Import from Ning
Ning importer plugin doesn't work in any WordPress Buddypress combin (5 posts)

  1. Jupitercow
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I tried multiple combinations including

    3.3.2 & 1.5.5
    2.9.2 & 1.2.9
    2.8 & 1.2
    2.8.6 & 1.2

    The ning importer plugin does very little if it actually shows up, just a heads up incase anyone else is thinking about using it.

    Don't bother.

    There doesn't seem to be any options from converting Ning anymore, other than a plugin at wpmudev that imports the users-only.


  2. Anton
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Any updates on this? I have a 3K user Ning network that wants to switch. Lots of data too. Anything I could do to help out..?

  3. Jupitercow
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Unfortunately, the further you get from the Ning fiasco, the less people have been interested in conversion to wordpress.

    I was able to use ning to buddypress plugin from WPMU DEV:

    I was not super happy with it, but I got most of the stuff moved with it. My biggest problem was that it emailed all of the users when I ran it. I highly recommend editing the source to remove that stupid feature, because there was no way to turn it off. I see no scenario where I would want to email all users before I even know if it all works...

    I don't remember now if there were any other bumps, so I can't give it a full recommendation, but it might be worth a try... and as I recall, it was the only option we found, and it got enough done to get by. We did this 8 months ago...

    We didn't use buddypress though. I am not sure if I installed it to convert and then uninstalled it, or if it just worked for all of the non-buddypress features (standard wordpress user info).

    There was a post in the forum at wpmu dev about how to turn off the email feature.

    Hope that helps...

  4. Anton
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks! But what are the alternatives for not sending out email directly? (Which, I admit, is a very annoying "feature"..) Can you get hold of your new nick/login name some other way..?

  5. Jupitercow
    Posted 2 years ago #

    We emailed manually in a mass email since the usernames had stayed the same. In that email, we asked the users to use the recover password feature to set a new password.

    That password bit might not be ideal...

    An alternative would be to run it on a test server without the email feature active or on a limited, test-set of users. Make sure you are happy with the results. Then run it on the new live site and let it email the users.

    I mean. The email feature is a good feature, because it is the only way to give users a unique password on the new site. You can't get them from Ning of course. It just should be something you turn on/off I think. Or, it probably would have been ideal as something you run after you successfully import and review the users.

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