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One of the biggest pain points if you've developed a list of people over the years from an email sign up or even running another blog or web site is to import those users into an existing WordPress installation or even a WordPress Multi-site installation. In this movie, I'm hopefully going to correct that for you by showing you how to utilize a plug-in to bulk import users from anywhere into your site using simply their email address. So here I am logged in to the Network Admin panel of my WordPress Multi-site installation. From here I'm going to go into the Plugins section on the left-hand side and choose Add New.
I'm going to search for a plug-in and the plug-in is called simple import users. When I click Search Plugins it should be the first result returned at the top. As you can see, it requires WordPress 3.0 or greater and Network mode or Multi-site mode to be enabled. Once I find it, I'll hit Install Now, hit OK, and it's activated. Then I'll click Network Activate. Once the plug-in has been activated, I can then visit the web site or blog that I wish to import users into.
So I'll go up to My Sites, go to my Magazine site and hit Dashboard. Inside of the Dashboard I can go over here to the left-hand site and find the tools menu, when I find tools I should see an option that's called Import Users. Inside of this I'll be able to enter in all of the email addresses that correspond to the users that I want to bring into this blog. Underneath that I can determine the role for these users. By default, the role is set to Author, but you can add Administrator, Editor, Contributor, or Subscriber as well.
We'll cover roles in depth in another movie. At the bottom you get to determine the email content. This is the email that's sent to every one of these users once you've imported them into the system. It will let them know that they've been imported, why they've been imported maybe, and it gives you spot to add some content. By default, it tells them that their account has been created and it gives them their username and password. You might want to explain to them why their account has been created though. If they just get an email out of the blue with a username and password, they might not understand what you're doing. So if you're migrating from a static site that's been collecting email addresses to a sign-up form, or you're just trying to move from one WordPress installation into a Multi-site installation, this is a great opportunity to explain to your users exactly what's going on.
At the bottom we'll also see Content, which is sent to all accounts. This is just a general email that's sent to everybody who's not already in your system. When you're finished with this, you hit Import Users. Once you do that, all of the users should be imported into your system and all of the emails should be sent out to those users as well. Let's add a couple of email addresses here and see how it works. Once I've typed all my email addresses, I'll go down to the bottom and hit Import Users.
As you can see, it tells my processing is complete and I can view the results below. It created my username Jack, Bob, Tim, Barry, and Janice. You can also see that those users have been added to the blog. Jack, Bob, Tim, Barry, and Janice--all of them successfully imported. So let's review. I went into my Network Admin panel. I found the plug-in called Simple Import Users, and once I found that plug-in I was able to network activate it and then add a group or list of people based on their email address to a specific site or blog in my WordPress Multisite installation.
Now, I could do the same thing for any one of the WordPress Multisite sites that I have, or I can just continue working. So if you've exported a list of email addresses out of MailChimp or any other mail collecting software or even out of an Excel spreadsheet, you could paste all of those email addresses right here into this Import Users screen and import them successfully into your blog. It's a very easy way of importing users into your WordPress Multisite installation. Hopefully this makes it a little bit easier for you to manage your users and also makes it easier for you to migrate from one platform to another.
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