Exporting My Yola Blog

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Hi,

I am moving from Yola and want to be able to export my current yola blog and then import it into word press or similar.

How is this done please?
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Goldeneye Creative

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Kershnee

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Hello,

Unfortunately it not possible to export the Yola blog into Wordpress or anything similar. You would need to recreate your blog page with that service.
Yola only offers you to download and host your site elsewhere. If you do host your site elsewhere, you would still need to log into the Yola Sitebuilder to make changes to your site.
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Goldeneye Creative

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So you telling me that over 1 years worth of blogs cannot be saved or extracted to use elsewhere? They are as good as dead then?
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Emmy

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I'm really sorry that this is frustrating, I can understand how it would be helpful to be able to export just the posts. We wish there was an easier way for you to do this, however at this point the options Kershnee gave you are what is possible. Please let us know if you have further questions.

Emmy
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Andrew, you *can* export your blog with blogspot or wordpress.
They provide a .xml file of your content for you to have on your hard-drive.

Dear Yola,
I am *VERY* disappointed that Yola holds the content of the sites/blogs 'hostage' with their software. What you're saying is, I cannot 'fire' you as my blog host? Hmmm...wonder if that is legal?

Gwen
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Sanja

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Hello Gwen,

If you no longer want to use us as your blog host, then you can simply unpublish your site and not use us any longer. We only provide a basic blogging platform and do not have the more advanced features that other blogging specialists may have. I'm sorry that we cannot offer any other alternative.
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Gwen

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Can you give me access to my content, so that I can download my content to my hard-drive?
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Hello Gwen,

We removed the option to download your site to host elsewhere as it was very difficult to support as once the site is not with our hosting we cannot guarantee it will work.

However, we have kept a way that you can still download your site.

1. Load the sitebuilder of the site you would like to download

2. Paste the following snippet into the URL bar (erasing what is already there)

javascript:void((new ide.requests.actions.downloadSite()).send({site:ide.user.getSite()}))

Please make sure there is a space between "new" and "ide" (it sometimes gets removed in the email). Once you hit "Enter" your site will start to download to your computer.

Please note that self publishing has been deprecated and Yola cannot offer any support if you have difficulties hosting your site elsewhere.
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Ugh, that really sucks.
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AndrewCMacD

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From blogspot or wordpress you can't export it to another service either. You made a choice so must live with it.
btw, I'm just a fellow Yola user, not a staff support person being uppity :-)
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Andrew, this is not a true statement. Both of the sites you listed allow you to download your content to your hard drive.
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You can also download your Yola blog as a database. It doesn't require the downloading of your entire site and it comes neatly packaged in a database. eg use SQLite.

1.) Download the db from the link http://www.yoursite.com/blog/data.db
2.) Install SQLITE addon for FF: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fire...
3.) Relaunch FF, tools -> SQLite manager
4.) from the SQLite manager: database -> connect database (open the file they downloaded)
5.) You will now see a list of all your tables in the manager on the left, click on BlogPost
6.) All the table info shows on the right. click export -> choose CSV -> click ok

This will then allow you to upload it to WordPress. It's not a Dashboard utility and requires the understanding of database manipulation. Methods for the manipulation of the database for uploading to WordPress are given in the WordPress help areas.

It is possible.
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Wow thanks Gop

Thats a great piece of advice :)
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Gwen

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Gop! You're awesome! Thank you. :)
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Gwen

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Gop, how would I download the database from my site, as listed in step one?

I can pull up the page (using my site url) but I am not sure how to start the download process to my computer.
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replace "yoursite.com" with your own site URL. Enter this into the address bar and "Enter". It will begin down-loading the database. It will begin the download process to your default download area. You don't have to have your sitebuilder open as its simply addressing the databse of your blog which is a URL itself.

Goodluck Gwen
I've just confirmed that it still works .

Step #6 above is not really part of the process. i just use it to load the dbase into an excel sheet so that I could read the content by eyeballing.
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Hello Gwen,

We have removed the "download site" feature from Yola as the use of it was limited and we feel the support needed for the few users that did need it, didn't warrant us keeping it as a feature. We are unable to ensure that downloaded sites will work in other hosting environments. However, we have kept a way that you can still download your site.

1. Load the sitebuilder of the site you would like to download

2. Paste the following snippet into the URL bar (erasing what is already there)
javascript:void((new ide.requests.actions.downloadSite()).send({site:ide.user.getSite()}))
Please make sure there is a space between "new" and "ide" (it sometimes gets removed in the email). Once you hit "Enter" your site will start to download to your computer.

Please note that self publishing has been deprecated and Yola cannot offer any support if you have difficulties hosting your site elsewhere. However, we encourage you to make use of our free hosting service which includes 99% uptime, DoS protection and 24/7 support.
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I'm sorry to hear that you will no longer be supporting the "download site" feature.

I'm just in the process of picking a site builder and I consider this an important feature. It's not that I really plan to use it - it's more that it gives me confidence knowing that I can go elsewhere with my site if I have to, and knowing that Yola has the confidence to make it easy for me to leave.

Ironically the sites/services that I find myself wanting to leave are the ones that make it hard for me to leave.

On the other hand, I understand that your ability to support the export of a site's data (e.g. the entries in a blog) is going to be limited. I figure that the implementation of the backend is up to you and I wouldn't expect any help getting it to work elsewhere. It is the site's design that I would expect to export.

I note that Weebly supports an export function, but does not support exporting the data behind your blog.
http://getsatisfaction.com/weebly/top...
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Hello Qwavel,
Thanks for providing feedback on this. As Sanja mentioned above you can still use the workaround to download your site, however we cannot provide support outside of this.

The problem we have with supporting something like downloading your site and uploading to a new host, is that there is a multitude of hosting environments which are not ours and we are not able to support all of their requirements. The Yola software is built to function fully in our hosting environment, which is free, and we can fully support you when you choose to host with us. I hope that information is helpful.

Kind Regards,
Emmy
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For those that decide to quit Yola and would like to move to wordpress (each one has a different set of trade-offs so it ́s normal that there ́s a flow of users from one to the other, in any direction) we are now offering a service that automates the migration of the data: http://migratetowp.com/from-yola-to-w...
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Dear Yola,

I took a long hard look at what Wordpress had to offer, and you guys ROCK. I'm not moving. I've got SO many more creative options on my Yola blog/website than what Wordpress offers.

Thank you for your support and for your AWESOME free website platform!!!

Gwen
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Sanja

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Thanks Gwen for your support!
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We have tried to download our blog posts into a SQL database. Can you please let me know how we do this? We also tried javascript:void((new ide.requests.actions.downloadSite()).send({site:ide.user.getSite()}))

as per Yola instructions. This did not work. Can you please provide step-by-step instructions on how to accomplish this objective.

Thank you.
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No it is not available for any user to download a blog or their website from Yola. These facilities have been stopped. Yola have stated that this is for the reason that the support of these facilities was extremely demanding on their resources. They had to prioritise their time on to other support issues that were higher in number and more likely to satisfy a greater number of customers.
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Jordi Cabot

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Well, I'd say that not offering any export capabilities (not even downloading the content as a SQLLite database) may force some users to stay but will probably scare many potential new users. It's a risky business decision.
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Probably not but it is frustrating. The blog feature is really a low end feature and Yola have suggested on a number of posts that heavy users should try an alternative blog requirement. More recently they have added Tumblr as a blog option.

Is their any way that you can think of Jordi to rip the blog and then go ahead with manipulating the data for alternative presentation?
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Not without access to the database they use to store the data. Of course, if your blog has a very very few posts, you can always copy and paste the content post by post but this is far from ideal
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Gop

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Thanks Jordi. We'll just keep plugging away.
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how can i import into yola a site that has been exported with the workaround described in this thread?

thx
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i attempted the export workaround, and nothing happened. Nothing downloaded. What should i do?

thx
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Gop

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This is a very old thread johnywhy.

There is no way to import or export blogs to or from a Yola Blog.

You can use another blog platform and bring it in via an iframe or use Tumblr to display a blog built on thier platform. This still won' allow the import export you mention as Yola no longer offer the Yola Blog as an option for new accounts.