Importing and exporting sites to and from NUsites

The site import tool enables you to bring in content from another website. Before using this tool, there are a couple important things to take note of.

Notes on importing:
  • In the instructions below, the terms source and destination are defined as:
    • Source: The website that content is being moved from.
    • Destination: The NUsites website that content is being moved into.
  • The import process will only import content, like posts, pages, categories, tags, media, and comments. It will not import settings, configurations, themes, plugins, or menus.
  • Users will not be imported automatically, so you must first take note of any users you wish to add to your new site manually (see Managing users in NUsites.)
  • Each importer works a little differently, and not all of them have the same capabilities. Make sure to read the directions carefully for the importer you will be using, if documentation is available – not all importers are supported by documentation.
  • The destination site on NUsites must have its privacy / visibility set to public during the import (see Modifying your privacy and visibility settings in NUsites.)
  • When importing another WordPress site, the site that you are importing into to must be a new site that you have not created any new content on.
  • Imports can take a bit of time to completely process. If after running an import, some of the images are missing, try waiting 30 to 60 minutes for the background process to finish downloading images from the source site.

Export an NUsites site

You can export a copy of your site’s content into the WP XML format. This file can be used to import your site content into another WordPress site. The export file created contains only content, and does not contain themes, plugins or settings. It contains links to images, but does not contain the image files themselves. Image files will be downloaded from the source site upon import into a new site.

To create an export, please follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Select Tools > Export from the left dashboard menu of the site.
  2. Select from the list of possible export options in order to determine which content will be exported. Typically, the default option of All Content is the best, as it ensures no cross-linked content gets lost in the export process.
  3. Click the Download Export File button and wait for the export download to be completed.

Import a site

Import a site exported from WordPress or NUsites

Make sure that the source site has its privacy / visibility settings set to public, so that media files can be downloaded during the import (see Modifying your privacy and visibility settings in NUsites.)

  1. Select Tools > Import from the left dashboard menu of the destination site.
  2. Locate the row labeled WordPress and click the Run Importer link for that row. This image has a screenshot of the import interface, with the words Run Importer on the left side
  3. Click the Choose File or Browse button, and select the source site’s export file from your computer.
  4. Click the Upload File and Import button to proceed to the author assignment phase.
  5. On this screen, you will see a section title Assign Authors with a list of authors from the source site. For each author, you will be asked if you’d like to import them from the source site or assign their content to users in the destination site. You must assign all source users to a destination user. Because NUsites relies on NetID authentication, new users cannot be automatically imported. If some users of the source site are no longer needed, you can opt to reassign their content to another user of the destination site. Do not click submit after assigning all users.
  6. In the Import Attachments section at the bottom, make sure that the Download and import attachment files is checked. This will make sure that all images, videos, audio, and other uploaded files are downloaded from the source site to the destination site during import.
  7. Click the Submit button.
  8. A progress bar will appear while the import takes place. Do not close the browser window or navigate away from the page until the import is complete.
  9. Wait for the progress bar to complete and for the All done. Have fun! message to appear. This message indicates the import is complete, and that you can finally leave the page.
  10. You can now begin customizing your site with themes, plugins and custom settings

Import posts exported from a Blogger site

  1. Export the source site from Blogger.
    1. Login to the source Blogger site dashboard.
    2. Select Settings > Other from the left dashboard menu of the source Blogger site dashboard.
    3. In the top right corner of the Blog Tools section, click the Export Blog link. This should cause a pop-up to appear.
    4. Click the Download Blog button to save the source Blogger site export file to your computer. You are now ready to proceed to the import process.
  2. Select Tools > Import from the left dashboard menu of the destination site.
  3. Locate the row labeled Blogger and click the Run Importer link for that row.
  4. Click the Choose File or Browse button, and select the source site’s export file from your computer.
  5. Click the Upload File and Import button to proceed to the author assignment phase.
  6. On this screen, you will see a section title Assign Authors with a list of authors from the source site. For each author, you will be asked if you’d like to import them from the source site or assign their content to users in the destination site. You must assign all source users to a destination user. Because NUsites relies on NetID authentication, new users cannot be automatically imported. If some users of the source site are no longer needed, you can opt to reassign their content to another user of the destination site.
  7. Click the Submit button.
  8. A progress bar will appear while the import takes place. Do not close the browser window or navigate away from the page until the import is complete.
  9. Wait for the progress bar to complete and for the All done. Have fun! message to appear. This message indicates the import is complete, and that you can finally leave the page.
  10. You can now begin customizing your site with themes, plugins and custom settings

Import Links / Subscriptions from a Blogroll (OPML) File or URL

  1. Make sure that the source site is publicly visible on the web.
  2. Select Tools > Import from the left dashboard menu of the destination site.
  3. Locate the row labeled Blogroll and click the Run Importer link for that row.
  4. Either provide an OPML file URL or use the Choose File or Browse button to select a source Blogroll export file from your computer.
  5. In the Category field, select a link category into which the links from the source will be categorized on the destination.
  6. Click the Import OMPL File.
  7. Click the Import OMPL File.
  8. You can now begin customizing your site with themes, plugins and custom settings

See Also:

For additional assistance please contact the IT Support Center at 847-491-4357 (1-HELP) option 2, or consultant@northwestern.edu.




Keywords:wordpress website port transfer backup download   Doc ID:87158
Owner:TSS Tier 2 .Group:Northwestern
Created:2018-10-24 18:34 CDTUpdated:2019-04-02 14:44 CDT
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