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WordPress Importer

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


57 reviews
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3.2 out of 5 stars
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By , for WP 4.0

Don't waste your time with this plugin, instead go the backup buddy route. Too many problems with this plugin and as others have mentioned it won't move your media.

Two fails in one weekend
By , for WP 4.0

Attempted to use this plugin twice on two completely separate and clean WP installs. Both failed; one - with over 400 CPTs - failed to import featured images (was up until 4am fixing that one) and the other just failed to import anything with a 403 error - I didn't have permission to access wp-admin/admin.php, apparently. Beware!

Featured Image mapping
By , for WP 4.0

Not only does this plugin not import images, but any post with an assigned Featured Image is mapped incorrectly.

not work with wp 4
By , for WP 4.0

i lost future image in the new site

This plugin needs work. Wastes my time everytime.
By ,

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.

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 !!!!


can anyone recommend an alternative?

**Another update Sept 2015 **

Tried to import some Woocommerce content. After 90 minutes of trying and retrying i've now given up.

An embarrassment to WordPress.

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

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