I'm working with a client to move their content from a custom CMS to WP. They've sent me this csv to work from.
The only csv to WP imports I've done in the past have come from other WP installs. I have several questions.
Can I use the content of these fields in the shape they're in now? Will I need to have them resend with the content as text in the fields without the HTML? Much of the HTML is formatting - it would seem like we wouldn't to import that formatting in the post, but instead handle that formatting within the theme now. And, for example, the date is not in a format that I think WP will understannd.
The comments - They have a comments column, but they also have comments showing in their "fullarticle" column. It's like the comments were scraped/exported with the content of the article. In order to import the commennts, won't I need fields for comment id, comment author, author link, etc... individually for each comment per post? Will importing the comments be part of the same CSV?
Assuming that I can get the content IN the fields in a form that will work for the actual import, would I then take the csv they send and rename/map their existing fields to the appropriate WordPress fields, creating my custom post types and custom fields ahead of time so that I have all of those ids to use in the csv? Seems like it would be better to send them an example csv file of what I'll need and let them figure out an export or scrape to match.