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I have a large number of photo galleries in a database-driven site that I want to migrate into WordPress. I can get the metadata and associations out of the database.

Is there a way to bulk import the photos into WordPress and generate photo galleries?

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So I don't think it was an elegant solution, but this is what I did. I wrote a plugin that:

  • Looped through the galleries in the old database
  • Created a post for each gallery (I chose to use the envira gallery plugin) in the format used by a sample envira gallery post
  • Looped through all the images in each old gallery and attached them to the new gallery post with appropriate metadata
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