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  • 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:

    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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  • Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42) Admin

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

    Would be a shame to lose the comments.

    Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42) Admin

    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.

    Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42) Admin

    Request placed on trac as well:

    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 You can always import that to your own self-hosted wordpress site at a later point in time.

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

    Hi Brian,

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



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

    Hi Brian,

    Another user eagerly waiting for your plugin..

    with the posterous api many things should be possible

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

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    🏳️‍🌈 Halfelf Rogue & Plugin Review Team Rep

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

    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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