This WordPress plugin imports posts from CSV (Comma Separated Value) files into your WordPress blog. It can prove extremely useful when you want to import a bunch of posts from an Excel document or the like – simply export your document into a CSV file and the plugin will take care of the rest. https://wordpress.org/plugins/csv-importer-improved/ Features Imports post title, body,....
This WordPress plugin imports posts from CSV (Comma Separated Value) files into your
WordPress blog. It can prove extremely useful when you want to import a bunch
of posts from an Excel document or the like – simply export your document into
a CSV file and the plugin will take care of the rest.
- Imports post title, body, excerpt, tags, date, categories etc.
- Supports custom fields, custom taxonomies and comments
- Deals with Word-style quotes and other non-standard characters using
WordPress’ built-in mechanism (same one that normalizes your input when you
write your posts)
- Columns in the CSV file can be in any order, provided that they have correct
- Multi-language support
This plugin is forked from https://wordpress.org/plugins/csv-importer/ by dvkob
in order to keep up with changes to the core WordPress.
This importer writes directly to the database. It does not go through the internal
WordPress objects for creating posts etc. That may be an advantage to you (it will
be faster for large imports) but do be aware of any data integrity issues that may arrise.
Only UTF-8 encoding is supported, both with and without Byte Order Marks (BOM).
The development repository for this plugin can be found here:
Please feel free to raise issues there, and submit pull requests, as well as through
the normal WordPress channels.
Click on the CSV Importer link on your WordPress admin page, choose the
file you would like to import and click Import. The
inside the plugin’s directory contains several files that demonstrate
how to use the plugin. The best way to get started is to import one of
these files and look at the results.
CSV is a tabular format that consists of rows and columns. Each row in
a CSV file represents a post; each column identifies a piece of information
that comprises a post.
You can create new posts, or update existing posts by supplying the csv_post_id
field pointing to an existing post. When updating, all field names you provide
in the CSV file will be updated – even if blank – but fields you don’t list at
the head of the CSV file will be left intact.
Basic post information
csv_post_id – optional, used to update an existing post.
csv_post_title – title of the post
csv_post_post – body of the post
page or a custom post type.
csv_post_type column supports custom post types.
Refer to the WordPress
documentation on custom post types for more info
on how to set up custom post types.
csv_post_excerpt – post excerpt
csv_post_categories – a comma separated list of category names or ids.
The list must be enclosed in quotes, e.g. “EC > UK, Island”.
If a chain of subcategories does not exist, e.g.
Animalia > Chordata > Mammalia
then they will all be created and the post assigned to the end of the chain.
The parent category can also be defined using its id, e.g.
42 > Primates > Callitrichidae, where
42 is an
existing category id.
csv_post_tags – a “quoted” comma separated list of tags.
csv_post_date – most standard formats are supported.
last year are all valid. For technical
details, consult PHP’s
strtotime() function documentation.
Any column that doesn’t start with
csv_ is considered to be a custom field
name. The data in that column will be imported as the custom fields value.
All custom fields must be unique. Multiple fields with the same name will be
updated to the same value if updating an existing post.
Prior to version 0.6.0 loading the same field name multiple times to an existing
post would create multiple custom fields.
- WordPress pages don’t have categories or tags.
- Most columns are optional. Either
csv_post_excerpt are sufficient to create a post. If all of these
columns are empty in a row, the plugin will skip that row.
- The plugin will attempt to reuse existing categories or tags; if an
existing category or tag cannot be found, the plugin will create it.
- To specify a category that has a greater than sign (>) in the name, use
the HTML entity
csv_post_author – numeric user id or login name. If not specified or
user does not exist, the plugin will assign the posts to the user
performing the import.
csv_post_slug – post slug used in permalinks.
csv_post_parent – post parent id.
New in version 0.3.0
Once custom taxonomies are set up in your theme’s functions.php file or
by using a 3rd party plugin,
csv_ctax_(taxonomy name) columns can be
used to assign imported data to the taxonomies.
The syntax for non-hierarchical taxonomies is straightforward and is essentially
the same as the
The syntax for hierarchical taxonomies is more complicated. Each hierarchical
taxonomy field is a tiny two-column CSV file, where the order of columns
matters. The first column contains the name of the parent term and the second
column contains the name of the child term. Top level terms have to be preceded
either by an empty string or a 0 (zero).
examples/custom-taxonomies.csv file included with the plugin
illustrates custom taxonomy support. To see how it works, make sure to set up
custom taxonomies from
Make sure that the quotation marks used as text delimiters in
columns are regular ASCII double quotes, not typographical quotes like “
(U+201C) and ” (U+201D).
New in version 0.3.1
An example file with comments is included in the
In short, comments can be imported along with posts by specifying columns
csv_comment_*_content etc, where * is
a comment ID number. This ID doesn’t go into WordPress. It is only there
to have the connection information in the CSV file.
This plugin uses php-csv-parser by Kazuyoshi Tlacaelel.
It was inspired by JayBlogger’s CSV Import plugin.
- Kevin Hagerty (post_author support)
- Edir Pedro (root category option and tableless HTML markup)
- Frank Loeffler (comments support)
- Micah Gates (subcategory syntax)
- David Hollander (deprecation warnings, linebreak handling)
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