Exporting from iBlog 1 and 2 to WordPress

icerabbit on March 16th, 2009

Did you ever wish to export your entries from iBlog 2 to another platform?

Absent completion of iBlog 2 and an official export tool / script from Lifli, you were pretty much on your own if you wanted to switch away from iBlog.

With iBlog 1 there was a 3rd party tool, but the geeky adventure is not really for novice users or the faint of heart. If you are interested in this route, I recommend Bruce McKenzie’s  Step by step guide iBlog to WordPress. There is some change regarding versions & installing of MAMP & WordPress, but the guide outline still holds.

With iBlog 2 you were looking at long nights of copy – pasting, depending on the size of your blog. That is, until now.

I was contacted last week by fellow iBlog user Jerry Seeger from Muddled Ramblings and Half baked ideas. Facing the thought of manually exporting his entries, he grabbed the bull by the horns and developed an export script that allowed him to migrate his entries from iBlog 2 beta to WordPress. Story about this on his blog. He contacted me to ask if there are fellow iBloggers out there who would benefit from his script.; which I know there are some. In brief communication with him I suggested a tutorial and forum might be handy to more easily help other users and aid with communication & troubleshooting. So,  he created the iBlog Survivors forum.

Regardless of whether you want to move to WordPress right now or later or wish to keep using iBlog; I think it would benefit all current users to register on the iBlog Survivors forum. With the loss of the ibloggers. net forum we lost a major line of communication and peer to peer assistance.

I think that, using Jerry’s script, it should also be possible to easily migrate from iBlog 1 to WordPress. Get iBlog 2 beta. Import your v1 blog into v2. Then export using Jerry’s script.

3 Responses to “Exporting from iBlog 1 and 2 to WordPress”

  1. Interesting. I wondered what happened to iBlog (allthough I dumped it a long time ago).

  2. Hi Greg.
    Good to hear from you.

    To give you a little bit more info:

    iBlog 2 never went out of late beta. Sarat moved back home and despite the original idea of finishing iBlog 2 in the next 6 months … it just fell into the background.

    He started looking at office space and hiring developers. Part of his plan was to hire a mac developer to help him finish iBlog 2, but he couldn’t find one. (or no suitable agreement could be made). He looked at transitioning all iBlog users at his expense to another Mac blogging software, but there was limited interest by other developers, and their software seemed restrictive (compared to iBlog2’s flexibility).

    He did hire a few people, who he was training and Lifli started working on some web 2.0 projects.

    Beyond that, I don’t really know. I have had very limited contact with Sarat. It mainly was me saying hi and reminding him about iBlog 2 export functionality. Other than that, I don’t what they were working on or if it is successful. He’s not quite as chatty or as open a person as we are, with our online presence or longer emails. Lifli hasn’t been updated in a while. ibloggers.net disappeared with a domain registrar or host update. Which really frustrated me, as it was the main means of communication for ibloggers and held a vast array of topics.

    So, it is sad iBlog 2 never materialized. I had very high hopes for v2, even though its alpha and beta phases were a bit in spurts. It was a super flexible and extendable solution, considering the limitations of .mac, a single developer and a small group of amateurs driving the ideas. I recognize many aspects, solutions and ideas that we had for iBlog 2 in WordPress, even though certainly I didn’t look at it for inspiration. I still think our all-in-one theme structure was a gem.

    Hopefully that answers things a bit more.

    Maybe I should do a post about it, so other people can learn about what happened to iBlog 2.

  3. Hey,

    I am still using iBlog2 and are so happy with it, but we have to look at the future. I waited [along with many others] for the final release of iBlog. It may not come… a real miss, but luckily some talented people are here to save the day. Let me see if I can get it to work with drupal over the next few days….

    Saludos de Argentina

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