This 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
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.
Basic post information
csv_post_title– title of the post
csv_post_post– body of the post
pageor a custom post type.
New in version 0.3.2
In prior versions, importing rows as pages could be specified on a
per-file basis using the plugins UI. In 0.3.2,
was added to support custom post types as well.
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.
New in version 0.3.5
It’s also possible to assign posts to non-existing subcategories, using
> to denote category relationships, e.g.
Animalia > Chordata > Mammalia.
If any of the categories in the chain does not exist, the plugin will
automatically create it. It’s also possible to specify the parent category
using an id, as in
42 > Primates > Callitrichidae, where
existing category id.
csv_post_tags– a comma separated list of tags.
csv_post_date– about any English textual description of a date and time.
last yearare all valid descriptions. For technical
details, consult PHP’s
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.
- 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.
- 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)