I am trying to make an import of posts from my old blog installation.

It works fine for posts content but fails for featured images.

I've done: tools -> export -> posts -> selected a category.

In the xml i can see the fields of the featured images with the old path...but in the back-end i can't see any featured image uploaded...

Is there something i am missing?

  • Please search inside migration. The question has been answered multiple times.
    – kaiser
    Sep 24, 2012 at 13:08

2 Answers 2


If you export a single post type (i.e. posts, pages, a custom post type, etc...) it will not include attached media files like featured images. That's incredibly idiotic, to me, but your options are --

  • Export everything from site (which will include featured images), then modify the XML file as needed before importing to the new site
  • Use a plugin
  • Suggest and provide feedback

I haven't found a single step process that does this, but I did find a two step approach that accomplishes it. See my answer here for further instructions.

Good luck!

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