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Part 1 – Exporting from Multiply

One of the Indonesian Multiply users, Febiansyah, has written a java-based Multiply RSS Generator.

This little program streamlines the normal RSS Generator, allowing it to copy the whole blog archive (instead of being limited to only 25 posts) and includes the copying of comments.

This process does NOT copy across photo albums. It only copies blog posts (journal), reviews, recipes and notes. Like everything else we’ve tested so far, it can’t get past Multiply’s change of code on the image files so it just links to the image files on the Multiply servers rather than copying them.

However this program does copy over all blog posts, reviews, recipes and notes *with comments* in one easy step so it may still be worthwhile for you.

Before you start, go into your multiply account:

And ensure that nothing is listed as a Table View. The Blog page and Notes Page especially should be listed as Full Entries.

Hit OK and close down Multiply, that’s all we will need from there.

Now, to start this process, you need to download the program. Warning it is in a zip file, so you will need a program that can unzip compressed files. Anyone who has bought a Chatelaine chart should have an unzip program on their machine 🙂

Just click the download button.

Unzip the files and save them. Then open the file folder.

Click or Double-click on MultiplyRSSGenerator to open the program.  As this was written on the fly by a fellow Multiplyer, it doesn’t have all the friendliness of clickable icons etc.

The program should open up to the following screen.  If it doesn’t. You might need to check your Java is up to date. You can download Java Runtime 1.6 here.  Buttons on the page will help you determine which is the right download for your machine.

Then open up your MultiplyRSSGenerator folder then file again and this program should now be open:

So now we just fill it in with our own details.

The name of my blog is gothtigger

I want to copy over my journal, reviews, and notes. I can’t remember of I typed in any recipes using the recipes section, but I’ll tick that too just in case.

As in Part 4 I was saving my backups to C:\My Websites I figure I’ll save these tests here too.  So I’ve browsed to C:\My Web Sites then created a subfolder for Multiply RSS and then a sub folder for Gothtigger Blog.  If I try then again with a different blog like an RR group, I’ll use a different last sub folder.

Finally I’ll hit the Process button and start everything going.

The following screen comes up and we are off and running. You need to scroll down manually to see any progress in the output panel.

This might take more than a couple of minutes …..

Yep about half an hour later we come to this screen:

Processing RSS

Now that’s not quite accurate. It actually took me all day to get to that point. I found I couldn’t run this process via the wireless set-up in the house, the process kept dropping out part way.  Finally, tonight I came into Stephen’s study and connected my laptop to the router with a cable and the process flowed smoothly and without any trouble.

So now we go into our destination folder, in my case that was: C:\My Web Sites\Multiply RSS\Gothtigger Blog and in that folder we should see an XML file for each of the formats we ticked, Journal, Reviews, Recipes, and Notes.

Now we will use those files to upload into our WordPress Blog.

Part 2 – Importing to WordPress

Open your WordPress blog, and go to the dashboard.

Before we do anything, go to the side rail and look at your Sharing tab:

On this page it should list all of the different social media outlets that you can connect your blog to:

ENSURE you disconnect from every single one of these before going any further in this process.  Trust me on this one You do NOT want to send out 721 tweets or Facebook messages as each blog post is imported. Yes this WILL happen.  *blush* and your friends will never let you forget it!

So ensure your screen looks like this:

Now under tools on the left hand side rail, choose import.

From the import screen, choose WordPress:

This will bring up:

Here is where we type in the name of one of the files we created in Part one. I ended up with two files. A 9 Mb Journal file of over 700 records and a tiny 9Kb file of 2 records.  If you have something similar, I recommending importing your smallest file first so you can see if there are any problems.

Then hit the upload and import button.  The following notice will come up:

That’s just letting us know that the “author” of the posts will be under the name you give yourself on the new blog, no the name you gave yourself on the old blog. Hit the submit button.

The final note is :

So now to wait. Note you can only process one file at a time this way per site.  For me the files took around half an hour to import.

And at this point I had problems.  My imports came in with *all dates* listed with correct day and month, but with the year being 2013.  All posts from 2006-2012 came in with a year date of 2013 or -0001.  I can’t find any comments where this problem has occurred to anyone else.  I’ve handed the xml file over to my IT housemates but they’ve had it for a couple of days now and they can’t see why it has done this either.

So I’m assuming it is a problem just for me. Something on my machine is interfering with the process.  So I’m releasing this post out as is because I feel it will work as is for everyone else.

So give it a go and let me know how it works for you.




I spent a couple of days testing this site and discovered at the end, that it does not solve all of our concerns.  Specifically, it does not copy across the photo albums. Like the copied blog posts, the photos are still stored on Multiply servers and only shown through here.

So, you can still go through all of this process if you wish, it will copy all of your blog posts, comments, everything else on your site onto your hard drive.  This might be useful if you’ve decided not to continue blogging.  For the photo’s I’m still investing other options.  I’m so aggravated this did not work out.



While you are still settling on a a new blog site or even if you have decided that blogging is not for you after all, here is a way to back up everything from your Multiply account to your hard drive.

This way, no matter what happens, you will have an exact copy of your multiply site on your computer to refer back to.

HTTrack Website Copier

You will need to install this piece of software on your hard drive. From all reports, and my own experience, it does not install anything malicious or “extra” on your drive.

You will need 13Mb space for the program and I needed 2GB space for my Multiply site.

When you view the install page, it will have one option”We recommend”. That will be the best option for your machine.

The screenshot above is for Windows as I’m using a PC, but there are also options for those running a Mac, or various Linux versions:

Once you have found the right file for you, click on the file to download,

Click Save File and it will begin downloading.  Open your download site, or if you are like me, you have your downloads box set to remain open after it finishes downloading.

Either way, find and click (or double click) on your exe file to begin installing the HTTrack program.

My PC brought up the following warning box:

This is Windows Firewall being protective.  It’s basically saying “Hey this is not a big company I recognise – are you sure about this?”  Well yes I’ve done my own homework thanks computer and I’m sure that I want to use this piece of software from a small company that is not in your database.


I know we don’t bother to read the read the licences, but yes we do need to accept them.  As a side track, try reading this site for some interesting reading some time.

All the files I’ve read recommend placing this program directly on the rootdrive.

Most of us will only be using this program rarely, so I didn’t bother with putting it in the Start Menu.  You can if you wish. Or you can change it at a later time if you find you are using it a lot more or less than you anticipated.

As I will be using this quite rarely once I’ve made the backup, and I don’t use Internet Explorer at all, I only created the desktop icon.  If you think you’ll be popping in and out of it quite often, you can add more ways to get into it.  Again, you can change these later if you find your usage different to anticipated.

This screen just confirms all of the choices we have made above.  In my case it is that we want the program installed on the root drive (in my case C:\) and only a desk icon created. This is correct so we click install.

If it is not correct, click on the back button to go back to any of the previous screens until this confirmation screen has the information that YOU WANT on it!

And NOW we are ready to get to work.  Make sure the Launch WinHTTRack Website Copier button is selected and click Finish.

If the HTTrack Website doesn’t come up, go to your desktop and click on your newly created Desktop Icon.


Right time for a breather and a cup of tea. Stretch the legs 🙂 Pat the cat 🙂

The new program should open up to this screen.

We’re going to hit Next as we are going to start a new Project.  If you find you have to stop your project mid-way, you start from here too to “resume a partial download”.

Name the Project whatever you want.  Leave the Base Path with whatever it has selected.  Again, according to my reading, this program seems to work best if allowed to be directly in the root drive, and a subdirectory “my web sites” sounds fair enough to me.  If you want to change this, I would recommend getting your friendly IT-savvy colleague to take over at this point! Providing help for those kids of changes is out of my league 🙂

In the Action area we want it to “Download Web site(s)”.  We can change that setting to “Continue Interrupted Download” or “Update Existing Download” but I will talk more on these later.

In the Web Address area, add in the address for your Multiply website.  I find it easiest to open the Multiply website and then cut and paste the line from the address bar in Firefox or Internet Explorer.

Once we’ve done this, we want to look at the SET OPTIONS before we click next.

Some of these look really confusing, so I will show the screen shot of the options I used and why I used them.  I used the program’s manual to help me figure out these settings.

Proxy. I don’t use a Proxy here for ftp downloads.  Try yours without.  If it turns out yours does and you need a password, you may need to talk to your IT people for assistance.