Posterous is a blogging system that launched with an interesting twist — everything happens via email from signup to posting. Since the launch of our post by email features in addition to things like email comment replies and blog subscriptions we’ve been receiving more inquiries from people wanting to graduate from Posterous to a full blog with the features, flexibility, and reliability of WordPress.com.
It was actually easier than we thought: Posterous has a very nice API for reading from and writing to their service.
After logging into your WordPress.com Dashboard, click on Tools -> Import.
Click on the Posterous importer.
Type in your Posterous host name, user name, and password and click the Submit button.
The importer will validate your user name and password. After starting the importer, you can sit back and watch the status counters tick away.
You can also safely leave the importer page or close your browser. The importer will keep running.
Currently, the importer can import posts, tags, comments, and image attachments.
We will send you an email when the import finishes. Easy peasy!
There are a few things still on our roadmap, like more auto-post functionality, but don’t worry it’ll all be ready soon.
- Feb 9, 2010 @ 3:04 am
Feb 9th at 3:59 am
Awesome! So, if I use Posterous Importer I can spend less time on my Posterior Imbedded?
Feb 9th at 3:59 am
(yes, I know…that was a bit of a stretch)
Feb 9th at 4:08 am
thanks very interesting
Feb 9th at 4:21 am
This is such a cool feature…wow! I have a photo blog on Posterous, and I was thinking it would have been a better idea to create it on WP since WP has such good photo blog themes, now, this is easy…peasy for me
Feb 9th at 4:24 am
In some ways, Posterous beats wordpress though. I really like how I can just attach music files to my e-mail & send to Posterous, and Posterous just converts it automatically to an embedded player on a post on the blog! Much more convenient than in wordpress.
Feb 9th at 4:40 am
Take them to wordpress
Feb 9th at 5:32 am
This would have been great two months ago, when I manually copied my posts from Posterous onto WordPress. Still, smart move, even if it’s too late for me. Posterous was a good intro for my blog group.
Feb 9th at 5:42 am
No videos yet?
Feb 9th at 6:49 am
and again after Vox, Posterous people will now be coming into wordpress.com, even if they like the post by emails, because with wordpress.com you can still post with email!.
Feb 9th at 6:51 am
also if i import to my site bizsetup.wordpress.com will it add to my content or write over my wp content?
Feb 9th at 7:19 am
i never even heard of ‘posterous’, i came to know about it from your post. it’s good you’ve made arrangements to take bloggers from there into wordpress, because there’s simply no replacement for wordpress at all. it’s good that they have a new idea, but wordpress is our final and permanent choice.
Feb 9th at 7:32 am
nice. i always liked posterous api
Feb 9th at 8:30 am
How do you import a windows live space blog?
Feb 9th at 9:02 am
Great! I love Posterous, it’s got a lot of magic! But at some point you need more features… Especially when it comes to SEO and monetising via SEM.
Feb 9th at 9:35 am
This is nice for people that want to leave Posterous and come to WordPress.com for more features. However I like having the two different platforms and I post completely different things to Posterous than I do on my WordPress.com blog. But you are so right about WordPress.com having more features and being more flexible. Thanks for adding new features for us.
Feb 9th at 12:26 pm
hmm…so I tried importing my Posterous blog. I got an email from WordPress saying Import successful, but I don’t see the photos on my site!! I also looked at Edit Posts folder in my Dashboard, and I see only the auto-created Hello World post…is there something else I should be doing?
My newly created plog is at http://nishitasplog.wordpress.com/
My Posterous site is at http://booksandmore.posterous.com
Feb 9th at 12:56 pm
Really good development, Would like to commend you guys for keeping yourselves ontop of the game.
Feb 9th at 2:08 pm
You say the importer will bring over “posts, tags, comments and image attachments”. What happens to PPS files or MP3 files or DOC or XLS files sent to the Posterous blog? Will those come over as well?
Also, Posterous has a really nice way of displaying those attached files, which WordPress does not have yet. Any plans to automatically embed PPS or DOC or MP3 files? (I’m aware I can embed MP3 files now, but it’s still not as straightforward as embedding images or videos).
Feb 9th at 6:07 pm
Thanks for this great tool! I’ve been tossing around the notion of moving my posterous to a self hosted word press blog for the past week. Is this tool only for a wordpress.com blog, or would I have to do a path of importing it to wordpress.com and then moving it to my own server? Thanks in advance for your help!
Feb 9th at 6:29 pm
That’s good news Brian. Thanks for all the work you are doing to help bloggers with importing their content into wordpress.com.
Feb 9th at 9:06 pm
whoaa..that sounds good…thanks for helping.
Feb 10th at 12:38 am
thanks so much for this. BUT what happens to my posterous email subscribers and contributors? do they automatically become subscribers to my wp?
Feb 10th at 12:46 am
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Feb 10th at 3:32 am
So much better than when we were pre-Posterous. Nice feature. (Bad pun)
Feb 10th at 12:07 pm
I am extremely frustrated by the blue borders around ‘live’ links. On aesthetic grounds. How can I have a link ‘live’ with no border?
Feb 10th at 1:15 pm
You make it sound so easy and I bet it is!
Feb 10th at 1:41 pm
Welcome all new Posterous bloggers!
Feb 10th at 9:33 pm
Wow. Once again WordPress has outdone itself. way to go!
Feb 10th at 11:19 pm
Looks really interesting – must check this out
Feb 11th at 12:34 am
Posterous is so cool i surely won’t merge it with my WP blogs. It’s just perfect standalone ‘tool’ and its power for me is: to stay outside WordPress. Altough i understand migrating users.
Feb 11th at 2:30 am
a nice feature… let’s try it
Feb 11th at 3:00 am
Gave the import a whirl earlier this evening. I was dumbfounded by how simple and quick it was. Only had to tweak a couple image headers in a few posts. Otherwise flawless. Now to prep my hosted WP theme and export out to that! Thanks!
Feb 11th at 8:12 am
I will try Posterous Blogging in one of my sites… It looks very interesting for added services in my site…
Feb 11th at 2:45 pm
Very nice feature guys, I am starting to out grow posterous and this is great. However I think I will wait until you support more than just mp3 embeds. Also, Posterous’ commenting is so easy to use and comments help spread my blog on twitter which I appreciate. I don’t see that on wordpress.com.
Feb 11th at 4:07 pm
so if i have already cross-posted some content from my posterous blog to my wp blog, will the importer notice and leave out duplicate entries?
Feb 11th at 7:48 pm
Feb 11th at 9:38 pm
good to know
Feb 12th at 12:39 pm
What’s the process for skinning my Website to Posterous, or are there published procedures available somewhere?
Feb 13th at 3:46 am
I think the Posterous bloggers are going to be VERY happy at WordPress.com!!!
Feb 13th at 4:21 pm
Very interesting, does anyone know how it’s pronounced?
Feb 14th at 8:47 pm
Great development guys. Really interested to see how this all plays out now.
WordPress is pretty popular here in East Africa, can’t wait to see this bring even more of those who’ve started walking down the Posterous way into the fold.
Feb 15th at 4:21 am
i don’t see much point in transporting posterous blog over here. i can autopost my posts from posterous to wordpress and other sites in one go. =)
Feb 16th at 7:10 am
Congrats on the importer!
Posterous users who are importing into WordPress: just make sure that you don’t delete your Posterous blog since WordPress won’t rehost your media. It’ll also not support the audio or video that you’ve posted to your Posterous. Makes you feel like you’re “graduating” to a blog platform that does less. You can always just post to Posterous and have it autopost to your WordPress (and gazillion other sites).