Importing your content from another blog

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You can easily import your blog content from other blogging platforms or from another Edublogs.org blog into an Edublogs.org blog using Tools > Import in your blog dashboard.

This will import all pages, posts,  comments, files.  You will need to manually set up your blog theme and widgets.

Here are the instructions for:

  1. Importing from a WordPress or Edublogs blog
  2. Importing from a Blogger blog
  3. Importing your blogroll

Importing from a WordPress or Edublogs blog

1.  Log into your original blog dashboard.

2.  Go to Comments and permanently delete any unnecessary comments such as spam comments.

High numbers of spam comments can make the export file too large and you shouldn’t import spam comments into a new blog.

3.  Go to Settings > Reading

Readings settings

4.  Change privacy to “Discourage search engines from indexing this site” if the blog is using a private blog option.

This is necessary to import media files.

Change privacy

5.   Go to Tools > Export.

Export

6.  Click on Download Export file and save the XML (WXR) file onto your computer.

Make sure you select All Content.

Download export file

7.   Log into your new blog dashboard.

8.  Go to Users > Add New and add all users that published posts on the original blog as a user to the new blog.

Don’t create new users during the import process.  Assign all posts to the blog admin user during the import process if you don’t want to create their user accounts.

9.  Go to Settings > Reading

Readings settings

10.  Change privacy to “Discourage search engines from indexing this site” if the blog is using a private blog option.

This is necessary on both the original blog and the new blog to import media files.

Change privacy

11. Click on Tools > Import.

Import

12. Click on WordPress.

Click on WordPress

13. Click on Browse and browse to locate the Export file you saved on your computer.

14. Click on Upload file and import.

Upload File and import

15.  Assign all posts to existing users.

16.  Select ‘Download and import the file attachments‘ and then click Submit.

  • This will import all pages, posts,  comments, all media files.
  • If you don’t select ‘Download and import the file attachments‘ it won’t import your media files and will link the media files to their location on the original blog.
  • You need to manually set up your blog theme and widgets.

Select Authors

17.  A progress bar will appear will your blog is importing.

Progress bar

18.  Leave your browser tab open until it completes importing and you see “All Done.  Have Fun!”

  • This can take minutes to hours depending on the size of your original blog.  
  • The last step of the import process is to attach the media files to the posts and pages.  If you interrupt the import process the media files will link to the location on the original blog and won’t be attached to the imported files in your media library.
  • Restarting the import process won’t attach media files that haven’t attached to posts.  All posts, pages, comments and media files that were imported need to be permanently deleted if you need to restart the import process.

Finished

Importing from a Blogger blog

1.  Log into your blogger dashboard.

2.  Go to Settings > Other

Other

3.  Click on Export Blog.

Click on export blog

4.  Click on Download Blog and save the file on your computer.

Click on Download blog

5.  Go to Blogger2wordpress converter (blogger2wordpress.appspot.com)

6.  Click on Browse and locate the blogger file you downloaded onto your computer and click Open.

Click on Browse

7.  Now click on Convert.

Click on Convert

8.  Save the wordpress-wxr.xml on your computer.

9.   Log into your new blog dashboard.

10. Click on Tools > Import.

Import

11. Click on WordPress.

Click on WordPress

12. Click on Choose file and browse to locate the Export file you saved on your hard drive.

13. Click on Upload file and import.

Upload File and import

14.  Select if you want to assign the posts to an existing user on the blog or import the autthor.

15.  Select ‘Download and import the file attachments‘ and then click Submit.

  • This will import all pages, posts,  comments, files.
  • You will need to manually set up your blog theme and widgets.

Select Authors

16.  A progress bar will appear will your blog is importing.

Progress bar

17.  Leave your browser tab open until it completes importing and you see the following information.

  • This can take minutes to hours depending on the size of your original blog.

Finished

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