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Importing users from another blog

From: Creating and Managing a Blog Network with WordPress

Video: Importing users from another blog

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.

Importing users from another blog

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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Creating and Managing a Blog Network with WordPress

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Justin Seeley
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  1. 47s
    1. Welcome
      47s
  2. 16m 30s
    1. Introducing multisite
      2m 40s
    2. Common use cases for multisite
      6m 24s
    3. Understanding multisite server requirements
      1m 40s
    4. Optimizing your hosting environment
      3m 52s
    5. Using subdomains vs. subdirectories
      1m 54s
  3. 22m 34s
    1. Enabling the Network feature
      2m 26s
    2. Installing your network
      7m 13s
    3. Troubleshooting network configurations
      4m 4s
    4. Disabling your network installation
      2m 44s
    5. Changing your install type
      3m 23s
    6. Removing the blog permalink
      2m 44s
  4. 46m 27s
    1. Getting to know the network admin interface
      2m 40s
    2. Configuring the network
      6m 2s
    3. Creating your first site
      5m 25s
    4. Managing your user database
      8m 14s
    5. Installing and enabling themes
      7m 16s
    6. Enabling themes on a per-site basis
      3m 56s
    7. Defining a site-wide default theme
      3m 12s
    8. Installing and activating plug-ins
      6m 16s
    9. Updating your network installation
      3m 26s
  5. 29m 15s
    1. Setting up user permissions
      3m 31s
    2. Defining the registration process
      3m 8s
    3. Controlling access to sites
      2m 43s
    4. Importing users from another blog
      3m 52s
    5. Understanding user roles
      3m 39s
    6. Changing user roles on signup
      2m 58s
    7. Exploring blog privacy settings
      6m 1s
    8. Enabling features for site administrators
      3m 23s
  6. 38m 22s
    1. Displaying posts from network sites on the home page
      7m 45s
    2. Displaying a list of your networked sites
      4m 9s
    3. Broadcasting news across all sites
      8m 22s
    4. Gathering and using comments network-wide
      5m 13s
    5. Creating and using global tags and categories
      4m 33s
    6. Exploring network plug-ins
      8m 20s
  7. 17m 18s
    1. Introducing domain mapping
      1m 58s
    2. Using parked or add-on domains
      3m 24s
    3. Altering DNS records
      2m 15s
    4. Installing the domain mapping plug-in
      3m 18s
    5. Mapping a domain to a specific site
      2m 58s
    6. Hiding the original domain name
      3m 25s
  8. 33m 28s
    1. Understanding the importance of backing up your web site
      2m 4s
    2. Exploring backup plug-ins
      2m 23s
    3. Installing and configuring BackupBuddy
      8m 29s
    4. Migrating a standalone site into your network
      3m 24s
    5. Migrating an entire network
      7m 41s
    6. Scheduling backups with BackupBuddy
      3m 43s
    7. Remotely storing your backups
      5m 44s
  9. 28s
    1. Final thoughts
      28s

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