[wp-hackers] Importing custom format into WordPress

Aaron Brazell aaron at technosailor.com
Fri Dec 30 14:35:03 GMT 2005

On 12/30/05, Elliotte Harold <elharo at metalab.unc.edu> wrote:
> David House wrote:
> > On 30/12/05, Elliotte Harold <elharo at metalab.unc.edu> wrote:
> >> It does strike me that it would be nice if there were some standard
> import/export format for blogs that everyone supported to make these sorts
> of operations simpler
> >
> > RSS? :) If your system can export to RSS2, WP can import it.
> >
> That may work. How much does this do? Are comments, categories and URLs
> kept intact?
> How does it handle embedded markup? RSS2 doesn't include any HTML tags.
> I don't want to lose all the HTML.
> A partial solution may be good enough, and this may be that. I only need
> to do this once, and I can clean it up manually. I just need to know how
> much clean up to plan for.
> --
> Elliotte Rusty Harold  elharo at metalab.unc.edu
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What platform are you importing from? It might be feasible to modify an
existing importer. I know you said that you've looked at others but I'm
unclear as to what was not even close to what you are trying to do.

For instance, my importers (and I would imagine others take similar
approaches) go through the same basic steps:

1. Import Categories
2. Import Authors
3. Import Posts / Perform Post-Category Associations / Perform Post-Author
4. Import Comments / Perform Post-Comment Associations
5. Import Blogroll

Taking these steps, what is it that is not close to what you do?

Aaron Brazell
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