importing an xml backup

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    i have been trying for days to locate an old blog written in wordpress. fortunately i found the xml file from an old laptop. the problem im encountering is that when i imported it, it says there seem to be no author in the backup file. how do i proceed from here? thank you very much.

    The blog I need help with is



    Hi there,

    Are you trying to import to

    If the file is very old it could be that it’s using an outdated version of XML, or that the file is built on a database structure that WordPress no longer uses, in which case there might be no way to import it. These files are not intended to be used as long-term backups of a site, but simply as a way to transfer content from one site to another.

    What is the address of the old site? If you open the .xml file in spreadsheet software like MS Excel or in a text editor like Notepad, you should be able to see the site address somewhere near the top of the file.



    hello kokkieh

    yeah im trying to revive an xml file dated 2009 to my currently running blog, indicated above. and yes i guess it is in indeed built on an old structure thus the current version no longer recognize it.

    got it, the first lines are

    <?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>
    <!– This is a WordPress eXtended RSS file generated by WordPress as an export of your blog. –>
    <!– It contains information about your blog’s posts, comments, and categories. –>
    <!– You may use this file to transfer that content from one site to another. –>
    <!– This file is not intended to serve as a complete backup of your blog. –>

    <!– To import this information into a WordPress blog follow these steps. –>
    <!– 1. Log into that blog as an administrator. –>
    <!– 2. Go to Tools: Import in the blog’s admin panels (or Manage: Import in older versions of WordPress). –>
    <!– 3. Choose “WordPress” from the list. –>
    <!– 4. Upload this file using the form provided on that page. –>
    <!– 5. You will first be asked to map the authors in this export file to users –>
    <!– on the blog. For each author, you may choose to map to an –>
    <!– existing user on the blog or to create a new user –>
    <!– 6. WordPress will then import each of the posts, comments, and categories –>
    <!– contained in this file into your blog –>

    <!– generator=”WordPress/2.8.4″ created=”2009-11-20 15:43″–>
    <rss version=”2.0″

    and it goes upto 156 pages, times new roman, size 8 LoL
    i just want to know (hoping against hope) if there’s still a way to bring it up on to the current wordpress..?


    That’s indeed an old file. We’ll need to test if we can use it so, please upload your file here so we can take a closer look. Thanks!



    hi fresatomica
    crossing my fingers the test will yield a positive result..


    Alright, our developers modified the code a bit and i should work now. Download the file from here and try to import it to your new blog.

    Let me know how it went :)



    hi fresatomica
    downloaded the file you reconstructed but i still get the same error message huhu

    There don’t appear to be any authors in your import file.
    Make sure you are using a valid WordPress export file in XML or ZIP format. ?



    Hi there,

    I’ve managed to get the file imported to a self-hosted WordPress installation, which gave me an export file that works correctly on the importer. I’ve sent it to you via email.



    hello kokkieh!
    got your email..
    and oh my G! you’re one heck of a heaven-sent man!
    teary-eyed here bro! as in!
    thank you very much! very very much!!! veeery much!!!
    sooooo much!!!!

    mwah! mwah! mwah! LoL

    a big thanks, too.. to fresatomica
    A for the A-ffort :)

    a big big thanks to you two!!



    Glad we could get it working for you :)

    Our Importer team also helped with this, and they’ll hopefully be able to use what we learned here to make the importer better as well, so thank you also!

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