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VOX is a great free blogging platform but they do try their darnedest to keep you blogging on their site by making it difficult to transfer your content. Yesterday while searching for a way to export my VOX blog into WordPress I stumbled across the wide world of RSS feeds. It’s a wonderful messy world – I even got distracted and found myself setting up a feedburner account, er…more on that in another post.

After much further research, I found the easiest way to bring my blog over since I didn’t have an IT degree was to find a full text RSS feed of my VOX blog. Once this RSS 2.0 or xml file was saved onto my local drive I could then import it into my WordPress blog. Great!

In case you would like to find your own VOX full text RSS feed try this URL

http://[yourblognamehere].vox.com/library/posts/rss-full.xml

Mine was

http://klutterpillar.vox.com/library/posts/rss-full.xml

So let’s do this together in steps

Step 1

Open your full text RSS in a web browser. I did mine in Firefox.

http://[yourblogtitlehere].vox.com/library/posts/rss-full.xml

Step 2

View page source.

There are various ways to view page source I will list 3 here-

  • Left click the [view] tab on the browser and left click [page source]
  • If you are using Firefox try holding down this shortcut [CRTL+U]. This should open the source page.
  • Right click on some of the blog text in the RSS feed on the open browser page. Now left click [View Page Source].

Step 3

  • In the new window that has opened up – window title should read “Source of: http: http://[yourblogtitlehere].vox.com/library/posts/rss-full.xml – Mozilla Firefox”, select [File] and follow by selecting [Save Page As].
  • Save this file to your local drive making sure that you keep the .xml file type.

Step 4

Important – Make sure your default post category is correct. I ended up having all my imported posts go into the wrong category and then spent an hour editing them into their rightful categories.  Avoid my mistake by changing your default post category before you make the import.

This can be found in your WordPress admin under Settings > Writing > Default Post Category

Step 5 Importing VOX blog posts into WordPress

  • In the WordPress admin panel select [Manage]; now select the [Import] option.
  • You will now be presented with a variety of importing options, select [RSS].
  • Use the [Browse] button to find the .xml file you just saved. WordPress will now upload your last 10 published VOX posts.

Note –

  • WordPress will only import 10 blog posts from the VOX RSS feed at a time with this method. You may have to delete or make private the blogs you have previously imported in order to import the next 10 entries.
  • My version of WordPress on which I tested this importing method is v2.6

I hope my jumbly explanation can be understood, if you have any questions please feel free to email me and I’ll do my best to help.


Leanne Naidoo

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  • Jon Biddell

    This was exactly what I was looking for – the mob at VOX wouldn’t even answer my support emails about how to do this.

    BTW, after the first 10 are moved, you have to DELETE them – hiding them doesn’t work.

    And you’ll never get them all across without some editing, especially Youtube videos which RSS breaks.

    Jon

  • April

    You can get the full rss (or atom) feed for each page which eliminates the need for you to delete or hide any posts. For example:
    http://[yourblog.vox.com]/library/posts/page/1/rss-full.xml
    http://[yourblog.vox.com]/library/posts/page/2/rss-full.xml
    http://[yourblog.vox.com]/library/posts/page/3/rss-full.xml
    etc…

  • PDADoc

    Thanks for this, I just switched to WordPress a few minutes ago and was trying to figure out how to get my Vox blog posts over. Just one problem: I followed your instructions to the letter, and created an .xml file from the page source of my blog and saved it to my computer. But when I go into the control panel of WordPress and select import, the only options it gives me doesn’t include RSS.

    Here’s a screenshot of what I see in WordPress when I get to the import portion of the process:

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2499/4166092253_4c0c171c9a_o.jpg

  • PDADoc

    Nevermind, I ended up copying and pasting all of my entries into the new blog, and re-linking all of the photos to Flickr. Fortunately, I only had 29 entries on the Vox blog because I didn’t know how to move all of my entries from Blogger when I moved to Vox and I had hundreds of entries on that one.

    It was a laborious task, but I’m very happy with WordPress so far, already it’s proving to be MUCH better than Vox! And they allow for exporting of my posts if I need to. I’m not moving, I love it here!

  • lindsey

    I cannot find the [manage] and [import] buttons! I found [import] under the [tools] tab, but it just lists several blog sites to import from instead of giving an option to import an rss feed. Am I missing something or is this option no longer available?

  • Nicolasa Thuringer

    nice page

  • Wm Bautiste

    I have been in the same situation before. It is not as easy an answer as you think it is, its something that you will have to write out for yourself over time.