorart, will do!
    All that is really left is to do is make a usable UI for it.

    vishalanand
    Member

    @vishalanand

    Hi Brian,

    Another user eagerly waiting for your plugin..

    Samuel B
    Participant

    @samboll

    with the posterous api many things should be possible
    http://posterous.com/api

    Brian Colinger
    Member

    @briancolinger

    We’ve released the Posterous importer on wordpress.com. Hopefully we can release the importer to wordpress.org soon.
    Posterous Importer

    In theory… You could import from Posterous to WP.com and export THAT to WP self hosted, right?

    niftycorp
    Member

    @niftycorp

    so very exciting! thanks for this Brian.
    i’ll keep an eye on this thread for the release of the .org version

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