For some time Them behind the scenes have been working on an all-new blogging system, powered by WordPress which as some of you know is one of the most popular blogging systems on the Interweb. It promises to sort out a lot of problems, although we can’t make any promises about solving world hunger, bringing about global peace or finding that glove you lost last Christmas.
As part of the move to this all-singing, all-dancing-in-an-evangelical-style, mostly-clapping Solution we need to export your blog entries and comments from this Wiblog system in a special format ready to import into the new system. Does that make sense? I hope so.
So to do that we’ve created a little tool, and we’d like you all to try it. The great thing about this tool is it provides you with a backup of your entire blog in case Untoward Things should happen. Which they haven’t, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
OK, to the Instructions:
1) Visit your blog, yes, yours. Take a look at the URL in the address bar of your browser, it will say something like “http://www.wibsite.com/wiblog/newsroom/”.
2) Remember (or copy) the name of your blog, in this example it is “newsroom”. Some of you may know what your blog name is already.
3) Visit this page: http://www.wibsite.com/wiblog/backup/?newsroom, replacing the “newsroom” bit at the end with the name of your blog. So Rhys’ Backburner blog would use: http://www.wibsite.com/wiblog/backup/?backburner
4) You’ll get, depending on your browser, either a load of gibberish or a big list of all your blog entries. If you get gibberish skip the next part.
5) If you see your blog entries, with their titles and text, then cast your eye down the list to check everything is there that should be. Yes, we realise that for those of you with very active fingers this could be a very long job, so to save you time you can just check the entry at the top of the page is your latest entry, and the one at the very bottom (scroll all the way down, ducky) is the very first entry you made. Hopefully all is well. If not, let us know in the comments here.
6) Now just save the entire page to somewhere on your computer (using a sensible name for the file like “wiblog-backup-17-11-2007” would be very clever). That’s a snapshot of your entire Wiblog, and is exactly what we’ll use to create your new spangly Wiblog when we’ve finished doing the jiggery-pokery.
7) There is no 7, as we haven’t done it yet.
8) Ditto for number 8.
OK, hopefully that will make sense. If not just say something in the comments here and we’ll do our best to help.
** Additional information for Technical Wizards and Geeks:
The format file we produce is a WXR, or a WordPress Extended RSS. That means it has all the normal stuff of RSS plus a load of WordPress-specific elements holding information about comments. This file can be imported into any reasonably modern WordPress installation to create an exact clone of your Wiblog (well, the entries and comments at least).