Thumbnails (featured images) import – WordPress move to new domain

July 29, 2016 in 1:58 pm | wiki

This is a brief note about the transfer of content from one WordPress website to another domain or transfer WordPress website to another hosting without domain change. There are many solutions, for example, to dump the database of WordPress site and FTP files, move everything to the new hosting, indicate necessary settings in the wp-config.php file then making database import, etc.

We are interested in the easiest way to transfer content – import / export posts, pages, custom wordpress elements (taxonomy), etc.

For the export just go to the section: Tools> Export. As a result, you load an XML file.
To import content you will need the default plug-in “WordPress Importer“, which will be installed automatically when you select Tools> Import> WordPress.

If you check the checkbox “Import Attachments“, then the folder wp-content/uploads/ will load all the images linked in the XML-file import. These images will be displayed at the same time and in the section: Media> Library admin WordPress and will be stored in the database.

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It’s simple at first glance, but there is a problem: it is impossible to import posts and pages thumbnails (featured images or thumbnails) in such a way. You have to do the next steps to solve this task:

Thus, the problem with the import of thumbnails is solved almost with the help of standard WordPress tools.

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