WordPress WXR Class

One of the most frustrating things to me in my years of working with WordPress and b5media has been migrating blogs into WordPress. Every blog platform does things differently and although WordPress has import support for a large number of blog platforms, it always seems like I get the job of migrating from platforms that don’t have any way of exporting posts to take to a different platform, such as WordPress.

I’ve done a number of these migrations now – Nucleus, Drupal, Serendipity and others. The latest was Expression Engine – needed to move Shai’s blog over to WordPress. This was the catalyst I needed to write a base class for the WordPress import/export format known as WXR, or WordPress eXtended RSS.

For casual users, this is not for you. For developers, this may be a life saver for you.

The class can be downloaded via SVN:

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svn co http://svn.aaronbrazell.com/wpwxr/trunk wpwxr

Included in this repository is the base

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class.wxr.php

class along with sample code to build your own apps from.

Reference: Complete WordPress WXR Base Class documentation is online.

Instantiation: This is a base class. Therefore, you should never extantiate it directly – only via another class via extending.


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class myNewClass extends WXR_export {

    function myfunction()
    {
        echo "Hello World!";
    }
}

Debug mode: If you wish to use debug mode, you can set the

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$debug

property of the class to true. The default is false. If debug mode is on, output will be sent to the screen as opposed the the WXR file.

Example:


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$n = new myNewClass;
$n->debug = true;

Export Filename: By default, the name of the WXR file is date based (e.g wxr-2008-01-26.xml). You can change this by changing the

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$export_filename

property.


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$w = new myNewClass();
$w->export_filename = 'file-movabletype.xml';

I’d love to get patches if you want to contribute. You should send them to emmensetech [at] gmail [dot] com. In addition, if you use this and create extension classes, I’m more than happy to host them. I’ll be seeding the pot with the Expression Engine class I used this weekend.

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