ASK AN AMBASSADOR: How To Import Your Active Rain Posts To Wordpress

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com SAL.2002007747

ASK AN AMBASSADOR:  How To Import Your Active Rain Posts To Wordpress

If you follow the path of many Active Rainers, you start off blogging here, and at some point you start a Wordpress website.  And for some people, they see the two as mutually exclusive, you either do one OR the other, and not necessarily both.

Personally, I see Active Rain blogging and our Wordpress site serving similar, but different purposes.  For me, Active Rain is heavily about the community experience, the sharing of learning, having fun, sending referrals.  Wordpress is more for the pure consumer prospecting with customized IDX searches and neighborhood detail.  More evergreen content that will keep on working for us for years.

But there is overlap, some Active Rain blog posts are perfectly suitable for use on Wordpress too (although we recommend enough editing that Google doesn't see you as pure copy/paste...but another reason to get your Google Authorship established!!).

So how do you get your Active Rain posts over to your Wordpress site?  It's actually fairly easy (depending on your tech proficiency).

First of all, Active Rain makes it easy to Export your blog posts (frankly we'd recommend exporting periodically even if you DON'T have a Wordpress site just in case the granddaddy of all gremlins hits the AR servers).

Go to My Home on Active Rain, then on the left sidebar, click Other, then click "Export Blog Entries"

Step 1

That will bring up a pop up window, click Save file.  That will download the .xml file you need, but as a ZIP file.  Before taking it to Wordpress, you'll need to unzip the file and save the .xml file so you can retrieve it.

Depending on your needs, you can stop right here.  ALL your Active Rain posts (including the drafts) are backed up in this .xml file.

If you want to take them into your Wordpress site, there's a little prep work to do.  Jeff Turner of Zeek Interactive had his team create an Active Rain Blog Importer plugin for Wordpress.  Click the link, save the file from the pop up box and then install the plugin on your Wordpress site. 

So now you've got your XML file saved, you've got the AR Importer plugin installed on your WP site, it's time to Import your AR blog posts. 

From your Wordpress Dashboard, go to Tools, then Import.  Once you click Import, you'll see a selection of tools. 

Click the Active Rain Import Plugin to get to:

Select Browse and Path to your saved XML file.  Click Upload and Import. 

Next you'll see:

 

Change to DRAFT!!  I say again, CHANGE TO DRAFT!!!!  If you don't, every Members Only post, and your actual Drafts will be out there for the world to see, and I'm betting that's NOT what you want.  Then click SUBMIT.

You can watch post after post quickly load up until you see:

And don't worry, if you've done this before the plugin recognizes posts you've ALREADY uploaded.

Once the Import is done, you can go to your Posts tab on your Wordpress site and see:

So all your AR posts are now Draft in Wordpress.  Take a look at them, we're not guaranteeing a complete pull of all pictures and graphics, or that the font will always stay exactly the same (ours didn't!), but your content is there and you can pretty quickly bring a draft up, freshen it up, click Publish and there you go!

Just a reminder, MAKE SURE YOU UNZIP YOUR XML FILE INITIALLY BECAUSE IF YOU TRY TO UPLOAD THE ZIPPED VERSION YOU WILL GET ERROR MESSAGES!!!

Keep on Blogging,

Liz and Bill aka BLiz

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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
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Gene, We've had websites and email go down without warning, so having options is critical.  Perhaps another reason we find ourselves paying for multiple websites....just in case!

Mar 06, 2014 04:50 AM #67
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Dee Toohey
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Thanks for the great info!!

Mar 06, 2014 10:16 AM #68
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Dee, You're welcome!

Mar 06, 2014 11:52 AM #69
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William Johnson
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Hi Liz and Bill, Thank you so much for sharing this. I recall having done this some time ago but I need to be doing this regularly and would have had to look it up. Now I know exactly where to go and get started on this. Many Thanks. 

Mar 06, 2014 01:14 PM #70
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William, You're welcome!  We suspected it was a task many might like to know how to do.

Mar 06, 2014 07:11 PM #71
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George Souto
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Bliz I don't have a Wordpress blog but if I did these instruction are so clear that even I could follow them.

Mar 07, 2014 03:20 AM #72
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George, We'd guess this one might have gotten bookmarked a few times :)

Mar 07, 2014 08:11 AM #73
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Brenda Mullen
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Oh my gosh...needed this one.  I will need to bookmark and get this done.  I've been neglecting my WP site for some time (actually this one too), but I do have some great AR posts that would be perfect for my WP site.  Thanks!

Mar 08, 2014 06:43 AM #74
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Brenda, That's our plan, to select some of our best consumer oriented posts and modify them either into new posts, or WP site pages.

Mar 08, 2014 06:51 AM #75
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Kathleen Daniels
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BLiz, so here I am over two years later and I am finally getting around to taking action to download my AR files.  When I download it is not saving in a zip file. It is saving in notepad.  I have followed the steps ... not sure what the issue is. Thanks for your help - always appreciated. 

May 26, 2016 12:01 AM #76
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We got this :)

May 26, 2016 03:29 AM #77
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Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
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The Active Rain Importer link doesn't work, Bill. And when I search WP plugins, there is no plugin with that name or any ActiveRain name. 

May 27, 2016 01:42 AM #78
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Toni Weidman I discovered the same thing.. no more plug-in and the exporter to an xml file not there any longer.

Jun 09, 2016 07:58 PM #79
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Toni, As we discussed the other day, it still works but for some people it's going straight to their Downloads folder rather than giving the Save As option.

Judi K Barrett , It's still there, it just seems to operate differently based on someone's computer settings.  The link my push the plug in straight to your download folder under the name activerain-importer.zip.    The Export Blog Entries is now under My Blog on the left side of the My Home page.  One watchout is to make sure you unzip the export file.  Originally it comes over as xml.gz, which is a zipped file.  You'll need to use a program like Winzip or Peazip to extract the xml file before bringing it over to your WP site.

Jun 09, 2016 08:40 PM #80
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Thanks Liz and Bill Spear , for helping locate where to download the zipped file!  Still having difficulty finding the plug-in on wp site.  I did this to one wp site I had a long time ago but that has been ages ago and I have no memory of how I got the plug in installed into my wp site but I'm working on it!  It will come together I'm sure thanks to your help. 

 

Jun 19, 2016 09:21 PM #81
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Judi K Barrett , Once you've downloaded the plugin for the ActiveRain importer you'll have a zip file.  Go to your WP site and on left sidebar (assuming all is like mine), click hover over PLUGINS then select ADD NEW.  On that page at the top you'll see a box that is labeled UPLOAD PLUGIN.  Select that, then use the Browse to go to the file location of your ActiveRain Importer zip file.  Just follow the prompts from there and you'll have the AR Importer plugin installed.

Jun 19, 2016 10:21 PM #82
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Your first explanation worked!  It was a piece of cake, thanks to you!

Jun 20, 2016 09:53 AM #83
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Todd & Devona Garrigus
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Made my way over to this blog post from your recent Ask an Ambassador blog. Thanks for the How To. We have the wordpress blog but need to back up our AR blog for the What Ifs....

-Todd J Garrigus 

Oct 18, 2016 10:16 PM #84
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Todd, Glad to help!  Always good to back up periodically just in case something catastropic happened to AR's servers.

Oct 18, 2016 10:42 PM #85
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Thank you for providing a turorial on how to backup our posts. It is very useful in case something happens to AR, as you say. 

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