A weblog authored by Carthik about the latest in the WordPress world.

Saturday, January 08, 2005

Livejournal to WordPress

Filed under: — Carthik @ 4:32 am

Since the Livejournal sale’s been announced, I’ve been reading a little bit of everyone’s reactions. I do not personally think the deal is going to be a disaster for LiveJournal users. A majority of the 14 to 20 year olds wouldn’t be too worried about who owns LJ, or what the terms of service are, anyways.

Regardless, some folks have been thinking about, or already have explored other options, like migrating to WordPress, for one.

One wrote a long, subjective post describing the move. Now that’s the kind of blogger we dig.

Memorium Victus does a good job listing the backup tools.

For moving to WordPress, there’s Bhansali’s Livejournal importer for WordPress, which goes one step beyond the importer that ships with WordPress by importing the comments for the posts. Of course, you first have to extract the comments from your LJ, using LJArchive or some such program. LiveJournal’s export feature does not export the comments.

Let’s not forget the crschmidt method, which ignores comments, but saves you the pain of having to import entries month-by-month. He actually hacked jbackup (the lj code that backups entries and comments) to not export comments, since the WP importer does not import comments. You don’t need to look far to see why WP does not import LJ comments — the web based LJ export tool, at livejournal.com, available to logged in users does not export comments. What we need is to modify this method to export all of LJ’s comments too, and then use the Bhansali importer, really.

In any case, should you want to know more about moving from Livejournal to WordPress, ask here, and you shall find ;)


  1. Punk rock! Thank you.
    I use LivePress to sync my WP journals, so I don’t have to interact with the LJ interface at all. However, I do have old content that only exists on my LJ. Bringing it “home”…your suggestion is LJArchive to Bhansali’s to WP?

    Comment by Carla — 1/17/2005 @ 2:22 pm

  2. LJArchive, import LJ entries and comments
    via WordLog…

    Trackback by bookmarks — 1/17/2005 @ 2:59 pm

  3. Carla, yes, that would perhaps be the easiest way to do it yet.

    Comment by Carthik — 1/17/2005 @ 3:03 pm

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