Exporting and Importing Your WordPress Blog

As the year winds down, many of you will be moving on to new adventures. Wouldn’t it be great to take all the hard work you’ve put into your blogs with you? Well, you can!

However, before moving onto the steps of how to export your current blog, you’ll need to head over to WordPress.com (assuming that’s your preferred platform) and create a new blog. WordPress has two types of blogs – those hosted by WordPress (which end in .com) and those that you must host yourself (which end in .org). Our ISM blogs are on paid hosting (.org), so unless you’d like to pay for your own blog hosting, you’ll need to create a WordPress.com blog.

Give some thought to your blog’s new web address. I recommend to use something that’s not tied to a particular locations, school or situation as these may change. Assuming you’ve already created the new blog, let’s move on.

It’s relatively simple and straightforward:

  1. Log in to your WordPress blog here at ISM.
  2. In your dashboard, on the left hand column, you’ll see “Tools”. Under that, click on “Export”.
  3. You’ll be presented with a few options. Where it says, “Choose What to Export”, click “All content” and “Download Export File”.
  4. That will then download a file to your computer. (an XML file)
  5. Ok now the export is done!
  6. Assuming you’ve logged into your new WordPress.com blog, follow a similar path (from the dashboard, left-hand side, “Tools”, “Import”.
  7. Select, “WordPress” from the list of options from which to import.
  8. On the next screen, “Choose File” and select the XML file that was exported from your old blog.
  9. Make sure you select, “Import Attachments” – that will then import all most of your media from your old blog to the new one.
  10. Once it’s done, visit your site to confirm that things look similar to your ISM blog. Of course it will appear differently depending upon which theme you’ve chosen. However, there are literally thousands of themes to be used with WordPress.

Auto Archiving Email

Taken from Mr. van Iperen’s email

How to Turn On the Auto Archive Feature

For Outlook 2010:

  1. Click the File tab, and then click the Options tab on the File menu.
  2. Click the Advanced tab.
  3. Click Auto Archive Settings.
  4. Click to select the Auto Archive Every check box, and then type a number in the Days box to specify how frequently the Auto Archive process runs.
  5. If you want to be notified before the items are archived, click to select the Prompt Before Auto Archive check box.
  6. In the Default archive file box, type a file name for the archived items to be transferred to, or click Browse to select from a list.
  7. Click OK two times.

For Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2003:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Other tab.
  2. Click Auto Archive.
  3. Click to select the Auto Archive Every check box, and then specify how frequently the Auto Archive process will run by typing a number in the days box.
  4. If you want to be notified before the items are archived, click to select the Prompt Before Auto Archive check box.
  5. In the Default archive file box, type a file name for the archived items to be transferred to, or click Browse to select from a list.
  6. Click OK two times.

Tips for backing up data and buying an external hard drive

We are moving more and more towards the creation, distribution, and consumption of digital content. With multimedia projects, student and teacher created videos, podcasts, digital photography, and music making, the need to back data up is more critical than ever before.

There are a few solutions available depending on your needs.

  • External hard drive
  • USB thumbdrive
  • DVD/CD backup
  • Online backup services

The pros and cons of these options:

External hard drive:

  • Pro – low cost in relation to amount of data stored
  • Pro – huge amount of storage in pocket size format
  • Con – moving parts – higher chance of failure at some point
  • Con – initial expense

USB thumbdrive:

  • Pro – extreme portability
  • Pro – no moving parts
  • Pro – data size has greatly increased in the past few years
  • Con – much higher cost in relation to data storage
  • Con – I personally have had higher failure rates with USB thumbdrives than hard drives

DVD/CD backup:

  • Pro – cheap
  • Con – easy to scratch / degrade
  • Con – requires DVD burner to be installed to create backups
  • Con – small amount of data compared to other options

Online backup services: (https://www.mozy.com)

  • Pro – available anywhere
  • Pro – usually guaranteed backup on their end as well
  • Con – free only for limited space
  • Con – requires fast internet for multimedia content

My personal recommendation is to pick up a portable external hard drive. They’ve dropped significantly in price and you can now get a 500GB hard drive for around $100 USD. (slightly cheaper in the States, Hong Kong, Singapore, etc). This is different from the typical larger hard drives that require external power supplies. The portable drives can fit in your pocket, are powered by the USB ports on your computer, and are very light weight.

To the left is an example of a drive that I personally own and have had great success with.

If you have any questions about any of these options or would like some advice on keeping proper backups, please let me know.