In my search to convert the flat file format of Cutenews over to the database driven WordPress, I came across a plugin that someone was creating. This news transfer tool is called Other-Ext-WP.
I was pretty excited to find it, as I want to move two of my websites off of Cutenews and into the more secure database driven format. It worked okay when I tried it out to see what it would do. It did pull in the stories as well as some of the categories and the dates.
However, there are a number of issues with the importing, however, that have been reported by others as well.
1) The Categories don’t transfer correctly.
2) The Full Story doesn’t transfer, just the short story field.
3) You can only attribute the stories to one user.
4) It strips out all mark-up. In both stories and comments.
I’m not too worried about moving the uploaded pictures over, as that can be fixed later. But I would love to have a working script to run that will properly convert things.
The latest WordPress version that the creator says that it works in is 2.3.1, so I tried that to see if it worked, and that’s where the issues came in. The person developing it appears to have given up on the plugin, so I’m asking for anyone that has some spare time to help out if you can.