Migrate your blog from WordPress to Tumblr

About a year ago, I decided to move the content of one of my personal blogs from a self hosted WordPress installation to the Tumblr platform after realizing that the Tumblr workflow that emphasized curating text, photos, and videos from across the Web was taking precedence over composing original content on my own.  Surely someone else must have felt the same way and conquered such a migration task once before.  Surely someone must have developed an easy tool for performing such a migration.  Perhaps even Tumblr had developed an import tool similar to what Posterous has done in the past.

When I checked with Tumblr, I didn’t find a migration utility anywhere within the service.  I even contacted Tumblr support to inquire and they indicated that they do no provide any type of service, script, or utility to accomplish such a task. So it was into Google searches to find what I was looking for. I found some information on a php script to perform a WordPress to Tumblr migration.  I tried that a half dozen times or so, but each time it failed.  Most likely due to the amount of content I was trying to migrate from WordPress into Tumblr.

In the end, I did come up with a recipe to move my content, but it involved the utilization of Google’s Blogger service.  Here’s are the steps I took to move the content of my self hosted WordPress site into a Tumblr hosted site.

  1. Sign up for a new blog at blogger.com.  You’re going to need this blog for about an hour.  And when you’re done, you can delete the blog.  You’re just using this temporary blog as a content holding intermediary between WordPress and Tumblr.
  2. Follow the instructions on this page to export content from WordPress and then import it into Blogger.
  3. Assuming that you’ve already signed up at Tumblr, you can use this utility to import the content from Blogger into Tumblr
  4. Check your new Tumblr site and if everything looks good, you can delete that temporary Blogger site

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  1. Posted November 7, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    Ugh, the http://wordpress2blogger.appspot.com/ site isn't working properly for converting from WordPress XML to Blogger XML.

  2. Posted November 15, 2011 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the info. But one thing about tumblr is that it is intended for micro-blogging and not full blown blog. I am not sure if this will end up giving performance issues (considering my WP data is huge).

    Another thing that worries me, about their service, is (as you put it) lack of it. My content may end up being stuck up there for good. There is no "plugins" concept within tumblr that can get me to play with my data later on. WP gives me full freedom.

    I must agree, tumblr has a very sleek and user friendly interface. As of now, I intend to blog using my self-hosted WP blog and retain tumblr just as a social connect tool.

  3. dixonge
    Posted April 28, 2012 at 2:41 am | Permalink

    Very helpful – thanks! Just moved two WP installs over (one rather large) – very happy!

  4. roymathur
    Posted June 30, 2012 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    Thanks! It worked!



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