Posterous to WordPress migration

                                                                                                                                                     Posterous is closing, and the date is not far away – April 30th 2013. More info here. If you’ve got a blog there, and you want to retain the content, better get a wriggle on.

First, decide where you’re going to move to. Here’s an overview of WordPress, Tumblr, SquareSpace, and Posthaven which are some alternatives. Not all are free.

I have moved four blogs to WordPress, and I’m utilising the free service which limits storage space but not posts. Add-ons such as themes and site customisations are extra. My justification is that WordPress is already successfully monetized, suggesting that its long-term chances of survival are high, unlike “free” platforms like Posterous.

So, let’s see how to migrate our Posterous content to WordPress. Firstly, sign up to get started at and don’t forget to use an email that you can access regularly and easily (especially if you want to moderate comments) and a nice secure password that you don’t use anywhere else – because that’s best password practise (I use and recommend “1Password”).

Now have a look at to see the steps involved in actually exporting your content away from Posterous, then importing into WordPress. Here’s a quick bullet list summary :-

(1) Export from Posterous – this process takes anywhere up to a few days so do it now. Request your backup then wait. Download the zip file (and save it somewhere that’s backed up, as this will become the only record of your blog after April 30th. If you want an alternative to DropBox, save it in your “Copy” folder where new users get 10GB free storage– get it from )

(2) Now, in your saved zip file location, there will be a file, amongst all the files, called wordpress_export_1.xml – note its location.

(3) Go into your new blog that you’ve created in, and navigate to the dashboard.

(4) Go Tools -> Import and locate Posterous.

(5) Remember your xml file? Get it. Import it. That’s it. Wait a bit. Up will pop your content on WordPress.

Now you get to play with the settings and choose the privacy of your blog, moderation of comments, and theme/layouts/widgets. All good fun.

Then you can notify your followers (maybe via a quick Last Post on Posterous?) and carry on. If in doubt, phone a friend.


iPhone 3GS to iPhone 4 migration

I’m getting a new iPhone 4 today and so I asked twitter for some help this morning and was inundated by useful tips from @jcturner and @jsamuelson

Other tweeps may have similar questions hence posting.


-> Got an iPhone question – might need to wander over to for some answers. Easy to get the contents settings etc from 3GS to 4?

Yes, you will get the option when you start using the new iPhone

Piece of cake. Just restore your backup on to the 4. iTunes will ask you. Just make sure you have a fresh backup of the 3GS.

Just make sure that the new iPhone is named something different for the mo – so iTunes doesn’t overwrite your old backup.

Once you are happy everything came across OK you can delete the old backups to save a bit of space.

Got your microSIM? You will probably need it to activate the iPhone before being able even to get that far…

Then a further backup under the new name! Can’t have too many backups…

Mac is Users/Name/Library/ApplicationSupport/MobileSync/Backup. Cryptic folder names though…

Google reveals that windows is (vista here) C:UsersUSERNAMEAppDataRoamingApple ComputerMobileSyncBackup


I looked there and found < 1GB of files (7000+ files though!) so decided to leave well enough alone.


When the microSIM and iPhone arrive today, I’ll follow this advice and hopefully be up and running by this evening.


Learning point – when you chat about iPhones on your twitter, spam follows and mentions are rampant.