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    I’m trying to load my XML file from a free wordpress hosted blog to a site that I’m now hosting. When I downloaded exported the file from the free WP blog, it was in XML but I notice when I try to import it to my new blog it’s saying the WordPress file should be WXR? Perhaps that’s not a major deal. The real question I’m having is about the error message I’m getting –

    “The uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini”

    I was able to find php.ini in my host and change the max size to 50mb, but that didn’t fix the problem. I’m guessing I also have to change the max size somewhere in my wordpress files as well but I haven’t been able to find where yet. Any pointers? Thanks for your help.

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    I’ve followed the instructions given in the link included in the thread you gave me. I added that line of code – ini_set(‘memory_limit’,’24M’); – in the 2 locations that were instructed. I also changed in php.ini the filesize and post limit to 24M, but still nothing. I chose 24 because on the link given in the thread you suggested, it mentioned increasing in increments of 4, and I didn’t know if that had anything to do with it so that’s why I just chose 24. My WP import page still says the limit is 2M.

    Might talk to your host then to see if they will increase the limit or break your import file into smaller files (must maintain the beginning/ending tags correctly).

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    How do I break the XML file up to smaller pieces?

    Use a file editor to do that. Make sure you keep the proper begin/end tag structure.

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    Thanks for all your help. Got any pointers as to where I can look to read up on that begin/end tag structure? I opened the file in my Mac’s TextEdit but wasn’t really sure what tags to place as I break it up.

    Many ways to increase the memory limit see here.

    If you still can’t upload via wp-config.php change above nor change in max_file_upload with webhost (because those are easier), to break up XML in smaller pieces MANUALLY, you need the ff. in each XML file,
    a. always have the header

    <rss version="2.0"
    including all info like category, tags, etc to just before the first  <item>

    b. always have the footer


    c. In between, add the posts start with <item> end with </item> and check to see whether the XML file you’re creating is less than or equal to 2MB. You’ll get the hang of it.

    As always, before importing the new XML’s, backup the database of the blog you are importing the XML files to and might as well export XML file of that blog as well for good measure.

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    I got the file broken down into pieces and imported them, mapped to an existing user, clicked submit and it said I was all done….but there’s nothing there!

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    Thank you MichaelH. Cheers 😉

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    I was able to call Bluehost and they changed the size limit for me. He told me I was in the right place and changed it properly, but there was one thing I missed. I didn’t quite understand what that one thing was though. Anyway, I imported the file and my archives from my old blog are there, everything except for the last 2 years! I’ve got ’04-’06 but am missing ’07-’08! Any thoughts? Thanks for all your help!

    Check your original XML file exported from and see if your posts from the last 2 years are there.
    1. If all posts are there,
    a) re-import XML original uncut file – – sometimes it takes more than one or two import runs before all posts are imported.
    b) import cut XML files you already made per your above post which cover the last two years.
    2. If posts are missing – re-export from and then re-import XML file

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    I imported a fresh file several more times and it’s all there! Thanks so much for all your help!

    So by importing a large file over and over again all posts will eventually be imported?

    Is this what I am being led to believe?

    I had a 14MB file and it was also originally uploading all but most recent two years.

    It would be easier if one could select the segments by date (year) to export and import individually in sequence.

    Any chance?

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