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WordPress Importer

Import posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, tags and more from a WordPress export file.

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This plugin needs work. Wastes my time everytime.
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Maybe it's the XML wordpress exports, or maybe it's this import plugin, but migrating a blog from one host to another shouldn't hurt this bad.

This simply can not handle attachments. Try the wordpress attachment importer for that.

WP export -> WP import: Broken
By , for WP 3.9.2

1. Export from existing WP site (yes, dear internets, "Export All")

2. Import to new site, with download and import media option

3. Notice that all of your "Media has falied to import" and the Media Library is completely empty

4. Repeat several times from step 1

n. Eventually, give up. Manually re-upload and re-link images on 200+ posts. Sad lack of support for this tool. Migrations Happen.

Useless
By , for WP 3.9.2

Importing is still impossible. And to add insult to injury, it is impossible to import into WP what has been exported from WP. I am capable of reading the manual and following instructions.

import does not happen!
By , for WP 3.9.1

after I upload the .xml file and hit the button, it just show blank ~

Never, ever works first time.
By , for WP 3.9.1

Surely there has to be a better option or improvements that can be made to this plugin.

Yes it's free and yes it works eventually (sometimes after 9-10 attempts) but it's one of the most frustrating plugins to use.

Currently about to try for the 5th time to import 10 pages and 22 blog posts on a fresh install.

It's just painful.

*update, took 14 attempts. FOURTEEN !!!!!

**another update - NO LONGER IMPORTS IMAGES !!!!

WHAT A PIECE OF JUNK.

can anyone recommend an alternative?

Doesn't import images
By , for WP 3.9

I have wasted so much time with this substandard importer. Even when I click the "import images into media library" option, it just links to the old site images. No featured images with the new posts either. PRetty much had to rebuild the site from the base up every time I've used this. Almost useless

Pick it up Losers
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Wow you guys need to do some work on this plugin. Move your website should be this hard.

Not a full backup actually
By , for WP 3.8.1

This plugin is actually misguide users. If I move the hosting than it should export all my current data including images and also all settings (all options) so it should setup all things on import.

But currently it's exporting only content of post types only.

What I expect is that the export and import process will actually clone my existing site to new site.

It does nothing
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Imported only few images: no posts no categories no other media.

Fails importing attachments due timeout
By , for WP 3.8.1

This plugin clearly has not been deisgned to be timeout tolerant.

Therefore, if you have bought a theme from themeforest.net or the like, and want to import sample content, most of the times it won't terminate importing items due to timeout.

Then you have the double trouble of cleaning up and solving the timeout problem.

Being this a crucial plugin, this plugin should be extended with a timeout-tolerant logic.

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