How to Import WordPress XML File from Other Sites

A very convenient way of storing, sharing, and transporting computer data is by converting it to an XML file. An XML stands for EXtensible Markup Language. Some get confused between an XML and HTML because both are considered markup languages, however, you should remember that HTML is designed to display data while XML is designed to store and carry data. The former has predefined tags, while the latter doesn’t have. Simply, HTML displays information, while XML carries information. You may also observe the difference between the two from their syntax structure.

Example of XML file:

< menu>

eggs benedict
$6

blueberry pancakes
$4

< /menu>
Example of HTML file:

< img src="kookaburra.jpg" width="104" height="142" / >

See the difference?
XML is commonly used to store and share Internet data files like in blog contents. A typical scenario is, when an existing blogger decides to move to a new domain. The first step is to compile your previous data in separate categorized folders to avoid large file errors and convert them to XML. Since WordPress has become an in-demand publishing platform at present, many had switched and the number is still increasing. You may be lurking around for the same reason, which brings you here in this article. You may also be wondering how to import WordPress XML files. Export and importing blog contents such as posts, images, pages, comments, drafts, and categories, have been made available for WordPress users.

Create a WordPress account. Establish your new contents and dashboard before exporting or importing. Once you’re ready and everything is organized in your new domain, log in to your WordPress account. In the WordPress administration interface, you will the Tools category on the left part on the screen, below the Dashboard panel.

1. Select Tools and then Import.
2. You will see several system choices. Select WordPress and click Install Now.
3. When the installation has been completed, click Activate This Plugin.
4. Browse, select, and upload the file you want to import.
5. You will be asked to assign an author who will have the sole authority to access the file. Choose Admin.
6. Click Download and Import the Attachments and then Submit.

Wait for the processing until you see All Done. Go over your posts and pages dashboard to check if you have successfully imported your files. For other system import guidelines, read from http://codex.wordpress.org/Tools_Import_SubPanel. In case you find errors in importing, read through the WordPress support forums. You’ll find troubleshooting guides for the similar problem based from WordPress users’ experiences as well.