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WordPress Importer

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

10 reviews
Average Rating
3.2 out of 5 stars
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Seems unaware of multisite/multinetwork
By , for WP 4.3.1

Attempting to move from an old single install into a multisite/multinetwork installation, all media imports fail instantly. The apache log on the old site shows no attempts by the new server to download data unless wget is used by hand.

My php skills are scant to nil, but I believe the trouble is in this section:

// get placeholder file in the upload dir with a unique, sanitized filename
		$upload = wp_upload_bits( $file_name, 0, '', $post['upload_date'] );
		if ( $upload['error'] )
			return new WP_Error( 'upload_dir_error', $upload['error'] );

		// fetch the remote url and write it to the placeholder file
		$headers = wp_get_http( $url, $upload['file'] );

My presumption is that the upload path is not valid, yet there's no error being returned other than "Failed to import media... Remote server did not respond" (with debug on).

However I'm not sure whether the problem is in wordpress-importer itself or whether multinetwork needs to patch the functions file in order to return a path.

It worked properly!
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Only the images haven't been inported properly.
Thank you!

Rarely imports images
By , for WP 4.1.1

I was wondering if perhaps someone would be willing to help you maintain this plugin....it doesn't import images most of the time. I know it's a lot of work keeping a free plugin up to date.

Works but with limitations
By , for WP 4.1

I've used this successfully on smaller blogs. Seems to have an issue with larger files. Sometimes you have to break up the xml file with larger imports, which is a bit of a pain. This would seem to be an area that the core team might want to focus on for future releases. The other limitation is when you're working in a shared environment. Memory issues, PHP timeout errors etc all come into play. I for one hope this plug in gets a make over real soon. You don't need to import often but when you do, it would be really nice to know there's a solid solution that will work you can use.

Great for Content
By ,

Plugin has worked very well when importing site content, pages and posts. However, it has definitely had issues when importing media. If I remember correctly, I had chosen "Import All" and yet there were multiple media files (primarily images) that did not load through the Importer.

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I like it!But it is so hard to understand!

Reporting /fixing bug on parsers.php and wordpress-importer.php
By , for WP 3.8

Just fix the following bugs from the two file and the plugin will fully compatible with wordpress 3.8 and PHP 5.4 onward.

on wordpress-importer.php file goto line 1110 and replace

function bump_request_timeout() {
return 60;
with the following

function bump_request_timeout($time = 60) {
return $time;

On parsers.php file go to line 404 and remove hole

function WXR_Parser_Regex() {

WXR_Parser_Regex() method does not need to redefine. Already class constructor declared.

I personally like this plugin very much and that's why I want to help. Thanks for your great plugin.

Can't import images
By , for WP 3.6.1

Nice, but can't import any image...

By , for WP 3.4.2

Inconsistent behavior. Certain factors seem to confound this importer; sometimes downloading attachments, sometimes draft pages. Still working to diagnose and understand.

Works once you figure it out
By , for WP 3.4.2

It was an invaluable plugin once I figured out how to use it, but I'm definitely rating it lower because of a huge bug. See this thread: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/import-feature-does-not-import-file-attachments?replies=23

Basically, it doesn't download images if you select a subset of posts. Works if you select all but if you try to filter by date, category, or author it doesn't work. Awful. And the fact that the thread was closed without a response is just pitiful.

But, once I accepted I just had to download everything it got the job done. There are some other issues too with how authors are imported which is why I can only give it 3 stars. If it was just the image issue I would have given it 4.

Regardless, you really can't migrate a site without this plugin and once you figure out your process around its bugs, it is basically invaluable.

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