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[Plugin: WordPress Importer] Importer not retaining Category architecture

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  • After doing some research it looks like this issue is due to categories and tags containing the same slug… however, this could be a completely separate issue

    I’m losing structure too and don’t have any tags at all 🙂
    However, I do have multiple categories with the same ‘name’ but different slugs (e.g., I have “West Midlands” as both a ‘region’ and a ‘county’ in my hierarchy, with west-midlands and west-midlands-2 as the slugs.

    I can see two places where the export/import is likely failing:
    1) in the exported xml, <wp:category_parent> does not use the slug of the parent, but its name. e.g.
    <wp:category_parent>West Midlands</wp:category_parent>

    2) in the import, looks like there’s a check to see if a category exists before importing it… using its name:

    // If the category exists we leave it alone
    	if ( in_array($cat_name, $cat_names) )
    	 continue;

    However, I might be wrong on both counts 🙂

    I’m having the same problem too.

    It looks like the import process re-creates the category list rather than actually importing the data. If there are two categories with the same name they are interpreted as a single category and the posts are consolidated.

    Perhaps there is a work-around or else each category needs a unique name.

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