How to Use the Export/ Import Tools in WordPress

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First up: Export

Exporting your WordPress data (posts, pages, custom post types, comments, custom fields, categories, tags, custom taxonomies, and users) is sometimes necessary and useful. If you are moving to a new host or just want a backup of your site data, then Exporting your site is the answer. Once the Export file is created, that file can be used for import by the Tools Import Screen.

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When you click the Download Export File button, WordPress will create an XML file for you to save to your computer. This format, which is called and WordPress eXtended RSS or WXR file, will contain your posts, pages, custom post types, comments, custom fields, categories, tags, custom taxonomies, and users. Once you’ve saved the download file, you can use Administration > Tools > Import > WordPress at another WordPress site to import this data

Filters and Other Options

  • All content – export all of your posts, pages, comments, custom fields, terms, navigation menus, and custom posts.
  • Posts – check this radio button to expose additional filtering when exporting posts.
  • Categories – select only one category with this pull-down or leave at All Categories.
  • Authors – select a specific author from the pull-down or leave at All Authors.
  • Date range – select both the starting and ending post date to include in export.
  • Status – select the post status (e.g. Published) to export or leave at All Status.
  • Pages – check this radio button to expose additional filtering when exporting pages.
  • Authors – select a specific author from the pull-down or leave at All Authors.
  • Date range – select both the starting and ending page date to include in export.
  • Status – select the page status (e.g. Published) to export or leave at All Status.
  • Download Export File – click this button and the file, with any filters selected, will be created and you will be asked to save that file to your local computer.

second up: WordPress import

This is specific for uploading the .xml file that the above Export section explains.

Tools Import Screen

Importing data into your WordPress blog is many times, necessary and useful. If you are moving from another host, or just to start your blog anew, then import data into your blog may be the answer. Remember that Importing Content has explicit details about most of the import choices listed below.
Tools – import screen

If you have posts or comments in another system, WordPress can import those into this blog. To get started, choose a system to import from below:

Blogger

Import posts, comments, and users from a Blogger blog.

Blogroll

Import links in OPML format. If not already installed this will direct you to install the WordPress.org OPML Importer.

Categories to Tags Converter

Convert existing categories to tags, selectively.

LiveJournal

Import posts from a LiveJournal XML export file.

Movable Type and TypePad

Import posts and comments from a Movable Type or Typepad blog.

RSS

Import posts from an RSS feed.

Tumblr

Install the Tumblr importer to import posts & media from Tumblr using their API.

WordPress

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

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