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.
Feb 18th at 4:44 am
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.
Feb 18th at 5:19 am
That’s fantastic! It’s really awesome how we’re welcoming the LJ crowd.
Feb 18th at 5:24 am
hey , I thought I ever see this post.
Feb 18th at 6:49 am
WordPress can be home to an angsty wasteland too!
Feb 18th at 8:16 am
I think it’s good.
Feb 18th at 8:56 am
Feb 18th at 9:55 am
I don’t use LJ. Easier migration from LJ to WP.com will boost WP. Congrats!
Feb 18th at 10:56 am
This is fantastic stuff!
Feb 18th at 11:55 am
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…
Feb 18th at 1:10 pm
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!
Feb 18th at 1:29 pm
Feb 18th at 1:39 pm
thank you. this looks good.
Feb 18th at 2:12 pm
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.
Feb 18th at 2:14 pm
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!
Feb 18th at 2:15 pm
Fantastic, thank you.
Feb 18th at 2:17 pm
the best! thanks..
wp always rocksssss…
Feb 18th at 3:22 pm
this look nice
Feb 18th at 3:30 pm
Thanks! This will help a LOT!
Feb 18th at 3:34 pm
Feb 18th at 4:05 pm
I can already see a lot of LiveJournal folks getting really angry
Good work folks, keep it up!
Feb 18th at 4:22 pm
Cannot begin to tell you how much appreciated this was. Thankyou.
Feb 18th at 4:27 pm
Feb 18th at 4:31 pm
I’ve never used LiveJoural but this is cool!
Feb 18th at 5:59 pm
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.
Feb 18th at 6:22 pm
Is it possible to use LJ import to crosspost posts from LJ to WordPress? Will it import only new items next time?
Feb 18th at 7:15 pm
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.
Feb 18th at 8:12 pm
That sounds good.
Feb 18th at 11:13 pm
But beter late then never, I Guess.
Feb 19th at 3:20 am
Great! One thing though, the header links seem to disappear rather than expand themselves to another line. Wanna check it out?
Feb 19th at 3:53 am
Hey, what is the tag anyways?
Feb 19th at 3:55 am
The !More tag, that is.
Feb 19th at 5:45 am
Wow, impressive. I just might migrate my LJ over.
Feb 19th at 3:38 pm
God love you. Thank you!!!
Feb 20th at 9:56 am
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!
Feb 20th at 12:45 pm
Thank’s for your information, success for you
Feb 20th at 8:29 pm
Nice… Now importing my LJ blog to wordpress will be more easier. Thank you very much
Feb 21st at 3:24 am
wonderful……..I like it
Feb 21st at 12:15 pm
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!
Feb 21st at 4:04 pm
totally love it. LJ’s format is rubbish. WordPress is absolutely perfect for someone like me.
maximum thanks WordPress!
Feb 21st at 8:11 pm
Ah, I’m so glad you did this! This will be so much easier!
Feb 22nd at 3:22 am
Fabulous you guys!!!
Feb 22nd at 4:07 pm
is there any feature for cross-posting entries between WP and LJ?
Feb 22nd at 5:54 pm
another great development!
Feb 24th at 2:07 am
Wow! This is fantastic news! Thank you!
Feb 24th at 7:01 am
Wow.. it’s great..
Feb 25th at 10:01 am
waow… it’s good news
Feb 25th at 7:05 pm
This is great news! Congrats for getting something like this done!
Feb 25th at 9:31 pm
wp forever …
Feb 25th at 11:07 pm
Feb 26th at 12:55 pm
Feb 26th at 5:53 pm
this is awesome! i was always wishing for this sort of feature! you guys are the coolest!
Feb 26th at 10:02 pm
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.
Feb 27th at 1:51 am
Feb 27th at 3:08 pm
Google analytics pls
Feb 27th at 9:04 pm
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!!
Feb 28th at 8:48 am
Could I migrate from bloghi as well? If possible, could I use the same url in wordpressas well? Thanks
Feb 28th at 2:02 pm
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.
Mar 1st at 3:45 am
Do you know how to move to WordPress from the Blogger?
Thank you in advace!
Mar 1st at 6:17 am
You basically sold WordPress to me with this feature. Actually I was able to compile several miscellaneous blogs and it feels great. Thank you.
Mar 1st at 9:21 pm
i wish you would do this for open diary also!!!
Mar 2nd at 10:51 am
YES! Awesome, thank you!
Mar 2nd at 12:11 pm
THough I am a new user but the feature souds gr8.
Mar 2nd at 8:21 pm