I need to take a site that is installed as a subdomain blog on a multi site install and move it to it's own domain on a standalone wordpress installation.

How can this be done?

I am running into trouble with the path to the images in posts because multi site uses /blogs.dir/blogid/

Can this be done?

  • Of course it can be done. Just export the subdomain install and import it on a new site. It will move the images it self – xLRDxREVENGEx Jun 20 '11 at 17:58

Although I have not tested a use case such as yours.

If the trouble is with path to the images in the posts and other you can give WordPress OneClick Migration a try. It was designed with Database level migration but it should work. You may need to run it in forced mood. See the Readme file for full details.

  • that looks like it will do the job. I ended up doing it myself all manually by doing mysql dumps on the site database and on the global database and then doing a search/replace perl command on the .sql files to change from wp_1_ to wp_ and ignored the options table. – CommentLuv Jun 21 '11 at 6:08

Use the WordPress export file, then install a fresh system and import the file again. This is the easiest way I know.


Inside the current blog you want to move go to:

Tools > Export
Tools Export
Select All Content enter image description here
This will create a .xml file with the name of the site and the date. Next setup your single site install and then go to:

Tools > Import
Tools Import
Choose WordPress (you may need to install this)
Choose Wordpress Choose All Content Select All Content

When you click continue it will show you a new page to map users or create new ones do what ever you want. Note that this will only work for people who have posted. Then make sure to tick the check box Download and import file attachments. Map Users And Download Attaments

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