Review Of Advanced Exporter For WP/WPMU

I really need to start doing more of these if I’m ever going to improve. This screencast features a review of the Advanced Exporter plugin for WordPress and WPMU by Ron Rennick. This plugin adds the type of functionality I’ve been expecting out of the WordPress exporter ever since I learned about the process. With it, you can easily export a single category of a blog to import into another. That is something many people have wanted an easy way to do for a long time. You can also use the restrictions to create multiple WXR files in case you can’t import a single large file. Also worthy of note as that this plugin was entered into the WeblogToolsCollection plugin competition for 2009. I know this thing is going to be a big hit whether Ron wins or not, I’ll make sure it does. Thanks for creating it Ron.

I recommend watching this video in FullScreen mode in order to make out the text and such. One of these days, I’ll figure out the magic presets for Viddler publishing.

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  1. Ahh, it’s the WPMU all star team :) Thanks for creating it Ron. My guess is, it will do well in the voting stage of the competition.

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  2. What are some reasons why you might want to do this? Is it for moving to a different host? Combining 2 blogs that you used to do separately, and now want to do them under 1 roof? Just wondering what are some practical examples of the use of it. The screencast was good, clear for showing how it works.

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  3. @Dgold – Here are some examples.

    Moving a specific section of content from one WordPress blog to another. Currently, there is no easy way to do this.

    Easily create multiple WXR files so you can import them in chunks instead of one large file.

    Export only the content you want instead of exporting everything.

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  4. @Jeffro, thanks for promoting Ron’s work, he and Andrea are true WPMU rockstars:)
    @Ron, thanks for releasing this plugin, congrats and good luck!

    @Dgold – Here’s a use case that I have in mind. Let’s assume I have an MU setup running a clothing store and I have 85 categories in the main blog, one for shoes, shirts, pants, etc. After running this for awhile, let’s say I want to start creating niche blogs that focus on one kind of apparel. I could simply create another blog called shirts in my MU setup, then use this plugin to export only posts in the shirt category and populate this new blog.

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  5. Another use is if you have a lot of categories and decide to remove one (say, some business talk from your personal blog) and start a blog on just that topic.

    Some people also have issues with very large sized export files. Either the server won’t form them, or import a larger file, and this is a good way to chunk a large site export into smaller files for import without tearing your hair out over php.ini settings or manually dividing up the file.

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  6. You’re welcome. Another instance where you will have a large export file is a blog that has a high number of comments. If the blog averages 100 comments per post, 1000 posts make 100K comments and a very large export file.

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  7. Excellent one, that is what I really want as I am too bad at exporting and importing. Thanks for your nice work

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  8. Yes – looks great. But why exactly is it that the default WP install (and Advanced Exporter) do not export Links and Link Categories? Or am I missing something here?

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  9. @Kel – I don’t know. There has to be a reason though besides links not being important enough to include.

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  10. @Jeffro – Right. Except that Links are important enough to actually be in Core – just not important enough to import/export. Odd.

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  11. Yeah, very odd. It is such an incredible waste of time to manually have to add the same 15 or 20 links to EVERY blog. I kept thinking that I’m missing the simple way to copy links, but apparently it doesn’t exist.

    If there is a way to copy or export links, I’d sure like to know how. Thanks!

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