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WordPress Importer

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

19 reviews
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3.2 out of 5 stars
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Not Great
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It really always runs in to some kind of problem, which is too bad, considering it's put out by the wordpress.org team.

never work as expected.
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never done with - import/export attachments,

Didn't work for php 5.6
By , for WP 4.3.1

Tried several times in WP running on php 5.6 to run this on the simple import of WooCommerce sample data and this plugin failed miserably with a 404 every time and on going back in the browser got a message that nothing had worked.

Switched down to php 5.4 and it finally appeared to work, but got error messages about product images already existing from the previous 404 failures.

Not a good experience! Far from "Having Fun" as the final message implies and same error-log entries that others have mentioned (for ages) on line 38.

Timeout, re-upload, timeout, re-upload, repeat
By , for WP 4.3

If you're on pretty much any shared hosting and you want to transfer more than 100mb of images, you're not going to have much fun with this plugin.

Should be better considering it's WordPress.org product
By , for WP 4.2.2

Title is TL;DR version.

Longer version:
Please, please, please WP.org guys - fix this useful and very wanted plugin - there are constant error notices (with WP_DEBUG on), cannot import certain custom meta - most important nav_menu_item custom meta, radio choice instead checkboxes when selecting what to export, timeout errors ...

Considering this is WP.org plugin all mentioned above is outrageous. Especially considering WP strict coding and philosophy standards. Come on guys, I KNOW you can do better. Why don't you ?

Works for tiny sites only
By , for WP 4.1.1

When you have a tiny site with a handful of single posts, it might work.

When you have a more professional site with hundreds or even thousands of posts, woocommerce products, etc., this tool is not going to work.

Pro's:
it's very simple

Cons:
- It tries to import everything in one run, which leads to timeouts.
- After a timeout, you cannot continue. It doesn't continue where it stoppped.
- It doesn't tell you what was imported IF a tiny import goes well. No status messages.
- It cannot import woocommerce product variations.

For us this tool is not the right choice.

I'm still looking for a professional solution that can help us actually export and import thousands of posts and Woocommerce products with variations. Something that does not timeout. Maybe something that can be installed locally and connect directly to the database.

Anyone knows such software? Please let me know.

Stuck in step 2
By , for WP 4.1

I'm stuck at step 2, blank page appears. I've used this plugin before and worked really well, not now. I've read that there're problems with WP version 4.1.

Can't do the job by itself
By , for WP 4.0

I am installing a clean wordpress on my machine (localhost) and trying to copy the online content (a few thounsand images and posts). The only way I could do that with the importer is to import posts&pages with this plugin and images with the Attachment Importer plugin (https://wordpress.org/plugins/attachment-importer/).

No featured image import. No good!
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IF YOU ARE EXPORTING POSTS THE FEATURED IMAGES WILL NOT COME WITH THEM.

Posts moved over pretty easily, but the featured images/media did not. Seems to be a common/normal unsolved problem. So you will have to re-upload and re-choose all your featured images. Do not rely on this plugin if you planned to easily move content from one site to another!

Duplicates
By , for WP 3.9.2

Plugin did not work properly: imported XML file, but somehow duplicated my pages and posts.

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