Support » Plugin: WP Attachment Export » It works

  • How I do it:
    1. Install & activate ‘WP Attachment Export’ plugin in old WP site.
    2. In old WP site, run export, and download the .xml.
    3. Copy entire ‘uploads’ folder from old WP installation to the new one.
    4. From new WP Dashboard, run Tools-> Import -> WordPress, and upload the .xml file.

    Note: I ran them in localhost.

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  • Plugin Author Pete


    Thanks for the review, appreciate it!

    Can you elaborate what steps 3 and 4 accomplish? Why would you need to move the uploads folder separately? Are the files not moved when the import process is done on the destination site? I’m trying to move 1700 images and the import function is timing out after loading about 50 images. Thanks in advance for your reply.

    Plugin Author Pete


    Hi tripphowell,

    step 3 & 4 can be done to avoid the timeout issue you’re having. You can move your images to the new server via FTP prior or after importing the .xml file data. If you leave the ‘Download and import file attachments’ unchecked while importing, WordPress will only import the data provided in the .xml file and does not try to download & store the media files hosted from your ‘old’ to your ‘new’ server.

    Another option would be to increase the PHP timeouts (via php.ini or .htaccess) on the server, ask Google or your hoster on how to do this.


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