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I've given the task of moving several well established blogs from wordpress.com into an independent hosting using Wordpress. Wordpress.com uses a special parser for taking stuff like this:


and converting this to a YouTube embed (for example, this happens with other links too, such as Google Maps, etc).

Is there a systematic way to convert all those links to normal embeds?


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you could use phpMyAdmin to do a search&replace on the wordpress database for the old youtube embed string and then replace with the new one. Should be possible since the syntax is similar enough.

edit: to add from this other stackexchange question:

Search RegEx is a good plugin to be able to search and replace with Grep through all posts and pages. With that, you can change your shortcodes to the default Embeds « WordPress Codex that self-hosted Wordpress uses, which in its simplest form is just the URL.

Or use WordPress › Viper's Video Quicktags « WordPress Plugins and search/replace to convert to that form of shortcode.

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are there any plugins that does this conversion for me? is there a list of all the embeds possible in wordpress.com (e.g. there are also google maps embeds) – CamelCamelCamel May 23 '11 at 19:03
added some info above – edzillion May 23 '11 at 20:54

There's a few ways that I can think of

  1. Find a plugin that is compatible with that shortcode format
  2. Write your own plugin that uses the existing shortcode format from WordPress.com (which I don't think the Shortcode API even allows)
  3. Strip out the short code and leave the URL. WordPress will handle the embedding automatically: http://codex.wordpress.org/Embeds
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