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Opened 11 years ago

Last modified 3 years ago

#17379 reviewing defect (bug)

Filtered exports drop attachments and featured images

Reported by: billseymour Owned by: chriscct7
Milestone: Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 3.0
Component: Export Keywords: has-patch
Focuses: Cc:


When using Tools>Export, targeting a specific author, the resulting XML file does not contain a reference/link to any Featured Image (thumbnail) associated with these posts.

On the other hand, Tools>Export "all content" (including all authors) produces an XML file that does contain reference/link to Featured Image.

Request: Have Tools>Export "specific author" generate the same metadata as the "all content" export, so that Export "specific author" will also include metadata reference to the Featured Image.

Many people (including myself) use "specific author" as a way to export some, but not all, posts. Full metadata would really help. Thanks.

Attachments (2)

export_attachments_for_cpt.diff (1.3 KB) - added by jghazally 10 years ago.
Include attachments for specific post_types
export-with-attachments.diff (1.8 KB) - added by Ganon 7 years ago.
Export with attachments and thumbnails

Download all attachments as: .zip

Change History (33)

#1 @duck_
11 years ago

The problem isn't missing meta data (see <wp:meta_key>_thumbnail_id</wp:meta_key>). Rather the fact that no attachments are exported/imported so the reference doesn't mean anything in the imported install.

#2 @jane
10 years ago

  • Summary changed from Export Posts by Author- Featured Image reference to Export Posts by Author needs Featured Image reference

#3 @duck_
10 years ago

  • Component changed from General to Export
  • Summary changed from Export Posts by Author needs Featured Image reference to Filtered exports drop attachments and featured images
  • Version set to 3.0

Marked #19591 as dupe. Definitely present in 3.0, and I'm pretty sure it was present earlier than that but I haven't checked.

Related: #19307

#4 @rcain
10 years ago

thought it might be helpful to suggest a very simple solution to this:

can we not have an 'export attachments only' option (alongside 'export posts only', etc)?

i've just implemented similar in the old advanced-export-forwp-wpmu plugin here : http://wordpress.org/support/topic/plugin-advanced-export-for-wp-wpmu-how-to-export-attachments-only - which i believe is pretty similar code.

since big exports generally have to be done in smaller batches anyway, exporting attachments separately seems logical.

on the flip-side, there still appear to be some issues with the wordpress-importer plugin (eg: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/plugin-wordpress-importer-not-importing-any-images-at-all), but this would seem a practical step in the right direction.

#5 @Ipstenu
10 years ago

  • Cc ipstenu@… added

#6 @johnbillion
10 years ago

  • Cc johnbillion added

#7 @jtsternberg
10 years ago

  • Cc justin@… added

#8 @JarretC
10 years ago

  • Cc jarretcade@… added

10 years ago

Include attachments for specific post_types

#9 @jghazally
10 years ago

Hi I just came across this problem when trying to import a CPT, the featured images (and other attachments) are not included in the xml file. I have attached a patch above to fix my issue which is fairly basic and can probably be improved. It can also be made to utilize a checkbox as per @rcain 's suggestion.
Hope this helps core out.


#10 @batmoo
10 years ago

  • Cc batmoo@… added

#11 @smub
10 years ago

Just ran into this issue. This also breaks conditionals like has_post_thumbnail() ... Just exported about 24 posts from a site to test on local dev environment (building a new theme). Put up some dummy thumbnails on few articles. Then added a custom field for image URLs (just to simulate posts from pre WP 2.9)... Was running a conditional and it wasn't working. Spend all the time just to realize it was because an attachment ID was saved. So while it doesn't display a thumbnail that is attached, it stores an ID in the database thus causing the conditional to return TRUE when it is not.

#12 @travisnorthcutt
10 years ago

  • Cc travis@… added

A big fat +1 from me on this. My use case was exporting/importing a custom post type with associated featured images. The code posted by @jghazally worked *perfectly* for me.

#13 @wingfingerbill
9 years ago

  • Cc wingfingerbill added

#14 @jghazally
9 years ago

If someone wants to give me an idea of what sort of UI / form elements we want to use, and a hand getting started on Unit Testing this would love to help...


#15 @batmoo
9 years ago

export_attachments_for_cpt.diff works pretty nicely. Would be nice to get this into 3.5.

#16 @axwax
9 years ago

+1 on getting that patch by @jghazally into 3.5,
as in its current form it does indeed mess up the database as @smub mentioned above...

Last edited 9 years ago by axwax (previous) (diff)

#17 @creativeslice
9 years ago

  • Keywords has-patch added

We've been able to get this to work with a hack to the Advanced Export plugin, however it's quite brittle and only allows you to filter by date and author, not category. It would be great to have this fixed in core so exporting a range of posts works without dropping images.

#18 @lachlanj
9 years ago

  • Cc lachlan@… added

#19 @dlocc
9 years ago

Thanks to the export_attachments_for_cpt.diff for working great! I'm happy I found this... saved me bunches of time. Why wasn't this included in 3.5? It should definitely be rolled out.

#20 @jghazally
9 years ago

@dlocc the export system is getting overhauled and a new API is being developed see #22435

#21 @betzster
8 years ago

  • Cc j@… added

#22 @nacin
8 years ago

  • Milestone changed from Awaiting Review to 3.7
  • Type changed from feature request to enhancement

#23 @nacin
8 years ago

  • Type changed from enhancement to defect (bug)

Really, this is a bug.

The patch seems OK, but I'm not sure about it. A few issues:

  • How well will that query work when there are a lot of post IDs? It's possible that you could be exporting tens of thousands of post IDs of a single type. The IN would get too long at some point.
  • Unless my memory is failing me, featured images aren't necessarily attached to posts. We'd need to check each post's metadata and append the post to the posts to export if it is missing.

#24 @nacin
8 years ago

  • Milestone changed from 3.7 to 3.8

#25 @nacin
8 years ago

  • Milestone changed from 3.8 to Future Release

Some concerns still.

#26 @wonderboymusic
8 years ago

  • Keywords needs-patch added; has-patch removed

Featured images are always related by a post meta entry, not necessarily by post_parent. Needs a new patch.

7 years ago

Export with attachments and thumbnails

#27 @Ganon
7 years ago

I've attached a patch that should comply with your requirements, gets the thumbnail from the postmeta and doesn't creates long queries.

#28 @SergeyBiryukov
7 years ago

  • Keywords has-patch added; needs-patch removed

#29 @Ganon
7 years ago

Hmm, could we have this scheduled for the next release?

#30 @hlashbrooke
7 years ago

Just to note - I made a few significant improvements to the export function in #27048 - I wasn't directly intending to fix this issue with attachments, but it was indirectly fixed in that patch.

#31 @chriscct7
6 years ago

  • Owner set to chriscct7
  • Status changed from new to reviewing
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