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Import from iWeb to WordPress April 21, 2008 6:43 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Blog, Communications, Publishing, Software, Technology, WordPress
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I helped Chris the Carpenter and Kari the Herbalist set up YurtTrash and The Lifted Lorax Show recently. They were using iWeb and importing to WordPress did not look promising. Fortunately, they decided against importing so I ceased seeking out a solution or writing one myself. Melinda has asked about the solution for importing from iWeb to WordPress. Luckily, Dan of MaciVerse wrote an excellent guide on March 8, 2008 How To: Import your iWeb Blog to WordPress. Since MaciVerse is down right now, I am reproducing his entire post (minus pictures) for prosperity:

Update: Looks like MaciVerse is back up. I just caught caught it during Maciverse’s face lift.

How To: Import your iWeb Blog to WordPress

Written by Dan on March 8, 2008 – 3:50 pm –

iWeb, Apple’s website creation application that comes with each new Apple computer is designed to allow users to quickly create websites and blogs. While the process is quick and simple it also lacks some of the more complicated features that you see in many blog sites today.

If you’ve created an iWeb blog but want to add features and a bit of complexity to your site, moving to WordPress may be just what you’re looking for.

WordPress is one of the most popular free website and blogging software options that allows you to create custom blogs with all the features you like. Additionally, setting up WordPress so that it is easily indexed by Google and other search engines is easy, something that iWeb has never done well.

The rest of this article will walk you through the process of moving your blog from iWeb to a new WordPress install.


Before you move your site to WordPress you need to get it installed on web server. You can download the files you need to then upload and customize to your webserver at wordpress.org.

After you’ve downloaded the file you can follow the 5 minute install instructions :

“Here’s the quick version of the instructions, for those that are already comfortable with performing such installations. More detailed instructions follow.

  1. Download and unzip the WordPress package, if you haven’t already.
  2. Create a database for WordPress on your web server, as well as a MySQL user who has all privileges for accessing and modifying it.
  3. Rename the wp-config-sample.php file to wp-config.php.
  4. Open wp-config.php in your favorite text editor and fill in your database details.
  5. Place the WordPress files in the desired location on your web server:
    • If you want to integrate WordPress into the root of your domain (e.g. http://example.com/), move or upload all contents of the unzipped WordPress directory (but excluding the directory itself) into the root directory of your web server.
    • If you want to have your WordPress installation in its own subdirectory on your web site (e.g. http://example.com/blog/), rename the directory wordpress to the name you’d like the subdirectory to have and move or upload it to your web server. For example if you want the WordPress installation in a subdirectory called “blog”, you should rename the directory called “wordpress” to “blog” and upload it to the root directory of your web server. Hint: If your FTP transfer is too slow read how to avoid FTPing at : Step 1: Download and Extract.
  6. Run the WordPress installation script by accessing wp-admin/install.php in your favorite web browser.
    • If you installed WordPress in the root directory, you should visit: http://example.com/wp-admin/install.php
    • If you installed WordPress in its own subdirectory called blog, for example, you should visit: http://example.com/blog/wp-admin/install.php

That’s it! WordPress should now be installed.”

The most difficult process of the installation is setting up the database that will store all your blog data for you, but your webhosting provider should be able to assist you if following the guide linked to above is not enough information.

Once you’ve finished installing WordPress you’ll need to get ready to to import your iWeb Blog entries.


Now that you’ve finished installing wordpress you’ll need to navigate to the wordpress login page and login with the admin account created for you during setup. Once you’ve logged in, I suggest creating another account with your “Posting” name so that articles you publish in the future will be listed as something you created.

On the WordPress Management page, navigate to Manage and then click import. You’ll see that there are a number of other blogging software tools that wordpress lists as options for imports but that iWeb is not included.

Fear not, one option that is listed will allow you to import all of the articles you’ve previously created in iWeb. But before we do that we need to make sure that we have the iWeb files ready for import into WordPress.


Since you’ve been using iWeb for your previous blogging efforts you you’ve already created a number of posts for your blog. To prepare those posts to be imported into WordPress you need to export your iWeb site to a folder.

  1. Open iWeb
  2. Select the Blog Site you plan to import into WordPress
  3. Click File and then Publish to a Folder
  4. Save the folder to your desktop so that you can access it easily.

Like most new website applications, iWeb has built in RSS support. We’ll use the RSS file that is created in iWeb to import your blog into WordPress. Since we published to a folder on the desktop we can find the RSS feed for the blog in that folder.


Navigate back to the admin page for your new WordPress Install and follow these steps:

  1. click again on Manage and then Import.
  2. Select RSS
  3. Click Browse next to choose a file
  4. Select your desktop and then the folder you exported your iWeb Blog to
  5. Open the folder, and then the Blog Folder inside it.
  6. Locate the rss.xml file, select it, and click open
  7. select upload file and import

At this point wordpress shall import the posts 1 at a time and show the results with “1. Importing Post… Done” for each post in the rss feed file you have for your blog. When this has finished click the View Site link on the WordPress Admin site and you’ll see the results of your import from iWeb into WordPress.

NOTE: Not all formatting and image link structure always imports correctly. You may have to adjust the format of some of your posts to make them look the way you like. Additionally some picture images or links may not have transfered over completely and you’ll have to update their internet linkage.


Even though everything doesn’t import across with the same formatting that you set in iWeb, this is a way to import your iWeb blog to WordPress so that you can make your site more Search Engine (SEO) friendly and have additional customizable features. Be prepared to make adjustments to links and images in addition to restructuring the format of some of your posts. These adjustments are often just a few clicks from the WordPress Admin page.

To see our example of an iWeb page before check out our iWeb to WordPress page and then view it in WordPress.

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1. Melinda - April 21, 2008

Thanks for this. Unfortunately exporting iWeb files to a folder does not transfer comments (and I have lots!). Is this the only way?


2. Doug McCaughan - April 24, 2008

I’ll have to play with it and see if we can get those comments too. I’ll let you know.

3. Melinda - April 24, 2008

Awesome!!!!! I don’t know enough about all this to be able to figure it out myself… but I would be forever grateful to know. iWeb is great for design purposes, but I’m losing a lot of readers because it is soooo sloooow to load. It’s a big limiting factor on my blog. So I appreciate any help! Thank you thank you thank you.

4. Mark B - June 18, 2008

Unfortunalty, this didn’t work too well for me. it only imported the last 7 posts, and even then, only about 2 lines of each, not the whole thing. No gallery files either!

5. Rob Peck - July 8, 2010

Your directions for transferring blogs from iWeb to WordPress are the first listing on google for doing this and everyone is referring to your directions these days. Unfortunately, the software seems to have changed. Under, “IMPORT YOUR iWEB BLOG TO WORDPRESS” you state that we should,

“1. click again on Manage and then Import.
2. Select RSS”

RSS does not seem to be an option any more. Is there another way to do this?

6. Mike - September 5, 2011

The method you mentioned to import your iWeb blog will only import your last few posts since the rss.xml feed does not have all of your blog posts in it.

If you want to import your WordPress blog posts and comments I found this tool that will do it for you;


7. Mike - September 5, 2011

Sorry, my last comment should read “If you want to import your iWeb blog posts and comments To WordPress”.

8. Doug McCaughan - September 8, 2011

Thanks Mike! Unfortunately, I never got around to testing or further researching the iweb to wordpress import. With iWeb and MobileMe going away, it will be interesting to see what options Apple provides for iWeb users.