Frequently Asked Questions

Does this service work for TypePad & Movable Type blogs?

Yes! Though sometimes we only mention TypePad, the data conversion and custom import process works for both TypePad and Movable Type users.

What file types does the TP2WP process support?

The shortest way to answer this is:

  • Anything referenced in an <img> tag
  • Any of the following referenced in a <a> tag: pdf, doc, docx, ppt, pptx, pps, ppsx, odt, xls, xlsx, mp3, m4a, ogg, wav, mp4, m4v, mov, wmv, avi, mpg, ogv, 3gp, 3g2
  • Anything referenced in a Moveable Type popup—usually an image

How should I structure my permalinks?

The simplest way to maintain incoming links to your site, and therefore preserve its search engine ranking, is to duplicate the structure of your TypePad links in WordPress

Most TypePad site URLs following this basic format:

http://example.com/example/2012/09/blog-title.html

To achieve the same structure in WordPress, click on the “Settings” menu in WordPress backend and select “Permalinks.” Then, enter the following into the “Custom Structure” field:

example/%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%.html

Can I drop the .html extension from permalinks?

Yes, but you’ll need to redirect your old links containing the “.html” extension to your new permalinks. Thankfully, you can you set this up rather easily using a WordPress plugin called“Redirection” and method for manipulating text called “regular expressions.”

After installing Redirection, navigate to “Tools” and then “Redirection” to create your redirect rule.

Enter the source URL as:

^/(.*?)-\.html

Then add the destination URL as:

/\1.html

Make sure to check the “Regular expression” box, then click “Add Redirection” and you’re done!

I’ve imported my data to a staging/preview site. How do I move WordPress to my domain name?

A lot of hosting services like Bluehost and 1and1.com offer staging or preview sites so that you can install WordPress, move your data, and configure your site at a temporary address before you point your DNS to the new site. Many of these don’t require WordPress to be “moved” at all, but will instead work as normal as soon as your DNS is changed. However, if you need to move your site from a test location like a subdomain (test.yourdomain.com), then we recommend either WordPress Move or Backup Buddy.

Where are my files and images?

You may need to run the import process again. Make sure to select “Download and import file attachments” during the import process so that WordPress imports yours files from TypePad to its own /wp-content/uploads directory.

Why am I seeing memory errors?

In some cases, hosting companies set low file upload limits, often as low as 2MB. To increase the limit, edit your php.ini file and increase the limit for the following variables:

  • memory_limit
  • post_max_size
  • upload_max_filesize

Alternatively, you may need to contact your hosting company to have these limits adjusted.

Why move to WordPress?

Making the move to WordPress simply makes sense. With nearly 60 million sites running WordPress today, it’s become the single most dominant platform on the web. Forbes estimates that WordPress currently powers 17% of the web and has described it as ”the promised land—a standard, easy-to-use, multimedia-friendly platform.”

It’s clear why WordPress has become so ubiquitous. WordPress allows bloggers to truly own their content and it provides greater flexibility, security, and perhaps most importantly, visibility—search engines love WordPress sites!  WordPress users also benefit from an army oftens of thousands of developers and designers who create an amazing array of pluginsand themes allowing WordPress to adapt to nearly any purpose.

Why not stay with TypePad?

While WordPress has prospered, TypePad and Movable Type have stagnated, especially after the company that owned them, Six Apart, was acquired by an advertising network in late 2010. Since then, their new owners shuttered VOX, its free blogging service, and sold off MovableTyle to a Japanse IT firm.

Giving bloggers the best technology isn’t the primary goal for an ad-focused company. That’s probably why image quality on TypePad continues to lag behind the rest of the web. Customization, like editing CSS files, remains limited. Traffic data is lacking. Tech support continues to decline in quality.

All this adds up to a pretty poor experience and we think bloggers deserve better.

I’m stuck. What should I do?

Even with clean data and an enhanced importer, the process of moving from TypePad to WordPress can be daunting for non-technical and technical folks alike. If you need help, ReadyMadeWeb offers full-service WordPress migration assistance. Check out our Valet Service page for more details.