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Calling All WordPress Experts: Can You Move Individual Categories To New Blog?

March 25th, 2009 · 8 Comments

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Well that’s got to be the longest title I’ve ever written but it captures what I’m after relatively well. You see I’m looking to start a new blog and want to move across some of the old posts from Twenty Steps to the new site. Over the last three years, this site has become something of a brain dump of all things web based and I want to take it back to being focused on the original three main topics – search, blogging and online marketing – and how they fit together.

What I’m looking to do is take off any unrelated content and move the best of the old articles to the new blog. Not only does this make Twenty Steps fresher, more focused and more relevant, it also means that the new blog is launched with ‘new’ content without me slaving over a hot keyboard for weeks on end writing pillar articles. This appeals to my lazy side 😉

From a search engine perspective I know I’ll lose any PageRank from these old posts but, to be honest, that doesn’t bother me too much. It’s not like I’ve got a lot to lose anyway…I’ll be 301’ing the old URLs to the new site. I know this can take a month or two to filter through but I’m happy to take the initial traffic hit for the longer term benefit to both sites.

So the requirement is this:

A way to move selected categories and/or posts complete with comments from the old blog to the new blog

Now an obvious way of doing that would be copy the entire database across to the new blog and simply delete the stuff that I’m either ditching because it’s crap (I know, I know..difficult to believe but one or two posts might fall into that category) or is staying on Twenty Steps. In theory this works but there has to be a better way of doing things which is why I’m putting this one out to the WordPress experts out there.

So if you know of a simple and painless way of moving individual categories from one WordPress install to another, please let me know through the comments.

Tags: Blogging

8 responses so far ↓

  • Jay // Mar 27, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    I’d like to know to. The few times I did it, I have copied all the threads I want to keep as html files and pasted them back to the spot I want them.

    Effective, but certainly NOT time efficient by any means.

  • Mike // Mar 28, 2009 at 12:54 am

    I’ve hunted around for alternatives but it looks like I’ll have to

    1) Go through all posts deleting crap ones and moving non-related to single category
    2) Copy entire database to new blog
    3) Delete all the Twenty Steps posts to leave just the ‘new’ content
    4) Delete all non-related posts here and 301 to new blog

    A right royal pain in the arse. That’s why I’m kinda hoping someone will step up with a solution to automate it.

    Either that or I just forget the whole idea and leave everything as is..

  • Mike // Mar 30, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    OK I might have a quickish fix for this. I’m going to give it a whirl and, if it works, will post the full workaround.

    Basically it involves recategorising the author of the posts to move to the new blog and then using the built in WordPress export feature. Still involves a fair bit of graft but it might just work..

  • Lara // Apr 16, 2009 at 10:14 am

    I do not know a simpler way but I will look on the net because it is necessary to me. Do not worry I will surely find a better way for this and I will tell you.

  • Gry dla Dzieci // Apr 23, 2009 at 7:42 am

    I belive you’ll just have to move everythin manualy. That’s what I did although it was over 6 months ago so maybe there are some other solutions available now..

  • marzena867 // May 13, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Did you managed to do it? Could you maybe post the way you did it? I’m curious because I’m planning the same move later this month.

  • Mike // May 13, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    As I said above, the way I did it was to change the author of the posts I wanted to move and then only exported/imported these into the new blog. Nothing too exciting but it did the job.

  • Don // Jun 26, 2009 at 6:34 am

    I hope these info can help you.

    If you’re using WordPress or another similar format, you could try an XML export from the old blog of yours to the new one. However, there might be a potential problem with the categories.

    Moreover, if you want to publish it on the same date as your old posts, you may edit it by accessing the publish module of WP.