Migrating a Word Press Blog into MyVR

  • @jenny-oest

    I think it will send the whole blog post in your subscriber email if you change this. However, to get the import working you would only have to change this for a few minutes at most while you import, and could then switch it back after the import finishes.

    I don’t know what your setup is like, but I would guess that switching the setting would not trigger a subscriber email. To be certain, you could temporarily disable the sending of subscriber emails, toggle excerpts only off, import your blog on MyVR, then toggle the excerpts only back on.

    I saw a different ticket where CJ mentioned that our blogs currently do not support a public facing RSS, so if you convert, you will not be able to send automatic blog updates to your subscribers anyhow. If this is an important feature to you, you may want to stay on WordPress for now.

  • Leader

    @thomas-kilmer - I’ll try that. If the blog forum works better within MyVR, I can always manually trigger an email update through MailChimp.

    One more question - if I import a second time, (assuming first is successful), will it only import new entries or will it duplicate the previous import?

  • @jenny-oest

    The import will create new blog posts for any new entries it finds and it will update any existing blog posts from previous imports based on the latest from your feed.

    So, if you import for the first time with your blog having a single post: Post1, it will create a single blog post. If you import again after creating Post2, and changing the contents of Post1, the importer will create a new post for Post2, and update the contents of Post1 to stay up to date with your blog.

  • Leader

    @thomas-kilmer - my WordPress settings don’t look like yours.

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    I’m not sure where else to find that option?


  • @jenny-oest

    Huh, that’s strange, I wonder why we have different versions. I think you want to go to Settings > Reading to find the right option. I’m just going off of some pictures I found online, so let me know if this still isn’t what your settings look like.

    Navigate to the readings settings:

    Choose “For each article in a feed, show Full text”

  • Leader

    @thomas-kilmer - YAY! That did allow the import to work. Now the next question is, how do I get it back to the date order that was on the original blog? All of the creation dates and last modified dates are today’s date (the import date). Is there a way in the import to preserve those WP dates?

  • @jenny-oest

    Glad to hear it. Unfortunately the blog post list view is sorted by created date, as in when the posts were created in the MyVR database. You should still see the original published date on your MyVR blog, though, and the posts will appear on your blog in the order you published them on the blog you imported from.

  • Leader

    @thomas-kilmer - that’s good! 🙂

    Now, is there anyway to improve the formatting? It seems odd that only one sentence is to the right of the photo and the rest wraps around…shouldn’t it all be together? I know, feature request?

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  • @jenny-oest

    Yes, the answer is probably feature request, although if you have a developer or know CSS yourself, this issue could be fixed by applying custom CSS to your site. You could even hire and work with a freelancer to get your site to look how you want. Assuming you have a list of fairly minor changes, I think that would be a fairly inexpensive, but effective option.

  • Leader

    @thomas-kilmer - Um no. I don’t know CSS - I know what it is, but am not well versed in it. I know enough ONLY to do serious damage to anything I touch, so I know enough not to do it.
    Just using the editors in MyVR is enough to hose up my own websites…LOL

    Are you guys for hire? LOL

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