August 18, 2007

Converting from Serendipity to WordPress

Filed under: Software — Joe Brewer @ 6:40 am

What a nightmare it is! There are no specific tools for this job. What you have to do is export all of the entries in RSS format (XML), and then import them into WordPress. There are two main problems with this; the first is that all html formating has to be redone which means editing each post; and secondly all of the URLs lose their numbers for the individual blog pages.

Fortunately I didn’t have that many blogs to convert over – just 60 or so. To convert, I imported the RSS feed from Serendipity into a copy of WordPress that was running on my local PC, tweaked the content so that any html worked properly, then I exported all of the blogs from my local WordPress and imported them into the live blog….. and voila!


  1. I don’t think I could have coped with that.

    There’s now a site — can’t remember the name (so there’s no publicity for them) — which will leech your blog dry (formatting, images, etc.) and give you regular backups. It can then spew forth data for a variety of blog programs when everything goes tits-up. Neat idea, huh?

    What happened to your theme, or did you decide to go with the generic blogger look and feel?

    Comment by Simon Butcher — September 11, 2007 @ 5:26 pm

  2. I’ll be changing the theme in the near future to one that looks similar to the one that I used with Serendipity 🙂

    Comment by Brew — September 18, 2007 @ 11:18 am

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