Okay, apologies up front for being such a coding novice. I am transferring a web site (not a blog) from a CMS called Populate over to WordPress, from one hosting to a different hosting. I don't have access to the source files on the current host. (Long story short, I'm not a code/site thief: the owner of the site business and its domain is locked out by her former admin. She asked me to help her transfer her site.) So... I'm looking at a lot of copying and pasting -- field by field! -- of the content from Populate over to WordPress. QUESTION: Is there a more efficient way to do this? I can grab source code from View Source, of course, but what good is that for plugging wholesale into Word Press? And I don't write PHP (shame on me, eh?) Or is there a way to do that? (Fingers crossed!) Thanks a ton! C

  • Does Populate have any export options at all? Your problem is essentially not getting content into WordPress, but getting it out of Populate.
    – Rarst
    Mar 6, 2011 at 20:04

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WordPress exports and imports its own posts through WordPress eXtended RSS (WXR). If you have access to an RSS feed of you content that's a good start. If you have access to templates powering your site then look at extending basic RSS with WXR fields.


I would suggest looking at the WordPress Import HTML plugin. You can read more about it on the authors blog.

You would have to visit each page in your browser and do a save as html then upload all files according to the plugin instructions to your new server before you run the import.

I attended a presentation of the plugin the author gave at a WordCamp and it works great.

  • This seems like the way to go if you are really locked out. You could also use a copy such as this one: httrack.com to prevent you having to save each page individually.
    – user10617
    Dec 5, 2011 at 8:07

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