WordPress currently supports importing data in the form of posts (articles) and most of the details or features supported by the content publishing platform.
Many of the following Content Import scripts can be found under Tools → Import menu of your WordPress administration interface.
If you run into specific problems, a search on the WordPress Support Forum will likely lead to a solution, or try the Codex FAQ. Users of a blogging system not listed here who wish to switch to WordPress are invited to ask for help in the WordPress Support Forum as well.
To help you understand the differences between WordPress and other existing software, we recommend you review the WordPress Features and more on Working with WordPress.
If your exported file is very large, the import script may run into your host’s configured memory limit for PHP.
A message like “Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 8388608 bytes exhausted” indicates that the script can’t successfully import your XML file under the current PHP memory limit. If you have access to the php.ini file, you can manually increase the limit; if you do not (your WordPress installation is hosted on a shared server, for instance), you will have to break your exported XML file into several smaller pieces and run the import script one at a time.
If the import process is run again with the same data file after stopping midway through, it could result in duplicate data, missing data or other errors in the destination database.
For those with shared hosting, the best alternative may be to consult hosting support to determine the safest approach for running the import. A host may be willing to temporarily lift the memory limit and/or run the process directly from their end.
To import from Atlassian Confluence, export the content to HTML pages. Then, use the HTML Import 2 plugin.
Set the permalink structure
Activate HTML Import 2 plugin
Fill in the Directory to import
Click “Content” tab and locate the title, tick applicable more content options (e.g. linked images, internal links)
Click “Title & Metadata” tab and fill in the desired options.
Set “Custom Fields” and “Categories & Tags” if desired.
Don’t forget to save settings
Click “Import files”
Don’t close the setting page until the importer has finished “Fixing relative links”
The Broken Link Checker plugin is very helpful in locating broken links. The links can be easily edited from the plugin’s administration area.
Search and Replace can be used to search and replace content.
There are other useful plugins listed on the HTML Import Settings page under Tools tab.
You can also write your own plugin to format the imported content.
The script for importing b2 posts to WordPress was included in the versions up to 1.5.2 (wordpress/wp-admin/import-b2.php).
There are several methods of importing a b2evolution install into WordPress described in this section.
Direct Import Between Databases
A non-WordPress script for for importing from b2evo to WordPress 2.x is available (legacy importer for WordPress 1.x).
Download file, remove .txt extension, and upload to your wp-admin directory
Run the script and input your b2evo database name and password
Import via Movable Type Export Format
A second approach is to re-skin a b2evolution blog so that when its source is viewed it appears to be in the Movable Type export format. This approach, which should work for all versions of WordPress, and all recent versions of b2evolution is described in full on this page.
For WordPress v3 and higher
A third approach is to us a script that imports b2evolution blogs, categories, posts, comments, files and users into existing WordPress installation. This is an easy way to migrate a complete b2evolution install into WordPress. Note that this requires payment. BIMP Importer script.
Blogbus to WordPress
Users of WordPress 2.2 and above can import from Blogger. Earlier versions cannot import from Blogger because “New Blogger” was released by Google, invalidating all the old importers. Only WordPress 2.2 and later has support for “New Blogger”.
If you haven’t already, you must be using New Blogger and a Google Account on Blogger. If you are still using Old Blogger, the importer will not work, but there is a helpful online tool that converts legacy Blogger Atom exports into WordPress WXR export files.
To start the Blogger importer, go to Tools → Import → Blogger. For WordPress versions 2.0.2 to 2.6.5, go to Manage → Import → Blogger.
Also see the Google Blog Converters section.
To start the Blogware importer, go to Tools → Import → Blogware. For WordPress versions 2.0.2 to 2.6.5, go to Manage → Import → Blogware.
It’s a mainstream czech blog server with no export support whatsoever.
You can use small Groovy-based program called Blogparser to parse blog’s content and generate a WXR file.
See Blogparser’s web page. There is a more verbose Czech variant of this page as most users of this program will probably speak czech.
A Xcript for Importing from Blosxom to WordPress
Perl script for converting Blosxom entries to WP-friendly RSS (Picky about html correctness in Blosxom entries, including final slash in img and br tags.)
Use Kavinda’s BlogML to WordPress import module (ZIP file link), originally created by Rob Walling and Aaron Lerch.
Migrating from DasBlog to WordPress – Kavinda Munasinghe’s Blog (DasBlog 1.9 to WordPress 2.6.2)
Steps to Migrate from dasBlog to WordPress
Delicious XML Import plugin for WordPress
To start the Dotclear importer, go to Tools → Import → Dotclear. For WordPress versions 2.0.2 to 2.6.5, go to Manage → Import → Dotclear.
2014/05/18 How to Convert Drupal to WordPress – Comprehensive tutorial that combines the holes of older Drupal to WordPress conversions, includes possible issues one may run into while converting, and fixes. This worked for converting, Drupal 5, Drupal 6, and up to WordPress 4.2.2. (Has been updated to show that it works up to the latest versions of Drupal and WordPress.)
2015/03/02 Drupal2WordPress Plugin (open source and pluggable) – Imports terms, content, media, comments, and/or users. Media is added to the media manager. IMG tags in content can also be imported to the media manager and updated in the content.
2015/01/17 Drupal to WordPress migration utilities (open source)
2014/06/23 Drupal to WordPress migration explained – Builds upon older migration tutorials but includes workarounds for some migration issues such as: duplicate terms, terms exceeding maximum character length and duplicate URL aliases.
2012/12/19 Web service to migrate Drupal 5, 6 and 7 to WordPress 3 – This is an automated system that is for pay.
2011/06/20 Java program for migrating Drupal 6 to WordPress 3
2009/05/20 Import A Drupal 6 Based Website To WordPress v2.7
2009/02/08 Migrate/Convert/Import Drupal 5.x to WordPress 2.7
2008/06/30 Joining the Migration from Drupal to WordPress
2007/05/15 How to migrate from Drupal 5 to WordPress 2
2006/05/19 Detailed migration of Drupal 4.7 to WordPress
2005/10/10 Migrating Drupal to WordPress
There is a dedicated e107 Importer plugin available on WordPress official plugin repository. See there for the list of features.
CSV Importer plugin (by Denis Kobozev)
Import CSV plugin (by Nicolas GRILLET)
CSV User Import plugin
Really Simple CSV Importer plugin
WP CSV to DB plugin
Gallery2 Importer plugin for WordPress = Google Blog Converters
In case the above methods don’t work, you can try Google Blog Converters.
This tool can convert Blogger export into WordPress format. It also supports conversion from Movable Type & LiveJournal to Blogger format. You can take the Blogger format then convert it again into WordPress format.
To start the Greymatter importer, go to Tools → Import → Greymatter. For WordPress versions 2.0.2 to 2.6.5, go to Manage → Import → Greymatter.
There is a script originally by Omar Bazavilvazo for jaws 0.5.x to WP 2.x, it was then maintained in github by vicm3 this works getting the jaws.php file drop on import directory and going to tools/import.
There’s a script that allows to import entries and comments from Jogger.pl – Polish, Jabber-powered weblog system. Comments and manual are in Polish (since Jogger is mostly polish), but if you have any questions, feel free to ask in comments on author’s blog.
Joomla 1.5 Importer – Plugin for WordPress
FG Joomla to WordPress – Plugin for WordPress – Compatible with Joomla 1.0 through 3.4 and with Mambo 4.5 and 4.6 – Compatible with many Joomla plugins: K2, JComments, sh404sef, EasyBlog, Kunena forum, Zoo, Virtuemart and many more
Joomla 1.5 and Mambo 4.5.2 to WordPress 3 – Plugin for WordPress
Joomla to WordPress Migration – Web service to migrate Joomla 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 2.5 and 3.0 to WordPress 3. Compatible with K2
To start the LiveJournal importer, install the LiveJournal Importer Plugin.
Also see the Google Blog Converters section.
If you can’t use the current API-based importer for some reason, you need to setup a separate install of an older version of WordPress (v2.7 for example) and follow the instructions below.
Grab an older importer file (download it from the link at the bottom of this page).
Save the file as livejournal.php and replace the one in /wp- admin/import/.
Go to Manage → Import → LiveJournal.
Export LiveJournal contents in XML format. Use their export tool, following the LiveJournal instructions here.
Once import is finished, export a WXR export file and import that one into your current WordPress install.
LiveJournal XML Export Script – tool to export all LJ entries to one XML file for a range of years.
Live Space (MSN Space)
Live Space Mover
See the Joomla section.
To start the Movable Type importer, go to Tools → Import → Movable Type and TypePad.
For WordPress versions 2.0.2 to 2.6.5, go to Manage → Import → Movable Type.
Importing from Movable Type to WordPress
Importing and Exporting Content – MovableType.org Documentation
Scot Hacker’s “Notes on a Massive WordPress Migration”
Also see the Google Blog Converters section.
Motime – Splinder
These are brands of the blog hosting provider Tipic Inc.
Using a python script named Spleender, you can import the posts (not the comments), see an English case study or the full documentation in Italian.
You can import comments, posts and categories also using the WP Plugin Splinder/Motime Importer, see an English quick guide or the full documentation in Italian.
Plugin Import from Ning imports content from Ning Network Archive in a WordPress plugin BuddyPress. (April 15, 2010 Ning stop free services)
Import users with Ning to BuddyPress (comercial) and Importing Ning users to WP (free). Also read Exporting Ning users.
Check Ning to BP a blog about migrating.
A Guide to Importing from Nucleus CMS
James Sasitorn’s Script for Importing from Nucleus CMS mentioned in http://wordpress.org/support/topic/2893
Tested working importing from NucleusCMS 3.24 to WordPress 2.1
Ultimate NucleusCMS to any blog migration: Adding any blogging engine, including WordPress, to a Nucleus directory, keeping all old URLs intact and without issues with images etc.
Nucleus to WordPress. A commercial service to migrate Nucleus CMS blog items (posts), members, comments and categories to a WordPress installation. Works with WordPress 3.0 and higher.
There is a script: Importing posts from Pivot 1.2 with *Linux* server to WordPress
There is another script, which has been updated to work with WordPress 2.0: Pivot importer for WordPress. It tries to preserve users and categories.
However, Pivot also has an excellent RSS support and that WordPress can import RSS. Example.
Finally, the Pivot developers have provided an export script to the generic Movable Type (MT) import format. Then use the exported file as described under Movable Type below.
An article on how to migrate Plone content into WordPress via Movable Type format.
Use WordPress.com’s Posterous importer, then export/import as a WXR (WordPress eXtended RSS).
Conversion script to migrate Postnuke 0.75+ to WordPress 2.5+ Taxonomy Migrate from PostNuke to WordPress. Detailed wizard to migrate topics, sections, posts & users.
FG PrestaShop to WooCommerce – Plugin for WordPress – Compatible with Prestashop versions 1.1 to 1.6 https://wordpress.org/plugins/fg- prestashop-to-woocommerce/
A Guide to Importing from Radio Userland
You can fairly easily import data from Roller using the MovableType import script. First, you need to export your blog from Roller database, then use it to create entries in your new blog. Pictures you need to copy to appropriate content directory yourself. Modify the $user, $oldresources, $newresources, and $connection variables in a beginning of script, store it on somewhere on you web host where php execution is allowed, and you will get the dump of your Roller blog in MovableType Import format in return. You can just use wget to store it into file. Then follow the instructions for MovableType import…
Importing From Roller is complete and comprehensive. This should work for Roller pre-2.0 release. After Version 2.0, the comment table is changed to roller_comment. Just change the select statement to roller_comment.
Also have a look another technique explained at the blog Null Pointer.
Moving from Serendipity to WordPress A guide on moving from Serendipity to WordPress via an older version of WordPress.
Blog migration from Serendipity to WordPress Blog migration with support for geo location plugin.
Converting from Serendipity to WordPress A commercial service for migrating from Serendipity (s9y) to WordPress. Works with the latest WordPress version.
Serendipity to WordPress – Post Import A script for importing Serendipity posts into WordPress.
Sunlog is old and has not been maintained for quite a while. Fortunately, you can import to WordPress, though it will take a little hacking.
Open phpMyAdmin to see the database of your Sunlog install. You only need two tables, “blogname_entries” and “blogname_comments”.
Use phpMyAdmin to export both tables as XML files. There are no options available so you can do no wrong here.
Install a WordPress plugin to import arbitrary XML files, for example WP All Import. Sunlog’s rather silly simplistic database structure comes in handy here.
The headline is “title”, the content is “entry” followed by “more”. The date is “timestamp” in Unix format. The post categories are “cat” seperated by a “;”.
The script for importing Textpattern CMS posts into your WordPress blog is located at wp-admin/import-textpattern.php.
Another script may be found on the WordPress Forum on this forum thread.
2/26/2015: See the Textpattern to WordPress exporter (create a WordPress-format export file from a Textpattern blog) at GitHub:
Tumblr has no export feature. You can import its RSS feed, or try one of the migration tools below.
Tumblr2wp Creates a WXR (WordPress eXtended RSS) file from your tumblr site which can be imported into WordPress.
Tumblr2wordpress.com Creates an XML with all the content, comments, tags and files that can be imported into WordPress. Not suitable for WordPress 3.0 or above.
There are several plugins to import your tweets into WordPress, such as Ozh’ Tweet Archiver
Embedding Tweets into WordPress with Twitter Blockquotes
Get Your Twitter Timeline into WordPress
The Importing from Movable Type to WordPress works for TypePad blogs, too. The only difference is in the process of exporting entries from the TypePad blog. Once you have the exported entries, follow the instructions in Importing from Movable Type to WordPress to complete the import into WordPress.
Blog Settings: Import/Export – TypePad Knowledge Base
Script and instructions for automatically importing typo articles, pages, comments, categories and tags into WordPress
There are some plugins for importing vCard users into WordPress.
WP-vCard – Import users from vCard file format. Works with populair websites such as linkedin and gmail.
TPC! vCard – Imports vCards. You can create new users from that information.
Italian tutorial on how to migrate your content out of Vivvo preserving posts, pages and permalinks. See also the english translation
Use WordPress.com’s Vox importer, then export/import as a WXR (WordPress eXtended RSS).
Script and Instructions for Importing from web-log.nl to WordPress
To import from a WordPress export file (WXR) into a WordPress blog follow these steps.
Log into that blog as an administrator.
Go to Tools → Import in the blog’s admin panels.
Choose “WordPress” from the list and click the “Install Now” button in the modal window for the WordPress Importer plugin.
Activate it by clicking the “Activate Plugin & Run Importer” link,
Upload your WXR file using the form provided on that page.
You will first be asked to map the authors in this export file to users on the blog. For each author, you may choose to map to an existing user on the blog or to create a new user.
WordPress will then import each of the posts, comments, and categories contained in the uploaded file into your blog. In addition, you can import attachment by checking the “Download and import file attachments” option.
xanga.r is a program that parses xanga pages to get the post and comments. Then it can output them in the WordPress rss 2.0 xml format for WordPress to import.
If you had paid for Xanga Premium and saved your archive files before switiching to WordPress, an importer can be found here.
Use WordPress.com’s Yahoo! 360 importer, then export/import as a WXR (WordPress eXtended RSS).
zenphoto-to-wordpress.py is a python script to export galleries and comments to a standard WXR (WordPress eXtended RSS) file. See this article for details.
These are the instructions to import your posts from Zoomblog:
Go to your Zoomblog account and export your blog data (it generates an XML file).
Download the Zoomblog importer from here. Unzip it, and upload the file zoomblog.php to your wp-admin/import directory.
Login into WordPress and go to Manage:Import:Zoomblog.
Choose the Zoomblog XML export file and it should be done.
It imports all posts and comments, and creates new categories, though, unfortunately, there’s no way to figure out the proper category name, so you’ll have to edit them afterwards. It does not deal with multiple authors.
Importing from an RSS feed
2.0 introduced this as an option in the Admin menu under “Import”.
First, save the RSS feed you wish to import someplace on your local machine. This would be the source and would come from the site that has the content you wish to import into your WP blog. A simple way to get the feed into a text file is to find the RSS link for that site, click it and view it in your browser, then copy/paste that to a text file. Or, of course, use your preferred tools.
Click the “Browse” button and navigate to the file containing the feed you wish to import and click “Import” to let it run.
Note: Depending on the feed and format, you may not get the entire thing loaded on the first attempt. One option is to determine how much got imported (Manage -> Posts) and remove those sections from your saved RSS file and then re-import. Lather, rinse, repeat as necessary.
Note that newlines will be converted to
. Therefore be sure there is no newlines between any
WordPress also has a generic RSS importer, which you can find in your WordPress source at wp-admin/import-rss.php. If your current blogging system can export in a valid RSS format, you can import that into WordPress.
Importing the RSS data is done by running the import-rss.php script from the server. For security reasons you have to edit the script to point to the file where the RSS data is stored.
If you have your blog at http://example.com, you can place your file, for example oldblog.xml, in the wp-admin directory on your site.
Edit import-rss.php by changing the value of RSSFILE in the beginning of the script. After you have changed this, run the script by accessing the script with your browser, in this case you’ll go to http://example.com/wp-admin/import-rss.php.
If the script finds your file, a link marked Begin RSS Import occur, and by pressing this link the import will start.
The RSS data are now imported, and you can remove the RSS file and restore the script.
Importing from [X]HTML
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s, as mentioned above.
The format allowed is quite simple in fact. Just make each HTML file into an
What great times we had…
Just be sure the
If your HTML is well-formed, you can try using the Import HTML plugin. Importing from a Site of Static Pages
A discussion in February 2011 on the wp-hackers email list involved importing 6,000 static pages into WordPress. A number of responses recommended using the PHP Simple HTML DOM Parser to facilitate the porting of the pages.