How to Migrate from Posterous to WordPress

How to Migrate from Posterous to WordPress

Big news on the internet this week is that Twitter has acquired Posterous. It’s still unclear what will happen with Posterous Spaces but this acquisition will potentially affect thousands of regular bloggers.

Posterous’ Official Statement:

Posterous Spaces will remain up and running without disruption. We’ll give users ample notice if we make any changes to the service. For users who would like to back up their content or move to another service, we’ll share clear instructions for doing so in the coming weeks.

If you have a Posterous blog and you’re feeling uneasy and want to make sure that you can preserve your content and keep on blogging, now is the time to move to WordPress.

WordPress has a number of official importers for users coming from other platforms.

Importing your content from Posterous into WordPress is incredibly easy. First you’ll need to have WordPress installed with your host. Please note that this tutorial is only for those who want to host their own sites using software downloaded from WordPress.org.

Step 1: Install the Posterous Importer plugin.

The Posterous Importer plugin is not automatically packaged with the WordPress core. Go to Plugins >> Add New and search for “Posterous Importer”. This plugin will import posts, comments, tags, and attachments from a Posterous.com blog.

Step 2: Import Posterous content into WordPress.

Go to the Tools >> Import screen and click on Posterous. Enter your Posterous blog details and click ‘Submit’.

Quick Tip:
For whatever reason, the Posterous Importer plugin can have issues from time to time. Here’s a quick tip I read on another blog. If you have any problems with the plugin, you can always register a quick blog at WordPress.com. Use their import tool to bring your Posterous blog into WordPress. Then export as a WordPress (WXR) file for use on your self-hosted WordPress blog. Delete the WordPress.com blog when you’re finished.

Welcome to the World of WordPress!

After you’ve initiated the import, WordPress will handle the rest. It should be quick, easy and painless. Once you have your content in WordPress you’ll be able to take advantage of over 18,000 free and open source plugins available to extend the platform and customize your blog. We’re here to help you at wpmu.org. If you’re new to WordPress and have any questions, feel free to get in touch with us on Twitter.