Importing and Exporting Site Content

If you have content on another WordPress site, Blogger, Tumblr, etc., or any site that has RSS feed functionality, you can easily import your content to your Commons site with these plugins. First, you’ll need to export your content to a file, and that process varies, depending upon the platform.

How to Export from WordPress 

If you have content on another WordPress site, simply go to the dashboard to Tools>>Export. Choose what the types of content you want to export – posts, pages, comments, all. (Premium themes may have other types in their export options.) Then click on “Download Export File.” An export file will be downloaded to your computer with the naming convention “sitename.wordpress.date of export.” (This is also a great way to backup your site’s content.) Now, go to your Commons site and install the “WordPress Importer” plugin.

How to Export from Blogger 

Blogger is Google’s free blog-publishing service. If your site’s url is something like “yoursitename.blogspot.com” – you’re using Blogger. To export your content to a file, follow these instructions. Then install the “Blogger Importer” plugin on your Commons site.

How to Export from Tumblr 

Tumblr is a microblogging platform and social networking website, now owned and operated by Yahoo.  If your site url is something like “yoursitename.tumblr.com” you are using Tumblr.  Follow these instructions to export your content to an xmr file. Then install the “Tumblr Importer” plugin on your Commons site.

How to Export from an RSS feed

If you can access content on the Web via an RSS feed, you can import that content into your blog stream using the “RSS Importer.”  If you see a RSS icon, you can click on that, or you might try to simply append “/feed” to the end of the contents url.  Once you reach a screen that looks something like this, you can click on “view source” and then save that file on your computer.   Then install the “RSS Importer” plugin on your Commons site.

How to Export from Movable Type and TypePad 

If your site’s url is something like “yoursitename.typepad.com” you’re using TypePad. If your site’s url is something like “yoursitename.movabletype.com” you’re using Movable Type. To export your content to a file, follow these instructions. Then install the Movable Type and TypePad Importer plugin on your Commons site.

How to Export from Live Journal 

If your site’s url is something like “yoursitename.livejournal.com” – you’re using Live Journal. To export your content to a file, follow these instructions. Then install the Live Journal Importer” plugin on your Commons site.

Import Process

Once you have your exported file, go your Commons site and open up your dashboard.  Go to Tools>>Import and find the importer that corresponds with your content. Click on Run Importer, then upload you files.

Any questions? Please email the Community team: support@cunycommons.zendesk.com .

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