With the huge increase in the number of people wanting to move over to WordPress.com from LiveJournal, we’ve been working hard on a better way to handle the import process. The previous importer required that you export each month and then import them individually which was rather tedious, and it also left all your old comments over at LiveJournal. Not any more!
We’re happy to present the new LiveJournal importer for WordPress.com, sporting the following features:
- Enter your LiveJournal username and password and you’re ready to go
- We’ll automatically connect to the LiveJournal API and download all of your posts:
- Posts marked as “Friends Only” are assigned a password within WordPress (so you need to share this password with friends so they can read it. If you prefer, you can leave this password empty and then set your entire WordPress blog to “Private”. That way only the people you invite to be members of your blog will be able to read anything you write.),
- Posts marked as “Private (you only)” are marked as Private within WordPress, which means that only Editors and Admins on your new blog can read them,
- lj-cut tags are converted to the WordPress equivalent, the <! — more — > tag,
- lj-user tags are converted to normal links back to your friend’s LiveJournal account,
- Tags are imported properly,
- If you closed the comments on a post in LiveJournal, then they’ll be closed in WordPress as well,
- Next up, all of your comments are also imported,
- Threading is preserved, so replies to other comments show up successfully (themes on WordPress.com don’t support this yet, but they will soon),
- The “subject” of each comment is included as the first line of the comment itself, because WordPress doesn’t have a comment title/subject value,
- LiveJournal users get links back to their LiveJournals,
- Your own comments are connected to your WordPress account, and are linked back to your new WordPress blog,
- Anonymous users are labeled as “Anonymous”,
- “Screened” comments on LiveJournal are imported as “Unapproved” within WordPress, so you can decide what to do with them
Once you’ve imported everything, you can try out some of our custom themes and unique features and make yourself at home. Welcome to WordPress!
A huge thanks goes out to Guav for letting us use his LiveJournal account to test the importer so that it can handle over 3,700 posts and nearly 200,000 comments!
If you’re using WordPress.org then you’ll get the new importer in the next major release. It’s available in trunk right now if you know how to work with Subversion, and includes some bonus features like importing your “Current Mood” and “Current Music” settings per post as Custom Fields.
It seems that some minor changes, e.g. confirmation of deletion of a comment, have been made in your latest update. Please let us know all.
That’s fantastic! It’s really awesome how we’re welcoming the LJ crowd.
hey , I thought I ever see this post.
WordPress can be home to an angsty wasteland too!
I think it’s good.
I don’t use LJ. Easier migration from LJ to WP.com will boost WP. Congrats!
This is fantastic stuff!
So does this mean that all blogs now have threaded comments? That is, if my imported livejournal can, can the blogs i’ve only written on wordpress.com have them? (And which themes allow them?) Coz that would be awesome…
This… is THE awesome. I was thinking about saving my LJ here for a long time; you just made my decision – oh, and my day, for that matter.
I have no idea how you do it, but for me, WordPress really is the best blog service ever!
thank you. this looks good.
As much as love wordpress, there is nothing like the community on any of the blogs that LJ has, so why would you want to migrate your journal over, the fun thing of LJ is the communities that people belong to, the blogs on wordpress are an entirely different style.
I really like WordPress so much. I used to have a livejournal blog, but because of no one hardly leaving me any comments everytime I made a blog posting, I made the switch to WordPress. A year later, my efforts paid off!
Fantastic, thank you.
the best! thanks..
wp always rocksssss… :D
this look nice
Thanks! This will help a LOT!
I can already see a lot of LiveJournal folks getting really angry :-)
Good work folks, keep it up!
Cannot begin to tell you how much appreciated this was. Thankyou.
I’ve never used LiveJoural but this is cool! :mrgreen:
Now I am a wordpress blogger, I really don’t think of migration, but this is nice option for livejournal bloggers, they may enjoy wordpress nice blogging system.
Is it possible to use LJ import to crosspost posts from LJ to WordPress? Will it import only new items next time?
Please don’t claim that comment threading isn’t supported by ‘all’ themes, when in fact it doesn’t yet work on any of them and nobody appears to have any real idea when it will.
Threaded comments are great. Promises of threaded comments at some unspecified point in the future are rather less useful.
That sounds good.
But beter late then never, I Guess.
Great! One thing though, the header links seem to disappear rather than expand themselves to another line. Wanna check it out?
Hey, what is the tag anyways?
The !More tag, that is.
Wow, impressive. I just might migrate my LJ over.
God love you. Thank you!!!
I wish I knew about this before I closed my account in another site. I left all my stuff in a huff, because I was so angry that they censored my writings and my videos and pictures due to gymnophobia. I should have thinked deep and used my mind and calmed down. Now I cannot retrieve my works. Its all locked inside their site. GRRRRR!
Thank’s for your information, success for you
Nice… Now importing my LJ blog to wordpress will be more easier. Thank you very much
wonderful……..I like it
Great going, this is fantastic! I literally only just moved from LJ to WP and was wondering if I could be bothered to transfer four years worth of posts month by month, and now it’s done it for me! Woop!
totally love it. LJ’s format is rubbish. WordPress is absolutely perfect for someone like me. :)
maximum thanks WordPress!
Ah, I’m so glad you did this! This will be so much easier!
Fabulous you guys!!!
is there any feature for cross-posting entries between WP and LJ?
another great development!
Wow! This is fantastic news! Thank you!
Wow.. it’s great..
waow… it’s good news
This is great news! Congrats for getting something like this done!
wp forever …
this is awesome! i was always wishing for this sort of feature! you guys are the coolest!
I moved my blog from blogger to wordpress this morning, so that my personal and work blogs would be together.
I have looked and looked, and cannot locate the feature where I can post from my cell phone. I used this feature a LOT when traveling – I could take a photo, write a blurb, and post it within minutes.
Surely I can do this from wordpress, since it’s all superior ‘n stuff? Sheesh.
Google analytics pls :)
I had a blog at Blogger and migrated to WordPress about 4 months ago, and my-oh-my, what a great change it has been!! Clearly and without doubt the best online blogging service today! Keep up the good work! Long live WordPress!!
Could I migrate from bloghi as well? If possible, could I use the same url in wordpressas well? Thanks
Great addition to WordPress for those who wish to shift from LJ to WP. Although LJ still reigns superior for me with regard to how easy it is view and manage one’s friends’ page (blogs have yet to be as user-friendly in that department, they have such a roundabout way of being able to chronologically view one’s friends’ and relevant community posts in one page), having alternatives is always a good thing!
I have both LJ and WordPress, and if WordPress integrates a better friending and community system, I can imagine making the shift someday.
Do you know how to move to WordPress from the Blogger?
Thank you in advace!
You basically sold WordPress to me with this feature. Actually I was able to compile several miscellaneous blogs and it feels great. Thank you.
i wish you would do this for open diary also!!!
YES! Awesome, thank you!
THough I am a new user but the feature souds gr8.