[wp-hackers] Importing custom format into WordPress

Aaron Brazell aaron at technosailor.com
Fri Dec 30 16:15:06 GMT 2005

> This leads me to another question/thought - Is there a way to point a
> new WordPress installation at an old one and import EVERYTHING?
> Settings, users, comments, etc.?

This is an EXCELLENT idea (probably in the form of a plugin). In fact I
might set about doing an importer like this. There are some limitations as I
see it, though:

However, I'm not sure you could get all the settings, themes, plugins
without the remote server having remote MySQL connections allowed (most
hosts don't).  Getting the data would be as easy as having PHP FTP.

cPanel does something similar to this that allows cPanel servers to go and
package up accounts on other cPanel boxes but it is written in Perl which of
course can run as a privileged user.  You run into all kinds of scenarios
with PHP in safe mode, "running as", etc.

I'd be interested to carry this conversation on to get as much input as
possible before trying to tackle such a plugin. XML-RPC isn't really my

Aaron Brazell
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