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  • My blog is at and I have years and years of near daily updates in there. My installation of WP is embarrassingly old and I’ve held off updating because I’m simply terrified of this process and losing my content.

    Well, I’m biting the bullet and doing it. I’m being super careful because I don’t want to lose anything. SO I did a backup of my SQL via cPanel and set up a test site at and installed a brand new WP in there. Here’s where I’m hopelessly lost.

    – I realized that my version of WP has an Export function, so I exported the content and tried to re-import it into the new blog in the .dev folder. Not all of the entries came over…. they stop at May 2009. I don’t even know what else isn’t in there.
    – I went into the Cpanel and exported my SQL database as an XML file, hoping that I’d be able to import that into the new blog, but it’s 4G (!!) and impossible to import.

    I don’t know what to do at this point. I haven’t even begun to think about how I’m going to get the site out of .dev once I have it working and using a template I like.

    If anyone can offer some sage words I would really appreciate it. I’m at my wits end.

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  • Mate this is a hard one because first you have a content rich site and second there are a few ways you could do this that come with a semi-steep learning curve.

    This is what i would do first above anything else especially on a content rich site like yours.


    FTP into your server and download all the files to your PC
    Export your Database and download the sql or zip file to your PC

    What you would normally do is verify the BACKUP using a local installation.

    having this BACKUP at least you will have something to fall back on if everything hits the fan.

    The next thing i would do is sort out the database size issue. Look at what plugins you have and see if any of them keep logs. These logs can blowout to very large sizes overtime if they aren’t constantly deleted. That is only my assumption as it could be a number of things that are contributing to the size issue.

    My biggest recommendation is to get a local development server running on your PC for testing, upgrades etc. The site you have there is worth the investment IMO. There are heaps of references out there on how to install WordPress locally.

    Hope it helps

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