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HOW TO: Import a Posterous Blog in WordPress.com

If you have started blogging with a posterous blog for convenience and now thinking of moving to a full-blown blogging platform like WordPress then they have just the right solution for you.

WordPress has just launched a Posterous import feature inside all WordPress.com dashboard. It uses the Posterous API so the import is seamless & easy. Basically all you need to do is, just login to your wordpress.com dashboard and go under Tools -> Import.

There you should see a Posterous importer option. Once you click that a form should appear, type in your Posterous host name, user name, and password in the appropriate fields and hit the Submit button.

Once the importer validates your credentials it will automatically start the import. If everything works out great then you should receive an email from WordPress saying that your import has been successful!

Why would someone want to move from Posterous?

Even though posterous is a great platform to maintain something like a tumblelog, it may not be suitable for mainstream blogging due to some limitations. For instance, Posterous currently doesn’t support javascript which is required to run Advertising programs like Google Adsense or any analytics or tracking program like Google Analytics and so on.


  • Reply Aviraj |

    Saad, just FYI:

    1. Posterous does indeed support Google Analytics — in fact it’s simpler than anywhere else — you just have to enter your Google Analytics Domain ID into Posterous. No code.

    2. If Posterous users use the WordPress import tool, they must make sure they don’t delete their Posterous blogs! WordPress will not rehost any of the media on Posterous, nor will it support audio or video at all.

    Makes you wonder if you’re really “graduating” by moving to a platform that does less.

  • Reply Shivani Garg |

    It has google Analytics now! And as Posterous says, getting better everyday!

  • Reply Jose HC |

    Thanks for your post… I was wondering if this is possible with a self-hosted WordPress blog? I have been a Posterous and a WordPress.org user for a while but I feel like I want to do everything on the WP platform…


  • Reply Knatchwa |

    Another aspect of moving to wordpress is dependent if you are talking about wordpress.com or wordpress.org as each provides different services.

    What has stopped me from importing all my posts to wordpress.com is the simple fact that in particular they are not setup to even work with adsense or anything else javascript based. Now on WordPress.org and having it hosted you are able to do more with that medium then you are with wordpress.com.

    The particular limitations of the wordpress.com do not enable you to modify any css unless you pay a premium, the same for video and anything else that enables you to make the blog your own.

    So Certainly WordPress dot org may be the better option though for the time being I am going to be staying with posterous and it’s variety of customisation and simplicity.

  • Reply Kodama |

    You can run analytics on Posterous. I am one always torn between blogs. Posterous has a great and simple method for blogging cleanly and simply, however I do miss the menus available in WordPress. I however hate using any images in WordPress. Yes it can do anything but is not user friendly. I do blog more with Posterous/Tumblr but miss WordPress menus. If only I could blog as easily s Posterous with easily uploaded Picasa web albums and also different menus to suit different blogging articles.. architecture, travel, culture, food…..

So, what do you think ?