Not having fun with Vox

I guess I’m writing this just as a warning to anyone else who’s thinking of signing up for a Vox.com blog account. I had a Vox blog for a couple of years and wrote about 200+ posts on it.

After getting my hands on the leonard.ie domain name, I decided that it would make an awful lot of sense, given my increasing familiarity with WordPress to switch over to a self-hosted WordPress blog. Once I had things set up I went about looking into getting my blog posts off the old Vox blog and importing them into my new self-hosted blog.

All of a sudden I realised that Vox offer no export option for your blog posts. I’ve done an awful lot of searching on this one and haven’t found any simple way to get the information out of Vox and into WordPress. I think I will get there eventually, but it’s certainly not easy.

The strange thing is that Vox don’t even offer an export for any of the SixApart blogging tools (Moveable Type or TypePad).

Exporting Vox

If you’re looking to export your Vox blog posts, I’ve narrowed the options down to (in the case of WordPress as the import tool):

  1. Copy and paste every post into a new post – definitely not going to happen
  2. Import from your Vox Full RSS feed – you’d have to save “http://yourname.vox.com/library/posts/rss-full.xml to your computer” then upload to the WordPress import function, and then (as the RSS feed only shows the most recent 10 posts) you’d have to delete the last 10 posts from Vox and do it all over again. Not really that appealing if you have a lot of blog posts.
  3. Use BlogBackupOnline – this service will “backup” all of the posts from your blog. It does work and it does allow you to export an RSS style feed from it which contains all your Vox posts (and comments). However I am having a bit of trouble importing it at the moment. It will import the titles and dates but none of the content – so I think I’m going to need to do some editing of the xml file to standardise it or something.

As you can see from the above, it’s all a bit of a pain in the hole. Bad Vox.

That is all.

Comments

  • Ahhh, and google brings me to you once again! Ok… will keep following here to see if you figure out the BlogBackup thing. I only have about 110 posts on Vox, so I may just try #2, but it's a little terrifying to DELETE my posts…. ahhhh… Maybe I should backup FIRST and then delete…. hmmmm… Thanks for doing the research!

    • Hi Joelle,

      I keep on meaning to return to this and work it out but Christmas hecticness got in the way and I haven't had time to work out the blog backup option.

      Once the back-to-work rush eases off I hope to work this one out for good!

      I do think it should be possible to import the xml file from blogbackuponline.com but it just needs to be edited in some way. Otherwise the RSS import then delete then import etc option will work, it's just a pain.

      Hope it works out for you!

      Alex

  • I am in the same predicament. Trying to move my vox posts to wordpress is a bigger headache than I would have ever dreamed of! I am currently backing up my vox posts on blogbackuponline – I hope it works! Thanks for the link! Did you ever figure it out?

  • Just wanted to let you know that I am having the same problem you are – no content is showing up. A LONG time ago I had a livejournal, so I decided to see if I would have the same problem if I backed it up and imported it into wordpress. And it worked, everything, content included, showed up. This is unfortunate because the problem is with vox and not with the xml file. Maybe the xml file could still be tweaked though??

    • HI Jessy!

      Thanks for the comments and sorry to hear it's not working for you either.

      I definitely have a feeling that the XML file could be tweaked to allow import, into WordPress, but I've been so busy over the last while that it's one of those things that's sat on my to-do list and slowly got buried under a weight of other things. At some point I want to have a look at a normal WP XML export, and compare it side by side with the blogbackup XML export.

      If I get round to it I'll drop you and Joelle and email.

      Cheers,

      Alex!

  • Glad to know that I am not the only one having issues with this. I'm trying to migrate my Vox blog to a WordPress.com account, and it is not going well at all. I've done the backup using blogbackuponline.com and it does not import via the Typepad/MT option (the only one that allows you to upload a file). I wonder if the self-hosted WP has a slightly different setup for importing (i.e., one that works. 🙂

    I'm not ready to commit to self-hosting again, but like having a free site from which to share my life. I like a lot of things about Vox, but ever since I found out that the content doesn't export, I've been feeling a little claustrophobic. Ridiculous I know. 🙂